Why 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”
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 dispatched 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.