Guy Whittingham is looking forward to being disappointed when he goes in search of a Sports Mail each weekend this season.
This Saturday marks the return of The News’ much-missed Saturday sports paper, with a report and pictures from Pompey’s League Two opener against Oxford, plus much more, being available for fans almost immediately after the final whistle is blown.
It will continue to hit the streets each Saturday evening for the rest of the 2013-14 season and beyond – if football fans in the community go out and buy it at 60p.
It will be a crucial read throughout the campaign as the Blues plot a course out of League Two and bid to bring the good times back to Fratton Park.
Down through the years, Pompey boss Whittingham adorned the front cover of many Sports Mails with his goalscoring feats for the star and crescent.
A true advocate of the paper, he’s already wondering where best to grab his copy.
But he’s also fully aware he’ll need to act quick– especially if the Blues pick up the wins needed to ensure their League Two stay is a temporary one.
Yet Whittingham’s willing to sacrifice a copy, if it means fans are rushing out to read about a Pompey victory.
‘I’m really pleased (it’s coming back),’ said Whittingham.
‘I can remember the days when, if Portsmouth did well, there would be no copies left in the news agents by seven o’clock.
‘So I’m looking forward to having no copy left to pick up on Sunday mornings because I‘ll know then we’ll have done well.
‘If you’re doing well, people want to go and buy it and have a look.
‘If there’s ones in the shop and we’ve done well then I’ll go and buy one.’
Whittingham can, off course, avoid being disappointed by sold-out signs by subscribing to the Sports Mail.
He, and others, can ensure they get their hands on a copy each week by signing up for a 45p-per-week subscription.
Log on to subscriptiononline.co.uk or call 0844 2920216.