Portsmouth FC begin new era as football league starts

Portsmouth plaque

The football league season gets underway this weekend and for one club it marks the beginning of a new era.

Portsmouth FC - FA Cup winners in 2008 and members of the Premier League as recently as 2010 - begin life in League Two, the English fourth division.

Despite a dramatic recent drop down the divisions, optimism amongst the Pompey fans is high, because they're now the biggest fan owned club in the country.

At one point, the club was given just a 50/50 chance of avoiding liquidation.

Colin Farmery, Pompey Supporters Trust (PST) founder

Colin Farmey

We're very proud of what we've achieved at Portsmouth.

Even though we're in League Two now I think there's a real sense of optimism about the future. It's been a journey well worth making.

The PST was formed in the autumn of 2009, borne out of the chaos at the time.

We became the first Premier League club to go into administration but we strengthened our membership base and 15 months ago got to the point where we could buy the club.

There were a few points when we felt we could have fallen apart, but the Football League supported our bid and then the momentum was with us.

If a club the size of Portsmouth can do this, so could many other clubs.

Tom Marples, 21

Tom Marples

I live next door to Fratton Park. I've seen the ups and downs.

It's hard to believe that five years ago we won the FA Cup.

We then faced losing our club completely but it's amazing how the mood has changed since the PST got involved.

It's fantastic news that they've got the club, it's all about the future now and I can only see things getting better.

Lewis Robinson, 22

Lewis Robinson

I was in the Pompey store shop working when they shut the place without any warning. I left and I've not been back in there since.

It's been ridiculous the last few years but now everyone's buzzing, and can't wait for the new season to start.

I don't want to jinx it, but I think we've got a good chance of getting promoted.

Fratton Park will be a fortress, the fans will be a proper 12th man down here.

I'm very proud to be a Pompey fan and can't wait to get through the turnstile and into my seat to cheer the team on.

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