1. Why you were looking
forward to going to the ground (or not as the case
Evening kick off under the floodlights of a fine
old historic ground, along with yet another near
capacity away crowd, and the closest away game I
was going to get this season!
2. How easy was your journey/finding the
Another one I’d gone to on the train, which from
Basingstoke was a direct journey taking around an
hour. A mate of mine who’d driven down from
Swindon did say parking was horrendous but
couldn’t comment personally. The ground being a
ten minute walk from Fratton train station and
easily identifiable by those grand old floodlights
made the journey very straightforward.
3. What you did before the game pub/chippy....
home fans friendly?
Having passed the ground and gotten my bearings, I
made a beeline for the Brewers Arms, an
away-friendly Fullers pub a short walk from the
ground. Portsmouth and Swindon fans mixed well and
the pompey fans were a credit to their club. I
found the area around the ground far more
welcoming than some less high profile games, none
of the pubs seemed to be asking fans if they were
home/away supporters, and certainly didn’t go so
far as to ask for proof in the form of match
tickets (I’ve had this at Southampton and
Aldershot before). The general impression was one
of passionate but welcoming supporters.
4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first
impressions of away end then other sides of the
Completely iconic, and so nice to see in contrast
to many modern stadiums. The floodlights are a
fantastic thing to see, especially when they’re
used for an evening kick off.
The away end which was fully occupied by Swindon
fans was a bit of a throwback – once through the
turnstiles the stand looks like a former terrace,
and is very open. Both side stands are fairly
small and basic looking, but the home end is
fairly large and impressive. Can’t comment on the
quality of the seating as the stewards allowed us
to stand for the whole game.
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere,
stewards, pies, facilities etc..
Pompey had been on a poor run of form and as
visitors we dominated the game from the off – some
great passing moves and reasonably clinical
finishing had put us 2-0 up and coasting, however
town did their best to snatch defeat from the jaws
of victory, and Portsmouth were well worth their
consolation towards the end of the game.
Thankfully we held on for a deserved 2-1 win. The
facilities were fairly basic but functional, and
the stewards were helpful but not intrusive,
always a good sign.
6. Comment on getting away from the ground after
A short walk back to the train station and a
fairly quick return journey capped off a good
evening – also had the opportunity to have a
friendly chat with some Portsmouth fans on the way
home, who were very gracious in defeat.
Logistically one of the easier away trips in the
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
Good game, good win, home support vocal and
passionate without being intimidating. A classic
football ground and a great club, unfortunately
which have had happier times. Best of luck to
Portsmouth for the rest of the season, definitely
a ground I’d like to return to.