Quite out of the blue it was a very busy week on the transfer front at Fratton Park. The squad is really now beginning to take shape and fans are starting to get very excited about the upcoming season.
Season ticket sales are booming too with over 1,000 new tickets having been sold already. Existing holders have just two weeks to guarantee their seat and get the early bird prices.
Midfielder James Dunne is the acquisition that has made the biggest impact of supporters especially when the impression comes from North of the border that he won the Scottish FA Cup for St Johnstone off his own back. The Perthshire side were keen to keep him too.
His move is a little complicated by the fact that his club Stevenage owe Exeter £50,000 if he plays one more game for them – now where have I heard that before? – and a similar fee if they receive a fee for the former Arsenal player.
So why did Dunne choose League Two over the SPL? Certainly he would play of front of larger crowds St Johnstone only averaging 4,000 but some think the SPL has lost its gloss for 2014/15 as there will be no Rangers, Hearts or Hibernian in the mix and without those glamour clubs it will be rather second rate.
Interestingly Pompey appear to have been allowed to pay fees for players again which is rather good news and shws just how well the club finances are now being run.
The PST board are delighted to invite fans in Surrey to a special share offer event on 16th July.
Conscious that not all fans are able to visit Fratton Park, we are looking to run a series of smaller, regional events for potential and current shareholders to attend in the coming weeks.
The first event will be held at The Cricketers pub in Farncombe, near Godalming (37 Nightingale Road, Godalming, Surrey, GU7 2HU) where PST board members will be joined by club CEO Mark Catlin and possibly a player to discuss how new or additional shares in the PST can be purchased. Plans for the new training ground at Roko will be available to view.
The evening will start at 7pm and run until approximately 9pm.
PST Spokesman John Kimbell said ‘We have fans all over the country and we recognise it’s not easy for everyone to get to Portsmouth all the time. Given this we thought we’d test a regional event in Surrey – an area we know that many of our fans reside in. With a catchment area that includes Guildford, Godalming, Woking and Farnham we hope that plenty of people will turn up on the night to enjoy a pint with us and discuss how they can get involved with the PST. We”ll assess how well received this event is before rolling it out to different areas’.
View from the Hump
What is wrong with the fixtures computer? The fixtures have a familiar ring. No new sides this term!! We have three home games in a week Posh, Cambridge United and Northampton. Three clubs that have a great rivalry in the East Midlands.
Once again all evening games are at home before Xmas. Why? Come on shake ’em up!! Still on the Hump we can`t wait to get started – bring it on!!
Gone to wall and back!
To write for Vital Pompey it is important to keep your finger on the pulse of all that goes on in football. To that end I keep in touch with all that goes on at Football Supporter`s Federation and Supporters Direct and this week SD sent me an interesting email concerning clubs that have gone to the wall but been rebuilt – something of course we at Pompey nearly had to do.
Rushden and Diamonds and Hinckley are two of those clubs and with the help of fans everywhere they both have now risen as phoenix clubs in the format of AFC Rushden and Diamonds and Hinckley AFC. The two clubs will meet at the wonderfully named Dog and Duck ground in Wellingborough on Wednesday 30 July to contest the Supporters Direct Shield.
This will be the fourth time that the Shield has been contested, and will give AFC Rushden & Diamonds a chance to avenge last season`s defeat to 1874 Northwich, and join Scarborough Athletic and Lewes FC on the list of winners. It will be a particularly poignant fixture for supporters of Hinckley AFC who are about to embark on their first season in the senior pyramid after Hinckley United were wound up in the High Court in October 2013. They will be aspiring to follow the path of AFC Rushden and Diamonds, who are now in their 4th season, made up of over 30 teams and thriving as a community owned club.
Robin Osterley, CEO of Supporters Direct said, “We are very proud of the achievements of both of these relative newcomers. They represent one part of the huge spectrum of the work that we do from the Premier League to the Midlands League. We`re hoping for a great day, and I am very much looking forward to meeting fans and officials alike from both clubs”
Foreign news page
All the World Cup news has been based around England`s dismal showing and the Saurez disgrace. News is reaching us from the Ghana camp that ex Pompey stars Kevin Prince Boateng and Sulley Muntari had both been sent home sent home of their nation`s final group game with Portugal.
A statement on the Ghana Football Association website said both players had ‘been suspended indefinitely’. It added Boateng had used ‘vulgar verbal insults targeted at coach Kwesi Appiah’ and said Muntari was guilty of an ‘unprovoked physical attack on an executive committee member’.
The row came over the non payment of appearance monies and the Ghanaian government actually sent £1.8m by plane to Brazil after players threatened to boycott the final game.
The strange thing this that as both played for Pompey they must to have been used to not getting paid on time surely?