Saying it with pride: another Birch emerges with new hope for the future

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IF YOUR name was Birch, the High Court in London was a good place to be yesterday.

Ollie Birch, no relation to Pompey’s new administrator, emerged with huge relief from the Rolls Building, off Fleet Street, his Blues’ scarf proudly held aloft.

The 21-year-old Fratton Park season ticket holder from Tonbridge, Kent, had taken a day’s holiday to sit through the tense hearing which decided the club’s future.

He said: ‘Everybody thought it was a fait accompli that Mr Andronikou would be appointed administrator, but the judge obviously had other ideas.

‘I’m more than happy with the result. It is a very positive outcome when you consider what might have happened.’

He added: ‘We’ve got a fresh start with a new administrator who can really look into what has been going on at the club with a fresh pair of eyes.’

Jo Collins, the former chairman of the Portsmouth Supporters’ Trust, who also attended the hearing, said: ‘This really was a good day for the little man.

‘The judge took into account all the small businesses and ordinary people who have been subsidising the club for years.

‘Perhaps the mess will finally get sorted.’