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To some people the Arsenal - Hull game in the FA cup tonight does not mean much, other than to those that are Hull or Arsenal fans...but to Pompey fans there should be a lot of interest in this...

Maybe my interest is greater as I have a real vested interest in it, in as much as I, and several others, already have tickets to go to the Hull game, which is scheduled for Saturday 4th April.

Should this quarter final not be decided tonight it will go to a replay, and a replay means this will take place on that Saturday - the day when we are meant to be travelling to Hull for yet another 'crunch' league game. This game would then be rearranged to the Tuesday 7th April I believe?

To be honest I do not really care who wins as long as someone does win tonight without the need of a replay - although that said my youngest brother is a Gooner fan so I guess I should root for them, there is also the thought that an Arsenal win opens up another place...nope lets not even go there!

Clearly the fact that I and 3 others travelling by car, along with another couple with train tickets booked, are all going to this game makes my motives slightly bias on wanting a result tonight as a rearranged fixture is likely to see most then have to miss out - not to mention lose money on train tickets booked! - but to be honest I genuinely feel that it will be in the best interests of Pompey to be playing this game on the Saturday.

Why is this you ask?

Well, it is not just to ensure that I, and my lot, can all make the game it is also to ensure that Pompey will have an even better following - something that will make a lot of difference, as we know all to well what our support is like! The travelling support, vocally even if not always numerically, is always fantastic regardless as to what is happening on the pitch, and this support will drive the team on. A Tuesday night game is going to make it much harder for people that would go on the Saturday to then attend, due to work commitments and the like.

Of course another factor is the one where we could well be stewing over a league position for several days! With other teams playing over that weekend it 'could' see us drop back into the drop zone - so with those extra days to fester over this the pressure and importance of the game grows even more, maybe pressure some could not cope with?

So, come on Arsenal...or Hull, either way just please let there be a winner tonight...

PLAY UP POMPEY!

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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday March 17 2009

Time: 12:26PM

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Good point Rug, one I hadn't even considered! I'll be rooting for Hull - hopefully if they get a cup run going they may lose focus on the league, a bit like we did last year!
PFCGino
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17/03/2009 12:50:00

Good point Rug, one I hadn't even considered! I'll be rooting for Hull - hopefully if they get a cup run going they may lose focus on the league, a bit like we did last year!
PFCGino
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17/03/2009 12:50:00

I hope Arsenal and Hull draw (although I don't think they will) as it would be better for me to attend the Hull game on a Tuesday rather Saturday. I do think fans who have booked train tickets won't be affected anyway. Lets wait and see before complaining.
The Rabbi
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17/03/2009 14:04:00

I hope Arsenal and Hull draw (although I don't think they will) as it would be better for me to attend the Hull game on a Tuesday rather Saturday. I do think fans who have booked train tickets won't be affected anyway. Lets wait and see before complaining.
The Rabbi
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17/03/2009 14:04:00

i will go saturday or tuesday - but in all reality the saturday would mean mant more would, and could, make the journey wont they... to cancel a train ticket you have to pay a fee, so yep a refund will be given - minus the charge, which i think is 10 to cancel or amend a ticket?
pompeyrug
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17/03/2009 14:21:00

i will go saturday or tuesday - but in all reality the saturday would mean mant more would, and could, make the journey wont they... to cancel a train ticket you have to pay a fee, so yep a refund will be given - minus the charge, which i think is 10 to cancel or amend a ticket?
pompeyrug
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17/03/2009 14:21:00

i know but can i just draw your attention to this please guys - here...
pompeyrug
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17/03/2009 14:30:00

i know but can i just draw your attention to this please guys - here...
pompeyrug
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17/03/2009 14:30:00

I'll go with Gino and also be rooting for Hull. The more they've got on their plate and all that.. Plus, that chance of being in the drop zone again, and then taking on Hull on a Tuesday is bound to be a sycological downer. Far better to play on a Saturday when everythings open... So yeah..let there be a winner.
cornypomp
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17/03/2009 17:55:00

I'll go with Gino and also be rooting for Hull. The more they've got on their plate and all that.. Plus, that chance of being in the drop zone again, and then taking on Hull on a Tuesday is bound to be a sycological downer. Far better to play on a Saturday when everythings open... So yeah..let there be a winner.
cornypomp
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17/03/2009 17:55:00

will be going to this game. 3 points a must!
Gleams
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17/03/2009 20:16:00

will be going to this game. 3 points a must!
Gleams
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17/03/2009 20:16:00

i'm going against all that. I hope arsenal win. 1) out of the "big 4" i like them most, and hope they win the cup. 2) Hull doing well could undermime our acheivement last year. GOD FORBID! 3) if hull get knocked out of the cup, there confidence could fall, and there league run will also collapse too. (if thats still possible...)
pompeycarpet
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17/03/2009 20:23:00

i'm going against all that. I hope arsenal win. 1) out of the "big 4" i like them most, and hope they win the cup. 2) Hull doing well could undermime our acheivement last year. GOD FORBID! 3) if hull get knocked out of the cup, there confidence could fall, and there league run will also collapse too. (if thats still possible...)
pompeycarpet
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17/03/2009 20:23:00

Hull 1-0 up last time I looked!!!
pompey4me
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17/03/2009 21:07:00

Hull 1-0 up last time I looked!!!
pompey4me
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17/03/2009 21:07:00

Arsenal 2 Hull 1 at 9.33pm
pompeyyong
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17/03/2009 21:34:00

Arsenal 2 Hull 1 at 9.33pm
pompeyyong
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17/03/2009 21:34:00

woo hoo!! Trip to Hull still on!
pompey4me
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17/03/2009 23:42:00

woo hoo!! Trip to Hull still on!
pompey4me
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17/03/2009 23:42:00

And we are gonna beat 'em! Might even go myself to see it! Thoroughly enjoyed the trip to Boro (enjoyed St Patricks Night even more - am bloody plastered).
Gandor1
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18/03/2009 00:12:00

And we are gonna beat 'em! Might even go myself to see it! Thoroughly enjoyed the trip to Boro (enjoyed St Patricks Night even more - am bloody plastered).
Gandor1
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18/03/2009 00:12:00

Well you got the first part of your wish in that there was a result. Now it's up to the team to get three points.
Thaibluefan
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18/03/2009 06:42:00

Well you got the first part of your wish in that there was a result. Now it's up to the team to get three points.
Thaibluefan
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18/03/2009 06:42:00

Blimey, I was sweating for a bit there...
UKTony
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18/03/2009 08:04:00

Blimey, I was sweating for a bit there...
UKTony
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18/03/2009 08:04:00

it was abit hairy for a while but to be fair i think the right side won, and thankfully - from my point of view anyway - this game with hull is on the saturday, something that for me still clearly means many more pompey fans will go, a good thing for the team methinks...
pompeyrug
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18/03/2009 08:31:00

it was abit hairy for a while but to be fair i think the right side won, and thankfully - from my point of view anyway - this game with hull is on the saturday, something that for me still clearly means many more pompey fans will go, a good thing for the team methinks...
pompeyrug
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18/03/2009 08:31:00

Arsenal always had a spitting chance.
pompeygray
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18/03/2009 12:00:00

Arsenal always had a spitting chance.
pompeygray
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18/03/2009 12:00:00

So we got what we wanted them (I think) .... The FA Cup is shaping up for a boring final his year !!
Chix
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19/03/2009 07:12:00

So we got what we wanted them (I think) .... The FA Cup is shaping up for a boring final his year !!
Chix
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19/03/2009 07:12:00

So it's to Hull & back then! Another one of those 'we can't afford to lose' matches!
storagematt
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19/03/2009 20:49:00

So it's to Hull & back then! Another one of those 'we can't afford to lose' matches!
storagematt
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19/03/2009 20:49:00

 

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