What started as a protest organised by SOS Pompey in January 2010 has become the catalyst for a revolution.
The fantastic work conducted by everyone connected to the Pompey Supporters Trust has changed the face of modern football.
The fans have come together to pledge their support, not just with their hearts and minds, but with their hard earned savings, to back what will be the largest fan buyout this country has ever seen.
We now have the opportunity to show every other club that community ownership is possible.
Fans across the country will point towards Fratton Park and say “we can do that”.
Portsmouth FC has always been the heartbeat of our city, and today is a great day for both the club and city, and together we have shown that we can overcome the odds and that we will take our famous club forward.
It must be realised that there is much hard work to be done by us all to turn our wonderful club around, yet we can and will restore Pompey back to its rightful place.
However, today, Pompey fans can rejoice in the knowledge, that whatever the future holds we are now in charge of our own destiny.
The Pompey Supporters' Trust (PST) has responded to today's news that it is has been chosen by the administrators of Portsmouth Football Club as the preferred bidder to buy the team.
Those behind the Trust thanked the club's fans, and said they wanted to create Britain's largest community club and allow the fans to take control of the club's destiny, protecting the legacy for generations to come.
– Iain McInnes, proposed Chairman of Portsmouth FC under the PST bid
“We are energised that our bid, by the fans and for the fans, has been preferred by the club’s administrators. Although there remains a huge amount of work to be done to ensure the right outcome for the club, we are confident we will succeed.
“We believe our bid is realistic and credible, which is a view shared by the administrator. We will be working closely with Trevor Birch and his team in the coming days and weeks to ensure our bid will meet all legal and financial requirements.”
“This is a pivotal moment in the history of Portsmouth Football Club, but also to the wider footballing world. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the fans for their continued support of the bid and of the club throughout this process, and for believing in what a true community club can offer.
– Ashley Brown, Chairman, Pompey Supporters’ Trust
“Pompey has long been renowned as a pioneering club and this decision keeps that tradition alive. While we look to support this off the pitch, we encouraging fans to ‘Pack the Park’ this weekend and show Michael Appleton and his players the support they so rightly deserve on the pitch.
“There is a lot of work to be done, but the PST’s ethos is clear: run the club both transparently and honestly, with the fans at the heart of Portsmouth FC. The PST believes this new club model is the future of sustainable football ownership in The Football League.”
Portpin - the company owned by former Portsmouth FC owner Balram Chainrai - have responded to news that they are not preferred bidders for the club. Earlier today administrators named the Pompey Supporters' Trust as its preferred bidder. A spokesman for Portpin said:
– Portpin spokesperson
“We continue to work with the Football League to ensure we are ready to complete the acquisition of Portsmouth Football Club. Our discussions remain productive and we have been given no reason to believe that there are any remaining obstacles to our bid. Whilst we note PKF’s decision, we recognise that preferred bidder status has no basis in law. And we are confident that our bid offers both the best deal for creditors and is the only fully funded offer to provide Portsmouth FC with a financially sound and sustainable future.”
The Portsmouth Supporters Trust has been nominated as preferred bidder to buy the football club, putting the fans consortium in pole position ahead of Portpin.
– Trevor Birch, PKF and joint administrator of Portsmouth FC
“After extensive discussions over the past few weeks, we have today nominated Portsmouth Supporters Trust as the preferred bidder for Portsmouth Football Club. We will be working with the Trust, the Football League and the Professional Footballers Association to conclude the sale of the Club as soon as possible.”