1. Why were you looking
forward to visiting the ground (Or not as the case
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
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
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 you sit.
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 loved it.
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 again.
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 of supporters.
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
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.