Born in St Mary's Hospital, Portsmouth in 1975, I developed a passion for my home-town at an early age which was magnified when I started going to Fratton Park in the mid 80's. My early interest in the built environment led to an almost unhealthy passion for football ground architecture and I consider The Football Grounds of Great Britain by Simon Inglis to be my 'Bible'. From Mayfield School through to the University of Portsmouth, via a long and winding path, I fulfilled my childhood dream of becoming a Registered Architect.
I've been a North Terrace/ Lower season ticket holder at Fratton Park since 1990, not missing a home game in that period and I've watched Pompey at over 60 grounds. A Member of the Trust from it's inception I think it is a vehicle, run to it's full potential, that can only benefit the fans, club and city to maximise the asset that is Portsmouth F.C. It's that thought that has driven me to get involved in the Trust and push my Manifesto pledge to use my professional skills and knowledge to produce a guidance document as to what Pompey fans want for the future infrastructure of the club, so we the fans have a voice and avoid the errors of other clubs who have lumbered their fans with soulless stadia, devoid of historical links or passion.
Michael Saunders BA(Hons) DipArch MA RIBA