Pompey fans’ trust welcomes High Court adjournment

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FANS hoping to take over Pompey say the latest delay in a court case to establish the value of Fratton Park will strengthen their hand.

The hearing, which was due on Tuesday to determine details over the proposed sale of Fratton Park, will now take place on Thursday, January 31.

The Pompey Supporters’ Trust has welcomed the news as it allows its bid to buy the club more time to be completed.

Trust chairman Ashley Brown said: ‘Our original wish was to buy Fratton Park ourselves and we are optimistic that we will be able to achieve this, which of course is what the fans want.

‘However, the single most important thing our supporters can do to help achieve this objective is to convert their pledges or buy a share if they have not yet done so, either as individuals or in syndicates.

‘All money is held in an escrow account and will only be used should the bid proceed, as we all hope it will. The more cash we can raise before the final court hearing, the better our chances of success. It is as simple as that.’

In a statement, Trevor Birch, PKF partner and joint administrator of Portsmouth Football Club (2010) Ltd, said: ‘Following discussions last week, all parties agreed to ask the court for an adjournment until January 31.

‘We have been informed this afternoon that the judge has granted this request.’