Save Portsmouth FC: Can a Supporters Trust Help Fans Reclaim the Game

Save Portsmouth FC: Can a Supporters Trust Help Fans Reclaim the Game?

“Open the books! We don’t want your lies!” This was the message to the owners of Portsmouth Football Club as 200 fans met to launch the ‘Portsmouth Supporters Trust’ in the same week the club was given 7 days to challenge a high court winding up order.

The fans anger at the continued financial mismanagement of the club failed to be calmed by the club’s official spokesman who emptily promised “everything will be fine, what ever happens next week.”

“It’s not the threat of relegation, or the performance on the pitch we’re angry with,” said one supporter, “it’s the fact that these owners have been taking our money and we don’t know where it’s gone. We’ve been lied to and left in the dark. We want the books to be opened.”

The meeting was also addressed by Liberal Democrat City Council leader Gerald Vernon Jackson, who outlined what little the council would do to safeguard Fratton Park, the team’s historic stadium, if the club went to the wall.

 TUSC Portsmouth North supporters, welcomed the foundation of the trust and challenged the councilor, asking why the council could not take the stadium under public ownership as a community asset in a form of ‘local nationalisation,’ a demand echoed by fans who want the new trust to fight for supporters.

TUSC Portsmouth North calls for the new supporters trust to be a  campaigning organisation which represents and fights for fans. We want the owners of Portsmouth Football club to be held to account, the books to be opened and for the club to be put back in the heart of the community

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