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To the skies....finalists literally on a high

One of the press releases surrounding the launching of the new away shirt has been passed to me to use, I have also been given permission to use some images of the event, which I have included within - enjoy.


As part of the celebrations of its 110th anniversary and to mark its appearance in its first FA Cup Final since the Second World War, Portsmouth Football Club's first team squad visited one of the city's other big hitters today....HMS Ark Royal.

The squad, including England internationals David James, Sol Campbell and Jermain Defoe, together with manager Harry Redknapp visited the Royal Navy's Fleet Flagship in Portsmouth's Naval Dockyard as the culmination of a day of activities.

Earlier in the day, a helicopter, trailing a 56m x 40m (184 feet x 131 feet) Portsmouth shirt, courtesy of the club's sponsor OKI Printing Solutions, took off from Goodwood Racecourse and flew over the city, passing by some of its most iconic landmarks including Spinnaker Tower, the Historic Dockyard, Port Solent and the club's Fratton Park Stadium. The giant shirt was then laid out on the flight deck of HMS Ark Royal when the club's players paid their visit.

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At the same time as the shirt was flown over the city, local schools were sent a replica of the shirt (produced and printed by the club's Pompey Study Centre) for them to sign. By signing the replica shirt the pupils were also signing up to the club's newly launched Respect Pompey initiative, which, in conjunction with the local authority and OKI Printing Solutions, promotes positive behaviour in health, education, personal well-being, citizenship, relationships and environment.

"This event reinforces the strong links that Ark Royal and the wider Royal Navy have with Portsmouth's community and key institutions in the city such as the football club," explained HMS Ark Royal's Commanding Officer, Captain Mike Mansergh. "The Royal Navy has always worked closely with the football club to promote opportunities for sport within the community and to promote the values encapsulated within the Respect Pompey initiative."

"Our links with the local community are extremely important to the club and everyone knows what a central part of the Portsmouth community the Royal Navy is," comments Peter Storrie, Chief Executive of Portsmouth Football Club. "Together with our sponsor, OKI Printing Solutions, we also wanted to use the event to celebrate Portsmouth's links with the Japanese naval port of Maizuru, with which Portsmouth has a 'sister' relationship. We're delighted that the city has responded so well to the club's success and it's fantastic that we were able to share this with our friends aboard Ark Royal."

For her part, OKI Printing Solutions' marketing director, Ewa Johnson confirms: "The Respect Pompey initiative is a key part of our broader community work with Portsmouth Football Club. In addition, the opportunity to link with Maizuru through the Royal Navy in this way is especially important to us, as Japan is the home of OKI Printing Solutions' parent company, OKI Electric."

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Date:Tuesday May 6 2008

Time: 5:09PM

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New bloody badge I see, guess that's going to be their justification for changing all of the kits this summer... and it looks cack (the badge that is). You'd think with the income from a decent cup run and 2 appearances (hopefully 3) at Wembley they'd be able to stick with the same shirts for more than a year and try and stop screwing the supporters.
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06/05/2008 17:52:00

our current kits always were only going to be for a year - so no surprises at the new ones. also, considering the...faintly ridiculas...similarities between our kit and some international rugby kits, i am quite releived to be getting new kits! It's just a shame i dont like the badge...less friendly...buti guess if we want to be taken seriously, we do need a badge that looks slightly smart.
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06/05/2008 18:40:00

I don't have an issue with the badge. The crest is the crest. It gets tweaked every now & then but it is the Pompey crest. We shouldn't be shocked at the changes as it is just parcel of the world we live in. The price of success/greed. I don't agree & you don't always have to buy. Not always an easy choice but a choice.
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06/05/2008 19:58:00

You're right. I'll bend over now. People's attitudes have changed and it's disapointing, when they first pulled the changing the kit early trick people were outraged now everyone just takes it. "Don't buy it/it's your choice" etc I'm in the lucky position to be able to buy a new shirt if I want to but there are thousands at fratton park who can't on top of paying for their season tickets and another 80 for one match at the end of the season but they're still going to have kids who want the latest shirt, peer pressure etc. The club always bang on about social responsibility but when it comes to screwing more money out of the poorer parts of society who have stuck with the club through thick and thin they suddenly go rather blind. [/rant]
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06/05/2008 20:42:00

What happen's to the flying shirt now. Beer tent for Sunday
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06/05/2008 21:01:00

im with you stooH i think its scandalous that the kits - all three of them! - change year after year! there was a time where by law they could only be changed every other year, some clubs keep to this, but now they dont have to they dont, we are one of those that cashes in as much as we can now and i think its a disgrace... ok, we have a choice to buy or not, but why should we even be put in this position every year, every other year for a change is more than acceptable!
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06/05/2008 22:20:00

too be perfectly honest, im not fussed if i wear the "up to date" kit, or an older one. it just shows im not a glory supporter that is following pompey only becasue we are in the cup final!
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07/05/2008 17:25:00

I have a very nice Pompey hat and scarf and I shall stay with that.
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07/05/2008 18:50:00


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