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Pompey New Boy Has High Hopes Of Making His Point

    Chris Maguire hopes he can help Pompey stay up - and prove a point to Derby in the process. The Scotland striker made his Blues debut as a substitute in the 2-0 defeat at Brighton which pushed Pompey closer to the drop to League One. But Maguire is determined to do all he can to aid Pompey after finding his first-team opportunities limited at Pride ....

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Middlesbrough Boss Mowbray Backs 'passionate' Pompey Fans

  Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray has praised Pompey's passionate fans and hopes the club finds a way out of its financial problems. Speaking this week after Boro won 3-1 at Fratton Park last weekend Mowbray said it would be 'terrible for the game' if Pompey went under. 'A fair percentage of the Portsmouth fans were still there behind that goal, whilst the stewards ....

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Who's Really In Need? Pompey Or Rest Of Championship

    Given that it's Pompey who have been deducted 10 points and are said by some to be hurtling towards liquidation, it's amazing how many other clubs in the Championship are in a state of emergency. Or so it would seem from the number circling Fratton in the hope of securing loans for various players. If they all get their men, Pompey's average at ....

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League Boost Pompey's Survival Bid, But Will Chainrai Really Ride To Rescue?

    Balram Chainrai has gone from describing himself as reluctant owner to saying he is Pompey's last resort - but he is now a last resort they won't have to turn to just yet after the Football League released funds which should see the Blues through to the end of the season. The league has agreed to the funding request from administrator Trevor Birch ....

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Appleton Hones His Juggling Skills In The Pompey Circus

    Michael Appleton is working hard to balance Pompey's player departures with the recruitment of loan players who can help the Blues win their relegation battle. He is preparing for Tuesday night's rather daunting trip to in-form Reading by trying to bring in a forward as a squad replacement for Liam Lawrence, who went on loan to Cardiff. His efforts ....

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Forgotten Man Speaks Out As A Not-so-forgotten Man Looms Large At Fratton

    One of Pompey's forgotten men has laid bare the extent of the upset felt by the players when they were told how close to the abyss the club had slipped. Out-of-favour keeper Jamie Ashdown sad they had no hesitation agreeing to wage cuts and deferrals when they were told it was that or the end of the club. Ashdown spoke out as administrator Trevor ....

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Gaydamak Is The Key Man - Again - In Pompey's Fight For Survival

    Time was already running out for Pompey - now the alarm appears about to go off, unless Sacha Gaydamak can be convinced that declining to take parachute payments now might give him back more of his 'debt' in the long run. The club have admitted they may not be able to complete the season with more than £2m in parachute payments from the Premier ....

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Loan Worry For Pompey - But Players Are Rallying Round

    Trevor Birch says he is impressed by the spirit being shown by Pompey's players as the club is engulfed by another financial crisis. Pompey's administrator says he has been surprised at the levels of commitment he has found among players who have suffered wage cuts or deferrals. But Birch warned he could not rule out more loan moves by players to cut ....

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One Pompey Star Committed To Blues - But Who's Thinking Of A Different Team?

    Liam Lawrence says it will rank among his greatest feats in football if he can help keep Pompey up this season. The skipper says he is fed up with what's happened to the Blues this season but feels players and fans are bonding closer together all the time and can come out the other side of the crisis. Lawrence has been at the centre of the players' ....

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Appleton Pinpoints Key To Pompey's Survival - And Ticket Scheme Could Help Too

    Pompey will have a fantastic chance of avoiding the drop into League One if they can go on producing the levels of performance they managed against Leeds. Boss Michael Appleton says there was much in the display to be positive about, and believes the fans have shown they will have an important to play. Appleton revealed he was in daily touch with the ....

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Boss Hails Pompey Unity As League Break Silence Over Antonov Approval

    Michael Appleton has praised the spirit of his players as the club's siege mentality grows ahead of a battle to survive in the Championship - and a battle to survive full stop. The players have accepted wage cuts and delays and have even helped out in the ticket office as the crisis engulfing Fratton Park gathers pace. Appleton was delighted by the ....

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If You're Fit, You're In For Pompey. If Not, You're In Anyway...

    Pompey's players have been helping out in the ticket office in the run-up to the clash with Leeds. The way things have gone in the past few days, it wouldn't be the most far-fetched twist if a couple of ticket office staff turned up on the bench on Saturday afternoon. The Blues will have trouble finding three subs to put on the bench, let alone the ....

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Erik's Gone - So Who Said It Wasn't As Bad For Pompey This Time?

    Erik Huseklepp is not the only person forced out of Fratton Park to save money this week but he's probably the most high-profile - and he is probably also the only one to walk straight into a more secure job. His shock loan move to Birmingham - likely to be followed by a permanent move in the summer - is part of drastic measures to cut the club's ....

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Birch Wields Axe At Pompey - And That's Not The End Of The Bad News

    Pompey administrator Trevor Birch has made more than 20 Pompey stafff redundant - and has warned there are more tough times ahead. A statement from Birch issued by the club says there are no guarantees there will be enough money to keep the club running for more than a couple of months. He is urging fans to sell out Fratton Park for every remaining ....

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Pompey's Top Man Tells It Like It Is

    Any Pompey fan who wanted another round of being told what they wanted to hear by the administrator now in charge at Fratton Park will have been disappointed by Trevor Birch's comments following his first couple of days in the job. But any believing it's time for straight talking and not fanciful notions about how everything is actually quite rosy in ....

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More Cup Finals Ahead For Pompey ... And More Loans Too?

    The people who believe, for reasons never fully explained, that Pompey shouldn't have been at the 2008 Cup finals won't be pleased to hear the Blues have another 15 of the things lined up now. That's according to Jason Pearce, stand-in skipper in Liam Lawrence's absence, who reckons every one of Pompey's remaining games is like a Wembley ....

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Birch Upbeat About 'crazy, Ugly' Pompey - As Appleton Eyes Crucial Month

    As Pompey's new administrator gets to work, he has admitted the situation the club finds itself in is 'crazy' and 'ugly' - but there says there is plenty of reason to believe they can find a way out of it. Ahead of his first full day at Fratton Park trying to get the club back on an even keel, Trevor Birch said Pompey had been based on an unstable ....

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Pompey's Only Punishment Is To Get The Birch

    The new man in charge of penniless Pompey is hoping his arrival in the role may encourage new potential owners to come forward. Trevor Birch, who has led a number of clubs out of financial crises, was appointed Pompey's administrator on Friday afternoon after a number of parties opposed a bid to give the job to Andrew Andronikou and UHY Hacker Young ....

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Administration Approved For Pompey, But What Will Consequences Be?

Pompey are in administration for the second time in two years. The go-ahead for the move which will prevent the HMRC getting a winding-up order was approved in the Royal Courts of Justice this morning. It will mean a ten-point deduction, with the threat of a larger withdrawal of points hanging over the club. ADVERTISEMENT Mr Justice Alastair Norris ruled that Pompey can ....

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Will Pompey's Fretful Friday Be Followed By A Smooth Saturday? Unlikely...

Friday promises to be a rocky ride for Pompey - and Saturday might not provide much respite. A day after their immediate fate is resolved as they apply to re-enter administration, they re-enter a ground where they once lost 6-0 and end the game with nine men. This visit to Barnsley could see them start the game with nine men, the way the squad is being stripped down to a 'bare bones' situation ....

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Andronikou Set To Be Opposed As Pompey Administrator

    Portsmouth Football Club's immediate future will be played out in Court 26 of the High Court of Justice on Friday before Mr Justice Norris as its petition to go into administration is heard. And it is understood the club's request that Andrew Andronikou conducts the Administration on behalf of UHY Hacker Young will be challenged by at least some of ....

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Pompey Fans Unimpressed By Football League's 'fit And Proper' Defence

Pompey fans are demanding to know why the Football League does not make more stringent checks about would-be club owners after officials claimed Vladimir Antonov misled them before being given the green light to take over at Fratton. The league has admitted in an email to a fan that evidence from Antonov about his finances and business plan was 'at best misleading' when it was looking into CSI's ....

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Pompey Out To Prove Themselves To Blackpool ... And The World

Pompey must be the only football club who have a siege mentality more often than the local armed police unit and hostage negotiators. That's the problem with picking up threats to your very survival like some others collect yellow cards - the backs-to-the-wall outlook has to begin to wear off after a while. But so far the Blues are doing a pretty good job with the world, or what seems like it, ....

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Good News Is Always Followed By Bad At Pompey

Pompey might not win any awards for keeping their financs in order this season but they are in running for honours from the Football League. They have been shortlisted for three prizes at the 2012 Football League Awards - the Coca-Cola Community Club of the Year, a title they have already won in the the South West and the Tokio Marine Family Club of the Year, with Joel Ward shortlisted for the ....

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Pompey Confess To New Worries Over Key Players

With no propsect of a let-up in the financial pressures building on Pompey, fears are growing that their squad could get even smaller in the next weeks. Michael Appleton did not have one spare senior player for the trip to Birmingham on Tuesday - he had just the 16 who made up his starting line-up and bench. Now he has admitted to worries other clubs could take advantage of the Blues' need to ....

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