Date:Friday July 10 2009
About a fortnight ago a petition I made was posted on the Vital Forum and I was contacted by Rug to ask if he could help by putting it on the front page. I jumped at this opportunity and so far it has been overwhelmingly successful based in a large part to Vital Pompey's help. This is an update of what I've been doing since the petition started.
Most of you would have read the petition in question, but anyone wanting to read it and sign it, here it is: http://www.petitiononline.com/pompey09/.
The day after writing the petition, I posted a link from any major Portsmouth Football Forum and encouraged people to spread the news to any I may have missed. I got a unanimous response from the Pompey fans, which confirmed the cause was a worthy one, and I continued to promote where possible.
After a week or so of this, I moved on to try and appeal to other teams, mostly by the way of generic Premier League forums, drumming up a mixed reaction. A lot of the sites which I posted it on got little to no response, and it was also taken down from a couple of sites, most probably for unreliable links, which is what I thought would happen. However I did get a couple of dozen signatures, which makes it all worth while.
It has been only in the last few days that I've changed my focus into using these signatures to try and help Keep The Quay. My first step was to e-mail Quay Radio and inform them about it, to see if they had any creative control about advertising on air, on their website, or wherever possible. I was in conversation with both Chris 'Wisey' Wise and Carl Ralley who were both unable to share much information on the topic, but both fully supported the cause.
I have also tried to contact Sam Matterface, who is quite tricky to get hold of and so far has not replied, but I remain hopeful that he will reply, he may be able to have a word with those at Sky Sports to maybe do a piece on the website or something. A long-shot I'm aware, but worth a shot.
My final step (which I completed about an hour before I wrote this update) was to e-mail a piece to The News (portsmouth.co.uk), and inform them on this petition, also encouraging them to do a piece either on their website, or in their paper for this cause, for the fans and for the city. I eagerly await their response.
Thanks again to anyone who has read/signed/helped pass on to their friends and family information about the petition, even if it fails to make any impact, it's good for the fans, and the station to know that it has mutual respect for one another.
If you have any questions, or any suggestions for any other steps I could take to help further the chances of this petition succeeding in keeping The Quay, please leave a comment below.
Thanks for reading and Play Up Pompey.
Date:Friday July 10 2009
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