Famous Births and Deaths on this day in history
Today Portsmouth FC was finally taken over by the Tornante Investment Group headed by the Eisner family.
Here is the Clubs statement..
Portsmouth Football Club are pleased to announce that Michael D. Eisner’s Tornante Company have completed their purchase of the club.
Tornante had been engaged in due diligence since May when more than 80 per cent of Pompey’s equity holding approved the terms of the sale.
Michael Eisner and his three sons, Breck, Eric and Anders, will make up the board along with Andy Redman, president of Tornante, and Mark Catlin, Pompey CEO.
Michael’s family will join the management of the club at Fratton Park in attending their first match as owners on the opening day of the EFL League One season on August 5, when Pompey welcome Rochdale.
“My family and I are thrilled to take on this incredible responsibility as stewards of a football club with such a rich heritage,” Eisner said. “We have come to know the Pompey community in recent months and we are extremely impressed by their passion, dedication and love for their club.”
In addition to announcing the closing of the acquisition of Pompey, Eisner announced that Catlin, who has served as CEO for the past four years and was named CEO of the year by FC Business, has entered into a long-term contract to continue to serve as Pompey’s CEO. Eisner pointed out that “the arrangement continues Mark’s leadership and ensures the stability of the club for the long term.”
“We have been on a remarkable journey and one that everyone associated with this amazing club should rightly be proud of,” said Catlin. “It has been an honour and privilege for me personally to represent Pompey and our incredible fans during this time.
“Now we embark on an exciting new chapter in the club’s history and one that, under the stewardship of Michael Eisner, his family, Andy Redman and the Tornante group, I am totally confident will continue to build on the strong foundations that have been built over the past four seasons.”
The Eisner family also thanked the Pompey Supporters’ Trust, the Presidents and all Pompey fans for their unprecedented efforts to save and stabilise the club over the past four years.
“The football club wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for the against-the-odds commitment of Pompey supporters who came together and saved this club. This is, and will always be, your team,” said Eric Eisner on behalf of himself and his brothers, Breck and Anders.
With Catlin at the helm and manager Kenny Jackett preparing for the season, the club are poised to build on the momentum of their recent League Two title success and promotion to League One. Redman added: “We have many challenges ahead of us, but we have a terrific leader in Mark, and we’re going to work with him and Kenny to position the team for success in the coming seasons.”
Iain McInnes, who served as Pompey chairman, added: “Harnessing the indomitable Pompey passion with his Tornante team, aided by a few current stalwarts, Michael has every opportunity to take your club back to previous and sustainable heights. Jane and I wish Michael, (his) Jane and their family every ounce of good fortune and chance of success in this great venture. PUP.”
Pompey Supporters’ Trust chairman Ashley Brown said: “The supporters fought hard to save Pompey. They’ve given the club incredible support under fan ownership, ensuring its successful promotion from League Two as champions. Our passionate supporters now willingly pass the custodianship of Pompey to Michael Eisner, his family and Tornante. It is clear that Michael and his family have caught the Pompey bug and we hope to see them regularly at Fratton Park, sharing many more successes on the pitch as part of the Pompey family.”
Brown added: “The four PST board members who have represented the Trust on the PFC board feel incredibly honoured and proud to have held that position at a club they love. The many other fans who were involved in ensuring Pompey’s survival should feel equally proud of the part they played, and we join together to welcome Michael and his family to our city, our club and look forward to exciting times ahead.”
|Crawley Town||1 – 2||Portsmouth|
Pitman bags brace as Blues end pre-season with victory
Pompey go into the new campaign on a high after ending their pre-season programme with victory at Crawley.
But they had to come from behind, with Thomas Verheydt giving the hosts an early lead at a wet Broadfield Stadium.
Skipper Brett Pitman led the turnaround, levelling with a fine second half free-kick before snatching the winner.
It was the League Two side who were quickest from the blocks and Josh Lelan headed narrowly wide from Mark Randall’s corner.
And the hosts did break the deadlock from another flag-kick just seconds later, with Verheydt converting Randall’s delivery.
There was not too much else to excite the Sussex crowd in a drab first half played out in unseasonable conditions.
Kyle Bennett and Tareiq Holmes-Dennis were the two Blues players to impress going forward and a teasing low cross from the former had to be cleared behind by Josh Yorwerth.
A skewed clearance from Tom Davies at the other end led to Randall firing wide with Luke McGee off his line.
Bennett then had one shot comfortably saved by Glenn Morris, while another was blocked following some fancy footwork.
Crawley were creating the better openings, however, and Enzio Boldewijn flashed a shot narrowly over after cutting inside from the right.
Then, after Jordan Roberts had just about beaten McGee to the ball, Holmes-Dennis made a superb clearance from the line.
And, from the resulting corner, McGee was forced to claw away another Verheydt effort that was heading for the net.
Pompey started to look more threatening as the interval beckoned and with Pitman lurking at the far post, Mark Connolly had to intercept Holmes-Dennis’ low cross.
Bennett’s incisive pass then picked out Conor Chaplin in the box, but the striker could not get the ball untangled from his feet.
Half Time: Crawley 1 Pompey 0
Chaplin thought he should have been awarded a penalty early in the second half when his surge into the area was abruptly halted, but referee Carl Brook was not interested.
But the Blues were level on 55 minutes after Pitman had been crudely challenged by Connolly in a central position outside the box.
It was PITMAN who stepped up to take the free-kick and curl a fantastic effort right into the top corner of the net.
The striker was then involved in a clash with Yorwerth on the edge of the Crawley area, but perhaps with the fact it was a friendly in mind, Brook just gave the pair a stern telling off.
It was otherwise typical friendly fare on the pitch, with the game starting to lag as the second half progressed.
Kal Naismith angled a shot into the side netting for Pompey, while Boldewijn fired wide at the other end.
But the Blues found themselves ahead on 75 minutes, as PITMAN collected a neat pass from substitute Milan Lalkovic and coolly lifted the ball over Morris.
The lead should have been strengthened further, only for Naismith to slot wide when it seemed far easier to score.
And the Blues comfortably passed the ball around among themselves to see out the final few minutes and secure the win.
Crawley (5-4-1): Morris; Young, Lelan, Yorwerth, Connolly, Evina; Boldewijn, Bulman (c), Randall (Payne 68), Roberts (Lewis 80); Verheydt (Harrold 70)
Goals: Verheydt 3
Subs not used: Mersin, Arthur, Cox, Blackman, Djalo, Clifford, Tajbakash, Sanoh, Camara
Pompey (4-4-1-1): McGee; Evans, Davies, Whatmough, Holmes-Dennis; Naismith, Baker, Rose, Bennett; Pitman (c); Chaplin (Lalkovic 62)
Goals: Pitman 55, 75
Subs not used: Bass, Talbot, Haunstrup, Close, May, Lowe, Main, Kabamba
Referee: Carl Brook
Attendance: 1,603 (778 Pompey fans)
Actress – Jodelle Ferland