‘Form a syndicate to help fans’ takeover bid’

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THE Pompey Supporters’ Trust is urging more fans to back its takeover bid by forming a syndicate.

It calls on supporters to form groups to make up the £1,000 needed to obtain a community share.

This, the trust says, will give those who cannot afford the £1,000 the chance to have a stake in the club if the bid is a success.

Friends, families and work colleagues are all encouraged to get together and back the cause.

Trust members are also seeking pubs and clubs in the city to get together and buy a share.

This week, insolvency expert Antony Fanshawe, of Begbies Traynor, was appointed to finalise the trust bid.

One fan who’s answered the calls is Bob Beech, of supporters’ campaign group, SOS Pompey.

He’s formed a syndicate with fellow fans Brendon Bone, Lee Laver, Peter Smart, Adrian Parish, Olly Birch, John O’Shaunessy, Mike France and Richard Wheatley.

He said: ‘We think the share scheme is a fantastic idea.

‘There’s very little money in Portsmouth and thought it would be a great idea to get a group of friends in the pub, or where you work, or family, to get together and make up the £1,000 needed for a share.

‘I’ve been talking about community ownership for the last couple of years and I would love to see as many fans from all walks of life getting involved with the club.

‘Let’s make Portsmouth Football Club our football club.

‘I personally couldn’t afford the £1,000 for a share – it’s great if you can but you can still be part of it at a price you can afford.’

Lifelong fan Ian Saunders, of Southsea, has formed a syndicate with three close friends.

He first found out about forming a group share through the trust’s e-mailing list.

He said: ‘As much as I would like to stretch to the £1,000 for a share – it’s just not possible.

‘There’s a lot of concern that fans being priced out of owning part of the club but this is a good idea for more fans to get involved and be part of that community feeling that the trust want to build up.

Scott Mclachlan, spokesman for the trust, said: ‘We have been delighted with the pledge numbers so far but have realised that we need to give as many people a chance to be able to pledge so we have put together this form.

‘We hope it brings in a few more pledges as we put together the final bid details over the coming days.’

Visit communitypompey.co.uk for more information.