Pompey Trust Prepares For The Worst


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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7 Responses

  1. Jack says:

    Good article. One minor point is that, according to trust sources who’ve been working on Plan B, the most likely league for admittance would be the BSP (especially since the expulsion of Chester) from the discussions they’ve been having. Whether that’s necessarily fair or not I don’t know but that’s looking likeliest should the worst happen.

  2. Thanks for this article, Ian. As a Pompey supporter, I am relieved to know that there is a contingency plan like this.

  3. andy says:

    Replacing Chester seems a convenient option on the surface, but given that they are effectively relegated, surely that would require either an extra BSC relegation, or the play-off winners of BSN being denied promotion, wouldn’t it? I wonder if one of the relevant footballing bodies would satisfactorally compensate whoever is denied a BSC place if Portsmouth FC were allowed to take their place.

  4. Hackney Badger says:

    The safety argument over small clubs hosting four-figure crowds is specious, I think. When AFC Wimbledon were in the lower levels of the Ryman League, I don’t remember any real trouble associated with their four-figure away support. Indeed I think many clubs, mine (Wealdstone) included, welcomed the increased money through the gate and over the bar.
    Make them start at the bottom, like Aldershot, (AFC) Wimbledon, etc.!

  5. Stu says:

    Now that they have beaten us, i’d quite like them to win the FA Cup before they get wound up and cease to exist – it would really highlight the insanity of the financial aspect of the game.

  6. Big Sim says:

    Agree with the above posters.

    There is no precedent for a new Portsmouth team to be allowed to join the BSP. They should have to do what AFC Wimbledon has done and earn their right to play in it by starting at the bottom and working their way up.

  7. Chris P says:

    As I understand it, if Pompey are wound up then only one team would be relegated from League 2. Therefore there would be no problem with them joining the BSP, as they would effectively take the place of the team that would have been relegated (Grimsby at the moment i think?). However, as a Southampton fan I would obviously like to see them start as low as possible ;)

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