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Council to provide loan to Pompey fans trust

Portsmouth City Council is expected to approve a £1.45m 12 month loan to help fans bid for Pompey.  The money will only be made available to the Pompey Supporters' Trust if there is no other commercial alternative to bringing the club out of administration.


Tough conditions are expected to be attached to the loan.   The club and its assets have to be bought for £7.68m which includes provision for the full and final settlement of the football creditors.   This requires agreements with all players on high wage contracts.

Chainrai hopes for Portsmouth deal

Balram Chainrai hopes to secure a deal to take Portsmouth out of administration and avoid a threatened liquidation which has looked increasingly close.   It would be the second time he has bought the club.  He agreed a company voluntary arrangement to pay credtors 2p in the pound last month while he is owed £20m.

Redknapp vows to help Pompey

Former Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp has promised to do what he can to stop Portsmouth going out of business.  Unless the club's finances can be sorted out by August 10th it will have to close.


Redknapp has said that he will speak to former player Kanu who claims that he is owed £3m in unpaid wages.  Redknapp says that he understands why players want money they are owed, but if the club folds they will get nothing.

Portsmouth nearer the brink

Portsmouth FC are moving closer to liquidation.   SOS Pompey, a Portsmouth supporters; group, has made a last-ditch plea to players to take pay cuts in an attempt to stop the club from going out of business.   It is understood that eight players have yet to reach agreements with the club over unpaid salaries.

'This is the end game,' Bob Beech of SOS said.  'Some players were excellent and listened to what we said; others weren't interested.'

Rangers face membership deadline

Rangers have until Friday to sort out the membership requirements to play in the Scottish third division. The sticking point in relationship to their membership of the Scottish Football Association is accepting a twelve month transfer embargo.

Ludlow Town in receivership

The Shropshire border town of Ludlow is known for its mangnificent castle, attractive streets and fine restaurants.  Its football club, Ludlow Town, has gone into receivership owing £400,000 which is a lot of money for a club in the lower reaches of the non-league system.

Further blow for Pompey

Portsmouth have been told that they must accept a 10 point deduction if they are to play in League 1 next season.   What is more a limited proportion of the secured debt must be transferred to the new company.

All football debts must be paid in full unless alternative arrangements are made and the club faces restrictions on playing budgets for the next five seasons.

Rangers out of SPL

Scottish Premier League (SPL) clubs have voted overwhelmingly to exclude 'newco' Rangers from the competition.   What remains unclear is where Rangers will compete next season or whether Dundee or Dunfermline Athletic will take the 'Club 12' slot.


Earlier in the day it looked as if the vote would be deferred.  It was being argued that a decision cannot be taken until Scottish Football League clubs decide next Thursday whether to admit Rangers.

Six clubs oppose Rangers entering Division 1

Six clubs have now opposed the compromise solution of the 'newco' Rangers being relegated to Division 1, Clyde being the latest.   Of course with Clyde having one of the larger stadiums in the third division, it could be argued that they have a financial interest in Rangers playing there.

Six Scottish clubs that went under

With the problems of Rangers multiplying, can you name six other Scottish clubs that went under?  Here's a blog that gives you the answers and provides some fascinating facts about their history.