Argyle fans show football cares about Pompey
On Tuesday Pompey face Plymouth Argyle in the Capital One Cup at Home Park - and the game has been designated a 'Fans Re-United Day' where supporters of clubs from around the country meet to show solidarity.
Argyle have known their financial problems of late and in a magnificent gesture Argyle fans have organised a Fans Fest to mark the occasion, a bucket collection prior to the game and have a arranged for a sponsor to donate £500 per goal in the match. The proceeds will be split between Argyle and the Pompey Supporters' Trust.
Pompey fans attending the game are welcome to attend the pre-match Fans Fest in a suite next to Home Park. Entrance is £5 and fans will get a free pint and pasty and there will be music and entertainment put on. Prior to the match, there will be a message for all fans in the ground to sing the Pompey Chimes.
Colin Farmery, spokesperson for PST said: 'This is an extraordinarily generous gesture by Argyle fans. All Pompey fans are deeply moved by it and the response we have had from individual fans and on message boards has been tremendous.
'These have been a difficult few years for Pompey fans, but the solidarity shown by our 'dockyard' neighbours shows that the football family is alive and well. Argyle have know difficult times themselves and their gesture shows they understand that only by standing together can fans protect their clubs in times of need.
'I urge all Pompey fans going to Home Park to support this event.'
Argyle owner and chairman James Brent has expressed support for the Pompey staff and players.
'It is not for me to opine on where fault lies for their financial decline,' said James.
'What I do resolutely believe is that fault does not lie with the fans or general staff of Portsmouth, or with the wider community.
'Clubs like Pompey and Argyle should sit at the very heart of our respective communities, and the victims - staff and fans - of financial mismanagement should not be punished further.'
Chris Webb President of Plymouth Argyle said: 'Next Tuesday will be a fantastic occasion, whatever team you follow. Get along to Home Park as the baton is passed from the Green Army to the Blue Army.
'The message is simple and so true - fans united will never be defeated.'
Last season, a similar event saw fans from more than 60 different clubs attend Argyle's game with Macclesfield.
That was a Press Release issued by the Pompey Trust this morning.
I know that quite a number of you out there will be at Home Park on Tuesday night and I hope you will join in the celebrations.
This is a fantastic gesture by Argyle and their fans and should be supported whole-heartedly by all of us. It appears that we are about to exit from a long dark tunnel and it is so gratifying to know that so many other football have been behind us. Just a look around different the fans websites over the summer has shown that - Vital Chelsea member urging their club to loan us players in a concerted campaign, a number of other clubs highlighting the last time they played Pompey and praying that we would meet again. A few have taken alternative views but I will not dwell on them.
Just a big thank you for your support over these dark days.
Of course it is too soon to know what sort of team we will have available with the Football League still not allowing the club to sign players. This is not just prevarication by the authorities but a matter on ensuring the club do not enter into any new contracts before they see the relevant ownership papers.
Frustrating nevertheless. Remember trialists cannot play in competitive matches in England. PompeyTim spotted on Twitter last night that Jack Compton - former Pompey youngster had told the world that he had re-signed for the club. I would imagine that is only a pre-contract agreement.