Without them, there simply wouldn’t be a Pompey today

Karel Doubleday, who used her mum's blue badge so she could park close to her workplace

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If you listened to an interview on BBC Radio Solent last week with the prospective Portsmouth South MPs, you’d be forgiven for thinking former city council leader Gerald Vernon Jackson single-handedly saved Portsmouth Football Club.

But I have a slightly different recollection of events.

Two years ago last Friday, News chief sports reporter Neil Allen and I met at Havant station and boarded a train for London.

Our destination? The Rolls Building, used by the High Court of Justice.

We were on our way to cover what we thought would be a three or four-day hearing which would determine whether erstwhile Pompey owner Balram Chainrai could be forced to sell Fratton Park to the Pompey Supporters’ Trust.

It was the only legal matter standing in the way of the club being bought by the fans to secure Pompey’s future for generations to come.

The fact remains that without all of them, and the fans, there simply wouldn’t be a Pompey today

It soon became clear a bigger room would be needed.

This was not only because of the media phalanx, but for all the fans who binned work for the day to see club history in the making.

What we didn’t know, of course, was that endless delays were due to a behind-closed-doors agreement that would eventually pave the way for Pompey to become the biggest English fan-owned club in history.

It hasn’t been a smooth ride since then, in many ways.

But for the first time in a decade the club doesn’t owe anyone any money, it’s got a workable budget that doesn’t rely on money from the Middle East (or similar) to fund it, and there’s a likelihood of bumping into one of the directors down the pub.

The PST might also be having a tough time right now, with meltdowns on forums and social media and Mick Williams resigning from the board.

But the fact remains that without all of them, and the fans, there simply wouldn’t be a Pompey today.

A lot of the fans are still working very hard to try to make the club the best it can possibly be – and, as far as I’m aware, none of them are in the running to become the MP for Portsmouth South.