Read the SOS Pompey letter in full

Pompey's Brett Pitman celebrates after scoring his second goal in their 2-0 win at Oldham. Picture: Joe Pepler/Digital South

Oldham 0 Pompey 2: they said what?

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Below is a copy of the letter which will be handed to Pompey players as they arrive at the training ground later this morning.

When you joined our football club certain promises were made to you, you signed a contract and on that basis and you have every right to demand what is justly yours.

With everything that has happened you, like us supporters, have every right to be angry, you are as much a victim of the incompetence that has left our club teetering on the brink of as anyone.

Now though you have the chance to write your name in the history of our club, the decisions that you make will decide whether one hundred and fourteen years of history come to an end. Generations of Pompey fans are praying that you are able to reach a compromise with the administrators and while legality and indeed morality are on your side, we can only appeal to your conscience.

While those who have done this squabble over the final remains of Portsmouth Football Club, without a care for those who have been put out of work, or the businesses forced to make cut backs because of non-payment, you can show the world that you care. You can save this club that so many of us care about, you can demonstrate that footballers aren’t the shallow, selfish people that is portrayed in the press.

We hope that with your help Pompey can survive and, under the ownership of the fans, can slowly but surely be turned around. We know that the potential sacrifice we are asking you to make is immense, but we will not survive without it.

Thank you