Sports Mail shows its worth as Pompey reap rewards

The News' sports writer Steve Wilson, right, hands a cheque worth �13,681.30 over to Pompey director Mark Trapani at half-time in today's League Two season finale with York.   Picture: Joe Pepler
The News' sports writer Steve Wilson, right, hands a cheque worth �13,681.30 over to Pompey director Mark Trapani at half-time in today's League Two season finale with York. Picture: Joe Pepler
Pompey boss Kenny Jackett has been looking for the right blend of youth and experience. Picture: Joe Pepler

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There are 13,681 reasons to be cheerful about this Pompey season.

In reality, most Blues fans will want to forget all about the ill-fated 2014-15 campaign in League Two.

But the Fratton faithful’s loyalty to the club they support remains unblemished as the money raised from sales of this season’s Sports Mail – with 10p of every issue sold donated to Pompey – testifies.

Whether it is the high of reading about a Jed Wallace-inspired win or the low of digesting another turbulent day on their travels, readers have been lining newsagents in their thousands each and every Saturday tea-time to get the in-depth lowdown on their side.

The sight of the iconic Sports Mail sailor remains, as ever, an integral part of any match-day experience.

And in time-honoured fashion, The News would like to give a big thumbs up of our own and put on record our appreciation for sticking with us and the Sports Mail once again.

The incredible £13,681.30 total raised from sales of the Sports Mail this season, which was presented to the club before this afternoon’s League Two finale with York, surpasses the superb £12,901 raised for the Blues last time out.

Throw in the £2,239 raised by sales of last summer’s Sports Mail for the Tifosy fanfunding scheme and the total amount donated by readers for Pompey stands at a fantastic £28,821 overall.

And the good news does not stop there.

We have listened again to our readers who need their sporting fix every Saturday tea-time – even throughout the summer months.

Although the League Two season drew to a close this weekend, there is bound to be plenty going on at Fratton Park – not least the small matter of who will be in charge of the Blues come the start of next term!

Away from the comings and goings at Pompey, though, there is plenty to look forward to in the world of sport this summer.

Grassroots football will continue to be represented in the summer Sports Mail, with picture specials, reaction and reports from all the youth tournaments involving many of our junior teams from the region.

Your Saturday sports companion won’t just be a football frenzy, though.

We will be celebrating a whole host of other sports, with regular features, big interviews and team posters on these very pages.

And that’s not forgetting the cricket.

Hampshire are pursuing glory in first-class, one-day and t20 formats as the Ageas Bowl outfit continue to battle for the top prizes in the game on their return to County Championship division one.

At local level, there are a whole host of honours up for grabs for our sides in Southern Electric Premier League, Hampshire League and several high-profile knockout competitions.

So don’t forget about us over the summer months – we’ll still be here as always.

See you next week!