The Vital Pompey best away crowd at Fratton was...
Sunderland, our final visitors to Fratton this season.
The game, like our one a few weeks earlier when we visited their neighbours Newcastle, was switched from a Saturday to a Monday night at 8pm for the purposes of TV. In spite of this Sunderland travelled in fairly decent numbers and put on a good show - with plenty of friendly banter exchanged including a full stadium chanting 'anti-Shearer' songs at times!
In all honesty with a team in relegation trouble and needing support it would have been a surprise had they not travelled and offered their side this, but hats off to them for keeping this going throughout...
A word must be given to Liverpool though, something which a few people picked up on to be fair, as the bin dippers had a good following with them and gave good support - the thing that was really highlighted with their support was the fact that all their songs were about Liverpool, with none of them anti-Pompey or anyone else. The supporters supported their team and their team alone, which is something that a lot of us really liked.
These are the thoughts that were shared about him in the forum poll voting...
powered_by_pies: 'And my vote goes to Sunderland.
They had a lot riding on their visit to us on Monday, but despite that, there seemed to be lots of friendly banter, including both sets of supporters chipping in with the 'Shearer' chants throughout the game!'
hammersmithblue: 'Think I agree. Was impressed with Liverpool's ratio of "pro Liverpool" rather than "slagging Pompey" chants also.'
UKTony: 'Hmmm Spuds not on there, lol.'
Gandor1: 'For me, it was a toss up between Stoke and Sunderland, but Sunderland got my vote. They came a long way and supported their club well. Also very friendly and good fun.'
pompeyrug: 'Yep, I went Sunderland too - thought they were really good, and had 'fairly' large numbers even for a money night game... then again when you are in a position like they are you 'usually' find it bring the best out of people?
The Vitoria fans in Guimarães were fantastic, very welcoming, if you mentioned 'Pedro Mendes' you had a friend for life almost... didn't really come across any over here, so couldn't say.
A word on the bin dippers though, credit where it is due all their songs are about them, and not others - that is the way it should be!'
PompeyFcMad: 'I don't want to say it but I think Swansea fans were brilliant when they came down to the Park.'
tracyc: 'Sunderland get my vote too, especially bearing in mind it was a Monday night. And dressed up in turtle suits and things - what was that about?'
Chix: 'Umm.. Swansea also came looking for a fight it you remember but good vocal support. My vote would go to Man City as year after year they come down in numbers and also have a good set of travelling fans who see themselves like us (local team), Sunderland were good also as were Stoke but we were very quiet that day so they sounded louder.. I think for the reason HSB stated and it there was a lot spoken about it at the time I'm gonna go for Liverpool ..'
A decent number of votes in this one, so to see how this voting went click here.
Keep a look out for the other categories that will be appearing in the forum over the coming weeks...
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