THE Pompey Supporters’ Trust will have no problem taking over at Fratton Park if fans take young Ryan Hicken’s lead.
The fanatical Pompey fan rode his bike from Clanfield, near Horndean, to Fratton Park and back again to raise enough cash for him to buy a share.
The 15-year-old was joined on the 30-mile ride by dad David, cousin Lewis Hughes, and friend Darryl Prescott for the effort.
The trust is offering fans the chance to buy a full share in Pompey, should they take over, for £1,000.
And the Horndean Technology College pupil will have more than enough after his challenge raised £1.150.
Ryan, of New Road, Clanfield, said: ‘I started off going around Clanfield with a bucket to raise money and asked people to sponsor me.
‘I got help from the people of Clanfield, family, friends, and my school.
‘We started at 11.10am and got back at 5.50pm.
‘We also had problems on the way with Lewis as his bike tyre was flat.’
David raised £245 towards his share thanks to his old colleagues at energy firm GE Sondex.
Ryan also generated £70 at Linvoy Primus’ community match at Havant and Waterlooville’s ground.
Ryan said: ‘It feels good to have raised this money and will feel even better if it comes off.
‘I’m hoping the trust takes over and have my fingers crossed.
‘The fans are hardcore when it comes to Pompey. We deserve it with the owners we’ve had,’
Pompey Supporters’ Trust spokesman Colin Farmery praised Ryan’s efforts.
He said: ‘His initiative to raise the money to support the Trust bid is hugely appreciated.
‘The spirit he has shown with this sponsored bike ride underlines what
‘Pompey means to its fans. The club is hugely important to us all and this gesture by Ryan, and the people who kindly supported him, makes us all the more determined to see our bid succeed.’
The trust, which is finalising its share prospectus for fans, received another boost after musician Joe Jackson, who grew up in Portsmouth and Gosport, agreed to pledge towards a share.
Mr Farmery added: ‘We are delighted to have the backing of Joe.
‘His support underlines the importance of Pompey to the city of Portsmouth as a social and cultural institution.’
He added: ‘Anyone who has visited Fratton Park, even only a few times like Joe, can’t fail to be touched by the passion the club engenders among fans.’