Returning Pompey Trust chairman sets out plans

Ashley Brown

Ashley Brown

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Ashley Brown has outlined his Pompey Supporters’ Trust plans after returning as chairman.

The 46-year-old previously headed the group until December 2014, when Ken Malley was voted in as a replacement.

We have three directors on the football club board and helped to influence the way the club is run – that it is something all the Trust members should be extremely proud of

Ashley Brown

Now Brown, who also sits on Pompey’s board, is back leading the Trust and relishing the opportunity following a testing year.

He said: ‘I am honoured the board have unanimously asked me to step back into the chair.

‘Although there is obviously some disappointment surrounding the reasons for having a vacant chair, I hope I can do Ken proud and take the Trust forward in the next year.

‘The last year has been difficult and it is all too easy to forget what a fantastic football club we have presently got.

‘It is financially stable, there has been investment in a stadium neglected for many years, investment in a training ground back in the city and a team second in the league.

‘The Trust is not the only reason all those things are happening but some credit has to go to us.

‘We have three directors on the football club board and helped to influence the way the club is run – that it is something all the Trust members should be extremely proud of.

‘We now have to look at ways to broaden our membership, that is something we have struggled with since taking over the club.

‘We also want to work closely with the presidents and other investors in the club, looking at some of the key issues the club has to tackle in the coming years.

‘And we have to work to ensure we protect our own investment, including what we do more strategically with Fratton Park.’