Posts by SJMaskell

The Chips Are Down In Pompey Roulette

By on Jun 24, 2012 in Finance, Latest | 6 comments

Pompey Supporters’ Trust have made their bid for the club. Pause to take in the enormity of that statement. This is possibly one of the biggest steps taken in the history of the Trust movement. Not because of the fact that a Trust is in a position to take over a club so recently in the top tier of the game but because they are taking on the most paradoxical...

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The Dog Returns to the Pompey Manger.

By on May 20, 2012 in Finance, Latest | 0 comments

You have to admire the stoicism of football fans. No matter how much the parameters of the game are manipulated to the advantage of those with little emotional investment in our clubs we continue to process through the turnstiles. We tolerate being frisked for lethal bottle tops and are directed to seats where we are ordered to sit down and play nice. The money we...

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Greg Clarke: A Bit of A Dinlow Moment?

By on Apr 26, 2012 in Finance, Latest | 4 comments

‘Dinlow’ is proper Pompey. It is used, often affectionately, to someone who has said or done something idiotic. If Greg Clarke has not been a ‘bit of a din’ in his statement regarding Portsmouth Football Club yesterday then he is guilty of being either over-simplistic or disingenuous, I feel. He certainly hasn’t helped the odds on the...

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Death By Committee; FA In Pass The Buck Manoeuvres

By on Mar 11, 2012 in Latest | 5 comments

You can always tell when an organisation is in denial. They set up a lot of committees to look into the symptoms rather than the causes of their problems. From the look of the FA’s response to the DCMS Football Governance Enquiry of last year, it is quite clear that Freud would have a field day if he had them on his couch. Somehow or other, the urgency for...

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PR Overdrive at Pompey

By on Mar 4, 2012 in Finance, Latest | 4 comments

Ignore the hype. Ignore the sad hypocrisy of the crocodile tears and the valiant claims such as¬†“I will not allow this historic club to go out of business,” emanating from the biggest vested interest of them all. Translate the ¬†sentence. It reads, “I will not allow my front loaded debt to go down the drain.” Balram Chainrai is on a...

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