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Fratton Park
Portsmouth
Leicester City
Premier League
Friday September 24th
 2010, 7.45pm
Andrew Daffern
(Leicester City fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

Well Portsmouth was a city that I had always wanted to visit as well as Fratton park, which would be another tick off my ground list. At this time Portsmouth were in serious debt & could be on the verge of liquidation, so we made sure that we went to fixture just in case this would be Leicester last trip to Fratton in a while.

The game was scheduled to be played on a Friday night due to Sky televising the match. This meant that a number of Leicester fans would be forced to take a day off work to get to attend this fixture. Another surprising thing was Leicester had also been drawn away to Portsmouth in the league cup in that same week at Portsmouth (what are the chances of that!), we had won that game 2-1.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

Luckily I managed to get some time off college and decided to book a weekend away in Portsmouth, staying in a Travelodge. We left good old sunny Nuneaton at just gone ten, It was first a local service train to Coventry, then a Virgin Train to Southampton & then another local service train To Portsmouth. Arriving into Portsmouth for 2pm (Very long journey, Tired!), we went straight to our hotel what seemed quite away from the city centre so we forced into jumping into a taxi. After having a wash & a bite to eat me & my father left for ground at half five. Sadly yet again on our away ground travels, we noted that there were not many signs pointing the direction of the stadium. Luckily we were prepared, as we had brought our own map. Once in the right direction, you could see the floodlights of the ground from quite some way, away. Also there were a few burger vans outside the ground so don’t complain about lack of food!

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

We didn't come across any pubs near to Fratton Park, so we just got a bacon roll from a burger van and a programme that seemed very good for the Championship, including a detailed history about our club. We got to the stadium quite early so they’re wasn’t many fans around,  however we got to talk to a couple just before going into the away section and they seemed very friendly.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

The away end entrance is covered in a long wall of painted pictures of Portsmouth legends what is good to see more clubs should look to do this. We got through the turnstiles and then you have to walk up some stone built stairs to get into the stand, to be honest I thought that the stands were not that big and some looked quite old and dated.

The end opposite to us, the Fratton End though did look quite impressive  and this is where most of the noise from the home fans was coming from. The view from the away end was reasonable the only downer is that if your at the front row you have to look up at the pitch which is very unsual.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets etc..

We started the game as usual poorly, just couldn’t put a pass together, constantly losing possession. Morrison stupidly gave a penalty away by handballing in the box and Lawrence for Pompey converted the penalty to put the home side one up. After that Leicester were hanging on and things weren't helped with one of our team being sent off. Lawrence grabbed another to make it 2-0. By half time the boo’s had started from the away supporters, the team looked completely different from the side that had won here three days previously. Not many Leicester fans had made the trip I was later told just over 500 fans had attended the game. There were a lot of empty seats around us in the away end.

To get to the food & toilets you have to walk half way down the stairs, to a small food area is like a little box that served no alcohol or not much food, very poor!, the toilets were quite small I reckon you could only get 20 people at once., The stewards were friendly & helpful they took you right do your seat if your lost.

The second half was even worse! We conceded two quick goals before pulling one back. But once the fifth went in, we like a number of other Foxes fans began heading for the exits. Whilst walking away from the ground we heard another roar and we knew it was then 6-1.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Leaving the ground we felt very disappointed, to say the least. It was quiet around the ground as it was only mostly Leicester fans that had left early.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Well felt down for the rest of the weekend, but viewing the historical sights around Portsmouth still made the trip worthwhile. The result put us bottom of the League and in my mind it is time for the manager to go. I’m not 100% sure if I would visit Portsmouth again but you never know.


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