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CATLIN: THIS WILL LIVE WITH ME FOREVER

7 May 2017

Chief executive enjoys title party

Mark Catlin hailed the fans who flocked to Southsea Common for Pompey’s title party.

Thousands turned up the day after the Blues thrashed Cheltenham to finish top of the pile in League Two.

They cheered as directors, staff and players were introduced to the crowd, with the squad collecting their medals from chairman Iain McInnes.

And the noise reached a crescendo when skipper Michael Doyle lifted the trophy that Pompey had worked so hard to secure.

Chief executive Catlin said: “It’s unbelievable to see so many fans turning up and the atmosphere was fantastic.

“This just sums up what has been a fantastic season and we couldn’t really wish for anything better.

“I didn’t think that we’d ever be able to replicate the high of winning promotion at Notts County a few weeks ago.

“That was one of the greatest days of my life and I’m sure it was exactly the same for many of our fans.

“But to win the title at home and give around 18,000 people those same emotions is something that will live with me forever.

“It’s easy to support us in the good times, but they’ve also stuck with us through the bad times and that’s something we appreciate.”

The fans turned up to cheer their heroes on the pitch, but Catlin also paid tribute to those who put the hours in off it.

He said: “It’s not just about the players and the management, but also all those people who work so hard behind the scenes.

“These people don’t always get the credit they deserve. I could name them all, but it would take so long.”

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