Fratton hero becomes Pompey part-owner

David Norris salutes the Pompey fans after his derby goal in 2012. Picture: Allan Hutchings (121221-744)
David Norris salutes the Pompey fans after his derby goal in 2012. Picture: Allan Hutchings (121221-744)

He struck the St Mary’s goal which has entered Pompey folklore.

Now David Norris has come forward to become a part-owner of the Blues.

The Leeds midfielder scored eight goals in 42 games before leaving Fratton Park in the summer of 2012.

There was also the little matter of a sweetly-struck stoppage-time equaliser against Southampton in a 2-2 draw in April 2012.

Wonderful memories among the Fratton faithful – and for Norris a bond with the club which he clearly cherishes.

He was a member of the first-team squad under Michael Appleton which each initially pledged £100 towards buying a full share in the future.

The 32-year-old has now contacted the Trust with the intentions of paying the remaining £900 to obtain a share.

The gesture puts him alongside Jamie Ashdown and David James in terms of ex-players possessing shares in their former club.

And Trust board member Tom Dearie is delighted with Norris’ commitment.

He said: ‘It’s absolutely fantastic from David, we’re so pleased to hear from him.

‘He was among 275 people who hadn’t followed up their pledges, so we e-mailed them and he came back.

‘It was such a long time ago when many people pledged and some needed reminding about the situation.

‘David was also unsure whether, as a current football player, he was allowed to buy a share in the Trust of another football club.

‘He’s spoken to Jamie Ashdown and made a few other enquiries and is only too pleased to settle the full amount of a share in his name.

‘David really enjoyed his time here and felt the fans treated him extremely well and wanted to give something back.

‘That goal was enough – but he wanted to give us something more!’

Early last month, Dearie sent out e-mails to the 275 people who had not carried out their pledge.

There is an April 19 deadline to buy shares at the existing price, before the scheme transfers for the Trust board to administrate.

That deadline will also see any outstanding money from the initial pledges returned.

Around 80 have responded, some of which asked for their money back.

Others have converted, while four shares have now been created through syndication of the amounts.

And Dearie has been delighted with the figures so far.

He added: ‘I would say 50 per cent have asked to pool their £100 contributions towards buying full shares, while 35 per cent have settled.

‘Then 15 per cent have asked for their money back.

‘There are still others we need to get hold of so could you please check your spam filters to see if our e-mail is there.’