THERE was no game on, but Pompey fans still headed to Fratton Park on Saturday – this time to back the supporters’ trust’s bid to buy the club.
Chequebooks in hand, couples, families, old and young alike paid a visit to the Victory Bar on Saturday to find out how they could help save Pompey.
The event was put on by the Pompey Supporters’ Trust, which is mounting a bid to buy the club.
The trust is asking Pompey fans to make a £1,000 pledge to help fund the bid – and time is running out to get those cheques banked.
One family who turned up was the Jerams, from Bognor Regis.
Six of them have pledged to buy two shares between them, and they were at the event to give their support to the trust.
Mandy Jeram said: ‘We’re all lifelong supporters, season ticket holders, and we want to be part of the club so we’ve pledged the money.
‘We came here to show our support. We wish them the best.’
Trust spokesman Colin Farmery said: ‘The whole event went very well and we had about 100 people in through the course of the afternoon, and we were very pleased with the turnout.
‘Academy coach Andy Awford came down for a question and answer session about the footballing side of things, and what he hopes to do with the academy.
‘We have been very encouraged by the dedication Pompey fans have shown so far. We are on target to achieve our goals, but fans cannot be complacent.
‘The danger of the club being liquidated remains very real if our share issue is not successful.
‘If Pompey is going to thrive as Britain’s biggest community club, we need as many as fans as possible to get involved.
‘So far we have had around 2,000 people pledge £1,000, and at least another 1,000 get involved via syndicate schemes.
‘However, Pompey are averaging around 13,000 this season and we are convinced there are many fans sitting on the fence waiting to see what happens.
‘This event, and another planned for before the Preston game on December 15, is their opportunity to find out more about our exciting plans.’
To find out more about the trust, the shares, and how to buy one, see communitypompey.co.uk. Finance options and syndicates are available.
Online community raises vital funds for the trust
A POMPEY fan has raised more than £5,000 to help the trust take the club over.
Steve Pearse, 56 from Gosport, set up a syndicate on the truebluearmy.com message board a year ago with the aim of raising £1,000 to buy one share.
He said: ‘I’ve been in contact with many other websites across the internet. It’s a great source for everyone to get involved – even if they can put in £10 or £20.
‘It offers everyone a chance to do their part and feel involved with what the trust is doing.’