Thousands raised by fans who want to help Pompey

(l-r) Ashley Brown, chairman of the Portsmouth Supporters Trust and Iain McInnes, chairman of Portsmouth Football Club during the web chat.''Picture: Sarah Standing (131009-8942)

(l-r) Ashley Brown, chairman of the Portsmouth Supporters Trust and Iain McInnes, chairman of Portsmouth Football Club during the web chat.''Picture: Sarah Standing (131009-8942)

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THE Pompey Supporters’ Trust fighting fund is swelling as legions of fans pledge cash.

PST has long said it has enough funds to take Portsmouth Football Club over, but has always maintained that the more money it has the stronger it will be.

And ever since a deal was signed off in the High Court to allow the PST to buy Fratton Park – and thus the football club – the money has been coming in thick and fast, to the tune of about £250,000.

‘We have had pledges and conversions and someone has come forward with £50,000,’ said PST chairman Ashley Brown, who will become a Pompey director once the deal to buy the club has been finalised.

‘The share offer remains open and is likely to for a while. But sign up as soon as possible to make sure you are a part of history.’

Ashley was making his comments after taking questions from fans during a lunchtime webchat organised by The News yesterday.

He was joined by the man who will be Pompey chairman, Iain McInnes, who is one of the major backers of the trust’s bid to take control of Pompey.

They took hundreds of questions from fans, asking things such as when the clock at Fratton Park will be fixed, what will happen to the big screen, as well as who will the next manager be, when will the Pompey shops reopen, and what the details for season tickets will be.

Ashley said: ‘We had a lot of the big questions that we expected to have, and that people deserve answers to.

‘Unfortunately we just can’t answer them until the deal is done.

‘We do have the answers to most of the questions, and we think people will be pleased, but all we can say right now is that they are being addressed and there’s not long to wait to get them.’

Work has begun by solicitors at Verisona on the mountain of paperwork that needs to be done before PST can buy Pompey out of administration.

It is likely it will be done towards the end of next week, before the final home game of the season against Sheffield United.

In the meantime, members of the PST are due to be at Brentford FC today as guests of Supporters Direct chairman and Brentford fan Brian Burgess to watch them play Pompey.

Mr Burgess said: ‘It’s a real privilege for me to be welcoming the Pompey Trust and Ian McInnes to Griffin Park at the end of a week when they’ve been given the go-ahead for the historic take over their great club.’

Click here to replay the webchat

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