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A pound for Pompey, anyone?

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In view of the facts surrounding Liverpool's bailout, it saddens me to read about the plight of Portsmouth FC. They appear to be about to go out of existence, after numerous owners and a dodgy cockney spiv have raped them. [And before the "Better with Bill" brigade start, can we just concentrate on poor old Pompey?]

Everything that could be done for Liverpool FC seems to have been done, ie Barclays Bank, RBS, the courts... amazing how they managed to steal the club off the owners, before the deadline, and sell it on to new (American!!!) owners, yet no-one gives a toss for the likes of Pompey, and their great supporters.

Well I (for one) do, and if every football fan in England donated a pound, we might be able to save them... although it may be to late. What a sad state of affairs.
Robert Daniels, liverpool     Posted 23/10/2010 at 09:34:14

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Richard Porter
1   Posted 23/10/2010 at 19:44:51

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Did you campaign to save Chester, or Gretna, or Halifax, or Lancaster, or Livingston, or Dundee? If not, then why Portsmouth?
Jimmy Changa
2   Posted 23/10/2010 at 19:53:36

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RP: Not saving a Scottish club is saving them to be fair
Glen Anderson
3   Posted 23/10/2010 at 20:59:43

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I have a soft spot for Pompey to be honest having lived in the city for a few years, but I have to agree with Richard. Why Pompey? Why not all the others?
Dean Adams
4   Posted 23/10/2010 at 21:45:54

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Did any of the others win the FA Cup or play in the Premier League?Robert Daniels, you are a football fan ? it's a shame that there are not more with your sentiment.
Ian McDowell
5   Posted 23/10/2010 at 21:56:49

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I agree with what you say Robert, but it?s not up to the fans to sort this out. Maybe the premier league who have made so much money should bail Portsmouth out as they allowed this mess to happen in the supposedly best league in the world.

I?m sympathetic with Portsmouth?s predicament but this would not have happened if better regulations where in place like in Germany.
Tony Hale
6   Posted 23/10/2010 at 22:00:05

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I would donate a pound but I'm saving all my pennies for a ticket back to Leeds for Jermaine Beckford
Alan Clarke
7   Posted 23/10/2010 at 22:36:06

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The difference here is it's not the banks calling in the debt on Pompey like it was with Liverpool, it's a former owner. Hopefully Hicks will successfully sue Liverpool sending them on the same road to ruin.

I couldn't give a shit about Pompey. They bought players who we were in for but they out bid us. Remember when Diarra was available, I remember asking how the hell could they afford him? They won the cup and their fans lapped it up. They get crowds of 18,000 yet they've out spent us and many other clubs in the PL and their fans lapped it up. Reap what you sow.
Dennis Stevens
8   Posted 23/10/2010 at 22:27:11

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Sadly, it would seem Pompey are rapidly running out of time & only an agreement with Gaydamak, which he actually commts to, will save them. However, even if the worst should happen I've no doubt we'd see the rebirth of Pompey at the bottom of the Non-League pyramid.
Tony McNulty
9   Posted 23/10/2010 at 22:55:03

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I wonder how many pounds you would collect on here to save the Shite? Would it even reach double figures. To quote Sir Les Paterson, I wouldn't piss in their ears if their brains were on fire.
Liam Reilly
10   Posted 24/10/2010 at 00:02:54

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Sky has ripped the heart and soul out of football and decent footballing clubs like Pompey will fall because the are not desirable enough to the next Sheik or American businessman. Fifa need to change the rules and fast for football clubs to trade within their means; until then, there's only the very few that will continue to prosper.
Jimmy Hacking
11   Posted 24/10/2010 at 00:07:56

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It would be a sad day indeed if Portsmouth were to fold, but this is football, as one or two of you have already pointed out, many clubs have folded previously. I owned a business which closed down and nobody gave a toss (quite a trite analogy I know, but there you go.)

And before some of you say "well yes... but it's never happened to such a big club before", remember that Portsmouth were NEVER a big club, thats kind of the point.

I can remember a few years back when they were getting 7,000 fans per match. They spent beyond their means to a ridiculous degree; if Blackpool or Burnley or West Brom spent £200 million on players after getting promoted, THEY'D be fucked after a couple of years as well. I don't have a great deal of sympathy really.

Charles King
12   Posted 23/10/2010 at 23:54:36

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The vast majority of fans have no idea what's going on at their clubs, living in blissful ignorance until it's too late.

The Pompey fans were chanting Peter Storey's name (Portsmouth Chief Exec) proclaiming him as the great protector... until his nefarious transfer dealings were revealed, shifty git.

Very sorry for the fans, but we need a few more clubs to fall over before sensible fiscal policies are enforced on football.
Shane Corcoran
13   Posted 24/10/2010 at 00:33:45

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Jimmy Changa, what are you on about? Shite football means not worth saving?
David Cornmell
14   Posted 24/10/2010 at 01:24:25

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A pound for what exactly? And if collecting a quid from everyone really worked, where would that leave football?
Charlie Percival
15   Posted 24/10/2010 at 02:01:11

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Thank god for that, that ship bell used to be so frustrating and I could hear it ringing in my ears all the way home.

On a side note, why not donate a pound ot Blue Bills kitty? What's the difference? Just because we are better run doesnt mean we should be a charity to other clubs. Do you sponsor children in Africa or even donate money to people starving?

Another issue (someone touched on it) is the Premier League is run by incompetent people and that's why these situations are occurring with investment.
Matt Traynor
16   Posted 24/10/2010 at 03:10:35

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Charlie (#15) the emerging news the sale has gone through will have your ears ringing if they eventually get back to the top flight!

Robert (OP), sorry but I laugh about these ideas. The naive belief that a mass-mobilisation of people would come together to save an institution the majority of them don't care about. The best I ever saw was "Fans Utd" when Brighton fans were getting screwed by their board, and fans of other clubs came down to support them at a match at the Goldstone (I lived there, and went along).

People have tried to mobilise Everton fans to "save" our own club. And the ideas floundered, either due to a lack of support/encouragement from the club, or apathy from supporters. People are giving up going to the game, because in these times of "austerity" caused through no fault of their own, they simply cannot afford to go to the game due to the fantasy world of football finance that has taken over what used to be a sport, and is now a celebrity-media behemoth.

Nice idea, but the world just isn't like that.
Mike Allison
17   Posted 24/10/2010 at 09:03:38

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I don't have much sympathy for Portsmouth at all. They were one of the worst exponents of all that's wrong with the game, spending way beyond their means and paying ridiculous wages that drive up the entire market. This has directly affected Everton when we've tried to sign players and negotiate contracts, and may have cost us players and certainly driven up the wages we've had to pay. They were also guilty of some extremely dodgy tax avoidance that they basically got away with.

The Pompey fans weren't complaining when they won the FA cup due to this 'short cut' approach so I'm not going to worry about them now. Maybe at last that guy with the tattoos, the ridiculous house and the middle name 'Portsmouth Football Club' will finally get the psychiatric help he needs. Another bonus is we won't have to hear that fucking bell ringing during a game for a few years.

So no, fuck them and fuck all the other clubs who overspend and make a mess of football at the expense of Everton.
Matthew Lovekin
18   Posted 24/10/2010 at 09:29:06

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Ian (#5) got it spot on. As much as true football fans want to help, and they do, it's not our responsibility, it's the Premeir League.

They present such a facade such as the 'fit and proper owner' rule. Were any of Portsmouth's owner's fit and proper? Were Hicks/Gillett (apart from Evertonains!) fit and proper or the Glaziers for putting their clubs hundreds of millions of pounds into debt? The Premier League don't give a fuck as long as their league has the best image of any league in the world.

Unfortunately a ruling has to be more widespread, UEFA and even FIFA need to step in and decide how football clubs should be run, because football clubs and their supposedly successful businessmen owners can't run a football club properly. Even Chelsea and Man City aren't run properly, more like a spoilt child's toy and plaything. If their owners walk away they will end up like Portsmouth. There is no way the PL will step in as it will affect English's clubs performances in Europe, it has to be from UEFA and FIFA to enforce strict guidlines such as clubs in debt or losing money can't play in Europe.

The majority of all this comes from greeding bastard agents forcing clubs to pay higher wages otherwise there is always another club that will pay those stupid wages. Paul Stretford?
Jimmy Hacking
19   Posted 24/10/2010 at 10:27:43

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Didn't Portsmouth hire Paul Storrie on £1m a year to sort the mess out? Dickheads.

Every Pompey fan must have seen this coming, yet not one of them protested against all the stupid signings.
Rob Murphy
20   Posted 24/10/2010 at 16:50:33

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How bout a pound for Everton to fund some signings in January???
Jon Cox
21   Posted 24/10/2010 at 18:50:22

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Mike (17) spot on.

Thank god that bloody bell may be gone forever.

It's a shame he wasn't made to wear it Reeves and Mortimer style. What a plonker!

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