Fans urged to Pack the Park for Ipswich

SUPPORT Pompey fans are urged to get to Fratton Park
SUPPORT Pompey fans are urged to get to Fratton Park
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POMPEY’S clash with Hull City may have fallen victim to the weather – but fans are urged to Pack the Park for Tuesday’s match against Ipswich Town.

Manager Michael Appleton revealed on Thursday he was ‘braced for administration’ as the club’s winding-up hearing over unpaid tax on February 20 draws closer.

But supporters say they are ready to show they can be Pompey’s 12th man on Tuesday night.

Fan Mark Mudie said the club’s loyal followers must unite and fight for the club’s future.

He said: ‘It’s about the fans showing the trust the players gave to us. They had a chance to move away last month but they decided they wanted to fight for the club. It would be nice for the fans to respond to that.

‘It would be nice to unite and show the world we are together on this.

‘If we can pack the park on Tuesday, it will go a long way to paying the bills.’

Campaign group SOS Pompey launched the Love Pompey initiative ahead of the Ipswich Town fixture, which falls on Valentine’s Day. It urges fans to express their passion for the team and the city by attending the game.

SOS Pompey’s Brendon Bone said: ‘We need to get in there and make a noise to show that we are still alive and kicking despite what’s going on behind the scenes.

‘The players and staff have gone without pay and it’s the duty of the fans to show how important they are to us.’

Pompey have waived a £2 admin charge for tickets bought on the evening of the game.