Why were you looking forward to visiting the ground
(Or not as the case may be)?
I’ve heard nothing but good things about a trip to
Fratton Park, so it’s a ground I’ve wanted to visit
for a long time. However it was only this season
that the opportunity arose to see Notts County play
there in League One, but we ended up drawing them
away in the FA Cup 1st round, and being a Weymouth
based Notts County fan; I couldn’t resist an earlier
than expected trip to the old ground.
2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car
We caught a train from Upwey Station, switched at
Southampton Central, and arrived at Fratton Station
just after half 12. There’s a footbridge over the
station which brings you out onto Goldsmith Avenue.
To get to the ground, turn left until you reach the
roundabout at Hazel Court (You’ll see the Pompey
club shop in one corner). If you turn left at the
roundabout onto Fratton Way you can get to the
ground that way, this brings you to the Fratton End
and the ticket office. There’s also a KFC and
McDonalds on this road. To get to the away end
straight away go straight across that roundabout and
go left when you reach Apsley road. The Milton End
is no more than a five minute walk down there.
3. What you did before the game pub/chippy...home
Brought a match day programme for £3 (66
pages, decent quality - there are sellers all around
the ground, even near Fratton Station!) before going
for a pre match meal at the McDonalds on Fratton
Way. We then walked across to the Fratton End of the
ground to welcome the team coach. Most of the home
fans we came across were very friendly and chatty.
If you want to see the Tudor Facade and are at the
Fratton End of the ground you’ll see a sign on a
wall saying ‘Frogmore Road Ticket Office’. Head down
the alley to the right side of that and it brings
you out right in front of the facade. To get to the
away end from there head down Carisbrooke Road and
turn left onto Specks Lane.
4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first
impressions of away end and other sides of the
The ground is just as old fashioned and as full of
character as I thought it would be. The four tall
floodlights are visible from Fratton Station and
that, for me – always signals a ‘proper’ football
ground. The away end is a bit tight in terms of
legroom but the view I had was better than expected,
even stood right in the back row. There are a few
supporting pillars at the front of the stand which
do seem to impede your view at times no matter where
To the right of the Milton End is the North Stand –
an old fashioned but large stand. You can tell the
front part used to be terracing. Opposite you is the
Fratton End where the wonderful atmosphere the
Pompey fans create comes from and to the left is the
South Stand – probably the oldest looking stand at
the ground. None of the stands seem to match but it
doesn’t seem to matter at Fratton Park – it’s a
ground steeped in history and full of character. I
5. Comment on the game itself, stewards, atmosphere,
pies, facilities etc..
The first half was somehow an entertaining affair
with little goal-mouth action until Francois Zoko
headed Notts into the lead just as the board went up
for one minute of added time. The second half began
with Pompey – as expected giving it a real go but
the Notts gave themselves a deserved 2-0 lead on 56
minutes when Arquin struck home from Campbell-Ryce’s
cross. Pompey never really offered a great deal
after that and Notts looked more likely to score
The match became a bit spicy with around a quarter
of an hour to go when Portsmouth’s Scott Allan saw
red for kicking out at Jamal Campbell-Ryce right in
front of the dugouts. A bit of a scuffle between
both sides followed which resulted in another yellow
card being handed to both sides.
Notts saw the game out to claim a rather comfortable
2-0 victory at Fratton Park.
The stewards are very helpful, chatty, don’t mind
people standing up near the back and didn’t force us
to sit in our allocated seats. The Atmosphere, as
expected was excellent particularly from the Pompey
fans who I don’t think stopped singing all game,
great credit to them – they’re a magnificent bunch
There’s a small food outlet at the back of the
Milton End, so I’d expect a bit of a queue. I didn’t
sample it for myself but from what people around us
brought it appears they have the usual selection of
hot/cold drinks, snacks, and pies.
6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the
A lot of the crowd were heading towards the station
and we seemed to mix with no problems at all, even
got talking to another Pompey fan at the station.
The roads immediately surrounding the ground did
appear to be quite busy as you’d expect but the
traffic soon disappeared.
7. Summary of overall thoughts of day out:
On the whole an excellent day out to an old ground
full of character and steeped in tradition, made
sweeter by a win for the Magpies. Can’t wait to
return for the league fixture in January.