Risking the wrath of the (will be) wife!
Back along I, like thousands of other Pompey fans, posted off my £100 cheque as a down payment for a possible £1,000 investment in a share as part of the proposed fans takeover at Portsmouth Football Club.
This morning, when checking my online banking, I saw that it had cleared.
With just £2.50 'at risk' I quite literally have, just about, nothing to lose but with the help of my fellow fans could have so much to gain with the fans seizing control of this club and helping to put us on a sound footing!
If/when it comes to the next £900 I would sooner do this in one go, as opposed to taking the finance options available.
I do have this but 'potentially' risk the wrath of my will be wife Trina!
As I am using a chunk of my half of the wedding money to put down this £1,000! So, as you can imagine if next summer comes around and I turn around and say 'sorry love I do not have the money as I invested it into my football club' she would not be best pleased...
For me though this is a 'calculated risk' well worth taking!
I will never forget the very first day I met Trina - a cliché I know but I knew within minutes that I would spend the rest of my life with her - but I will also never forget, as I am sure she will not, that I made no secret of what a HUGE part Portsmouth Football Club, and to a lesser extent football (after all I work in that area daily!) in general, played in my life.
She has never laid down the 'me or football' ultimatum, nor would she, and I would also pray that I am never put in the 'her or football' situation, and I am sure I would not but I like to think that making it clear from the off, before we got to know each other too well, before we got serious, moved in together and got engaged - and eventually will have children - my stall was set out...
So, as you can see this is a pretty big risk that I am taking.
If I was 'nowhere near' having the money available I would have to say no, but this club means so much to me that I wanted to take this chance.
I am pretty sure that we will live on come what may this summer but I would much sooner we lived on with us, the fans, the ones controlling our destiny and how fantastic would this be - I would love to be able to take my kids, and hopefully they their kids, to Fratton Park sometime down the line and be able to say to them 'in some small part I helped make this possible'.
I implore you that 'if' you are in a position to be able to put down your initial £100, with just £2.50 at risk, to potentially invest the full £1,000 in a share then PLEASE do this. Like myself I would advise against taking a finance option to save interest charges, and especially avoid this if you are not 100% convinced you will be able to meet the costs!
Trina is someone I would do anything for and would do this for her if needed, so I am sure she understands my desire to put down such a large sum - what is essentially, if not wedding money then our 'future' money...
In all honesty I am almost 100% certain that I am not running the risk of not being able to fund the money for the wedding (doing 'extra' work on vital football and selling some of my old football memorabilia, which used to be my 'day job' before vital has left me 'just about' there for both the wedding and the share option!) as I am near on certain I can replace the shortfall fairly soon. And this is in spite of the increasing costs of living, bills and rent (and of course footballing costs for next season) to ensure that I am free to tie the knot in June 2013!
Failure to do this could well result in me needing a Vital Pompey member to put me up for a while though...
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