Portsmouth v Coventry City
Saturday December 3rd 2011, 3pm
By Alex Smith
Why were you looking forward to visiting the ground
(or not if the case may be):
Portsmouth was a ground and place I was looking
foward to since the fixtures were realeased. I had
never been to Pompey before and I wanted to visit as
the way things are going we might not be in the same
league next season, so I wouldn't get the chance to
visit for a while.
2. How easy was the journey/finding the ground/car
Me and my Dad went on the train. It was a long and
quite a complicated journey; We left Coventry
station at 8.31am, on a London bound train to
Euston. At Euston we then got on the tube to London
Waterloo, where we boarded a train to Portsmouth
Harbour. This train seemed to stop at every station
between London and Portsmouth, which seemed to take
forever. After finally arriving at Portsmouth
Harbour and with a bit of time on our hands we went
to the docks to look at the warships that were in
port. After doing this we headed back to the station
and took a taxi up to Fratton Park.
3. What did you de before the game pub/chippy?
We managed to get to Fratton Park just as the
Coventry team were arriving on their team coach and
I managed to see them as they got off and went into
the ground via the Players Entrance. With still
sometime before kick off, we walked to the Good
Companion pub, which was good.
4. What was your thoughts on the ground away end
then other sides of the ground
The away stand wasn't the greatest looking,
especially as the walk up to it was rather muddy.
The other sides looked better and the old Main Stand
looked unusual especially with the tv cameras
perched right up on its roof. If you get chance go
and look at the main entrance to Fratton Park, it
looks like some old cottage rather than a football
5. Comments on game stwards pies toilets.
I did try a burger but it wasn't great. I was rather
annoyed after standing up to sing 'twist and shout'
that a steward tapped me on the shoulder and tells
me to sit down, which I thought was outrageous.
Other Cov fans too were also being asked to sit down
which led to a few unnecessary confrontations
between the stewards and fans.
for the game, then the Sky Blues started off poor
and things goot worse as in the 35th minute Pompey
were awarded a hotly disputed penalty, which was
duly converted by Erik Husselklepp. The second half
was better for |Coventry and in the 67th minute we
equalised through Llukas Jutkiewiczt. However we did
our usual trick by concedeing not after scoring and
Pompey won the game 2-1 .
Leaving the ground after the game all we had to do
is walk to Fratton train station and then get the
train to Portsmouth Harbour and get back to Waterloo
so it was easy.
6. Summary of the day:
Generally very good, although disappointed with the
food at the ground and the stewards!
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