Date:Tuesday September 22 2009
One of my favourite adverts on the box at the moment is the Aviva one with Paul Whitehouse in, the one where he plays the Plymouth Argyle fan going to Newcastle with 'Big Dave' and co. Living near to Plymouth, as I have for some 20-years or more, makes it all the more funny laughing at 'The Janners', although I think we could do with signing that Ditmar Van Nostrilboy!
This, with Carlisle in mind, has got me thinking about 'long journeys' that I have made to watch Pompey...
Obviously Guimaraes and Wolfsburg were long treks, and both involved a lot of driving with some flying for Guimaraes - Wolfsburg was exclusively car, with some time on the ferry.
Sunderland and back for a midweek game was something else, but we kipped overnight in the minibus for that one.
A 'there and back in a day journey' to Middlesbrough was some journey, although last seasons midweek visit to Anfield was another beast of a journey as were visits to Manyoo - beating them in the cup makes it well worth it though - and Citeh, although all of which I would safely say will be beaten by the mammoth trek and back to Carlisle, which gets underway today in a few hours and I will probably get home in time for breakfast on Wednesday if I am lucky...
Having said, as long as this will be, I think technically I would claim Guimaraes as the longest as we did not actually check into a hotel and did not really sleep - you cannot count about an hour or so kip in the car can you?
We left in the early hours of Thursday morning, drove to Stansted and then flew out to Spain, from Spain we drove to Portugal and then after a couple of beers saw the game. By the time that finished, after extra time and we were finally let out, we must have got back to the car well after 1.30 in the morning, by the time you settled down and got comfy it was time to drive back to Spain in the early hours of Friday morning, around 3am, for a flight home that morning. After the flight is was a drive back to Pompey finally getting in at around 5pm, a gruelling 36-hours or so I would say.
The things we do for our club eh!
So, what are your longest trips then guys? I do not really think you can count an overnight stay in the comfort of a room though can you? Share these below...
PLAY UP POMPEY!
Date:Tuesday September 22 2009
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