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It could have been us...

I think I would go as far as saying it WOULD have been us had we not pulled out the running!

People of London, Liverpool, Birmingham, Newcastle, Sunderland, Manchester, Nottingham, Leeds, Sheffield, Bristol, Plymouth and Milton Keynes will now be over the moon at, and as Ken put it over on Vital England, becoming 'the chosen ones' for our potential world cup bid in 2018, or 2022 if needed.

The people of Hull, Derby and Leicester not so - as they were omitted from the list of possible host cities for the world cup. I can imagine that they are truly gutted at the moment having missed out on the 'chance' of being a host nation for the world cup, that is assuming England get it?

The benefit they have is AT LEAST their cities made it through to the final stages, if that is any consolation...

Portsmouth on the other hand PULLED OUT a couple of weeks back, so we will never know 'if' we would have been successful or not, although - not that it makes any difference now - I am certain we would have been selected as I know they were very keen to send the world cup our way.

With the announcement on Wednesday of these host cities I really am GUTTED, even more so now - as this selection process makes it fully hit home that Pompey has missed out.

Like I say I am sure we would have been selected had we not dropped out, but it was the short sighted council officials and of course the shambolic state that Portsmouth Football Club is in that has cost our city!

I will be even more gutted 'if' England is confirmed as the host nation - and we will know if this is the case this time next year - because then I will certainly know that a once in a lifetime opportunity to see the world converge on my hometown was well and truly missed...

Something that makes it even worse still for me is that I currently live just outside Plymouth, and these buggers got it! So, the world 'could' be hearing countless 'Geddon ya Janner' tones as opposed to 'Alright Mush' instead!

PLAY UP POMPEY!


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday December 17 2009

Time: 11:00AM

Your Comments

Well we have more important things to worry about right now anyways. By the World Cup hopefully we will be re-settled back in the premier league and sitting on steady financial ground. If we can handle getting everything organized then maybe we could look at hosting some other type of match (i.e. a Europa league final).
pompeywa
not only that they are a rival port and this would boost their city and take business and jobs away from ours. i bet the council will be even more gutted when this happens . serves them right once again they have let down our city and football club.
pompeyhussler
ive given up hope of anything good happening to our football club now its down hill all the way i think.
pompeyhussler
the host city is not JUST about portsmouth football club is it, in actual fact much less so, it was more about portsmouth as a city - which would have benefited so much and we WOULD have got it had we not bottled it...
the economy needed it, and would have got such a boost - if england get the world cup - had we stuck it out. portsmouth as a city and postmouth as a club have missed out on something that most likely will not come around again in my lifetime, or many of our lifetimes? (again assuming england get it!)
pompeyrug
if we had an owner come in with money we would have got the stadium underway and everyone would of backed it !
pompeyhussler
I was very disappointed in our elected councilors when they bottled the decision. Yes, I am a Pompey fan and therefore slightly biased! However, as Rug says, it is more about the City as a whole. It says so much about the lack of ambition by these lightweight thinkers that have made a mess of so much in our GREAT city! I honestly believe that the Govt, FA etc. really wanted Portsmouth due to its unique nature; History, Attractions, Amenities and Accessibility! Back to the club, it would have been an ideal opportunity to get the ground built.......I think that our best bet would be to have a community stadium in the future, and this is somewhere where these fools should get involved and build a destination stadium that has a multitude of uses (i.e. the same format as used on the continent), that then relieves PFC of funding a stadium and they pay a rent to the council. OPPORTUNITY KNOCKED & THEY IGNORED IT !!!!
BarneyArmy
This short sightedness of this decision really sickens me.. The council make a decision based on facts about our football club today that could affect the city in ten or fourteen years time who is to say what can happen in that time - I bet if they had to make it after the FA Cup win they would have all voted yes .. Trouble is when the WC comes around most of the council; members will be dead so the those in power then can blame them all they like... This could have put Pompey on the WORLD map and transformed out tired old city forever.. instead the hot bed of football that is Milton Keynes ... Milton Keynes for ***** sake .. get the opportunity to show off their cows and grid system .. wow can't wait !
Chix
The whole of Hampshire would have benifited as well as Portsmouth. This should have been dealt with at a higher level. Plymouth get the nod & the whole of Cornwall well indulge. A massive opportunity missed & how knows if there will ever another. Doubtful in most of our lifetimes!
storagematt
 

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