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Kill two birds with one stone...

Yet another false dawn, or could we be inline for a cash injection - and more importantly get that much coveted new stadium...

An 'exclusive' by Alan Nixon in today's Mirror claims that deals with two of this countries major supermarkets will see us receive a cash injection and are at advanced stages? There have been all sorts of rumours regarding potential takeovers/investment in recent weeks and I have heard several, as have others... I heard some mutterings at the weekend that Peter Storrie was close to securing a deal that would happen in the coming week - but then again we have heard that before!

It is 'said' that Asda will buy Fratton Park, with this deal at an advanced stage, with supermarket giants Tesco and Sainsbury's in a battle to build a store at our proposed new home, which will raise more much needed funds to finally give us a new home - some that is desperately needed to help offset outings that we have, although filling this will be something that we would need!

If this came off you could kill two birds with one stone, the blokes going could drop the missus at the supermarket before the game, let her shop and pick her up after football :-) Of course the blokes not into football could do the shopping while the missus watches football...

Do I know if there is any basis to the Mirrors 'exclusive', do I know if it really will happen and do I believe it?

To be honest I do not have a clue, all I can say is I hope that there is basis to it as it is something that we need - even if it did not happen immediately, if we at least have contracts in place by the end of the year this would mean we would be in that position to spurn advances for players...

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Maybe there is more truth to this exclusive as Peter Storrie has spoken to The News today to say that supermarkets would be a key part of the plan...

'Originally the plan was to combine the new stadium with residential development. That, however, was before the credit crunch. So we've changed it and now have a model that includes supermarkets, other shops and a hotel. In the current situation the banks find it much more palatable.'

Spokesman Gary Double added: 'There is no doubt the housing market is not as buoyant as it was and that is why we are including the retail element in the scheme.'

He also insisted that the plans remain on course for us to be in our Horsea Island home for 2011: 'this will have absolutely no impact whatsoever. Everything is still continuing as it was and we are still on schedule for it to be ready in 2011.'

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Just another note, the training ground plans are still 'said' to be still very much on - with more news maybe coming out this week...

Please lets see these things happen, we could really do with it!

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Date:Tuesday October 28 2008

Time: 12:28PM

Your Comments

News to divert us from the flak of HR going? Would any of this news have come out if HR was still here?
storagematt
I'd rather we sort out our managerial problems and possible player exodus than the new stadium right now!!
PFCGino
I'm confused. One minute we can't pay our VAT bill, we can't buy players because of the credit crunch and the next we are building a multi million pound stadium!
Gandor
Gino, we have to carry on with the stadium (or the plans at least). The Club will be an attractive proposition to a buyer if plans are in the pipeline. This is the ideal time to build, in the recession. By the time it is all for sale, we should be coming out of recession and we will then make a killing.
Gandor
I won't be suggesting that I drop my missus off to do the shopping
UKTony
Fair point Gandor, but I don't know how much more I can take on all of this. Isn't it a bit embarrassing to be playing at the Tesco Stadium or the ASDA Ground? Still, with their sponsorship I suppose that every little helps...
PFCGino
I think it best to keep stum on that one Tony! Does it mean then that we will get a buy one get one free on tickets, then?? Or does it mean HR will be back in to do a super market sweep in January
pentonpompey
At least its not Pound stretchers......
pentonpompey
theres about as much chance of a new stadium in 2011 as redknapp coming back to manage portsmouth .... work it out! lol.
pompey--pessimist
I suppose if it is Tesco we will have to play in blue and white stripes!! I like the BOGOF idea too!
eastneydave
With my old mum living five minutes from the Park, would have preferred Marks and Sparks or Waitrose for their superior crisps and posh cheese. And who needs Asda with Lidls on Goldsmith Ave? As Vince Noir points out in the Mighty Boosh, get the big shop in Lidls and go to Marks for your bits and pieces
hammersmithblue
That is very strange and it must be much more than a coincedence that there is a survey on the Pompey Loyalty Scheme that asks questions all about supermarkets!

Gino - The new Liverpool stadium is to be linked with Tesco. Good enough for them then good enough for me.
sneakay
why would asda buy fratton park when they have a huge asda 2 mins away at bridge centre. anywho, this alan nixon hasnt been too fantastic with his previous exclusives, so lets see how this one works out..
jbaker
mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm they could call it ''THE TESCO ARENA''
tommo3146
My friend knew Tessy Coe and was engaged to her son. Just thought I'd name drop. Won't be Tesco on Horsea Island cos there is one at Northarbour. Waitrose would be my bet. Lots of posh houses around there and I think the nearest Waitrose is Fareham. Fratton Park could well be Tesco (and then they could shut down Crasswell Street which is like a Third World Store anyway. Hey Ho, off we go again!
Gandor
 

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