Date:Thursday October 16 2008
There is always a lot of talk about footballers 'needing a rest', and those that are not of international standard with Pompey - which is not many these days - do get a rest when the international break comes along. When this usually happens I am frustrated and do not want it, but with more and more Pompey interest in the England squad then my interest has suddenly grown to a much higher level interest again and I can just about tolerate this as I wait for the real thing to return... Pompey action!
I do not know about anyone else but in a way I was actually glad for the break to come around this time as this also gave me the chance to chill out for a bit, take a break and recuperate after a hectic week - and a busy start to the season...
The fans put a hell of a lot into following Pompey too, so we deserve a break too - and we are not being paid millions for this privilege, not that I am bitter, as I am not.
At the end of a week that started with a game against Spurs (h), then off to Vitoria SC and finished with a game against Stoke (h) I must confess that I was slightly pleased for a short break.
I travelled up to Pompey on the Saturday afternoon/evening, had an early morning on the Sunday as I went to watch one of pompey4me's kids play football before I watched us beat another Sunday league side Spurs! Then came the gruelling trek to Portugal to see us take on Vitoria SC, this started at 3am on the Wednesday and finally wound down about 10pm on the Friday, with around 2 hours kip in that window... Finally we had the Stoke game on the Sunday, and as my brother travelled up for the game with my mate but had to get to Fratton early I had to meet up with him even earlier than I would have, we were talking 11am for a 3pm kick off - so there was little option but to have a few beers whilst waiting for the game. I was happy to get my train journey home out of the way on Monday and then have a bit of recharging time!
Now, fully refreshed and ready to go I cannot wait for the weekend to come around - my only regret is that I cannot make the trip to Villa Park this season, although we have Braga (a), Fulham (h), Liverpool (a) and Wigan (h) in quick succession so this is going to be another testing period - unfortunately this time I have to knock the Portuguese trip on the head but will be at all the other games!
So, it is not just the players that need these rests, we, the loyal fans that spend hours and hours as well as thousands of pounds following Pompey all around the country (and now the globe) also deserve this from time to time, and I for one have been somewhat pleased for this break - but now say bring on the Villa...
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Date:Thursday October 16 2008
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