On this day: Trust or bust for Pompey

On this day in 2013, The News reported how the Portsmouth Supporters' Trust took a giant leap towards gaining control of the club.

Thursday, 8th February 2018, 4:18 pm
Updated Thursday, 8th February 2018, 4:23 pm
The Pompey Supporters' Trust took control of the Blues on April 19, 2013

The front page of the paper focused on how the fans-led group had put themselves in pole position to rescue the Blues after the Football League ruled out any new bids 24 hours earlier.

A last-minute bid by financier Keith Harris was dismissed by the league's governing body, meaning the ball was firmly in the Trust's court.

The announcement brought an abrupt end to a day of drama as battle lines were being drawn over reports of another bidder joining the race for the stricken club.

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Speaking to The News, Colin Farmery, spokesman of the Trust, said: ‘We are very pleased with the Football League's decision.

'This is a clear sign from the Football League they approve of us.

'The situation with Pompey has been going on for almost 12 months now and the statement clearly relates to the fact they want this matter to be brought to a conclusion.

'I would now urge those fans who haven't yet added their pledge to do so.

'To any fans who may have been sceptical, now is the time to put your money into the club that we support.'

SOS Pompey's Bob Beech added: 'This is it, it's the Trust or bust now.

'The only thing that will make the bid stronger now is if all fans get behind the share options. We all know it's tough out there and it's difficult for fans to find that extra bit of money but if you can afford it please make a pledge because now is the time.'