Writer: Dan Brett
Date:Friday March 5 2010
No sign of a fat lady singing around here, just yet...
For many Pompey fans', tomorrow's game is the light in the very, very dark tunnel that is this season. The chance of getting back to Wembley after the eight or so months we've had this year would seem a fantastic achievement, one that's only ninety minutes away.
In a week that's seen us back in the High Court, it's up to the fourteen potential stars on the pitch to give us all something to smile about, giving us reason to turn up each and every week. Although I recognise if we do get back to Wembley, we'll somehow sell out 33,000 tickets, but at least the incentive is there not only for Pompey fans' to keep believing, but for football fans' all over the country to stick with their side, hoping for a similar success story.
With us not back in the courts until 15th of May, that leaves us with the FA Cup quarter final tomorrow, as well as a re-run of the same fixture on Tuesday night as Birmingham visit for the rearranged fixture of earlier this year, which was of course rained off.
This gives us the chance to reduce our points deficit (after deduction) to eleven points, and if you're an ever-optimist like myself, you'll have worked out that's just four wins, from a possible ten games.. Likely? Maybe, but you won't see me give up until we're mathematically down. And of course, there's always the realisation that we haven't actually been deducted any points as of yet, so should the league find reason to not deduct us points (step forward, Andrew Andronikou), then we'd only be two points behind. Yes, you read that correctly.
Another realisation that was mooted from the courts yesterday by Mr Andronikou was the potential of keeping our stars, however making some money, and here's how. We're given special dispensation to sell our players to rival clubs, looking to make around £15M-£20M, but under the proviso that we're loaned those players back immediately, until the end of the season.
This in turn, would generate the necessary funds to pay off the tax man, but still give us a fantastic chance of staying up and winning the cup. Yes, as I said, I'm an optimist.
As far as I'm concerned, as long as the team keep giving their all and Avram's willing to keep going, I'm going to keep going for them. It's not over until the fat lady sings, and she's stuck in a McDonald's many, many miles away just yet.
Till next time,
Date:Friday March 5 2010
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