Dear Members and Friends
To find words of appreciation for everyone's efforts in reaching and then exceeding our Crowdfunding target is hard. Maybe a few words plagiarized from Earl James Jones and the film "Field of Dreams" are appropriate.
"Ray. People will come, Ray. They'll come to Portsmouth for reasons they can't even fathom.
They'll turn up your driveway not knowing for sure why they're doing it. They'll arrive at your door as innocent as children, longing for the past.
Of course, we won't mind if you look around, you'll say, "It's only £20 per person". They'll pass over the money without even thinking about it, for it is money they have and peace they like.
And they'll walk up to the boundary, sit in shirtsleeves on a perfect afternoon. They'll find they have reserved seats somewhere on the balcony, where they sat when they were children and cheered their heroes.
And they'll watch the game and it'll be as if they dipped themselves in magic waters. The memories will be so thick they'll have to brush them away from their faces.
People will come Ray. The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been Cricket.
Portsmouth has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again.
But Cricket has marked the time. This field, this game, it's a part of our past, Ray. It reminds us of all that once was good and that could be again.
Oh...People will come Ray. People will most definitely come."
All his life, Ray Kinsella was searching for his dreams. Then one day his dreams came looking for him.
If you believe the impossible, the incredible can come true.