Trust bid has Pompey fans feeling good

Mark Catlin, right, celebrates on Southsea Common with the League Two trophy. Picture: Joe Pepler

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WITH Pompey winning on the pitch, and Portsmouth Supporters’ Trust moving into pole position to take over the club, fans are daring to let themselves feel positive about the future.

As a crowd of 13,051 watched the Blues beat Shrewsbury 3-1 on Saturday, the park was far from packed.

HAPPY Pompey fans at Saturday's game against Shrewsbury. ''Picture: Sarah Standing (123431-9216)

HAPPY Pompey fans at Saturday's game against Shrewsbury. ''Picture: Sarah Standing (123431-9216)

But for those who were there, the mood was upbeat as fans chanted ‘We’re going to buy the club’, and ‘Taxi for Chainrai’, marking their displeasure with the former owner.

The troubled club has moved up to 11th place in League One after stringing together five games without defeat.

And administrators PKF announced last week that the trust is the preferred bidder ahead of Balram Chainrai’s Portpin.

The trust launched a bid for a community buyout earlier this year and hundreds of people have since signed up to stake their support in the future of Pompey.

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Pompey Fans'Portsmouth_Shrewsbury'League One'Fratton Park'20/10/2012

Barry Savage, 64, from Abbeyfield Avenue in Fareham, said: ‘I’m totally behind them.

‘I’ve committed my £1,000, so have my wife and my daughter. I just hope they’ve got enough money to see us through.’

Baz Puszkar, 58, of Cumberland Avenue in Emsworth said: ‘This could change the face of football in this country as we know it.

‘Let’s give football back to the fans. This is what this is all about, this could be the start of it.’

His son Bryan, 26, added: ‘It’s absolutely fantastic that the trust has this opportunity. It would be brilliant for something positive to come out of what has been an absolute fiasco over the last few years.’

Bob Beech of SOS Pompey was at the trust’s bus, parked outside the ground on Saturday, talking to fans about the latest developments. He said: ‘It’s captured people’s imaginations.

‘You can feel the excitement coming off people.

‘We’ve been getting lots of people asking how they can get involved and new pledges coming in.

‘There’s been moments where we had doubts, but now there’s a feeling of “you know, we can do this”. It’s terrifying to be quite honest.’

The trust has said that the next stage is to finalise the share prospectus with a view to launching it at the end of this week.