We've all been on a European tour!
Ok, maybe saying 'we've all been on a European tour' is bending the truth slightly, as clearly not all of us could have been on a European tour - but you know what I mean, Pompey have done it and in some way, shape or form we have followed it and been a part of it.
Luckily I managed to do all the home games - and with one more to go so technically the European tour is not over yet! - and made 2 out of 3 of the away games.
Guimaraes was fantastic, and I will never forget the atmosphere that Thursday afternoon in the town centre, awesome absolutely awesome is the way to describe it best. Braga had to be passed by to have done Wolfsburg, and I am proud that I managed to follow us in Europe, something that I never thought I would be able to do until recently...
The disappointment of the hundreds, well in fact probably thousands all told, of miles travelled for Wolfsburg and the lack of sleep that this brought was well worth it, even though we lost and the European adventure ended - but at the end of the day 'following' and 'watching Pompey in Europe' is another thing to put on the Pompey CV that I have gathered over the past decade or more of full on Pompey travelling support around the country and now the globe, and what a glittering Pompey CV this is eh guys!
I would have loved the European tour to have continued, and taken in a couple more different countries and possibly brought some more of Europe's finest to Fratton but it obviously was not meant to be...
To be honest though I had said that if it ended after Vitoria, which it looked like doing for a long while, I would have been happy to have seen us in Europe. Clearly I was just kidding myself as I would have been gutted for it to end that night in October! Thankfully it did not, and in all honesty, as much as I thought we would carry on into the New Year, I set out a 'group stage' as the minimum I would want and we got that so I cannot, and will not be too disappointed.
Maybe this German trip will be our last ever foray into Europe, maybe it will not, but one thing that I know for sure is I have loved every minute of it. I of course do have got a taste for it and want it to happen again, but if it never does I will be eternally grateful and appreciative of the fact that I have been on a European tour with Pompey...
I plan to do a full account of the Wolfsburg adventure in time - get the coffee ready to keep you awake! - but those of you that have seen Away Goals - Euro Chimes: Wolfsburg 'should' have noticed the 'Write to Rug' section on the second to last page... Well you are still invited to do that and I will share your thoughts!
PLAY UP POMPEY!