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Portadown fans scrap boycott but call for change

By Graham Luney

Portadown fans have lifted their boycott of tomorrow's game against Ards, however they have warned the club that their restructuring plans don't go far enough.

Chairman Roy McMahon has confirmed that a supporters representative will join the club's board but supporters still believe more must be done to regain the faith and trust of the fans.

Shamrock Park officials had appealed against a 12-point deduction dished out for making irregular payments to players but the IFA judgement contained damning criticism of the club and rejected the appeal.

Coleraine were also been awarded a 3-0 win from the postponed Premiership fixture between the clubs on August 6 after the Ports had been suspended from all football activity for the non-payment of a fine.

That financial penalty was imposed, along with a transfer embargo preventing the club from signing players on professional terms until June 2017, after irregularities were found in payments made to former striker Gary Twigg.

Vinny Arkins has taken temporary charge of the team after Pat McGibbon stepped down.

The PSS statement read: "Following a meeting of the PSS it has been decided to suspend our boycott of this Saturday's game against Ards. We are of the opinion that it is imperative at this time to support the management and players in their efforts on the pitch and feel a boycott would have a detrimental effect.

"In regards to the board's statement and subsequent interview in the Portadown Times last week, we welcome the proposal of a supporters representative onto the board, however believe that this does not address the core problems within the current structure of the club and how it is currently being run.

"We strongly agree as a group that in order to drive change, supporters need to become a key and integral part of Portadown Football Club, therefore to enable the PSS to present our vision for change & hear supporters feedback on this, all of which we intend to present to the board, we are inviting all supporters to a meeting at Shamrock Park on Tuesday 8 November at 8pm."

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