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My Plea To Pompey Players / Management

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.

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Date:Sunday February 7 2010
Time: 4:01PM


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
07/02/2010 16:55:00
I suppose I just want the players to understand how important this one is to us.
07/02/2010 17:00:00
Only if they care Tracy.
Pompey Malta
07/02/2010 17:10:00
Nice one Tracy :)
07/02/2010 17:11:00
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.
07/02/2010 17:17:00
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!
07/02/2010 17:20:00
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
07/02/2010 18:36:00
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?)
07/02/2010 18:48:00
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
07/02/2010 19:09:00
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 ;)
07/02/2010 19:16:00
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