Meet the Pompey supporter who has helped fund the pre-season trip to Spain and Gibraltar.
Life-long Blues supporter Dave Ellis has dug into his own pockets and stumped up a five-figure sum to enable Michael Appleton’s men to travel to southern Spain.
The owner of Fareham-based companies Ellis Electrical and Ellis Integrated Systems, the 56-year-old has a long history of sponsoring Pompey events.
Ellis has given his financial backing to all four Hall of Fame evenings, as well as the recent Boys of ’87 event at the Marriott.
Now the south stand season-ticket holder has contributed to Appleton’s Spanish training camp, along with the Gibraltar FA.
And Ellis insists it’s the least he can do as he seeks to assist the club.
He said: ‘Obviously, with the club in its current state, it could not justify spending money on a pre-season tour abroad.
‘But I was approached in the Chimes Lounge and asked if I would be interested in helping out, along with another local businessman.
‘Being a life-long supporter, I was only too delighted to.
‘The other backer pulled out but I met Michael Appleton and Trevor Birch and thrashed out a deal.
‘I wanted to help the team in the current climate.
‘Appleton is a brick and someone who needs all the help he can get.
‘He inspired me. I met him at the training ground, we had lunch and sold the need for a tour to me. There was no pressure.
‘I’m just happy I can do my bit.’
Appleton’s men will remain in Spain until July 26, playing two friendly matches – against Gibraltar tomorrow and then Brighton on Tuesday –in the process.
And the Pompey manager was quick to thank Ellis for his help in ensuring the trip went ahead.
He added: ‘Dave has been a big fan of this football club for many years and put a hell of a lot of money into this trip.
‘We’re in administration and there are probably people out there wondering how we’ve funded the trip, but it’s down to him.
‘The money that he’s put in and the money we get for the Gibraltar game has helped us.
‘We’re incredibly grateful to Dave and owe him a lot of thanks. We wouldn’t be here otherwise.’