By Connor Steel
Upon request from readers and local football supporters the Globe have decided to publish the key bulletins from Fratton Park; the home of the ‘largest’ club on the South Coast and in our immediate region. And it has been a busy week across the water as Pompey played their first pre-season encounters including a defeat versus Gosport, as well as multiple announcements from other sites. These are summarised below including links to the articles from BBC, Portsmouth News (Sport) and the official football club website.
Ex-Pompey academy players in racism storms
Two young footballers have been given police cautions after being investigated for using “discriminatory” language on a social media group chat; coming after England’s European Championship final defeat to Italy last July 2021. The 17 and 18 year olds were released by the club over the messages that police say they treated as a “hate related incident”. More information and the full story can be found here.
Committee formed for 125 anniversary celebrations
An official club committee has been announced at Fratton Park as they look to celebrate their 125th anniversary next April, having being founded in 1898 by six businessman. To mark the landmark Pompey are set to allocate the 2023-24 season to the celebrations; with special kits, badges and an official legends match next July. And Gosport Borough’s Colin Farmery has been announced as chair; with full details here.
Arsenal right back joins Pompey
Portsmouth have announced the signing of Zak Swanson from Arsenal for an undisclosed fee, the twenty-one year old right back joining Fratton Park on a two year deal with the option to extend for another 12 months. Previously spending time on loan at Dutch side MVV Maastricht, he was a regular presence on the bench of Mikel Arteta’s side who came 5th in the Premier League. A full story and details can be seen here.
Pompey to visit Cardiff in cup opener
In a repeat of the famous 2008 FA Cup Final, Portsmouth will play Championship side Cardiff City in the League Cup later this summer as the two were drawn against each other in the first round. The tie will be played in Wales on August 9, kicking off at 7:45pm live on Sky Sports; with ticket information here.
Readers are encouraged to keep an eye out for any Portsmouth FC related stories and can send them to firstname.lastname@example.org to be included in our next update on the action from Fratton Park.
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