THE Pompey Supporters’ Trust will raise a glass to one Portsmouth pub backing its cause.
From December, The Shepherds Crook, in Goldsmith Avenue, Southsea, will donate 10p from every pint sold on match days towards the trust’s bid to take over at Fratton Park.
And the pub, which is a popular watering hole among the Pompey faithful, is so committed to the club’s future under the trust that it has decided to buy two shares in its community share scheme.
Shepherds Crook owner Steve Hudson said he hopes to have the donation system in place for Pompey’s next home fixture on December 15.
He said: ‘On match days we are adding 10p to the pint and all the money is going straight to the trust. We are right behind the bid. We are in the process of buying two shares as we are all Pompey fans here – I go down regularly.
‘To me this is vital because the pub is a great focal point of the community at Fratton Park. A lot of people come here as a last stop before or after games.
‘It will be amazing if the trust takes over.’
Mr Hudson added he is buying old Pompey memorabilia to decorate the pub and hopes to unveil a huge banner stating: ‘By the Fans, For the Fans’.
Trust spokesman Colin Farmery said: ‘We were thrilled to see Steve’s initiative. It’s a fantastic gesture on behalf of the pub and shows what this community bid is all about.
‘At the moment, we have got a team of people working on fundraising for the trust bid and we welcome other people who have got bright ideas to get in touch with us.
‘The Shepherds Crook is an iconic pub which is associated with the club being so close to the ground.
‘We appreciate they have taken this kind of stance. The important thing about this community bid is how important it is to local businesses, of which the pub trade has several of them.’
He added more than 100 new pledges were made after the trust officially released its share prospectus on Monday.
Mr Farmery said: ‘The big relief is that the system is working on the interactive form we have.
‘We are aware of some glitches and we are working hard to fix those when they present themselves.’
Fans can find out how to buy a share or convert their pledge by visiting www.communitypompey.co.uk.