Pompey Hope poster in The News today

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An iconic poster symbolising Pompey’s rebirth is published in The News today.

Featuring manager Guy Whittingham it sums up the mood at Fratton Park with one simple yet powerful word: Hope.

The Pompey Supporters’ Trust – the majority shareholder in Portsmouth Football Club – has been working with another community club, Lewes FC, to devise a poster for Saturday’s home game against Oxford.

Lewes FC’s posters are renowned for drawing on pop culture, and it quickly became obvious that one clebrated picture, Barack Obama’s Hope poster from 2008, would be a perfect fit.

Now the call has gone out encouraging Pompey fans to put the poster in their windows ahead of Saturday’s match.

Ashley Brown, trust chairman and club director said: ‘Lewes and Pompey have both had a difficult recent history, which has led to clubs becoming fan-owned.

‘In just three seasons, Lewes have turned round their finances and now break even. It is important we show solidarity. I’d be delighted if fans wanted to display this poster in their windows.

‘It embodies everything this game is about in a high-quality pastiche of an iconic image featuring Guy Whittingham.’

Charlie Dobres, board director of Lewes FC, added: ‘It seemed to us to perfectly sum up what Pompey are about at this point in its their history. Not only that, hope is what every football fan feels on the eve of the season.

‘Every team is equal and anything is still possible.’

The poster is published on page 47 of The News today.

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