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Important Day On And Off The Pitch

It could be the biggest day in Portsmouth's 112-year history, both on and off the pitch, as the side travel to St Marys Stadium, home of fierce rivals Southampton, as they do battle in the FA Cup fifth round.

Both sides will be looking to get one over on their opponents in the South Coast derby, but the financial side of the game could be of more importance to the visitors, as the club need to raise funds within the next eight days, or face liquidation, leaving the 200,000 people of Portsmouth without a football club.

The Blue Army received a 'stay of execution' on Wednesday, after a court hearing regarding the £11.5M owed to the Inland Revenue was adjourned for nine days, saving the club from the dreaded scenario of liquidation.

The repercussions of such actions could be massive for the side, as a win against their oldest rivals could earn the club a reported £200k, which could go a long way to repaying at least some of their unpaid tax bill. The television coverage, live on ITV, will also bring in a substantial cash injection for both sides, which could add up to and around another £100k onto the match-fee.

With the match set to be a sell-out, even though both sides have been struggling for attendances all season, the ticket revenue would also bring in a significant income, with 40% of the ticket sales being distributed to Portsmouth.

The big problem regarding this, however, is the above payments wouldn't have to be made to Avram Grant's until up to fourteen days after the match, with the club just six days away from a return to the high courts.

In the adjourned meeting, Portsmouth FC have to produce a cash flow and a report detailing the finances distributed by the club, with labelled intentions on how the club will go forward, after a reported two investors interested in taking over the club.

On the pitch, the visitors have received a boost as Serbian left-back Dusko Tosic has won clearance to join the Premier League side, adding to the defensive ranks available for the match, following Ricardo Rocha's red card against Sunderland on Tuesday night.

Playing the former-Bremen star would allow Algerian winger Nadir Belhadj a more free-role on the left side of midfield, keeping him as far away from our 18-yard box as possible.

Either way, whether you've managed to use Portsmouth's ludicrous ticketing system or will be watching it at home your nearest drinking hole, it'll be a close-fought match between the sides, both looking to access the bragging rights for at least another eight months, until we know which divisions will home each team for next season, if at all…

Written by Dan Brett aka PompeySedge.

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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Date:Friday February 12 2010

Time: 3:35PM

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Am gutted to be in a train under the channel at kick off
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12/02/2010 15:47:00

Nice article Dan .. but I am forgetting all about Pompeys financial difficulties for the weekend..It's all about beating the scummers and then watching who gets knocked out before the 6th round draw on Sunday
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12/02/2010 15:51:00

Quote "Pompey Sedge" "With the match set to be a sell-out, [b]even though both sides have been struggling for attendances all season[/b], the ticket revenue would also bring in a significant income, with 40% of the ticket sales being distributed to Portsmouth. You are kidding, right? What DO you actually know about the attendances of the respective sides this season, given their respective leagues/positions? LoL'ing..... ;-)
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12/02/2010 16:05:00

Am gutted to be in a train under the channel at kick off
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12/02/2010 16:05:00

Has anything official been announced about Tosic? Ive seen a couple of articles but nothing official. Sky Sports have a piece about the derby and they're interviewing O'Hara, he seems to be saying he's playing tomorrow, have Spurs said they'd let him play?
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12/02/2010 16:09:00

Yep..good article..I am with chix on this though...I wil start worrying about Pompeys off the fields travails until 3 at least.. Wish I was going but will be watching it in Dublin with my 12 year old son..It's a very special day for us...his first south coast derby since he got into football and became PTID At least he's gonna get a taste of the rivalry Just hope the lads will be up for it -Hughes played in the 4-1 so should be geeing the others up
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12/02/2010 16:09:00

Didn't mean to say that twice though am very gutted
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12/02/2010 16:12:00

MorningtonCrescent, cup incomes are split more evenly between sides, hence why one team cannot decide on what cup prices will be - they have to agree on this...
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12/02/2010 16:12:00

HSB is leaving the country to avoid the game?? Pompey will make more than a million from the day IF they win.
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12/02/2010 16:56:00

Is anyone else started getting butterflies in stomach about tomorrow :)
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12/02/2010 17:07:00

Yes I am, cheese monkey! I'm nervous about going, esp as there is likely to be trouble, and I'm nervous about the game in the same way I was about the semi and the final. Its your head saying 'of course we'll win' and your heart going 'but what if we don't!' I'm going to wear my FA cup final shirt, colour my hair blue and have blue earrings and fingernails. But I am going on the official coaches, so I'm hoping I'll be kept safe.
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12/02/2010 18:04:00

just go an enjoy tracy, i know that is what i plan to do - i am NEVER one for trouble, so of course i will not look for it, of course you have to be 'kind of' prepared but if you go worrying too much about it the chances are, i think, it will find you. that said i am sure those that do want trouble will know where to go, what to do and how to manage it so, if that floats their boat, leave them to it...
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12/02/2010 18:09:00

FAO MorningtonCrescent: Living in the area I do, and having a season ticket at Portsmouth, it's no news to anyone that our attendances, especially in the past few months, haven't been as high as they 'could' be, and the same goes for those down the road.. I've a few friends that have season ticket to what 'them', and regardless of what division they're in, even the fans' are saying that their attendances should be greater than what they are (give or take a few games).
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12/02/2010 18:19:00

You're right Rug, I am going to enjoy the day. I owe to those fans who couldn't get tickets to do that - and I will be singing my heart out for the lads all match, don't worry. You're going too aren't you Rug?
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12/02/2010 19:07:00


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