THE Pompey Supporters’ Trust’s fans-backed takeover bid has been given a huge boost after two stars pledged their support.
David Norris and Joel Ward are the latest players to sign up to its community share scheme initiative after goalkeeper Jamie Ashdown pledged his £100 to the scheme earlier this month.
David’s wife Claire, using her @Daisybirthwinch account on social networking site Twitter, tweeted: ‘David Norris’ cheque and docs in post to join trust bid.’
The midfielder, who scored a dramatic equaliser in Pompey’s 2-2 draw with Southampton, this week expressed his intention to stay with the Blues despite suffering relegation to League One.
It comes after Zoe Ashdown, the wife of goalkeeper Jamie, urgedPompey players to follow her husband’s lead and sign up to the scheme.
Pompey Supporters’ Trust spokesman Scott Mclachlan said: ‘We are delighted that David has decided to help out the club and the trust in its bid to save Pompey.
‘We hope this inspires many more fans to back the bid.’
‘We must give much thanks to Zoe Ashdown for her work in talking to the players and outlining what this means and how they can help.
‘I’m sure she will persuade more players to sign up in the coming days, which will be fantastic and shows that we are all in this together with our love for Pompey and share the fear it may disappear in the next fe weeks.’
Zoe said: ‘The players already had it in the back of their minds and it was a matter of getting the paperwork in front of them and put their signatures down.
‘It’s a no brainer really – no one wants to see the club go under and having been here for so long it’s important for me and Jamie.
‘The players want to raise awareness and we are just doing our bit to do that too.’
Meanwhile Pompey fans have been praised by Derby County for the way they handled relegation.
In a letter sent to the club by the Rams’ press officer John Loakes, it said: ‘Everyone at Derby is very sorry to see you guys relegated.
‘You have far and away the best opposition fans in the league, everyone at your club is so friendly and helpful and I personally love coming to Fratton Park.
‘You’ll be sorely missed next season.’
To find out how you can sign up to the trust’s scheme to buy the club, visit communitypompey.co.uk