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Portsmouth's dream of hosting World Cup matches has been shattered.

The city council yesterday voted not to submit a bid to the Football Association to have games played at Fratton Park if England is chosen as the venue for the 2018 football tournament.

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Reading between the lines, I'm guessing that means any planning application put forward by the club will be turned down now... not that we could afford it anyway.

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posted Nov 25, 2009

The "running" you must have missed then! We have had loads of People Pride Passion Portsmouth publicity almost everywhere!! Its been scrolling round the hoardings at FP, pictured on the Sails of the South the other night, requests for us to post our support on the World Cup Bid website (which I did!) and we have had a delegation visit the city (at the city's expense???)!

Did you miss it ALL???

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posted Nov 25, 2009

pbp - maybe you're right i don't know. i don't work for the city council so wouldn't know about the resources available to either city.

no i agree eight years is plenty of time i just feel having half the work already done is a good option and beneficial to any potential bid southampton make.

i'm not sure whether the working class stereotype is still too relevent but again im not privy to a break down of economic capital within the cities.

feelin_blue - i'm not saying there was no effort however a pr campaign is hardly the most unique thing. a visit is a good step i agree and that is commendable that pompey did that. HOWEVER my point remains. I think, as unfortunate that it is for pompey that they can't host it, a city mere miles away with good facilities and infrastructure is a very good alternative.

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posted Nov 25, 2009

Surely its a question of investment - making money not spending it.Pompey has everything: beach;guest houses;hotels; restaurants; harbour; dockyard; ferries; rail;shopping; M-way road access and air access, if you include Southampton Airport just 20 miles up the road and London one hour and half away; access to the most beautiful countryside and country parks in the world, pubs galore and a good row if the visitors want it. All foreign navies have been welcomed here, why not world cup crowds. I have seen foreign navy officers thrown out of pubs by the locals when they tried to get their coloured ratings, enjoying Pompey hospitality, to return to their ships. Pompey has everything except vision from its pampered oligarchy and an appreciation of its own uniqueness.

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posted Nov 25, 2009

St Marys was built in such a way that it could be increased up to 55,000 by extending 3 of the sides.One or two of the sides could be increased to take the figure up to 40,000, which is around FIFA's World Cup minimum.

Surely the benefits of a World Cup games and the visitors that it could bring to the whole area outweigh any rivalery?

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posted Nov 25, 2009

If Southampton want to spend the money then that's up to them. The problem is that the current stadium nearly cost them their very existance. Why risk all that again just for a few World Cup games involving second tier nations as the top countries will play at the established big stadiums such as Wembley, the Emirates, Old Trafford, Villa Park, St James' Park, Stadium of Light and, by then, the New White Hart Lane and Anfield. Both cities are better off without it.

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posted Nov 25, 2009

"The problem is that the current stadium nearly cost them their very existance. Why risk all that again..."

Because apparently this time they're 'well minted'.

As you said, if they really want to do it, good for them. Whatever.

We have more pressing issues at hand, like our league survival, not blowing huge wads of cash we don't have at a stadium that's pretty much a pipe dream.

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posted Nov 25, 2009

wow thats some negativity !

let's go point by point.

the money doesn't come directly from the club. the very nature of the world cup meens the money comes from the larger national pot with perhaps some club contribution in terms on maintance and such things.

the problem with every example you gave is that NONE cater for the south west ! it is simply ridiculous for the entire nation to foot the bill then confine the cup to london and the north ! i'd happliy accept southampton, pompey, bristol or plymouth.

FYI our finances are now in good shape. we have NO DEBT, a wonderful stadium and the academy producing the kind of players who will continue to help our club progress.

pbp - i'm not saying this is our big issue. england may not even get the world cup. fyi i hope you lot stay in the league, you have brilliantly vocal fans and the league would be lesser without your mob. i just would like to be able to have a shot at going to a world cup game or two without having to make a long long trip.

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comment by Gary (U13787451)

posted Nov 25, 2009

I for one would be happy if St Mary's was used. It's wrong that the South of England (outside the big smoke) will not be hosting any games.

Also hoping that St Mary's gets used for the Rugby world cup for the same reason.

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posted Nov 25, 2009

What makes you all presume England will win the bid, its apparently not that likely now and we've made a bad job of the bid according to the press.

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posted Nov 25, 2009

Nodoby assumed we would win anything. We're just talking about "what ifs". How could it be that there could be four venues across Liverpool and Manchester and perhaps none in the south west ?

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