A 50/50 chance of survival. That's the verdict tonight of the administrator called in to try to salvage Portsmouth football club.
But as his prediction was digested at a meeting of creditors at Fratton Park - a group of players who made a desperate attempt to save the club from relegation tonight joined a valiant bid to save it from oblivion.
A growing number of players are signing up to the Community Share Scheme - in which fans pledge an initial £100 before making a bid to buy the club.
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Simon's Blog - Stormy Weather
It's that time of year again... Shrove Tuesday is nearly here and many of us are getting ready to cook up a batch of pancakes.
Monday night's weather for the east of the region