There is still time to aid community club dream

Cheryl was lucky enough to sit next to 1980s pop star Sinitta, pictured here at a previous event   Picture: PA

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There’s not too much for most Pompey fans to be cheerful about right now. But at least a small band of dedicated fans have something to celebrate.

They are the members of the Spanish Pompey Supporters Club, who next month will enjoy being able to watch their side without the usual need to make a long plane journey from foreign climes.

Because the club’s away friendly fixture against the national team of Gibraltar represents almost a ‘home match’ for these hardy fans.

And what a great touch has been shown by ex-pat Gary Benham, who has offered to put up travelling supporters at his Spanish home in return for a donation to the Tom Prince Cancer Trust.

All Pompey fans who have contributed to our annual Blue Day to aid the charity will appreciate a gesture that will bring in more funds for this deserving cause.

There must though be many supporters waiting with no little trepidation to see what team manager Michael Appleton will be able to field for the club’s pre-season warm-ups and, more importantly, their first competitive fixtures in the 2012-13 season.

Right now, administrator Trevor Birch is effectively stuck between a rock and a hard place as he seeks without too much joy to off load the high earners who Pompey simply can’t afford to pay next season.

Until that happens, it is difficult to see how other players can be recruited to Fratton for what will be just about a completely new side next year. And the longer the club has to wait, the more likely that the better available players will be snapped up elsewhere.

Things reach a crucial stage on June 25 when creditors meet to discuss Balram Chainrai’s 2p in the pound offer.

The Pompey Supporters Trust has pledged to come up with a more attractive proposal before then.

We hope it succeeds. Mr Chainrai is perhaps seen by only a few fans as a dynamic and go-ahead owner as opposed to someone who, justifiably, is seeking mainly to protect his financial interests.

If Pompey can become a real community club, then perhaps a corner will have been turned. And any fan who has not yet committed to the cause can still do so – today.