Back from the brink, Portsmouth’s journey to Wembley
Just eleven years ago Portsmouth were flying under the management of Harry Redknapp and had just won the 2008 FA Cup at Wembley beating Cardiff 1-0 with Kanu getting the goal. In 2010 the club had racked up debts of over 100 million pounds and we subsequently placed into administration by then owner Balram Chainrai. Then started the huge fall from grace that ultimately saw Portsmouth face liquidation after plummeting to League Two in 2013. The club never seemed to die as even in their first season in English footballs last professional league they sold over 10,000 season tickets which is still a record to this day.
Throughout the whole disaster that was the running of Portsmouth Football Club the fans never went away and they in fact saved the club as the supporter’s trust purchased the club and put it into the control of the fans. They may not have known what was about to happen but they would lead Portsmouth back into relevancy charging back up the English Leagues.
Last night saw another significant step on their journey as Portsmouth beat Bury 3-0 at Gigg Lane to secure their place in the Checkatrade Trophy final. The result see’s Kenny Jacket’s men head to Wembley as Evans put Portsmouth ahead just after the hour at Gigg Lane before goals from Oliver Hawkins and Ronan Curtis ensured the club’s first trip to the stadium since the 2010 FA Cup final defeat to Chelsea.
A moment surely to savour for the Pompey faithful as there really is light at the end of what’s been a long tunnel. A cup final appearance and a very strong chance of promotion to The Championship as well as Portsmouth sit in fourth place just five points off the automatic promotion places. And with the club drawing their last five league games a trip to Wembley could fire up Fratton Park for the business end of the season.
One things for sure though after all that the club has been through it’s the fans that have saved the club and brought them back to where they are. And with Portsmouth back out of the shadows the Pompey fans deserve every bit of success that comes their way.