Awford is ‘blown away’ by funding a month on

Andy Awford manned the Fratton Park ticket office last night Picture: Colin Farmery
Andy Awford manned the Fratton Park ticket office last night Picture: Colin Farmery
An artist's impression for Pompey's ambitious plans for a new stadium at The Hard they released on April 24, 2007

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ANDY AWFORD thought raising £100,000 for Pompey in a year was some going.

So, to see the Fanfunding total approach the £120,000 mark in its first month has ‘blown away’ the Blues boss.

Now Awford is dreaming of hitting the £250,000 target to cover the cost of paying for two Academy training pitches at his club’s new Roko training base in Hilsea.

Yesterday marked the one month anniversary since Gianluca Vialli attended the event’s launch at Fratton Park.

Awford was there that night and admitted to being stunned by the project’s aim.

That seemed like a distant figure back then, but the Pompey boss can picture it being reached thanks to unwavering generosity of the Blues’ support.

Awford said: ‘It’s remarkable what the fans have achieved. It’s remarkable what they do.

‘When I sat there with Luca Vialli and they said £250,000 was the target I was shocked.

‘I was amazed, to be honest, that was the target.

‘But to raise £100,000 in four weeks or so is amazing.

‘To do that in a short space of time blows you away really.

‘It just goes to show you the quality of our supporters.

‘Everyone says Pompey fans are the best in the country – but they are, aren’t they.

‘It’s as simple as that really.

‘There are a lot of worthy causes out there and our fans do dig deep.

‘To raise £100,000 in a year let alone four weeks would be something.

‘It’s amazing and I’m really grateful.

‘Hopefully, the fans can keep it coming and we can get the full amount. That would be magnificent.’

Pompey Supporters’ Trust launched a shares’ drive initiative at the end of May to boost Academy funds.

As part of that, plans were placed on show for fans to see at an all-day event at Fratton Park.

They were able to digest exactly what parting with their hard-earned cash was helping fund there.

Awford feels the fact the Fratton faithful have something tangible to work towards is helping propel the funding.

He said: ‘From our point of view, I think they can now see where their money is going. We are very, very grateful for it.

‘But I think they can now be satisfied about what it’s going to be spent on.

‘This particular funding is to get two more pitches down the training ground.

‘Everyone can see the benefits of that, you’d be stupid if you couldn’t.

‘Our fans aren’t stupid and are real football people. That’s why they are willing to give.

‘We can fund for “X” at the moment, but we need a bit of help for “Y”, and that’s what the fans are doing.’