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“Our Club” – film charts rise of Portsmouth from the ashes

The story of how Pompey fans saved their club is the subject of a brand new documentary feature film set to be released on streaming services this Easter weekend.

Our Club” charts Pompey’s descent from the high of winning the FA Cup in 2008 through a double administration, more than £100m of debt and a raft of dodgy owners which left the club high and dry in League Two by 2013, having been docked a total of 29 league points in the process.

Narrated by Pompey fan and previous FSA Awards nominee Ian Darke, “Our Club” shows the amazing lengths fans, led by the Pompey Supporters’ Trust, took to save the south coast club.

The film’s director Barnaby Fox said: “I was always fascinated by the Pompey story so as a film-maker, when I reached out to the club back in 2014 I was delighted when they agreed to let me start filming.

“With football being put into perspective by this pandemic, this film is also a healthy reality check on the excesses of the game, as well as a reaffirmation of its central role in our culture and community.”

FSA-affiliate members Pompey Supporters’ Trust led the initiative to raise the £5m needed to bring the club back from the brink – becoming the then biggest supporter-owned club in the UK in the take-over process.

“Our Club” includes more than an hour of previously unseen footage of key protagonists which will be made available as part of the package, featuring full-length interviews with supporters, former-chief exec Peter Storrie, former-owner Balram Chainrai and club kit manager Kev McCormack, who lived and worked through the entire story.

“Ultimately it is a redemption story,” Barnaby said. “A tale of how the little guys, with enough drive and determination and, above all, a plan can do extraordinary things.”

“Our Club” will be available via Amazon Prime, iTunes and Google Play.

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