There’s an interesting report about Portsmouth in the Guardian today. It describes their 4 traumatic years plunging down the leagues and their new start as a fan-owned club.
Here’s some numbers from the report:
2 periods of insolvency in last 3 years
7 owners in quick succession
16 age of fan helping to raise £1000 to buy a share in the club
15,999 crowd for first game in League 2 this season
2.3 million pounds raised by supporters’ trust to finance takeover
From the point of view of a Birmingham City fan, the report provides reasons to fear and to hope. The present situation of our club is not good but it could, like Portsmouth, experience much worse. We can hope too, hope that like the Pompey fans we’ll stick together and not allow our club to die.
There’s a plaque at Fratton Park that says: “On this site once more stands a mighty football club. We cannot change the past but we can shape the future. Dedicated to all those fans who took a stand and refused to allow Portsmouth FC to die.”
Here are the links for the article and pictures: