Vital Football

How I long for that again...

How I long for that again...

Last weekend, you know the one when we beat the scummers 4-1 in their own backyard, was a throwback to how football USED to be for me!

The enjoyment I got from this game, granted probably more so because we won - had we lost, with everything else going on I would have probably been suicidal! - was something else, and how I long for this feeling to be able to return at a weekend.

Do not get me wrong I still enjoy it, to a degree, as I can have a laugh and a few beers with my mates but as we ALL know the constant 'off-the-field' b******s has drained so much away from us all.

But last weekend was fantastic!

The lead-up to the game, and the rest of the weekend that followed was purely about the football and everything else was forgotten.

I know it might be seen as 'the easy life' but not having to fear about what will happen next, off it, is something that I want, I will happily admit that I want that easy life, if I never have to get involved with any off-the-field stuff again for the rest of my life I will not be unhappy, all I want to be able to do is go to football and enjoy it again, which I will win, lose or draw whatever level we play at, if there is not a HUGE cloud of doubt hanging over Fratton Park, or wherever we might be playing that weekend...

I made a promise to myself that EVERYTHING that was going on would be forgotten that weekend, and ALL that mattered was the game - and I cannot remember the last time I had this when I went to a game, how I want that feeling to be able to return!

Assuming we make it through these grim times I cannot wait to go back to being able to talk solely about 'how good, or bad, the players, the tactics, the game, the fans, the ref and so on were' because THAT is what football should be all about along with the occasional 'how good or bad the, realistically priced and paid, footballer we have bought in is', or 'how much the player sold, and only if they wanted to go or we are offered stupid money, will be missed'.

All the off-the-field matters should remain that way and those running you SHOULD do this in a manor that is maintainable and should not have us worrying about this, lets just hope that this HAS taught us this lesson and things will be different if/when we sort things out?

Here's hoping we do!

Football should be about what you do on the park, not off it - transfers aside, as that is off it of course - how I long for us to be able to go back to talking about that regularly...


Bookmark and Share

Join the Vital Pompey Debate


Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Tuesday February 16 2010
Time: 4:04PM


Oh yes how I long for those days - whatever level the football is played at. It will happen, the question is whether its still our beloved traditional old club in one of the top two tiers of English football, or a brand new one in league 2 or the conference.
16/02/2010 17:44:00
I agree Rug. Wouldn't it be great if we only had to worry about whether Wilson was good enough or not, whether Diop was worth the shirt and who would take Mullins off our hands? Oh for the simple joys of being a football fan.
16/02/2010 18:09:00
things i know; I know i wont get it next season but i still want premier league football. I know Wilson is too accident prone and not really the grade. I know nobody is going to take Mullins off our hands. But i still want Premiership football in the 2011-12 season
16/02/2010 19:38:00
It would be nice wouldn't it. But we might have to wait a while before we do again. Hopfuly not though.
16/02/2010 20:41:00
If i'm honest i don't think we've had those days since we've been in the premiership apart from maybe the great escape and the cup final.
Steve C
16/02/2010 21:56:00
Dead right Rug after the day I have had (more later) bring on the football!!
16/02/2010 23:48:00
As usual Rug you seem to be able to hit the nail on the head, I cant say that like you I had a weekend of not thinking about our woes, but for an hour and a half I was glued to the computer watching the live text on the bbc website (couldnt even get five live here)and all I could think about was beating the scum, I could have had several heart attacks, especially in the first half, but was jubilant in the second. I so wish i could have watched it, or even heard the game, but really it didnt matter, i still had a ball, I still shouted at the computer, I could still hear the Chorus of the Chimes, and not once did I think about the off field nonsense, what a joy that would be for the rest of the season!!!! Although I will not be there for the stoke game in body, I will still be shouting at the comuter or my telly if we are real lucky, hopefully it will be another 90 mins of footballing pleasure!!!!!
17/02/2010 08:02:00
Hi - Saints fan here.....I just wanted to echo what was said by some one on this thread. We had a fantastic day on saturday, I think we were unlucky but your quality showed through in the end. What a fantastic atmosphere it was!!! I have 3 wishes 1 That somehow you guys survive your financial problems 2 That we can meet again soon (so we can avenge the defeat!!!) 3 That the fans on both sides can support their respective teams without resorting to violence A sincere best wishes to you all
17/02/2010 17:41:00
Well said Elvis!!!!
18/02/2010 03:58:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Portsmouth Articles

Chaplin secured

Chaplin had a contract with Pompey until 2018 but ahead of the disappointing Notts County defeat he extended his contract with the Blues until 2019.

On this day in history...25th October

A look back at this day in history, and what was happening with Pompey courtesy of our sister site PompeyRama, 25th October.

Another Fratton disappointment

That 2nd half on Saturday against Notts County was woeful - absolutely awful wasn't it. The first 15-minutes or so of it was like a pre-season friendly to pre-season!

Match highlights - Pompey 1-2 Notts County

What a disappointment that was! The 1st half wasn't bad, in fact large chunks of it were good but the 2nd half was just woeful with a soft centred Pompey beaten 2-1 by Notts County.

Archived Vital Pompey Articles

Vital Pompey articles from

Site Journalists

Editor email
Editor email
no email
no email

Current Poll (see more polls)

Notts County MotM
Suggested By: Site Staff
Sub - Naismith0%
Sub - Main0%
Sub - Lalkovic0%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Plymouth 14 10 2 2 32 12
2 Carlisle 14 7 7 0 28 10
3 Doncaster 14 8 2 4 26 8
4 Luton 14 6 5 3 23 9
5 Portsmouth 14 6 3 5 21 6
6 Notts County 14 6 3 5 21 1
7 Accrington 14 5 5 4 20 1
8 Grimsby 14 6 2 6 20 0
9 Crawley 14 5 5 4 20 -1
10 Morecambe 14 6 2 6 20 -6
11 Mansfield 14 4 7 3 19 1
12 Crewe 14 4 7 3 19 -1
13 Yeovil 14 6 1 7 19 -5
14 Blackpool 14 4 5 5 17 4
15 Colchester 14 4 5 5 17 -1
16 Cheltenham 14 3 7 4 16 -1
17 Hartlepool 14 3 7 4 16 -4
18 Cambridge 14 4 4 6 16 -5
19 Leyton Orient 14 4 3 7 15 -2
20 Barnet 13 3 6 4 15 -4
21 Wycombe 14 4 3 7 15 -5
22 Stevenage 13 4 2 7 14 -3
23 Exeter 14 4 1 9 13 -6
24 Newport 12 1 4 7 7 -8
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Write for Vital Football

Recent Portsmouth Results (view all)

Portsmouth Fixtures (view all)

Oct 29 2016 3:00PM : Cambridge United (a)
Sky Bet League Two
Nov 12 2016 3:00PM : Mansfield Town (H)
Sky Bet League Two
Nov 19 2016 3:00PM : Cheltenham Town (a)
Sky Bet League Two
Nov 22 2016 7:45PM : Luton Town (a)
Sky Bet League Two
Nov 26 2016 3:00PM : Stevenage (H)
Sky Bet League Two
Dec 10 2016 3:00PM : Grimsby Town (a)
Sky Bet League Two

Vital Members League Table

The Vital Football Members League