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The longest journey...

The longest journey...

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...


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Date:Tuesday September 22 2009
Time: 7:49AM


Just wait 'til we play Fort William in a friendly. Now that IS a long way
22/09/2009 08:44:00
Saw the fans begining to arrive for the coaches at FP this morning. Some trek they to look forward to, let's hope they get a performance they deserve.
22/09/2009 09:14:00
Not the longest trip I've been to see Pompey on but a memorable one nonetheless - I remember one cold November my friend drove me and another mate to Birmingham away, with the promise of a bed for the night at a friend's house. Anyway, so we go to the game, watch the Blues beat Brum 2-0, and make our way to Leamington-Spa, where this house was. Unfortunately what my mate neglected to tell us was the house was in full-swing of a house party. Now we'd been up early and drinking all day, so me and my other friend just wanted a kip - and this house was rammed full of people so we didn't have anywhere to kip. So what did we do? Well I kipped in the front passenger seat of my mate's car (parked just off the Royal Leamington Spa High Street), the driver curled up in the boot and my other mate, who wanted the driver's seat, was told he couldn't because if the Police caught him he'd be screwed. So where did he sleep? Some guy's porchway. It was the coldest night we have ever felt, and my friend was too scared to put the engine on for a bit of heat incase the police stopped by. The best bit was at about 7am we all were naturally awoken by the sun rising (not that any of us had any sleep - plus my porchway mate had been woken by the owner opening the door and going to work, stepping over him!!) and we headed off into the town to try and find a cup of tea. We found one, and we also found a skip full of empty cardboard boxes - right opposite a shop showing Match of the Day in the window. A bit of ingenious thinking we constructed a small 'sofa' out of these boxes and watched the highlights of the previous day's win! I do have pictures of this if anyone's interested! The looks we got were incredible, and although it was hell, it was a funny weekend!
22/09/2009 09:26:00
I've done Fort William/Inverness to FP for a game previously - Spurs in the Cup in the mid eighties. If we were to play them pre-season a quick jog up Ben Nevis would be the perfect pre-match preparation! PUP
22/09/2009 10:02:00
Day trip to Bari and more recently Newcastle from Somerset. A thank you to those making the trip to Carlisle to day from me.
22/09/2009 10:07:00
Ahhh, what a lovely memory of the visit to Guimaraes. Yes a very long few days but worth every minute. Not sure I want to think about this current side & Carlisle in the same quality memory moment. Ohhh to turn the clock back 12 months!!!
22/09/2009 12:07:00
Sunderland away in 1993 was a 24 hour day from Pompey in a van. Guimaraes was 2 days away without much sleep as was Wolfsburg (via Colditz).
The Rabbi
22/09/2009 16:49:00
Yep did a midweek match away to Sunderland, about 10 years ago. We did stay overnite in a guest house!!!
22/09/2009 20:02:00
When I lived in Utrecht Netherlands. I got up at 2am cycled 3 miles to Utrecht Central train station. Got the train to Schipol. Flew to Edinburgh airport. Gota lift to Edinburgh Waverly train station. Took the train to Newcastle. So us get stuffed Two nil by the Geordies and see Shearer score his landmark goal then back on the train to Edinburgh. Thankfully stayed the night in Scotland before flying back to Amsterdam the next day!
23/09/2009 00:24:00
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