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A meaningless match!!!

A meaningless match!!!

This season has been a rollercoaster for us, it is not yet done but we are all left physically, mentally and emotionally drained by it, right?

Some form of 'resolution' is close to being reached - yep I know that Administration is by no means 'a good thing' or the 'answer to all our prayers', far from it, but it at least, seemingly gives us the chance to attempt to regroup, reform and rebuild...

I, like so many people, have had a lot of anger over these months, and still hold this I cannot lie - admittedly from my own point, sometimes misguided - but this anger boiled over this afternoon when I read, in a couple of separate articles in The News the views that the weekends trip Burnley, despite the previous pedestal it stood on as being a 'relegation six-pointer', has taken on one of being a 'meaningless match!' Or at least 'rendered meaningless.'

A f*****g meaningless match!!!

Granted to all intent and purpose this game will not impact on how our league season ends but is there ever such a thing as a meaningless match?

Will any Pompey game ever 'really' be viewed as meaningless by any Pompey fan?

Has the fact that we came so close, not that we are out of the woods of course, to going out of business altogether meant so little to the writers at The News that they can casually toss this aside as being a game of no importance at all just because our 'premier league life' is coming to and end...

From a footballing point of view as we DO still have the FA cup, and pride, to play for this gives us the chance to build up some momentum ahead of a monumental effort at this - in many ways with the pressure off the players now we can only hope this sees the shackles well and truly come off and they adapt an absolutely nothing in the world to lose approach.

Try telling the countless hundreds; maybe thousands of fans making this trip to Lancashire that this is meaningless!

Personally my own journey for this 'meaningless match' will begin on Friday and I will not get home until Sunday! Merely to make my 7am Exeter meet on Saturday morning I will have to get a train to my brothers just outside of Exeter on Friday to be able to make this, and as I will not be back into Exeter until at least 10pm I will then stay at his again Saturday night before coming home Sunday. I can tie in some time with him and his family, but basically I am spending some of Friday, all of Saturday and some of Sunday away for a game that last for 90mins or so between 3pm and 5pm on Saturday.

This sounds like it is pretty meaningless to me, and many others making similar journeys, and those around the globe that will still listen/watch however they can!

And that is before you even think about how FAR from meaningless this will actually be from Burnley's point of view...


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Date:Wednesday February 24 2010
Time: 2:52PM


Games are never meaningless! This would be a good game to win.
24/02/2010 14:58:00
Can't be meaningless. If we do go into admin, have 9pts deducted. We still have a target set by Derby to overhaul. Otherwise what's the point? Just as well fold now and Bulldoze the ground! Personally I can't wait for the game...Something other than bloody boring accountants to think about...
24/02/2010 15:00:00
I'll have a few meaningless beers on the journey up, eat meaningless food at the cricket club and then enjoy meaningless banter with the locals.
24/02/2010 15:09:00
meaningless locals surely Tony !
24/02/2010 15:14:00
Sorry Burnley fans couldn't resist it (lol) .. Agree with the comments so far is not meaningless at all least of all to Burnley and dare I say Bolton, Wigan, Hull, West Ham, Sunderland and Wolves fans too
24/02/2010 15:17:00
meaningless? no of course it is the start of 'the greatest escape in the history of greatest ever escapes in the history of the world of greatest ever escapes ever!' EVER...
the donkeys at the news might wanna start thinking about more about what they say or when paying my visit to premier league towers to burn them down i might pay them a visit too :-)
seriously tho i cannot, and really mean this, cannot wait until the weekend - admin is not good but it has 'released' some pressure and i intend to fully enjoy the football again for the rest of the season, we still have plenty to play for - the players still have points to prove so lets enjoy what i imagine will be a carnaval style atmosphere for most of what is left of this season!
24/02/2010 15:22:00
haha i wish i could share your optimism Rug but i just can't, i sort of see where the news was going with it but i do disagree, we are playing for pride now and pride alone, and i'm sure the players want to put themselves in the shop window for next season so they should be playing even better if anything!
24/02/2010 15:38:00
It would be dammed ironic if we went on a winning run...Hahaha; can't you just imagine the panic at Burnley, Bolton, Wolves etc...Priceless!
24/02/2010 15:48:00
If it was the News themselves saying that it was meaningless, then shame on them. In a couple of years time, we might see this as a glamorous fixture.
24/02/2010 16:18:00
It certainly isn't meaningless to Burnley, as a Pompey win would leave Burnley in even deeper mire and probably odds-on for relegation. And quite apart from our own pride, Pompey have a responsibility to all the other relegation candidates to give it our best shot. Nevertheless the big match for us now is the FA cup tie with Birmingham, so I hope we won't risk any injuries or suspensions unnecessarily.
erithacus rubecula
24/02/2010 16:27:00
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