Supporters in rallying call to sing for all 90 minutes tonight

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FANS have been urged to show their support by singing for 90 minutes against Ipswich tonight after Pompey applied to go into administration.

The club confirmed yesterday it has made an application to the High Court to go into administration.

Bob Beech, chairman of campaign group SOS Pompey, has issued a rallying cry for fans to pack Fratton Park.

He is urging fans to stand, sing and get behind the team for the entire 90 minutes.

Fans showed unity by turning their backs on the action to sing ‘Michael Appleton’s Blue and White Army’ during a two-minute protest as the second half kicked off against Blackpool on Saturday.

Their response was praised by fans across the country, and Mr Beech said the current feeling among fans could replicate one of the club’s most famous evenings.

He said fans chanted ‘Alan Ball’s Blue and White Army’ away to Crewe Alexandra in 1998 before continuing the chant in the next game against Stockport County at home.

‘Everyone seems to feel the same way now. There seems to be a mood swing among the fans saying enough is enough,’ said Mr Beech.

‘I have a feeling tonight is going to be one of those special Fratton Park nights. Everyone is behind the team.

‘History has been written and I think this is going to be another chapter. The Blackpool game was fantastic – it was a real show of strength from the Pompey fans.’

The campaign group launched the Love Pompey initiative ahead of tonight’s game to coincide with Valentine’s Day. It calls on fans to show their love for the club and the city.

‘At the end of the day, get behind the team for 90 minutes,’ added Mr Beech.

‘Win, lose or draw, the result is immaterial in the greater scheme of things.

‘The fans’ passion for the club will never die. Some of the happiest memories I have are at Fratton Park.’

And former Pompey player Ray Crawford is also backing the call for fans to show their solidarity and fill out Fratton Park.

He said: ‘I hope the fans can put all this behind them for 90 minutes and cheer the team on.

‘The players should be commended as they have been giving a first-class performance.

‘I’ve been watching them play and they have been putting so much in.

‘We need the fans to cheer them on and to pack Fratton Park.’

The club waived a £2 admin charge for all tickets bought ahead tonight’s kick off.