Birch’s message of thanks to Pompey fans who packed the park

PRAISE Trevor Birch
PRAISE Trevor Birch
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POMPEY’S administrator Trevor Birch has thanked the thousands of fans who helped pack Fratton Park at the weekend.

More than 17,500 people turned up to the match against Leeds on Saturday, making it the game with the third highest attendance of the season so far.

Meanwhile former Bad Company frontman and lifelong Pompey fan Brian Howe was spotted in the stands on Saturday.

Supporters are trying to boost the numbers of fans in the stands to help the club as Mr Birch tries to find the funds to get Pompey out of administration.

Mr Birch said fans, staff and players should be proud of the support they showed at the weekend.

He said: ‘I want to thank every single one of the Portsmouth fans that came to the Leeds match on Saturday.

‘I’ve been to enough games over the years as a player, club official and supporter to know the atmosphere inside the ground was something special.

‘This is a special club with special supporters and I’m going to do everything I possibly can to save it.

‘You recognised Portsmouth Football Club needed the support of everyone in the community at this difficult time and you stepped up to the mark.’

Mr Birch said feedback on the decision to reduce ticket prices and scrap the admin fee had been positive and the club will look at doing the same thing for Saturday’s game against Middlesbrough.

He added: ‘The team played with real commitment and passion.

‘Keep the faith and we will survive.’

The Pompey Supporters Trust is urging as many people as possible to pack Fratton Park for all of Pompey’s games.

Spokesman Scott Mclachlan said: ‘It was really good on Saturday and the atmosphere was brilliant.

‘I know the crowd was only 17,500 but seeing as though the price reduction was made only 24 hours before the game I think it was a very good turnout.

‘I’m hopeful for a good turnout at the remaining games.

‘We hope people will believe in what the administrator is saying and see that every penny is going towards saving the football club.’