Fans will question Supporters Trust at public meeting

Pompey fans have been invited to an open day about the proposed supporters trust taleover

Pompey fans have been invited to an open day about the proposed supporters trust taleover

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FANS are set to get a chance to question the Pompey Supporters Trust about their plans for the club for the first time.

All those interested in the future of Portsmouth FC have been invited to attend an open day and public meeting on Saturday, May 19.

From 1pm supporters will be able to go along to the Victory Lounge at Fratton Park and speak to trust members who will answer questions and help them pledge towards their share scheme.

Then at 6pm the lounge will host a public meeting for all concerned Pompey fans to ask questions of a panel made up of trust board members and guests about the state of the club, the trust’s bid and the share scheme.

There is also an event at Petersfield Town Football Club at 4pm on the same day – hosted by John Westwood – to give fans in north Hampshire the opportunity to speak to trust board members.

The trust hopes this will give as many fans as possible the opportunity to meet those behind the proposed community buy-out and ask questions directly about their bid – while also giving them the chance to listen to fans and address their concerns.

Trust spokesman Scott Mclachlan said: ‘The deadline for us to submit a viable bid to buy Portsmouth Football Club is fast approaching, and we want to give all Pompey fans the chance to hear our plans, ask questions, and hopefully back the bid.

‘As we reach the critical point in our bid process and also seek to persuade as many fans as possible to pledge we wanted to hold a public meeting as a last push for support we need.

‘This will allow us to answer questions directly and for all to hear the answers.

‘We hope it will be well attended as we are sure many are keen to help and are also deeply worried about Pompey’s future.’

The trust – which launched its community share scheme in March – says its bid to take over the stricken club would be achievable if the extra fans come forward to pledge £1m between them by May 15.

The group has remained tight-lipped on how many people have signed up, but says interest has been strong.

Mr Mclachlan said: ‘It is going well but we always want more people to come forward, pledge and support the club in one final push.’

To pledge visit communitypompey.co.uk or email info@pompeytrust.com.

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