are you looking forward to visiting the ground?
I have visited Fratton Park before following West
Ham and had enjoyed it then. As both my Wife and
Father-In-Law are both Portsmouth fans and Season
Ticket Holders I was extremely keen to see a hopeful
West Ham demolition job on the “Blue Army” of
How easy was the journey/finding the ground/car
The journey itself is easy enough, straight down the
A3, onto the M27 West bound, then off at the next
junction the A2030 (Eastern Road), continue down
this road until the end and there is Fratton Park in
front of you. Parking is pretty much street parking,
there is a large pay car park behind the Fratton
End, but if you arrive early enough you’ll find a
spot close by.
What did you do before the game?
As you come down the Eastern Road, the first pub you
come across is The Good Companion on you left.
I got dropped off here and found it pretty much full
of Hammers fans, with a few Portsmouth fans in there
as well. This is a traditionally large pub
with a great atmosphere. The bar staff did
seem to be a bit few in number, but did a grand job
in coping with the never ending beer requests.
What were your thoughts on the grounds away end?
I had a ticket in the away end and West Ham had sold
out their whole allocation of 3,200 which was the
whole stand behind the goal. Now I like
Fratton Park, it is dated but it’s a proper old
school football stadium, with its’ four separate
stands that are all close to the pitch and high in
the sky floodlights. If you like your football
venues from yesteryear, this one is worth a
visit. Since the club have put a roof on top
of this stand, a hell of a racket can now be made,
in comparison to years when it was open to the
elements. I did find the famous Pompey
atmosphere did seem to be missing, as it appeared
that all the songs were originating only from the
Fratton End opposite.
Comments on the game, stewards, pies, toilets?
The game itself had the makings of a very
entertaining affair on paper. But
unfortunately did not live up to it. A penalty
despatched by Mark Noble in the first half decided
matters. I found both the Stewards and Police
very helpful and not over-the-top in policing
us. The facilities in this stand are well
documented in reviews like this, meaning that there
is Gents and Ladies at each end of the stand and if
you need to go, be prepared to queue all of the half
time interval. Read the same for getting
refreshments, I did not even attempt to get into
this queue. Getting out the ground after the
game took ages, maybe this was due to the large away
contingent, but all three home stands had long since
dispersed, by the time I got out and I was not in
the middle of the stand.
Summary of the day
I enjoyed my visit to Fratton Park and would
definitely go again. I saw no trouble before
or after the game, the Portsmouth fans I know are
all a great bunch. But as with all grounds if
you are an away fan and you chose to walk down the
roads outside the ground shouting and singing your
club’s songs and you come unstuck, you only have
yourself to blame..