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Portsmouth FC - We Own Our Club

Started on 13 October 2013 by pompeyblue
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pompeyblue's avatar pompeyblue
7 yearsEdited

10th April 2013

Trust agree deal in court to buy Pompey

League One Portsmouth are on the verge of salvation after administrators of the club struck a late deal with Portpin for the sale of Fratton Park.

A takeover by the Pompey Supporters' Trust can now be completed after the club spent 14 months in administration. Their takeover is conditional on taking control of Fratton Park which was owned by the club's major creditor Portpin.

Portpin, led by Balram Chainrai, claimed they were owed £12m by the club and held Portsmouth's home as security. The PST had offered £3m for the ground but with Portpin unwilling to sell at that price, administrators BDO went to the High Court to force the sale.

But it did not get that far, with an agreement reached out of court between administrators and Portpin, thought to be a figure of £3m plus add-ons. It means the fans' group can now go ahead with their purchase of Fratton Park and BDO can start the process of finally bringing the club out of administration.

"It's fantastic, it's exactly the news we wanted. It's really exciting," PST chairman Ashley Brown told Sky Sports. "It's taken a lot longer than we wanted but in the end we got the result we wanted. It's brilliant news, we're over the moon. "Of course we believed it was possible otherwise we would not have put so much effort into it.”There have been times where we thought we would definitely do it and times where we thought we wouldn't. "Recently we've been very bullish, we've kept at it and we were right to as we've brought it home. "The belief kept us going, we knew we were the right answer for the club and we all knew that we had to keep plugging away at what we wanted to achieve. "This moment should be something special for all fans, not just Pompey. This should give a belief of what is achievable. "We like to say we are the biggest community club in the country and we hope other clubs will follow. "This club now has a very bright future. It is not going to be easy. We're going down to League Two but we have to accept that and use it as an excuse to rebuild."

Administrator at BDO Trevor Birch added: "I'm completely relieved. My reaction is that - relief that's is all finally over. "It's taken quite a bit out of me personally. It's been a very difficult and complex case. "It's been hugely frustrating, but at the end of the day it's all been worth it and Pompey are alive and kicking."

The PST have raised around £2m in pledges with fans' donating £1,000 each to save the club. They are also backed by several High Net Worth individuals, who also support the club, and they have bankrolled the Hampshire outfit for several months now. One of those HNW's is Iain McInnes and he will become chairman of the club as and when the PST takeover is complete.

It marks the end of several torturous years for a club that has been in administration twice in three years and suffered relegation from the Premier League to the Championship and now League One. With another 10-point penalty on the way, a further relegation to League Two is expected.

Birch will now start the process of bringing the club out of administration, which is expected to be completed on 22 April.


pompeyblue's avatar pompeyblue
7 yearsEdited

19th April 2013

Pompey out of administration as PST complete club takeover

Portsmouth have come out of administration and are now officially owned by the Pompey Supporters' Trust, it has been confirmed.An out-of-court settlement between the former owners and administrators for ownership of Fratton Park meant the takeover was completed on Friday.

The 2008 FA Cup winners, who saw their relegation to League Two confirmed on Tuesday, have been close to liquidation over the past 14 months, having been in administration since February 2012.

While potential buyers included former owner Sulaiman Al Fahim, as well as former Watford owner Laurence Bassini, the bid from the supporter-led consortium - backed by wealthy investors - was maintained.A total of nearly £3m was raised, with fans pledging £1,000 to be part of the Trust, which was added to by a £1.45m bridging loan, as well as investment from their property partner Stuart Robinson.
Trevor Birch, joint administrator of Portsmouth, said: "We have cleared the final hurdle: all of the paperwork has now been signed and the sale concluded."It has taken more than 14 months of hard work from all concerned to get here and there were many times over that period when I didn't think we would make it; but we have, and Portsmouth Football Club can once again look forward to the future with optimism."The PST has shown what can be achieved when fans unite together for the good of their community. The club has been through considerable turmoil over the last few years, and I hope it can now enjoy a period of stability and the chance to build solid foundations for a sustainable future based on hard work and honest endeavour."

Ashley Brown, Chairman of the Pompey Supporters' Trust, said: "What a momentous day! Once again Pompey fans have shown why they are some of the best in the land, we now have a club owned by people who truly love it, its fans. That's how football is supposed to be."

Iain McInnes, Chairman of Portsmouth Community Football Club, said: "It has been a very difficult journey to get to this point but in the end we have achieved the right result.

As Portsmouth have now exited administration the Football League have announced, as expected, that a point deduction of 10 points will be placed upon them this season condemning Pompey to relegation and life in League Two next season.

Portsmouth’s final home game of the season against promotion hopefuls Sheffield United will be the first game under the trust ownership and will mark the start of a new era for Pompey.
Good luck and will be following. I have always had a soft spot for Pompey thanks to them coming to the US back in 2010 and the match against DC. The supporters were awesome that day.
2013-10-13 20:23#137867 BayernAmerica : Good luck and will be following. I have always had a soft spot for Pompey thanks to them coming to the US back in 2010 and the match against DC. The supporters were awesome that day.

Thanks :)
Your new story looks good as well.
pompeyblue's avatar pompeyblue
7 yearsEdited

20th April 2013

Pompey 3-0 Sheffield United

Pompey’s new dawn began in glorious fashion as they cruised to a 3-0 win over Sheffield United.

Three goals in 11 first-half minutes made it the perfect start to the Pompey Supporters’ Trust era at Fratton Park. It really was the perfect day to be a Pompey fan as Shaun Cooper, David Connolly and Jed Wallace got the goals in front of a crowd of 18,433 - the biggest home gate of the season. The emphatic win came on top of the club coming out of administration after 14 months and the Trust completing their takeover, as Pompey became the biggest fan-owned club in the United Kingdom.

The feelgood factor was evident at the beginning of the afternoon, with the sun shining and spirits high at the outset of the club’s new era That was epitomised as Pompey’s new chairman Iain McInnes was paraded to supporters along with Trust chairman Ashley Brown and administrator Trevor Birch before kick-off. McInnes was in typically-passionate mood as he delivered a pumped-fist salute to fans at the end of an emotional period.

He would have been pleased to see how the Blues started quickly out of the blocks, with an early penalty appeal not given as Sam Sodje went to ground in the box. Dave Kitson was making his first return to Fratton Park since leaving last summer, and was roundly booed as he challenged for a ball when the Blades attacked.

It was Jed Wallace who was the driving force behind the opener in the 21st minute, with a forceful run into the heart of the visitors’ penalty area. He found Agyemang whose first-time cross was headed home by Cooper, who rose highest at the back post. That goal sent Fratton Park wild, and the home fans were even more jubilant as Pompey doubled the advantage three minutes later. It was Connolly who started and finished the move, as he put Agyemang clear. The chance looked to have past the in-form striker by as he checked, but he found Wallace who put in a delicious cross which Pompey veteran poacher gratefully gobbled up.

It was one-way traffic now with Pompey playing arguably their most fluent and confident football of the campaign. Chairman McInnes was joining in with every chant from the directors’ box, and he was on his feet again as his side grabbed a third goal after 32 minutes.

Connolly was again at the heart of proceedings as he advanced and played a cross all the way across the face of goal to an unmarked Wallace, who made no mistake. This was Pompey’s day now, and that fact was summed up when United did force the ball home three minutes before the break from Porter’s header - but saw the goal ruled out for offside. And there were cheers as it was announced Kitson had been replaced by Jonathan Forte after the break. Barry Robson came on for Ryan Flynn in the visitor’s other switch.

Those switches had no significant impact on the balance of play, though, with Wallace having two off-target shots in quick succession seven minutes after the restart. Pompey should have had a fourth goal after 61 minutes when the majestic Connolly reached the byline and crossed for Wallace, but the teenage midfielder’s glancing effort drifted wide. There was a wonderful contentment about the day for the home fans as the second-half descended into a procession.

But there was still time for a full gambit of chants from the Fratton faithful with ‘Johnny Ertl, ninja turtle’ a stand-out. There was a standing ovation for Agyemang when he was replaced by Ashley Harris with five minutes left - with fans singing ‘sign him up’. And it was a similar story for Wallace moments later when he switched for Jack Maloney, and, finally, Ertl who was replaced by debut-making Nick Awford.

The party mood continued on the final whistle as fans celebrated and the players undertook a lap of honour on a day to remember.
looks good man! :)
2013-10-13 22:00#137890 The-forgotten-one : looks good man! :)

Thanks :)
I like the layout of your Preston story.
A good start mate. I feel you are a talented writer and I hope you can help Pompy out.

Keep up the good work :D
2013-10-16 20:55#138148 wellsy1498 : A good start mate. I feel you are a talented writer and I hope you can help Pompy out.

Keep up the good work :D

Thanks. That means a lot especially from a great writer like yourself.

Whittingham: Job not for me

Guy Whittingham has publicly announced that he has no desire to take the vacant managerial role at Portsmouth.

Whittingham become caretaker manager in November 2012 due to Michael Appleton’s departure to Blackpool and remained in the role until the end of the season as Portsmouth couldn’t hire a new manager while they were in administration.

However, since the PST’s takeover of the club, the search for a new manager begun and it had been widely expected that fan-favourite Whittingham would fill the role.

Although, today when asked about the opportunity of becoming permanent manager he has announced that he is not interested in the job. “I don’t believe I am the right man for the job. Pompey deserve success and I am not confident enough in my own abilities to bring them this success. There is a long-term plan to propel the club back up the leagues and I don’t believe I should be at the helm of this. I have too much affection for this club and its fans to see it fail. I am not ready.”

“Obviously, they were desperate last year so naturally I agreed to help out. I never wanted to earn the job permanently. It was a great experience but I feel that I am more qualified as a coach and don’t have the personality and character of a manager.”

New Portsmouth chairman, Ian McIness, said that he would now hold talks with a number of candidates for the job and admitted they are taking the time so that that they can find ’the best fit’ for the job. “We will be holding more talks, with potential candidates, over the coming weeks. We must find the right man for the job. It’s not a case of hiring the first manager we come across.”

When asked if Whittingham was a leading candidate for the job, before he pulled out, McIness replied “Yes. Of course. He is a legend here and is very well liked among all of the fans. Regardless of what he says I believe that he has the ability to bring success. But, he obviously didn’t have the mind-set. I respect his decision and that he wants this club to be the best it can even if that means he is not a part of its future.”

The new bookies favourite are former Gillingham manager Martin Allen and surprisingly former Portsmouth managers Michael Appleton and Steve Cotterill.

Receptionist: How can I help you, sir?

Me: I have an appointment with Mr McIness and Mr Catlin.

Receptionist: Ah, right this way please. You have an important interview ahead of you.

I knew that the receptionist was right. I was anxious to impress and prove I was worthy of the job. I just want the best for the club I hold so close to my heart and believe that I can take them back to where they belong to be. I only hope that Mr McIness and Mr Catlin believe in me too....

I was greeted with warm handshakes from Ian McIness, club chairman, and Mark Catlin, chief executive, as I walked through the doors.

IM (Ian McIness): It’s great to see you. Now please take a seat.

MC (Mark Catlin): If you don’t mind we are going to ask you a few questions about your aim for the club, ambitions and why you should be our new manager.

Me: I don’t mind at all.

IM: So, what do you see as your plan for the club, if you were to become manager?

Me: Bring back the glory days of the Premier Leagues while retaining financial security. I believe that I have the ability and will to return this club to where they used to be. Unlike, Whittingham I believe I am perfectly suited to this job and am more than capable of bringing success.

MC: So are you extremely confident of becoming a top manager despite no previous managerial history?

Me: Quite simply, yes! I have worked in numerous backroom positions and took coaching badges at an early age. I have only ever wanted to be the best manager in the world. If you take a chance on me I know that the risk will pay off.

IM: If you could wait outside while we have a brief discussion. Thank you.

I waited outside for what seemed like an age despite Ian stating that it would only be a brief discussion. I heard raised voices in the room and this made me even more nervous than I previously was. What if they thought I was over-confident or too obsessed with myself. All these thoughts started to make me sweat like a pig. Finally, I was invited back into the room…....

IM: I am very sorry that we took much longer than anticipated.

Me: It was no problem at all.
(I was never too good at lying)

MC: Now this may be completely unexpected but we were very impressed with the answers you gave to us during the interview and we believe in your abilities.

IM: Therefore, we are delighted to offer you the position of manager.

Me: Wow, I am stunned. Thank you for giving me this opportunity, I won’t let you down.

IM: We will schedule a press conference for tomorrow where you will be unveiled as the new Portsmouth manager....
pompeyblue's avatar pompeyblue
7 yearsEdited

LIVE: Portsmouth press conference

9:30 AM: Portsmouth have scheduled a press conference at 10:30 AM. It is expected that the new manager of the club will be announced. We will bring you live updates throughout the conference.

10:25 AM: We have taken our seats in this small, crowded press room.

10:29 AM: Ian McIness (Chairman), Mark Catlin (Chief Executive), Ashley Brown (Director) and Mark Trapatoni (Director) have all taken their seats at the desk in front of us. However, there is one spare seat. We will find out soon who will occupy it.

10:30 AM: IM (Ian McIness): Welcome everybody. We are pleased to today announce our new manager. We believe he has the ability to guide the club in our new era and he has the eventual aim to return us to the Premier League. He may not be name you have heard of. He is a local man. Nonetheless, he has worked in backroom positions and we now are confident that he has the skills to become a great manager. Josh if you would like to enter the room….

10:35 AM: MC (Mark Catlin): Joshua Hull is the new manager of Portsmouth. He is a Portsmouth fan and knows the club inside out. He has previously worked behind the scenes at this club and now we have given him the opportunity to take the managerial reigns. Josh if you would like to say a few words.

10:40 AM: JH (Joshua Hull): I can only thank Ian, Mark and the rest of the board for putting their confidence in me and backing my ability. I may not have had any other managerial positions but I know that I can be successful in this role. We have a good squad here even though all of them have been recruited on either free transfers or loans. There are good youngsters who can become legends here. While, I feel we have a good mix of experience to help and nurture the younger players. I am relishing the challenge of taking this club up the leagues and can’t wait to get started.

10:45 AM: AB (Ashley Brown): You may now ask any questions to any of us.

10:46 AM: P (Press): Josh, Tim Hall of Sky Sports here.
Is this a dream come true for you to manage the club you support?

JH: Definitely. I am overjoyed to be working at a club so close to my heart. It will mean even more to me if I can gain success.

P: Ian and Josh, Neil Allen of The Portsmouth News here.
How do you rate Pompey’s chances of promotion this season?

JH: Personally, I am looking to achieve consecutive promotions. I feel that we have one of the strongest squads in League Two along with Fleetwood who have had lots of money to spend unlike us.

IM: I totally agree with Josh despite only recruiting free transfers, loans and youth players we have arguably the strongest squad in the league. In my opinion this squad would be competing for promotion in League One let alone League 2.

P: Mark, John Drake of BBC Sport here.

Were any supporter’s opinions taken into account before the decision to appoint Josh was made?

MT (Mark Trapatoni): We spoke to a number of supporters and shareholders on the type of manager we should look to appoint. Although, we didn’t speak to supporters about the names of potential managers there was a unanimous decision that the new manager should be a local man with the clubs best interests at heart. We have found someone here who fits the bill perfectly.

11:00 AM: IM: I would like to thank everybody for attending today’s conference. We have now concluded the conference.

Writer’s Notes

Just for anybody wondering, Joshua Hull is myself.
pompeyblue's avatar pompeyblue
7 yearsEdited

One in, One out for Pompey

Joshua Hull has completed his first signing at Portsmouth after David Grof completed a move on a free transfer. Meanwhile, Phil Smith has left the club.

Hungarian goalkeeper David Grof, aged 24, has put pen to paper to a 1 year deal. He has previously played for Walsall, Mansfield and Notts County in England and started his career at Hibernian. Earlier Joshua Hull spoke about his new signing, “It is a great move for David and the club. Although, originally it is only a 1 year deal I have confidence that during this season David will show his worth and we can extend his contract”.

Experienced stopper Phil Smith departs despite not making a single appearance for the club. Signed in December 2012 as a back-up goalkeeper to ,then number 1, Simon Eastwood, he now moves onto Premier League side Swansea for a reported fee of £10k. Many supporters are seeing this move as a strange one by Swansea as he clearly doesn’t have the ability to play in England’s top tier let alone the bottom tier.

Smith himself has said the he is ‘relishing’ a new challenge and was totally shocked when he heard of Swansea’s interest in him. “Well, when I got the call from my agent telling me that Swansea had offered for me I couldn’t believe it. I was so shocked that a top team like Swansea wanted to sign me. I am relishing my new challenge at Swansea but I am leaving some good friends at Portsmouth. Even though I never played a game I wish the club all the best for the future as they have a great set of supporters.”
pompeyblue's avatar pompeyblue
7 yearsEdited

Squad Report


John Sullivan

Key Stats: Tendency to Punch, Eccentricity, Stamina

David is a fairly talented goalkeeper. He is similar to John in the fact that he has good experience despite only being 24. He could possibly be my first-team regular in goal but it depends on his form and consistency.


Yassin Moutaouakil

Key Stats: Pace, Bravery, Aggression

Danny is a good member of the squad due to his versatility and reasonably good potential. His favoured position is at right-back. He won’t be a first-team regular but he can easily slip into the side when needed.

Joe Devera

Key Stats: Strength, Jumping Reach, Bravery

Bondz’s preferred position is at full-back but I believe due to his height, power and tackling ability that he should be played at centre-half. He is a great player at only 23 and is sure to be a first-team regular.

Sonny Bradley

Key Stats: Stamina, Determination, Long Throws

Dan is a player with a very bright future here at the club. Although, he isn’t quite ready for first-team football yet, he definitely will be in a few years’ time.

Marcos Painter

Key Stats: Determination, Tackling, Composure

Shaun is very similar to Danny East due to his versatility. His favoured position is defensive-midfielder but he can play in defence. I don’t believe he adds anything to the squad considering we already have Danny, another factor is that he is 29 so I will not be renewing contract when it expires in January.

Johnny Ertl

Key Stats: Work Rate, Passing, Teamwork

Simon is a top class central midfielder for this division. He is guaranteed a starting spot this season due to his passing ability and creativity. He is a completely different player to Johnny Ertl and the two together could form a good partnership with Johnny doing the dirty work (winning headers and tackles) and Simon creating opportunities for the strikers.

Romain Padovani

Key Stats: Work Rate, Determination, Natural Fitness

Ricky has a lot of energy and is a hard worker however his stats don’t reflect his talent on the ball. He is good as an impact player coming off the bench.

Andy Barcham

Determination, Work Rate, Stamina

Jed is a very promising player and is an important part of the club. He is definitely a first-team player as his energy, quick feet and crossing ability make him a threat to any opposing side. Jed and Andy Barcham can be very effective on the wings.


Patrick Agyemang

Key Stats: Penalty Taking, Leadership, Finishing

David is another experienced forward in the squad but is our best forward. He is a born goalscorer, a great finisher and despite no longer having the physical attributes to match his technical abilities he is a very good player. His partnership with Patrick Agyemang is undoubtedly the best in the league and will cause many defenders problems.

Tom Craddock

Key Stats: Determination, Flair, Creativity

Ashley is another player with great potential and a very bright potential at the club. He has great flair and creativity which is unusual to see in a striker. If he can develop his finishing abilities then he will become a great player.

Ryan Bird

Key Stats: Bravery, Jumping Reach, Determination

Adam is currently on loan at Aldershot and he has a good future. He is good in the air, is good at tackling and is good at blocking. He is beginning to receive call-ups from England U19s and has already made his first appearance.

Jack Whatmough

Key Stats: First Touch, Creativity, Flair

Fahad is only 16 but has the potential to become a good Premier League player in the future. He is already showing signs of development and I hope to keep him at the club for a long time.

Bradley Tarbuck


Key Stats: Pace, Acceleration, Flair

Bradley is a good talent. He is goalscoring winger who is another player at the club who is an important part of the future.

Pre-Season Review

Bognor Regis 1 - 4 Portsmouth

35' Patrick Agyemang

68',72' Sonny Bradley

82' Fahad Rwakarambwe

83' Dan Beck

Sonny Bradley

Eastleigh 1 – 4 Portsmouth

28' Andy Barcham

42' Ben Strevens

45' Sonny Bradley

59' Simon Ferry

65' Joe Devera

89' Patrick Agyemang

Sonny Bradley

Gosport 1 - 3 Portsmouth

3' Patrick Agyemang

31' David Connolly

36' Bondz N’Gala

38' Aaron Cook

67' Danny Smith

David Connolly

Portsmouth 0 – 3 Reading

34' Pavel Pogrebnyak

58' Royston Drenthe

72' Aaron Kuhl

81' Nick Blackman

Wayne Bridge

Havant & Waterlooville 1 – 3 Portsmouth

7’ Marcos Painter

11' Andy Barcham

45+2' Sahr Kabba

70' David Connolly

83' Patrick Agyemang

90+4' Ryan Bird

Marcos Painter

Manager Notes

It was a good pre-season for us as we won all of our games excluding our match against Reading. I was disappointed to not score and lose by 3 goals when we played Reading, especially at home. However, our other games were morale boosters and we played well. Since this is a new squad, a good pre-season was vitally important and we managed to have one. Now, I am looking ahead to the competitive fixtures and I am hoping that we can continue this good form.

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