Three years on - the underdogs are ready for their biggest fight

Prince Boateng celebrates netting against Spurs at Wembley
Prince Boateng celebrates netting against Spurs at Wembley

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Tomorrow marks the anniversary of one of Pompey’s greatest and most celebrated victories.

Three years ago on April 11, Harry Redknapp’s Spurs side, containing a clutch of richly-paid former Blues players, were sent packing at Wembley.

It was a victory which superseded even the FA Cup win on the list of great moments among many supporters.

If events at the Rolls Building in London tomorrow reap the right outcome for the Pompey Supporters’ Trust, even that achievement will be left in the shade.

The judge’s verdict at the Fratton Park valuation hearing between the club’s administrators and Portpin will have a cataclysmic impact on the future of Portsmouth Football Club.

Typically, when it comes to recent events around these parts, there are no guarantees a definitive outcome will be reached.

April 10 and 11 have been the dates ringed in Pompey’s mocked calendar of players who are no longer at the club.

That was when the royal blue end game was reached, the line in the sand under the shingle on Southsea beach was drawn.

The reality is it could run until Friday, it could run until next week or it could run until an appeal hearing is heard – if it is granted.

So we may or may not have an outcome any time soon. But it’s not when it’s decided people want to know.

Whether it’s interactions in the pub, at a game or on Twitter, the question is the same.

Which way is it going to go?

Of course, no-one knows the answer to that.

Balram Chainrai doesn’t know. Iain McInnes doesn’t know. Keith Harris doesn’t know. Even judge Mr Justice Peter Smith doesn’t know yet.

History is usually a good indicator of present behaviour, however, and that tells us that Portpin aren’t going to go quietly.

It also informs us to expect a few twists and turns in the ever-changing plot line to the Fratton soap opera.

And it would be remiss of us not to be prepared for a few cheap shots to be thrown in where possible.

Harris has already tried a body blow or two with his letter to Portsmouth City Council trying to derail their loan to the Trust.

He has now tried to circumnavigate the fact the Trust’s bid is the only in town, in the Football League’s eyes, with his £6.3m offer for Fratton Park.

If Harris is trying to win favour with supporters, he’s going a funny way about it.

An on-line poll by News chief sports writer Neil Allen saw 11 per cent in favour of Harris gaining control of the club.

Now, on-line Pompey support shouldn’t necessarily be taken as representative of the club’s overall following, but that figure is emphatic.

The question then remains the same. If Harris has the club’s best interests at heart, why not work with the Trust after their takeover is sealed?

Pompey’s past is a murky one and the Trust’s desire to break the chain with that is what gives their bid the moral high ground. Anyone with previous links, like Harris, will be treated with suspicion by fans.

It’s been said before, but it’s worth saying again – the Trust’s bid is the right one ethically and morally.

The fans have been the underdogs for long enough in their efforts to save Pompey. But it’s a position this club revels in.

That was the case so memorably three years ago tomorrow – and look what happened there.