Fans net cash windfall for Pompey

Pompey fans have been named loudest in the country
Pompey fans have been named loudest in the country
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Pompey fans have helped to reduce season ticket prices after being crowned Fanpower winners.

The Fratton faithful won £30,000 for the club by being the loudest in the country – on Facebook and Twitter.

That windfall has been used in setting the recently heavily-reduced season ticket prices for this season.

Barnsley, in particular, ran Pompey close in the 11-week race to claim the cash prize on offer. Yet when the competition ended on June 1, the Blue Army were the comfortable victors.

It meant Pompey won two cash prizes totalling £30,000, which has been factored into cutting season tickets by up to 70 per cent next season.

And that contribution has been praised by administrator Trevor Birch.

He said: ‘This speaks volumes about the enthusiasm and passion Pompey fans have.

‘This shows just how much they care – they are the club’s best asset.’

Fans across the country were challenged by Football League sponsors npower to ‘make the most noise’ about their club on Facebook and Twitter, with each supporter taking part then populating their club’s virtual Fanpower Stadium.

Pompey’s followers proved not just the loudest but filled a higher percentage of their stadium – whose size was based on average attendances – than any other club.

They generated nearly 70,000 noise counts mentioning their beloved club.

Emma Collins, npower sponsorship manager, added: ‘We’re delighted to be handing over the prize to Portsmouth and their fans, who seized the opportunity to support their club with unrivalled passion.’