My Pompey Angst
Over the last 12 months or so I have been 24x7 pouring over internet posts, phone ins, newspaper articles et. al in order to glean some good news, insight, 'light at end of tunnels' etc. regarding our dear old football club.
Yes, I am a half full glass person, eternal optimist; 'happy clapper' if you like. However, this latest blow regarding the transfer embargo has left me absolutely gutted.
I've given the new ownership every chance to redeem themselves but either Mark Jacob is the eternal optimist or he doesn't know what he's talking about. 'The embargo will be lifted imminently'? You've got to be kidding.
The problem is that every time I hear a 'snippet' like this, it cheers me up only to be let down all over again. Will somebody please do something, if it's only pack it in and walk away.
I went to my first game at F.P. in 1951 and, sad old b.. that I am, devoted my life to the support of this once grand old Club. I've been all over the country with them, relegations, promotions, blood sweat and tears and in all 4 Divisions but it was always fun and mostly full of excitement. However, it just ain't fun anymore and certainly rarely exciting. (I must, nevertheless, confess to jumping out of the settee last week when Mokoena, of all people, scored that last minute winner!).
I've pondered long over all this and have reluctantly come to the conclusion that we just can't hack it with the big boys. This is not down just to the incompetence of recent ownerships but has ben building up ever since the old Championship days of the fifties.
I don't know whether it's in the psyche of the Portsea islanders, local ownership or what but there has always been a reluctance to move with the times, phrases such as 'it will do us good to go down for a while', 'what do we want a new stadium for, we're alright where we are', 'corporates? They're a flippin' nuisance', etc., etc.
I may be wrong but we must be the only major league club to not have one single corporate box. This was pointed out by Mikeneasom in the Sports Mail in the 70s.
The prospect of no Club at all doesn't bear thinking about. We may have to face up to it but I don't think it will come to this. Whatever league we finish up in, let's get behind them, and start enjoying life again.
P.S. The Premier is cr..p, I wouldn't want to be relegated from it but my disenchantment started there!. No lie.Written by bstanle
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