Awfs leads lap of thanks

Pompey boss Andy Awford Picture: Joe Pepler
Pompey boss Andy Awford Picture: Joe Pepler
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Andy Awford will lead the way in thanking the Fratton faithful today.

The new Blues boss got the response he wanted from the supporters when he issued his call to arms, with the club threatened by relegation from the Football League.

Thankfully, that threat was dispelled by five straight wins and a draw ahead of today’s final game of the season against Plymouth.

But the players and staff will show their appreciation for the backing they have received after the final whistle, to bring the curtain down on the campaign.

Awford said: ‘It’s not a lap of honour because we haven’t won anything – it’s a lap of appreciation and thanks.

‘We want to thank the fans for the major part they have played in keeping the club in the Football League – and they have played a massive part.

‘They know that and I know that. We need to thank them properly.’

Awford revealed he has been the subject of plenty of goodwill from around the city and beyond since turning the club’s fortunes around but he also knows the part the fans have played once again.

‘It’s been nice to know I have had that backing and support,’ added Awford.

‘I’ve been stopped in the street and people have wished me all the best – it’s great.

‘I’ve said before that when Pompey smiles, the city smiles. And at the moment, it’s smiling.

‘The appreciation we are getting for the job we are doing as a group of people is fantastic.

‘But let’s remember, these fans still back you in troubled times.

‘Just over a year ago we nearly didn’t have a football club.

‘But then they were all dipping in their pockets and making sure it didn’t happen.

‘They are so important to us and they know that.’