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Pompey legends back bid to save club

Tue 28th Aug 2012 | Clubs Ownership

Portsmouth FC legends Paul Merson and Steve Claridge have declared their support for the Pompey Supporters’ Trust, as they look to become successful in taking over the club.

Paul Merson joined the club in 2002 and became an instant fans’ favourite after helping secure promotion to the Premier League, while Steve Claridge was born in the City and went on to make over 100 appearances for the club.

Paul Merson said: ‘Pompey supporters were instrumental in our promotion to the Premier League back in 2003. With such a strong set of supporters, I have every faith Portsmouth FC would make a fine community club. This is why I’m backing the bid of the Pompey Supporters’ Trust to save Portsmouth FC.’

Steve Claridge added: ‘My time at Pompey was one of the most memorable during my career. Particularly as I was born in the city, I already had a deep affection for the club and the two seasons I spent there will always mean a great deal to me. After years of instability and mismanagement, Pompey Supporters Trust have created a unique business plan to save the club and bring back PFC to the people who care so deeply for it and that's why I'm backing their bid.’

Colin Farmery, PST Spokesperson, concluded: ‘We are delighted to add both Paul and Steve to our growing list of supporters. Both players were idolised by Pompey fans during their time at the club and we hope that having the support of the two legends will continue to help increase the number of pledges to the Trust.’

The Trust’s core aim is to keep Portsmouth FC in existence as a club run by the fans, for the fans. 
According to the official release, it intends to bring the club back into the heart of the community and preserve it for generations to come. Fans can still back the bid by joining the share scheme by visiting

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