Pompey fan power set to land windfall

Pompey fans have once more proved their class. Picture: Allan Hutchings (121503-061)
Pompey fans have once more proved their class. Picture: Allan Hutchings (121503-061)
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Pompey are set for a £30,000 windfall – thanks to the club’s supporters.

The Blues are hot favourites to emerge victorious in npower’s Fan Power Stadium initiative.

And that means a much-needed financial fillip for the club thanks to the efforts of their followers.

The Football League’s sponsors have put up a £30,000 prize fund for the social network-based scheme.

And the on-line Fratton faithful look to have battled their way to the top of the 72 team league table.

The funds are split into a £10,000 prize for the club who delivered the most sign-ups as a proportion of their average attendance.

There is also a further £20,000 handed to the outfit whose fans then make most mentions of words associated with their club on both Facebook and Twitter.

With Pompey and administrator Trevor Birch battling for every penny to help keep the club afloat, fans have wholeheartedly got behind the scheme.

The final deadline for tweets and status updates passed last Friday.

Now fans are awaiting official confirmation their efforts have paid off.

That will arrive on Monday but, in the meantime, Pompey have moved to praise their efforts in fighting to raise funds for their club.

A Pompey spokesman said: ‘Our army of Twitter and Facebook followers have really got behind this initiative and provided Pompey with the same level of support we have come to expect at Fratton Park on a matchday.

‘Hopefully their efforts will be rewarded when the final results are announced next week.

‘And we’d like to thank them all for their magnificent backing.’

The £30,000 prize cannot be used to pay off debts or fund wages.