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Published on Tuesday 30 October 2012 07:42
AS POMPEY fans continue their bid to buy the club, thoughts were cast towards one man who helped make it happen.
Lifelong Pompey fan Tony Goodall played a huge role in the trust’s formation in 2009 but tragically passed away aged 49 following a stroke in March.
He was one of four men who signed the documents to bring the trust to life at the Globe pub in Chichester on December 17, 2009 – five years after the idea was first mooted.
His vision was for the trust to be a voice for the fans and to bring the club back to the community.
He inspired the trust’s Pay4aPal scheme last season in an attempt to pack Fratton Park as the club teetered on the brink.
Mr Goodall, who lived in Old Portsmouth, was an immensely popular figure among fans and more than 250 mourners gathered for his funeral at Portchester Crematorium.
Naturally, as the news filtered through earlier this month that the trust had reached the landmark of preferred bidder status, fans were quick to acknowledge Mr Goodall’s hard work.
His mother Joy Goodall, who lives in Anchorage Park, said her son would be ‘absolutely over the moon’ with the trust’s latest achievement.
She said: ‘He was so fed-up with all the things that had gone on at Pompey in the past. He thought the trust would be the most honest way to run the club.
‘He was such a vibrant person, always on the go. I miss him terribly.
‘Although he didn’t play football at school, he was mad about it. He was a real Portsmouth person and proud of where he lived.’
Close friend Tony Chamberlain, of Lee-on-the-Solent, who read his eulogy at his funeral, said: ‘He would be extremely delighted.
‘Tony was one of my closest friends and one part of his world was giving lots of hours to the Pompey cause.
‘He was instrumental in getting the supporters together.
‘I know he was very anti-Balram Chainrai and hopefully we can go forward with a clean break in the long term.
‘He’s a very sadly missed chap.’
Pompey Supporters’ Trust spokesman Colin Farmery said: ‘Tony was one of the guiding forces behind starting up the trust and was an eloquent advocate for the fans getting involved in the running of their football club.
‘I am sure he would have been hugely excited to be involved in what’s going on now and I am sure he will be hugely proud of what the supporters have managed to achieve.’
Barry Dewing, of the Portsmouth Independent Supporters Association, said: ‘Tony was involved in the idea and put a lot of effort into getting it off the ground.
‘He would be very proud knowing there is a serious proposition of the club getting hold of the football club.’