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Portsmouth to become FC Portsmouth?

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According to the Guardian, Portsmouth fans are preparing for the possibility of the club going out of business by preparing an idea for a seperate club, in the same vein that FC United of Manchester were formed back in 2005, when supporters who were dissatisfied about the Glazer takeover, broke away to form a brand new club.

One of the members of the Portsmouth supporters club already owns the business name Portsmouth FC, and they could continue under that name with a ground share agreement with Havant and Waterlooville.

The FC United of Manchester side are still going strong, and seem to have a fairly stable fan base. There record attendance is 6000, which is not to be sniffed at when teams from League 2, such as Darlington, had a crowd of 1000 for their last league match.

If anything, the problems at football clubs lead fans to break away and show that football is a community, and people can change things, even if its small things. FC United of Manchester was an idea which was probably scoffed at by many, but they are still going strong and have been fairly successful. Maybe one day they will enter the league structure and prove themselves to be a huge success and send a message that fans do not have to tolerate what is happening in the game.

Portsmouth Football Club are not to be pitied for whats happening, as the problems they have caused are entirely self inflicted – its the everyday equivalent of taking out dozens of credit cards, and giving yourself a lifestyle you simply cannot afford for a while, without ever intending to pay it back.

The fans are the real losers in the whole saga. Yes, they’ve enjoyed days out at Wembley and seen stars down at the club. I’m sure they’d swap all that for the clubs survival. It’s all fun and games until you are facing oblivion.


Written by Nicole Carroll

March 10, 2010 at 9:30 am

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