you were looking forward to going to the ground
(or not as the case may be):
Fratton Park was to be my 40th away ground. It was
also the first time I'd watch football on the
2. How easy was your journey/finding the
We drove down and found the best option was to
park at nearby Hilsea train station and get the
train to Fratton. The car park is free all weekend
and the trains are every 10 minutes. We didn't pay
a fare there or on the way back but it would
normally be £2.30 for adults and £1.10
for children. The train takes approx 5 minutes and
follows a reasonably scenic route. However, if you
want to discover all of Portsmouth (I.e Spinnaker
Tower) I would suggest parking in the City Centre
as the football ground is a couple of miles from
the sea front.
3. What you did before the game pub/chippy....
home fans friendly?
We went to The Red White And Blue pub before the
game which was away fan friendly and had two cask
ales on for real ale fans. The pub is situated on
Fawcett Road and is a 10minute walk from the train
station or 20minute walk to the football ground.
They also serves a selection of bar snacks such as
hot rolls. The home fans were friendly and were
quick to assist with directions. Being a naval
town they were quite boisterous throughout the
4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first
impressions of away end then other sides of the
Fratton Park is an old school ground in every
sense. To get to the away end there is a very
small alley you have to walk along, if coming from
the city centre, this could cause chaos on a busy
day. The away end also backs onto residential
gardens and the stadium almost appears to have
sprung up in the middle of a housing estate. Aside
from this, the South Stand is fairly modern,
but the rest of the stands are a lot older and
some bits are basically terraces with seats bolted
in. There is lots of leg room and you can create a
great atmosphere in the away end. With most of the
ground corners being open (apart from one corner
beside the away section), the stadium does have an
open feel to it and it is a great sun trap on a
hot day as it was for us. The three older stands
could really do with a lick of paint and the sound
equipment updating as there was no music at half
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere,
stewards, pies, toilets etc..
This was the first time the sides had in seven
years so there is little rivalry between the fans
and resulted in a low attendance. The game itself
was fairly uneventful and I experienced the very
definition of being 'robbed' at a football match
as Portsmouth scored with literally the last kick
of the game after, what I felt was, a dominating
performance from us.
I was most looking forward to hearing the 'Pompey
Chimes' and this did surface in the second half.
Although I couldn't see where 'John Portsmouth
Football Club Westwood' was sat, I could hear his
bell! The travelling seasiders did their part in
creating lots of noise but the game was a little
lacklustre and so this mellowed the atmosphere.
There were no incidents to speak of with the
stewards, which is how it should be at a match. I
had a steak and Kidney pie and bottle of water
combo at £5 and there was other meal deals
of this kind. I would advise to eat away from the
ground as there are many eateries around Fratton
Park. Finally, the toilets were of a good standard
and there was no queues when gaining access.
6. Comment on getting away from the ground after
We caught the train back to Hilsea but do not be
put off my the large queues as many different
trains go through Fratton and therefore not all
will be going on the same train as you. There was
little traffic when exiting the city.
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day
I had a good day out in Portsmouth mixing with
their friendly fans. Even a few Blackpool sailors
turned up who had just docked in the bay. This is
a ground to tick off the list for anyone but be
warned it is a huge journey from the North!