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Pompey's 'best Owner' Revealed By Fan Poll

  Sacha Gaydamak has been voted Pompey's 'best owner' in the past five years in an exclusive truebluearmy.com poll. With almost 40% of the votes, he was the clear winner by the 'first past the post' voting method, scoring nearly twice as well as the second-placed Vladimir Antonov/CSI option. The results may come as a surprise to many, given that Pompey's current ....

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Pompey Given New Warning Over League One Campaign

  There probably aren't too many people around who think Pompey are going to march to the League One title next season, but anyone who does is being urged to have a reality check by an ex-Fratton figure who knows the lower leagues inside out. Steve Claridge says gaining promotion back to the Championship will be tough for the Blues, who certainly shouldn't expect to be ....

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Halford: Club Could Benefit From Contract Situation

  Pompey defender Greg Halford says that the club could benefit from a clause in players' contracts which gives them a 14-day opportunity to tear up their deals. As yet, no player has exercised their right to do so. The club is in breach of contract having deferred wages from February when the club went into administration. Halford told The News: 'There are things ....

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Pompey's Wage Bill Set To Remain High In The Short Term...

  Pompey boss Michael Appleton is not expecting the club's wage-bill to be slashed any time soon. With an on-going commitment of £9.5m annually, even after the release of Jamie Ashdown, Ricardo Rocha and Benjani and the sales of Stephen Henderson (West Ham), Jason Pearce (Leeds) and Joel Ward (Crystal Palace), Pompey need to offload some high wage-earners to make ....

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Season-ticket Prices - Have Pompey Found The Right Balance?

Latest from truebluearmy.com I   Initial reaction from fans suggests Pompey have struck the right balance between tempting fans and securing income in setting season ticket prices for next season. Juniors will benefit from a flat-rate season ticket price of £75 - down from £200 last season. Current adult season ticket holders who take advantage of the early-bird offer – which runs from June 6 to July 6 – will pay ....

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Pompey Ownership Saga Is Hitting Appleton's Plans

  Michael Appleton says Pompey risk missing out on numerous player targets if their ownership issue is not sorted soon. He is busy talking to potential signings and has a number interested in joining the Blues' League One crusade for the new season - but until Appleton knows who, if anyone, will own the club, he cannot finalise deals. Appleton says he has already ....

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Chainrai's Bid Faces Uphill Battle To Persuade The Fans

  Prospective Pompey owner Balram Chainrai faces an uphill battle to persuade fans to attend matches next season. In our truebluearmy.com poll, in which more than 400 fans voted, only 44% said they would attend games 'without question'. More worryingly for the Hong Kong-based bsuinessman, almost a third (32%) said they would not attend games 'on principle'. On last ....

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Fans' Fury As Lampitt Claims Brings New Pompey Woe

  Just when you thought everyone involved in the whole sorry saga had taken all they can from Pompey, along comes another claim. This time it's one that has incensed some Blues fans as much as, if not more than, any previous twist in the unravelling financial saga that has seen the club lurch from one crisis to another over the past three years. It's a claim from axed chief executive David Lampitt that classes him as a football creditor - and one whose bid to get ....

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Norris Looks Set To Leave Fratton, But Not For Former Club

Latest from truebluearmy.com I   Pompey midfielder David Norris looks set to leave Fratton Park this summer, with a Championship club his likely destination. The 31-year-old, who signed last summer on a Bosman from Ipswich Town, doesn't think a return to Portman Road is on the cards, but he is expecting to talk to other clubs about a summer ....

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Critical Period Ahead As Pompey Fans' Bid Gathers Pace

  A supporters' bid to buy Pompey is nearing its final stages. The PST has appointed an expert to put the finishing touches to a buyout attempt that many hope will give the administrators an alternative to Portpin. The trust says it is encouraged by constant new support being shown for its bid - and a number of 'high net worth' backers are remaining committed to the ....

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One Star Leaves Fratton - While Another Looks Forward And Back

Latest from truebluearmy.com I   Crystal Palace say they have been after Joel Ward for a long time - and had to beat off stiff competition for his signature. The Fratton favourite has attracted interest from as many as half a dozen clubs, most of them in the Championship, since Pompey reluctantly said they had to let him go as part of their ....

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Crewe And Sheffield United Complete League One Line Up Next Season

Latest from truebluearmy.com I   Crewe Alexandra were the final team to confirm their place in League One next season after a 2-0 win over Cheltenham Town in the League Two play-off final at Wembley. They joined Sheffield United, who were less happy at having to spend a further season in the third tier, having lost on penalties the previous day to ....

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Pompey Fans Have Mixed Views Over Ex-boss's New Job

Latest from truebluearmy.com I   Pompey fans have given a cool response to news that David Lampitt has taken over at the helm of a sports supporters' group. Some on Twitter and Pompey messageboards have questioned how the chief executive who oversaw Pompey's second slide into administration can be seen as the best man for the job at Supporters' ....

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Former Keeper Gives The Thumbs Up To Revive Pompey's Fortunes

Latest from truebluearmy.com I   Former Pompey goalkeeper Stephen Henderson, who joined West Ham this week, has backed boss Michael Appleton to come good for Pompey. Henderson joined newly-promoted hammers in a £600,000 deal after spending the last quiarter of the season on loan at Upton Park, as the financial crisis which engulfed the club ....

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Court Ruling Won't Affect Pompey Sell Off Bid

Latest from truebluearmy.com I   Pompey's sell-off plans are still on track, despite the news that the taxman has failed in its bid to get the controversial 'football creditors' rule overturned. Admininistrator Trevor Birch had drawn up plans to make a number of players redundant had the decision in the High Court gone the other way. The club has ....

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'respected' Lampitt Is New Supporters' Chief

Latest from truebluearmy.com I   Controversial Pompey former Chief Executive David Lampitt has been appointed Chief Executive of Supporters' Direct. Lampitt left the club in February after Pompey went into administration and recently he has been in the headlines after it was revealed charities owed money from the club's match-day ticket 'admin ....

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Ward's Move To Eagles Reminds Pompey Fans How Club Has Fallen

Latest from truebluearmy.com I   It wasn't so long ago that a Pompey player would have been transferred to Crystal Palace only because he wasn't wanted at Fratton. In a depressing sign of the times, though, Joel Ward will become an Eagle on Monday as Pompey's cost-cutting squad clear-out continues to gather pace. Crystal Palace have won a race for the versatile 22-year-old that has involved as many as six Championship clubs. Ward had been ....

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Released Rocha: 'i Will Always Be A Pompey Fan'

Latest from truebluearmy.com I   Ricardo Rocha has been released by Pompey but he remains a fan of the club. The Portuguese defender has been at Fratton Park since 2010 and has become a firm favourite of the fans. However, manager Michael Appleton released him this week, as the club looks to restructure in League One. ‘I thought I might ....

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Paynter Could Decorate Pompey's Front Line Next Season

Latest from truebluearmy.com I   Pompey appear to have made former Swindon striker Billy Paynter a top summer transfer target. Although the club is still in administration, the surplus-to-requirements Leeds United striker would make an ideal signing as the club prepares to adjust to League One. After earning a move to Elland Road in 2010 after ....

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Fans Give Verdict On Next Season's Ticket Prices

Latest from truebluearmy.com I   Pompey fans reckons the club should be charging around £250 for a season ticket next season, after the club's relegation to League One. The price would be a substantial drop in comparison to last season's Championship campaign, where fans paid around £400 to watch their football at Fratton Park. Just ....

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Etuhu 'set To Stay At Pompey'

Latest from truebluearmy.com I   Pompey look to have fought off the attentions of Championship side Barnsley to secure the signing of midfielder Kelvin Etuhu. The 23-year-old made 13 appearances last season, having signied on a short-term contract, scoring one spectatular goal in the 4-1 win against Birmingham. Etuhu arrived at Fratton Park in ....

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Blues May Have Brush With Paynter, But There's No Maguire Move

Latest from truebluearmy.com I   Pompey loan hit Chris Maguire seems unlikely to return to Fratton Park - despite being put up for sale by Derby. The Rams' wish to recoup much of the £400,000 they paid Aberdeen for his services last year would appear to rule out the Blues making a bid for his return, however much his loan period suited the ....

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Released Ashdown Will Have Plenty Of Suitors: Appleton

Latest from truebluearmy.com I   Released Pompey keeper Jamie Ashdown will have no problem finding a club according to manager Michael Appleton. He reckons the shot-stopper can find a club in the Championship, who will be able to pay him what he is worth. Pompey have a tight wage budget for nest season and Appleton is keen to ensure it spreads as ....

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Appleton Reckons Rocha Would Have Struggled In League One

Latest from truebluearmy.com I   Pompey boss Michael Appleton has paid tribute to released defender Ricardo Rocha. But he says letting the 33-year-old go is in the best interests of the club long-term, ciring the wages the player was on as one of the reasons for letting him go. ‘Ricardo has played the majority of the games since I came in ....

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Mokoena: Fans Deserve For Pompey To Survive

Latest from truebluearmy.com I   Aaron Mokoena wants Pompey to survive for the sake of the fans. The 31-year-old utility player and South Africa international is one of the high earners Administrator Trevor Birch is trying to shift off the wage bill as the club comes to tewrms with League One football next season. And former Blackburn star ....

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