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My Plea To Pompey Players / Management



Pompey fans and players are not the same. Fans live and breathe the club, with a passion, it's in their blood. Being a supporter gets passed down through the generations. There is never a question of leaving and supporting any other club - we really are 'Pompey till I die'. Part of being a Pompey fan is the bitter rivalry with Southampton, this is felt as passionately as is the love for the blue team on the south coast.

What the fans and players do have in common right now, is that the off-field plight of the club has been bringing us all down. Fans have been horrified to see players not getting paid on time or sold to try and balance the books. We wake up every morning and remember the situation the club is in again with horror. And then there is the fact that none of this situation is the doing of the players or the fans - all are just victims watching and waiting and hoping for the best.

Of course, wages delays aside, players are reasonably well-off. In general, the fans are not. Many of them may have suffered in the credit crunch, some have lost jobs and many are struggling financially. Yet blues fans still turn out home and away, get behind the team and make noise in a way that Pompey fans truly do best. They do this even though we've been bottom of the league almost all season. They travel to the north of England and watch the team get thrashed, and still come back for more.

I think it's fair to say that Pompey fans could do with a break, something to make us smile again, even if briefly.

This week is going to be a make or break week for Portsmouth Football Club off the field. The court case for the winding-up petition submitted by HRMC starts on Wednesday, and the most likely outcome seems to be that the club will be wound up, i.e. that it will cease to be with immediate effect. Of course we all hope for the best but it's tense.

It's therefore incredible timing that the FA Cup draw has picked next weekend to give us another south coast derby.

For the main part of my lifetime as a Pompey fan, Southampton were the club on top. They were in the top flight, and we weren't. And boy, they let us know it! During some of that time, Pompey went through a crisis similar, but less severe, to the one they are facing now, they fell down through the league to division 4 and came close to going out of business. Saints fans laughed and threw pennies. So it was very very sweet when Pompey came back up to the premier league, and thrashed Southampton on their way down.

They have now fallen down another division. Despite the off-field worries and our position in the league table, Pompey are still a premier league club. This is why it is so important that the Pompey players go out at St Mary's next Saturday, and show them that. Play them off the park and give them the thrashing of their lives.

The HMRC court case means this could be the final fixture ever played by the historic and traditional Portsmouth Football Club. It's so important that history shows that this was won by the blues.

That's why we need the players to play like they have never played before. The fans will be there, tickets sold out within hours, and will make noise and get behind the team and spur you on as much as we possibly can.

Don't do it for the club owners. Don't do it for the FA cup, or to get through to the next round. Don't just do it for the win bonus. Do it for the fans. The beleaguered, long suffering Pompey fans. And do it for the history of Portsmouth Football Club. Please!

Play Up Pompey!

Written by tracyc.

The views within this article are the views of the individual who wrote and submitted this piece, sometimes solely theirs. They are not necessarily shared by the Vital Pompey Site Journalists.


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday February 7 2010

Time: 4:01PM

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Well said Tracy, even if I am young, I can understand fans like you who were there for a long time now. I am really scared at the fact that Wednesday might change everything for us, but whatever will remain out of Portsmouth Football Club, will have my support too, even if it is non-league football. I really believe in this year's FA Cup, it seems to me that we are having the luck we had when we won it (Goals in the last minute, Clearences off the line in the last minute...). Maybe, we can do the unlikliest and go all the way again. That would be The Miracle!
Pompey Malta
I suppose I just want the players to understand how important this one is to us.
tracyc
Only if they care Tracy.
Pompey Malta
Nice one Tracy :)
Squee
Well said Tracy. This will be our darkest week & heaven only knows what will remain as get to next Sunday. We can do little about what happens in the courts & administration may be the kindest thing, even if it means relegation. However, I don't want to lose against the scum as well. We must have our pride as fans.
storagematt
What do you mean Malta, Tracey is not much more than a whipper snapper herself! I don't even know how she remembers the Scummers on top, she must have been attending the matches in nappies! Anyway, well said Tracey, lets hope some of the players read this site. Also, from what I can gather, we won't be wound up on Wednesday, this is only the start of a process, so we don't need to worry just yet. So, its Scummers, here we come, or Scummers, here comes Tracey, cos I don't know anyone else who has a ticket!
Gandor1
Well said Tracy, ditto for Sunderland too. They had better turn up this time and do the business. Enjoy the game, I'm jealous!!! Wouldn't mind a draw to be honest, bring em back to the park. PUP
BarneyArmy
I am completely stuffed as I am going to France on Saturday and failed to realise we'd be in the F A Cup (well, I suppose it was far from a certainty). Worst of all, the train leaves 11.30am and gets to Paris about two o'clock Pompey time so I'll be under the channel when we kick off and then speeding through northern France for the entire game and the only way I can keep in touch without mortgaging my house is by getting mates to text me with updates. However, last time this happened the equivalent Saturday last Feb, we beat Citeh at Fratton in that landmark victory which I only heard about later. I am therefore happy to relinquish my engagement with the game if it means we win (generous, huh?)
hammersmithblue
Sorry dear Tracy if I did offend you. But, I have the impression that you are not a very young lady. Strange eh, we get to read the writings of each other and I never met any of you people! I have decided: This summer, all you people are invited to Malta, anyway I am getting married, so you can join in!
Pompey Malta
Malta.. Tracy (and all the other ladies on the sites come to that) are 100% Pompey babes.. and book me in for the wedding .. I know Malta pretty well.. as too does Storagematt .. he'll probably know your bride ;)
Chix
Tracy.. Never a truer word .. I just hope they do us proud and stuff them outta site.. It's the BIGGEST game of the season no matter what else happens... I wonder what Lu-Lu's doing on Saturday.. a somersault I hope !
Chix
Malta - no you didn't offend me, and Gandor is being kind!! Been to Malta a couple of times, love it, you'll have to keep us posted on the wedding, might just take you up on it! Hammersmith, bad luck - lets hope its an omen! As for tickets, Rug's got one I think, and Pompeytim? Anyone else?
tracyc
I grew up in Overton between Basingstoke and Andover and like Penton went to school in Whitchurchin - we've never met before, as he is a few years ypunger than me (I'm 48 this coming May)but when Istarted at the secondry school, there was me and a guy called DEAN WARWICK from anothet Village who were POMPEY by the time we had left we had converted a few more to true...but we had had massive bundles on the playing fields of the school with the hoards of scummers, and havepenny's tossed to us for the SOS Pompey, and we wore that stupid white shirt with te two virtical blue stripe to the 4th Division-why did any one replicate a shirt associated with such a disasterous period of our history?.... THIS GAME MEANS EVERY THING.....
plymouth graham
Congratulations Malta!
gandor1
TC should do the pre game warm up. I don't think the club will get wound up on Wednesday but you are right about beating the scummers. I am also gently becoming resigned to relegation but I want us to at least play some positive football.
russellm
Great article tracy If we are going under then at least do in style by winning against the aulde enemy, with passion and commitment It's gonna to be my 12 year olds son first south coast derby since he became hardcore pompey -at least he will get to see one!
yellowcheesemonkey
Great article tracy If we are going under then at least do in style by winning against the aulde enemy, with passion and commitment It's gonna to be my 12 year olds son first south coast derby since he became hardcore pompey -at least he will get to see one!
yellowcheesemonkey
Someone get hold of Avram and persuade him to let Tracyc go in before the KO and tell these players how important these games coming up are. Lets beat Sunderland 1st and then whip the scummers on Sat. PUP
Mike1954
You make some valid points Tracy not least of all that there's no question of supporting any other team, I've thought long and hard about it and if Pompey are wound up that'll be it for me and football, so please Pompey give me something to remember over the years as i sit at home every saturday doing nothing if the worst comes to the worst.
Steve C
You make some valid points Tracy not least of all that there's no question of supporting any other team, I've thought long and hard about it and if Pompey are wound up that'll be it for me and football, so please Pompey give me something to remember over the years as i sit at home every saturday doing nothing if the worst comes to the worst.
Steve C
After the way Avram and Jamo got the team, and trainers to huddle on the pitch, i think we can rest assured Avram WILL make sure they understand Tracie :-)
Midge
 

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