Pompey fans: We want to hear more from our club

Pompey chairman Iain McInnes. Picture: Joe Pepler
Pompey chairman Iain McInnes. Picture: Joe Pepler
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These days Pompey prides itself on being transparent and open.

Yet supporters would like those running the club to be even more communicative.

That is the outcome from the sixth and final part of our Great Pompey Survey, with 461 of you getting involved.

This week we have focused on The News’ coverage of the Blues and what improvements supporters wish to see.

And according to one of the categories, 38 per cent of fans would like more interviews with the club hierarchy in the paper.

In terms of the club’s board, chairman Iain McInnes and Pompey Supporters’ Trust trio Ashley Brown, Mark Trapani and John Kimbell feature regularly in The News.

Chris Moth, John Kirk and Verisona’s Mike Dyer complete the seven-man board.

Meanwhile, of those who contributed, 26.2 per cent preferred to see the return of a weekly player column.

It is a format which has proven popular in the past, with contributors including Paul Merson, Richard Hughes and, briefly, John Sullivan and Simon Ferry.

In recent seasons, respective Blues bosses have vetoed such a column, but clearly there is an element of supporters who would like to see it return.

However, 22.9 per cent felt the coverage was fine as it was, while surprisingly only five per cent – 23 people – were keen on seeing more nostalgia.

Elsewhere among the questions, those surveyed indicated they would like to read more articles on Pompey Ladies and Pompey’s Academy.

A total of 48.8 per cent said there was not enough coverage of the Academy.

In addition, in response to the question on whether supporters would like to see more on all Academy age-groups teams, 59.5 per cent voted yes.

As for Pompey Ladies, 30 per cent felt Perry Northeast’s team received enough coverage – although 42.1 per cent believed they didn’t.

What’s more, when quizzed on what fans would like to see more of in the Sports Mail, 57.9 per cent wanted Pompey, 10.1 per cent the Academy, with Pompey Ladies (8.6 per cent) and non-league football (5.7 per cent) also featuring.

Moving on, in recent years The News has increased its video output to accompany our traditional football coverage.

According to the survey, 28.9 per cent regularly watch video interviews with Pompey’s manager and players.

In addition, 52.7 per cent occasionally tune in, with 14.9 per cent never having sampled them.

While 12.3 per cent regularly watch our own in-house videos, with 52.3 per cent occasionally viewing them.

For those Pompey fans unable to attend matches, The News produces live on-line coverage.

Of those who took part, 27.5 per cent rated the service as good and 20.3 per cent as satisfactory. However, 29 per cent never use it.

When asked how it could be improved, 43.4 per cent indicated they would like more running commentary during the match.

Close behind, 41.6 per cent wanted pictures added throughout.