Club 1898 set for 2011 lift-off

Fan-funder Steve McLenaghan cuts the ribbon to officially open the Tifosy pitches at Pompeys Copnor Road training base. Also included are, from left, James Pollock, Tifosy, Blues chief executive Mark Catlin, manager Kenny Jackett, academy boss Mark Kelly and Lord Mayor of Portsmouth Ken Ellcome. Fans were also present at the opening ceremony

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The launch of Club 1898 has been postponed until early in the new year.

The first official get-together of players under the new banner had been lined up for last weekend's clash with Scunthorpe.

That now has to be re-organised after that meeting fell foul of the weather conditions.

Pompey legend Alan Knight is one of the driving forces behind the initiative, which is seeing various groups come together under the Club 1898 banner.

Knight explained a number of the club's heroes had been lined up to turn out at the game. But he is hopeful something can now be organised early in 2011 – possibly in time for the clash against Leeds on January 22.

Knight said: 'It was unfortunate that the game was called off, but obviously there was little we could do about that in the end.

'We had a lot of lads from various different eras lined up to appear.

'They have been really enthusiastic, and the overwhelming response to the club being formed is it's a positive move.

'There was a good response and that is encouraging, so hopefully we can organise something for early in the new year.

'I have had a chat with Linvoy Primus and he will be speaking to Lucius Peart to make new plans.

'Leeds might well be the game we are looking at.'

The likes of Jimmy Stephen, Colin Sullivan, Ray Crawford, Andy Awford and Ceri Hughes had been lined up for an appearance at the Club 1898 launch. Knight is hoping others who couldn't make it, such as Kit Symons, Darren Anderton and Mick Kennedy will make the new date in 2011.

Pompey are on the lookout for players who have turned out for the club to register for Club 1898.

They can do that by contacting johnnymoore@pompeyfc.co.uk