Portsmouth’s Golden Opportunity


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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8 Responses

  1. Joe in Vancouver says:

    Wonderful article Ian and you hit the nail on the head perfectly. The three heroes you named certainly deserve our plaudits and a huge thank you but you are correct that there were many others that provided invaluable support. I hesitate to name them because I am sure to miss some and being 5,000 miles away I cannot claim to be as well informed as some. We had an army of great sympathisers!

    I certainly think the members of the Trust deserve a huge mention and (not sure if he is a member or not) Stuart Robinson – also @ dodgycurry,SOS Pompey, Pompey Royal, Ollie Birch Carl spangled, Pompey’s 12th Man etc. etc. I may have duplicated some with their Twitter names as well as their real ones but they all deserve our undying gratitude.

    Two names that you already mentioned, and with which I totally agree, are MICAH HALL and S J MASKELL (I really meant those upper case letters. So wonderful they were beyond belief – we are forever indebted to them.

    You are also spot on with your praise for Neil Allen and the Portsmouth News. While Sky and Express FM ignored us and concentrated on being mouthpieces for Chainrai we were able to rely on truthful, accurate reporting from Neil and all his colleagues. That was superb and helped us all to keep fighting.

    Finally, please don’t blush, but the platform that Twohundredpercent willingly (nay MORE than willingly) gave us was more invaluable than even you can imagine.

  2. fwis says:

    Season tickets for next year should be flying off the ‘shelves’ now. Ownership of the ground and sizeable fan base for the lower leagues, combined with good fiscal management should ensure Pompey are in a position to re-establish Championship level football in the short to medium term.

    Budgets will be decent for L1/L2, players will see Portsmouth as an attractive proposition. There are no guarantees in sport, of course, but the potential is certainly there.

    Well done to those who kept the faith and never compromised with those who, frankly, didn’t give a sh*t about your club.

    As a supporter of another fan owned club, I wish the trust well in their endeavours…

  3. Nathan says:

    So another larger club escapes more debts and gets to restart in Division 4 with income means it can out-bid most of the clubs there who are trying to run themselves sustainably (see Plymouth, Port Vale, Rotherham etc.)

    It will be fun to see Pompey lose to the likes of Fleetwood though.

    Enjoy the naive early years of fan ownership when you think you can change things even though football is broken from the top down.

  4. fwis says:

    Nathan, you haven’t picked up terribly good examples to support your dig. Unless you are referring to the fact that they are NOW trying to run sustainably after recent episodes of gross mismanagement.

    In which case, the Pompey trust will presumably just be trying to do the same thing…

  5. Simon says:

    The Trust own 100 percent of the club. The fifty one per cent you talk about is the percentage the fans hope to control in relation to the HNW investors. They may though need to have a 100% conversion on their original £100 pledges to achieve this. Iain McInnes has already said the HNWI have donated an extra £1m to cover legal costs, running of the club, which will be now be transfered into shares. So it is a little too early to call Pompey the UK’s biggest community club.

  6. SW says:

    Good luck to Pompey – what has happened to that club and those fans is an utter disgrace.

    There will be plenty of people who identify themselves as football fans just willing you to fail. They hate the concept of fan ownership and are far happier supporting the totally discredited sugar daddy method.

  7. moethebarman says:

    Yay! Play up Pompey :) Assuming we aren’t relegated I look forward to us beating you next season ;)

  8. Nathan says:

    Moe, one of the reasons we are going down is nonsense like Pompey.

    Just like we as Wimbledon fans patently did not do enough to prevent our club moving to Selhurst Park and then Hammam selling Plough Lane, Portsmouth fans did not do enough to prevent the ghastly money-laundering criminals abusing “their” club when it patently obvious that is what was happening (just Google “Gaydamak” FFS!)

    I wish their Trust all the goodwill in the world but know that football is still run on the single-owner with regular bankruptcies model that will prevent a sustainable supporter-owned club from progressing without vast public subsidy (as in Swansea’s case – their council paid for the £27m stadium that massively improved their prospects).

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