'Away Goals - Euro Chimes': Help Part 1
'Away Goals - Euro Chimes' - what is this?
This is going to be a free fans magazine that is being produced by the Football Supporters Federation - or FSF for short for Pompey fans going abroad this season - and hopefully Portugal in a couple of weeks time will be the first of many this season...
Regular travellers with England will be familiar with 'Free Lions', and 'Away Goals' is the European counterpart, 'Away Goals - Euro Chimes' is specific to Pompey!
This is being produced with the help of Portsmouth football club, although plenty of people are involved, or helped out, but it is an old friend of mine Mr Ken Malley that has done most of the work on the first ever issue.
I was fortunate enough to view an advanced draft copy of this on the way to Fratton yesterday - and it makes for top reading - and have since been forwarded most of its content and told I can share some with you, the Vital Pompey viewers!
So, in the first of what will be several interesting reads - although they always are on Vital Pompey! - that will all be useful to know, here is some important info for fans going to The Vitoria Sport Clube Stadium, or as it is officially known the Estadio Dom Alfonso Henriques supplied by Ken, which will be published in 'Away Goals - Euro Chimes'...
PLAY UP POMPEY!
Getting around and to the ground
The nearest airport is the Fransisco Sa Carneiro Airport at Porto, about 35 miles away. You can catch the Aerobus or the metro, which runs an excellent service from the airport. It is on the Violet (E) line and takes about 25 minutes to reach Porto city centre. It runs from 6am till half past 12 at night. (A metro map and comprehensive timetable can be found at www.metrodoporto.pt/.)
Porto's metro system runs both underground in the city centre and above ground in the suburbs. There are 5 lines: Line A (blue), Line B (red), Line C (green), Line D (yellow) and Line D (violet). Purchase a rechargeable Andante card for use on the metro, tram, bus and funicular and remember to validate it before you get on.
Porto bus terminals are in front of Sao Bento Station, at Praca da Liberdade and Cordoaria. Bus tickets can be bought on the bus or at newspaper kiosks. www.stcp.pt.
Trams (which are historic trams) accept only Andante Tickets (same as metro do Porto).
From Braga buses make frequent 1-hour trips during the day. A single (one-way) bus ticket from Braga to the Guimarães bus station, Quinta das Lameiras, is €2. Tel: +351 253 423500.
Trains run from Campanha station, Porto to Guimaraes. When you get to Guimaraes, the stadium is located to the north-west of the city centre, within 20 minutes walk of the railway station. But, be warned, it is very unlikely that there will be trains to Porto after the game. For up to date information ring +351 251 412351 or 808 208 208.
At the time of going to press, it seems likely that there will be NO public transport available after the game!
ISL Tours (www.isltours.co.uk ) are running coaches from Porto and back. Contact Malc on +44 7710 799925 A S A P to see if there is any space left.
By road, take the A3 from Porto and turn off onto the A7. Leave the A7 at the Guimarães exit and turn onto the N206. Follow the N206 for 1km and turn left into the Rua Da Saudade. Follow the Rua de Saudade for 1.6 km into Guimarães and than turn into the Rua De São Gonçalo.
So, why should YOU join the FSF?
Whether you realise it or not, the FSF are fighting your corner all of the time.
The debacle that was the Champions' League Final in Athens - the FSF were there and have collected statements and presented a report to UEFA. If we reach the final of this tournament in Turkey we will be better treated there because of the FSF.
Safe standing issues, ticket allocations, prices, kick-off times, the list is endless. We're working on all of them.
There are two Pompey die-hards on the FSF National Council and two more that regularly work on the England Fans' Embassies.
We need YOU in the FSF today. You can sign up on line at www.fsf.org.uk for just £14 a year. Your membership helps us to help you. Your voice counts. Go on, you know it makes sense!