"Cash-strapped Pompey", "Crisis Pompey", "Sinking Pompey" have, amongst so many titles, been used to describe Portsmouth Football Club for these past months. Papers have been suspicious of our future, our ownership situation and our player exodus while condemning us long before we kicked the ball against Fulham as relegation contenders.
Pompey fans, passionate as much as we are could not help ourselves having mixed feelings and spinning heads about everything that involves Portsmouth. Despite our long-waiting hopes for something to happen, something positive to happen that is, things started to go beyond our patience.
Papers helped our frustration every now and then, and at some point many were losing hope. For a team to lose Diarra, Muntari, Defoe, Benjani, Campbell, Mendes and Crouch in such a short time, can never make anyone smile, let alone Pompey fans who were hoping of a wonderful 2008/2009 season. Throughout that 'tragedy season' Portsmouth endured anything negative that could happen to a club; the owner decides to stop investing, three managers, an exclusive sale of players and a relegation battle. However, on the bright side of things there was that famous UEFA cup match, against Milan. Since Inzaghi punished our efforts, things started to go from bad to worse, until.
1st September 2009 was the day when Portsmouth Football Club, funded by the new owner Al-Fahim, proved that this club is not sinking its own ship. More players have left, but many more have come in. Portsmouth Football Club may be unrecognisable from the team that played Cardiff in the FA Cup final, but despite all the turbulence that the club faced, this club is now being re-built.
It seems that Hart managed to add the players that we needed at this club, at this particular time; players who are willing to give everything for the blue shirt. Storrie and Hart signed more than 10 new signings in a short period of time, some of them are average, but some of them have one thing on their mind: to prove critics wrong. Finnan, Piquionne, Boateng, Mokoena, Yebda and Ben Haim were all written off by their previous clubs, but now they are wearing a Portsmouth shirt and are willing to come good again. Mercenaries have gone.
Portsmouth Football Club will benefit. Our football will benefit. It is time to move forward and look on the bright side as Portsmouth Football Club starts anew. And we can hope, yet again.Written by Pompey Malta
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