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The New Theatre Royal Presents… Raucous!

Raucous are three incredible fundraising events taking place between March 15th-23rd at Portsmouth Football Club’s Fratton Park and the Portsmouth Guildhall.

Starting on Saturday 15th March at 11:30am, they will be trying to break the Guinness World Record for the ‘largest air guitar ensemble’ in the Fratton End of Portsmouth Football Club’s Fratton Park.

Also on the 15th in the Victory Suite, Fratton Park at 1pm the New Theatre Royal will begin an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for ‘longest stand up gig’. More than sixty of the country’s best comics will be coming together to tell more than 4000 jokes across a staggering eighty unbroken hours! The record should be broken sometime on the evening of Tuesday 18th March. Tickets will be on sale in three-hour-long slots from next week.

Sunday March 23rd, the New Theatre Royal will also present a comedy double header featuring two of the UK’s most popular stage and TV comedians, Lee Nelson and Joe Wilkinson. The night will be opened by The Mini Band who must be Britain’s youngest metal band.

To find out how you can get tickets visit www.newtheatreroyal.com or www.portsmouthguildhall.org.

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Strong Island – Portsmouth FC Shareholders

Well we’ve achieved it at last! Strong Island is now part owner of Portsmouth Community Football Club with our very own community share.  After our launch of the Strong Island X PFC design on tshirts back in May, we’ve completed our share purchase as we set out to do.  If we’re honest we achieved the total a long while ago, it’s just taken a while to complete the pledge and then to bring you this news.

Firstly, we’d like to thank everyone who has supported us with this project and also to everyone who has bought the tshirts. The response was truly unbelievable, a genuine reflection of the wider efforts of the city and the community in establishing PFC as a community club and keeping them afloat.  It makes us very proud on a match day to see so many of our designs gracing the stands, knowing that the support received has helped towards sustaining the running of the club.

As we’ve continued to raise money past our share pledge amount, we continue to work closely with fundraising initiatives alongside Pompey’s 12th Man and the Pompey Supporters Trust including the Fratton Park Arts project and many other events planned for 2014.

There has even been huge support from non football fans, Portsmouth people who, even though they don’t follow the team realise what a vital component the football club is to the city in terms of infrastructure, history and city pride. Thank you again for your amazing support on this and here’s to more success in the future. PUP! #WeArePompey

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Play Up Pompey Music

Musicians and venues across Portsmouth are getting together to raise funds for the Pompey Supporters Trust.  Play Up Pompey Music will take place for two weeks in July.

A series of gigs and events will take place all over the city to raise funds, which will be converted into community shares in the name of the Pompey music scene. A number of pubs and venues have already signed up to the campaign, including The Festing, The Wedgewood Rooms, Little Johnny Russells, Drift and our very own Strong Island Recordings will be adding to the efforts.  The diary is already filling up with events and there’s plenty more to announce shortly.

You can find more information about the event and to get involved visit www.playuppompey.org

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Strong Island X PFC Tee – Portsmouth Supporters Trust

Big shout to the guys over at the Portsmouth Supporters Trust for giving us an endorsement through their website for our Strong Island X PFC tee.  We’ve had a huge number of pre orders so far with many more coming in.  With £5 from each tee sold going towards Strong Island buying a community share, we’re well on track to achieve that.

If you haven’t ordered yours yet you can do so at strongislandclothingco.com

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Portsmouth Supporters Trust Bid Getting Closer

In the turbulent recent few months in the ever eventful history of Portsmouth Football Club, there has been a new development this afternoon.

The Portsmouth Supporters’ Trust is hopeful that its deal to buy the club out of administration will be concluded by Christmas, after signing a conditional agreement that raises hopes of an end to a tortuous saga for fans.

Ashley Brown, chairman of the PST, said he was “thrilled and proud” that it had reached an agreement with PKF (the administrators), while the chief administrator, Trevor Birch, said he was hopeful that it marked “the beginning of the end of the process”. However, the sale remains conditional on the administrator receiving permission to sell Fratton Park.

It’s by no means over yet, but it is a positive step for the PST in their bid to release the club from the grasp of a host of failed former owners.  You can find out more about the PST over at their website here.

To be continued……..

Pompey FA Cup Winners Artwork

2008 might now seem like a lifetime ago for fans but Portsmouth have won the FA cup twice and this limited edition print by Paul Parsons captures within it much of that history. The prints are A3 and framed and all for only £25 via eBay, with all money going towards a new season ticket. You can buy one HERE.




Portsmouth FC – Fanpower Competition

Portsmouth FC need your help to secure £30,000 for Pompey courtesy of Npower. If you haven’t signed up already all you have to do is visit the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/npowerFootballLeague to grab your seat in the Fanpower Stadium application and start making noise about Pompey on Facebook and Twitter.

Running until June 1 2012, the more ‘mentions’ and ‘status updates’ on Facebook that include Pompey first-team players’ surnames, the manager’s surname, Fratton Park, Portsmouth and Pompey – as well as ‘check-ins’ to Fratton Park – you make, the more chance we have of securing the money.

The same also applies to your Twitter accounts with points given per mention, so help support Pompey and make some noise now!

The club are currently top of both competitions so are in line for the £30,000 prize. Let’s continue to show the rest of the Football League why we are the best fans in the land. Full terms are available on the Facebook site.

Fans are also being asked to recycle unwanted mobile phones to raise needed funds for the club. For more info click here.

Keep The Pound In Pompey – Caroles Cafe

Ever since Dave Millard and Punk Paul introduced me to Caroles Cafe, it’s been the only place in Southsea I will ever go to for my traditional english breakfasts.

The walls of the cafe are covered with images of Portsmouth Football Club from the past twenty or so years. It brought back memories of when my uncle Keith used to take me to matches as a boy. On the wall you’ll see old faces including the likes Darryl Powell, Robbie Pethick, Paul Hall and the legendary Guy Whittingham.

The food is reasonably priced with generous portions. They don’t just serve breakfasts, they serve a range of snacks and dinners. You can even get a roast dinner on a sunday. Pop in for a tea, coffee or a bite to eat and I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Caroles Cafe is located at 247 Albert Road, Southsea, PO4 0JR.

Openning Times
Monday > Friday 0600-1400
Saturday 0630-1430 (perfect place to get something to get before a trip to Fratton Park)
Sunday 0700-1430

Your Club Needs You!

As I’m sure you are all aware Portsmouth Football Club are in a dire situation.  Again.  The club entered administration again earlier in the week and are desperately trying to get their finances in order and seek out a new buyer in the hope of securing the clubs long term future.

The troubles are well documented and i’m not going to go into too much detail here, but not only for fans of the club like myself but for the city as a whole this would be a disaster if the club were to fold or liquidate.  Local infrastructure would suffer greatly as well as thousands of loyal fans who would lose their Saturday afternoon ritual which is shared by families and generations alike.  Portsmouth Football Club has been a huge part of this city for over 100 years with many successes along the way, recently most notably lifting the FA Cup in 2008.

To help try and secure the future of PFC they need every penny they can get.  There are many great efforts being run by Portsmouth Supporters Trust,  The 12th Man and the Pack The Park campaigns as well as the administrators themselves to help the situation.  Everyone is urged whether they’re a long term fan or even if you’re new to Fratton Park to support the team over the next few games and even until the end of the season and beyond.  In this case every little does help and it would be a huge loss to the city if the unthinkable were to happen.  So come on people let’s pack the park!  PLAY UP POMPEY!

Tickets are available from the PFC ticket office in Frogmore Road next to the ground.

1930s Fratton Park

I found this interesting aerial photo of Portsmouth Football Club’s Fratton Park the other day, showing much of the local area as fields back in the 1930s. The ground itself has much smaller stands and you can see the train line and station. Photos like this show just how much the city grew and became populated in such a short time.

Also, notice how few cars there are too…

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By The Castle

Apologies for a little self-linkage, but I’ve added some photos from a July day down by the castle on Forever Circling (a photography, etc blog I update daily).

It’s sunny today too, roll on spring and summer.

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It’s going to be a Strong Movember – Closed at £725

Righto chaps, it’s time to clean shave your boat race and get that mighty moustache on the grow in support of Movember for The Prostate Cancer Charity and the Institute of Cancer Research. For 30 days of November you can help support and raise awareness through selflessly parading your top lip for charity.

You can sign up yourself, as I’m sure many of you already have, or you can join the Strong Island team and seek out sponsorship as a team. Through the Strong Island Movember page you can ask people to join the group, make donations, upload photos and post updates via the MoSpace page, Facebook and Twitter.

Head over to www.mobro.co/StrongIsland if you would like to get involved and grow a Strong Moustache to help raise awareness, or simply head over to www.uk.movember.com and sign up to personally raise money.

The funds raised in the UK support the number one and two male specific cancers – prostate and testicular cancer. The funds raised are directed to programmes run directly by Movember and our men’s health partners, The Prostate Cancer Charity and the Institute of Cancer Research. Together, these channels work together to ensure that Movember funds are supporting a broad range of innovative, world-class programmes in line with our strategic goals in the areas of awareness and education, survivorship and research.

Poster: Tristan Savage

Sunny Southsea

I went for bike ride today to take advantage of the nice, albeit cold, weather and take a few photos. Check them out over on my Flickr photostream.

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Created Local – Matt Howarth

Local illustrator, blogger, cyclist and member of the I Love Dust crew has just relaunched his website with a brand new design and loads of new content. be sure to take some time and give it a good look, plenty of visual gems in there.

www.hellomatt.co.uk

Above Western Parade

The other day I got to go up on to the roof of a house on Western parade with a great view over the common, Southsea and The Solent. Always interesting seeing Southsea in new ways. Below are some photos (click on ‘Read More’ to see more plus there are more over on Forever Circling).

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