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Portsmouth FC
Fratton Park

Capacity: 20,700 (all seated)
Address: Frogmore Road, Portsmouth, PO4 8RA
Main Telephone No: 02392 731204
Main Fax No: 02392 734129
Ticket Office: 0844 847 1898
Ticket Office Fax: 0871 230 1899
Team Nickname: Pompey
Year Ground Opened: 1898
Pitch Size: 115 x 73 yards
Shirt Sponsors: Jobsite
Home Kit Colours: Blue, White & Red
Away Kit Colours:
White and Blue
Kit Manufacturers: Sondico
Official Web Site: 
www.portsmouthfc.co.uk
Unofficial Web Sites:

Pompey Online
Portsmouth Mad (Footy Mad Network)
Vital Portsmouth (Vital Football Network)

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Contents
What's Fratton Park Like?
Fratton End (photo)
What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
South Stand (photo)
Where To Drink?
North Stand (photo)
How To Get There And Where To Park

By Train
Milton End (photo)
Local Rivals
Admission Prices For Away Fans
Programme & Fanzine
Ground Layout
Fixtures 2014-2015
Disabled Facilities
Record & Average Attendance
Fans Ground Reviews
Hotel Accommodation
Fratton Park Location Map
Other Places Of Interest


What's Fratton Park Like?
Fratton Park is a traditional looking ground and one which oozes character. Both side stands are two tiered and originally had terracing at the front, which has now been replaced with seating. The South Stand dates back to 1925 and was originally designed by Archibald Leitch who also designed a number of grounds and stands around this period. Although showing its age in parts, it has plenty of character with an old fashioned looking media gantry perched on its roof and raised team dugouts at its front. Opposite the North Stand opened in 1935, looks somewhat plain and functional. Both the North & South Stands are two tiered and have a number of supporting pillars.

At one end is the Fratton End, which is a more modern single tiered stand that was opened in 1997. It is of a good size and is the tallest stand at the ground. Opposite is the recently covered Milton End, which is all seated. Part of this stand is given to away fans. On one corner of this stand by the away supporters is a Police Control Box that also has a large video screen perched upon its roof. The ground is completed with a superb looking set of tall floodlights that were first used in 1962.

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Fratton End


  Fratton End

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What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?

Away fans are housed on one side of the Milton End (on the North Stand side) where the normal allocation is 2,000. If demand requires it, then the whole of this end can be allocated, raising the allocation to 3,200 seats. Although this end now benefits from having cover, the facilities within are pretty basic and the leg room tight, as this stand was a former terrace that has been converted to all seating. There are also some supporting pillars along the front of the stand that may impede you view. On a positive note, away supporters can really make some noise from this stand, further contributing to what is normally a great atmosphere, which is further aided by a drummer and bell ringer in the Fratton End.

Although this end is shared with home supporters, the Pompey home support get behind their team but generally in a non-intimidatory way towards the away contingent. Fans were literally separated by a netted area only three seats wide, but on my last visit there were no problems whatsoever. Entrance to the stand is gained by inserting your ticket into a bar code reader. If you have not pre-purchased a ticket for the game, then allow yourself plenty of time as the ticket booth is located at the opposite end of the ground to the away end. On the whole though try to sit back and enjoy Fratton Park such older grounds now are becoming few and far between with the advent of new stadia being built.


Chris Saunders a visiting Middlesbrough fan adds; 'It terms of facilities the ground is light years away from Premiership standard, but the atmosphere is electric with the legendary 'Play Up Pompey' echoing around the ground.  The Portsmouth fans are a great bunch and made me most welcome. If you are feeling hungry then there is a McDonalds and KFC across the road from the ground.'

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South Stand


South Stand photo

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Where To Drink?
On my last visit I went to the Good Companion pub, which is on the main A2030 about a five minute walk away from the ground. It is a large pub serving real ales and had a good mix of home and away support. I also noticed that it was doing a brisk business in food. Martin Hewitt recommends the Harvester, but advises away fans to avoid the Milton Arms and the Newcome Arms. Whilst Ian Pratt suggests the Brewers Arms which is 'always popular with away fans'.

Derek Hall adds; 'Found a cracking little pub, about a mile away from the ground, on Fawcett Road. It's called (very appropriately) The Red, White and Blue. There are also a few other pubs - and plenty of take-aways (of all varieties) along this road. Friendly staff, friendly Pompey fans (chiefly, of the elder variety) and simple food fayre on offer. To reach the pub, you just head west from the ground, towards the Fratton Railway Station, along Goldsmith Avenue. Just past the station, you reach a roundabout - and Fawcett Road is immediately on your left'.

Pete Wood a visiting Doncaster Rovers fan informs me; 'If travelling by train from London, then your
return ticket from London Waterloo allows you to get off at either Fratton (nearest to ground), Portsmouth & Southsea (best for pubs) or Portsmouth Harbour. What we did was have a drink in the two Wetherspoon pubs near Portsmouth & Southsea Station before getting the train back to Fratton for the match. You can catch a train back to Waterloo from Fratton after the game. The trains run  every 20 or 30 minutes or so'.

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North Stand


North Stand photo

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How To Get There And Where To Park
Go along the M27 (ignoring the M275 turn off for Portsmouth town centre) and continue on to the A27. At the junction with the A2030 turn right towards Southsea/Fratton and just continue straight along the A2030 and eventually you will see the ground in front of you, just slightly to your left.

There is a large car park behind the TY Europe Stand, but this is for home supporters only. So it is mostly street parking for away fans. The good news is that there are few parking restrictions in place close to the ground. So if you arrive early enough, you can park only a few minutes walk away. When I have visited, I have parked in one of the side streets, found on the right hand side of the A2030 before you reach the Good Companion pub. Alternatively Miltoncross School, which is a five minute walk from the ground offers parking at 6 per car. The school is located in Milton Road (post code PO3 6RB). Derek Hall adds; 'There is also a very large car park (for a fiver) on the corner of Velder Avenue and Milton Road (a couple of minutes walk behind the away end)'.

Map showing the location of Fratton Park (at the bottom of this page).

Post Code for SAT NAV:
PO4 8RA

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By Train

The nearest local train station is Fratton, which is a ten minute walk away. Portsmouth train station is at least a 25 minute walk away.

On arrival at Fratton by train you pass the ground on the left. Fratton station has a footbridge as the only way out. At the top of the stairs from the platform turn left onto the footbridge (from which you can see the floodlights of Fratton Park) and exit into Goldsmith Avenue. (Note that if the gate on the footbridge is closed you need to turn right on the footbridge and exit via Platform 1, turn left as you exit the station, walk 30 metres and go back over the footbridge to Goldsmith Avenue.) Turn left along Goldsmith Avenue and walk about half a mile passing straight around a small roundabout (by the Pompey Centre). Then Turn Left into Frogmore Road and the entrance to the Fratton End and South Stands is 100m ahead. For the Milton End stay on Goldsmith Avenue for another 100m and turn left into Apsley Road. The entrances to the Milton End are 100m ahead.

Thanks to Peter Coulthard for providing the directions.

Remember if travelling by train then you can save on the cost of fares by booking in advance. Visit the the trainline website to see how much you can normally save. Click on the trainline logo below:

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Milton End


  Milton End Fratton Park

Thanks to Andrew Dobbs for providing the photo above.

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Local Rivals
Southampton.

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Admission Prices
All areas of the ground:
Adults 20
Over 60's/Under 23's 15
Under 17's 5

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Programme & Fanzine
Official Programme 3
Park Life Fanzine 1.50

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Ground Layout


Ground Layout

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Fixtures 2014-2015
Portsmouth FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).

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Disabled Facilities
For details of disabled facilities and club contact at the ground please visit the relevant page on the
Level Playing Field
website.

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Record & Average Attendance
Record Attendance:
51,385 v Derby County
FA Cup 6th Round, February 26th, 1949.

Modern All Seated Attendance Record:
20,821 v Tottenham Hotspur,
Premier League, October 17th 2009.


Average Attendance:
2013-2014: 15,461 (League Two)
2012-2013: 12,232 (League One)
2011-2012: 15,016 (Championship League)

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Fans Reviews Of Fratton Park
John and Stephen Spooner (Southend United) 26/11/13
Steve Ellis (Exeter City) 2/11/13
Paul Willott (Preston North End) 15/12/12
James Spring (Notts County) 3/11/12
Ronan Howard (Swindon Town) 18/9/12
Jamie Burton (West Ham United) 14/1/12
Alex Smith (Coventry City) 3/12/11
Dean Williamson (Blackpool) 24/9/11
Andrew Daffren (Leicester City) 24/9/10

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Hotel Accommodation
If you require hotel accommodation in the area then first try a hotel booking service provided by Late Rooms. They offer all types of accommodation to suit all tastes and pockets from; Budget Hotels, Traditional Bed & Breakfast establishments to Five Star Hotels and Serviced Apartments. Plus their booking system is straightforward and easy to use. Yes this site will earn a small commission if you book through them, but it will go to help with the running costs of keeping the Guide going. The Hotels listing also includes details of how far away the accommodation is located from the football ground.

Access their Portsmouth Hotels and Guest Houses page.

Remember that you can use the above link or panel below to book any other hotels that you may need for business or leisure, either in the UK or abroad.



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Map Showing The Location Of Fratton Park, Railway Stations and Listed pubs


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Other Places Of Interest
Southsea adjoining Portsmouth houses the naval base and includes historic ships such as HMS Victory. You can get a short boat trip around the harbour showing which warships are in dock. Southsea itself is quite pleasant with a small beach and funfair. In fact when I went to the game I met a strange lady who travelled down to Portsmouth for each game by herself from Wolverhampton! When asked why, she replied that she had been taken to Southsea as a child and therefore liked to visit it before each game. So there you go it wasn't the football that was the attraction!

Simon Eddy adds; 'there is a new development called the Gunwharf Quays, which has opened adjacent to the historic ships dockyard. There are a number of bars, restaurants, plus a bowling alley, cinema and shopping factory outlet. For more details visit www.gunwharf-quays.com'. The quays incorporate the spectacular Spinnaker Tower, which is well worth a visit for some stunning views from over 300 feet up. Anyone intending to visit the City Centre, Gunwharf Quays or the Old Portsmouth area before the game would be better off entering the city on the M275 rather than the A2030. 

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Last Updated: 23 Julyl 2014