THE Sports Mail sailor still needs you!

The Sports Mail sailor
The Sports Mail sailor
From left to right: Tony Brown, Mark Catlin, Matt Clark and Kenny Jackett. Picture: Colin Farmery/ Portsmouth FC

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Pompey fans have rallied behind the Sports Mail since it returned at the start of the season.

In bringing back the much-missed Mail we said that we needed the backing from supporters to ensure we could keep the publication going. We were forced to make the tough decision in October 2012 to close it because it was no longer economically viable.

And we are pleased to report that after the first seven issues of the season, the average sale is at the target we set ourselves for survival.

However, this figure is boosted by larger sales at the start of the season. So today we are asking all fans to please continue to support the Sports Mail by making it a weekly habit rain or shine – win, lose or draw.

And remember, in doing so you are helping the club – as with every copy sold we are giving 10p to the Pompey Supporters’ Trust.

We realise that Pompey’s results have so far fallen short of what fans might have expected – chief executive Mark Catlin admitted last week that Pompey were three or four points below where Guy Whittingham and the team would have wanted to be.

And we know that if things haven’t gone Pompey’s way on the pitch, our on-day match report won’t make for easy reading.

But we do need commitment from fans to back the Mail as you back the team. And remember there is so much more packed in to Sports Mail every week than the report and league tables and results.

It’s the only place you can read the thoughts of ‘keeper John Sullivan in his exclusive Keeping it Real column. There are other Mail-only columns written by Pompey engagement officer Micah Hall and life-time Fratton fan Steve Bone, through his sideways-looking Bone Idol Gossip.

Each week we speak to past Pompey favourites in Life After Fratton which has so far included Sean Davis, Dave Beasant, Ray Hiron, Eoin Hand and Kevin Dillon. And we take a trip down memory lane with our This Was the Week When… spread. There are also exclusive articles on life behind the scenes at Pompey and the latest on Pompey Youth and Pompey Ladies.

But it’s not all about Pompey as we provide the best news from around the non-league football scene – as well as reports from that day’s key games – and provide the most comprehensive reports, scores and pictures round-up from local parks and youth football.

So get the thumbs up from the Sports Mail sailor by picking up a copy every week!

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