Boost for Pompey buyout scheme as wealthy fans show interest

SUPPORTERS From left Mick Williams, Mark Trapani, Penny Mordaunt, Ashley Brown, and Tom Dearie outside Fratton Park. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (121129-1)
SUPPORTERS From left Mick Williams, Mark Trapani, Penny Mordaunt, Ashley Brown, and Tom Dearie outside Fratton Park. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (121129-1)
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POMPEY Supporters Trust says it is in discussion with two fans ‘of wealth’ who have shown an interest in investing in a proposed community buy-out of the club.

An email sent to its members confirms that it is in discussions with two Pompey fans about investing.

Leaders at the trust say they are not yet in a position to reveal the identities of the two supporters.

The encouraging news came as representatives from the trust handed out around 7,000 leaflets to fans detailing its plans before Pompey’s match against Burnley at Fratton Park on Saturday.

Scott Mclachlan, spokesman for the trust, would not reveal any details about the wealthy fans.

But he said he had been delighted by the response to the buyout idea, which launched last week.

‘The trust has spent the past two or three months talking to a lot of people about investment into Portsmouth Football Club as part of the community buy-out,’ he said.

‘There are all sorts of options to get more money on to the table to buy the club and more crucially, for the running costs.

‘People were quite positive. What’s encouraging is that nearly everyone I handed a leaflet to took one and said they had heard about it and they wanted to look into it.

‘There was a real feeling of people saying to themselves “the club is in serious trouble and we are the only ones who can save it”.

‘There are a lot of questions still to be answered and that’s what our focus will be on this week. We want to put people at ease.’

As previously reported in The News, fans are asked to make a minimum £1,000 commitment to acquire a community share of the club.

Mr Mclachlan added: ‘I am hugely encouraged by it all.

‘But it’s going to be very hard if nobody comes in and helps us. We think that we can encourage people who want to work with us with considerable finances.

‘This will give them the confidence that a community buyout can work. ‘We have spoken to quite a few people who are willing to invest in quite a few shares.

‘But there’s an awful lot of work to do to try and encourage people to invest in this community buyout.’