Pompey season tickets continue to soar

Season-ticket sales are expected to rise at Pompey
Season-ticket sales are expected to rise at Pompey
Dion Donohue has signed a two-year deal at Pompey Picture: Colin Farmery

Pompey new boy’s out to continue rise

  • Pompey sold 11,047 season tickets last year
  • Now on target for highest tally since Championship days
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Pompey season ticket sales have exceeded 10,800.

Yet Mark Catlin insists that will rise once corporate figures are tallied and taken into account.

Last season’s tally included half-season tickets, which we quite possibly will beat even before they go on sale in November/December

Mark Catlin

And he remains confident last year’s high of 11,047 will be surpassed.

Sales have been steady since the July 4 end of the Early Bird offer, traditionally the busiest time for Pompey’s ticket office.

The appointment of Paul Cook and his subsequent squad strengthening has clearly captured the imagination of the Fratton faithful this summer.

The demand has put the Blues well on track to record their best-ever figures since coming under community ownership.

Now the 10,800 barrier has been broken – before other figures are also included.

And the season ticket tally continues to rise ahead of the August 8 League Two opener against Dagenham & Redbridge.

Pompey’s chief executive said: ‘We have sold in excess of 10,800 which is on target to beat last year’s figures. Last 
season’s tally included half-season tickets, which we quite possibly will beat even before they go on sale in November/December.

‘Corporate sales are also outstripping a year ago and a lot of those are not yet included in the figures.

‘Once they are also taken into account we will see the total rise again, so we are getting there.

‘At present, though, we are still in advance of the same period last year and on course to beat those figures.

‘Once again we thank all our fantastic supporters who are continuing the back the club and hopefully we will have an enjoyable season.’

In the 2012-13 League One campaign, Pompey sold 8,080 season tickets.

That was when Michael Appleton was manager and the club still remained in administration as it battled to exist.

The following campaign saw Guy Whittingham in charge and was the first under community ownership following the High Court case in April 2013. On the back of that, 10,660 season tickets were sold as optimism swept through the club that there would be an instant return from League Two.

That didn’t emerge and it took Andy Awford to mastermind a strong finish at the season’s end to keep the Blues up.

That run of five wins and two draws in the final seven matches earned Awford the job on a full-time basis and as a result a total of 11,047 were sold for the 2014-15 campaign.

However, Pompey would go on to finish in 16th spot – the lowest position in the club’s Football League history.

Now Cook has been recruited from Chesterfield and, after immediately targeting promotion, expectations are high that this could be the year.

It means season ticket sales have exceeded the club’s early predictions and are now on course to surpass last year’s tally.

The League Two 
campaign starts on August 8 when Dagenham & Redbridge visit.