Pompey fans have a role to play

MEETING Administrator Trevor Birch, chats with Bob Beech from SOS Pompey and Mick Williams from Pompey Supporters Trust.  Pictures: Allan Hutchings (120615-517)
MEETING Administrator Trevor Birch, chats with Bob Beech from SOS Pompey and Mick Williams from Pompey Supporters Trust. Pictures: Allan Hutchings (120615-517)
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THERE are two things which are needed to save Pompey.

The first is a new buyer, and the second is the club’s fans.

Administrator Trevor Birch made no bones about telling fans that the future of the club lies in their hands.

Talking to The News after yesterday’s Fans’ Conference at Fratton Park he said: ‘We have run out of cash.

‘We need to get extra income from fans.

‘We have six home games in five weeks and we need the fans to go along and support their club.

‘We’re facing a huge task and this club may yet be squeezed into liquidation.’

The administrators and the club are hoping that each home game will now attract a sell-out crowd, beginning with the Leeds match on Saturday.

Mr Birch was keen to stress to fans in the meeting yesterday that every penny spent on buying tickets to Pompey’s matches will go straight back to the club.

There had been a perception that money spent by fans would somehow get into the pockets of former owner Balram Chainrai or former administrator Andrew Andronikou from UHY Hacker Young.

‘Every penny will go into the running of the club,’ stressed Mr Birch.

He has urged fans, staff and players to adopt a ‘siege mentality’ to get them through to the end of the season.

The Pompey Supporters’ Trust has already been urging fans to Pack the Park and sell-out home games in order to help the club survive.

PST chairman Ashley Brown last night welcomed Mr Birch’s comments about fans needing to get behind their club.

He said: ‘I think Trevor made it very clear that any money that comes into the football club stays in the football club and helps them run it between now and the end of the season.

‘There now should be no excuse for people not to come along and support their football club.

‘I think most people here at the meeting trust what Trevor is saying - the money doesn’t go to Chainrai or Andronikou - so my message to them is to come back and support the club.’