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Lets go with a smile!

Lets go with a smile!

So then guys, relegation is almost 100% nailed on now, if it was not already. 500/1 odds on says it all really though.

Well, then again unless we can pull off the greatest escape in the history of greatest escapes in the history of the worlds greatest escapes ever, EVER!! That is...

Seriously though, stick a fork in us we are done!

We can go one of two ways:

1 - with tears, kicking, screaming and shouting at leaving the 'best league in the world', or...

2 - with tears of joy, showing our pride as we party our way to the no power league, and back to something more that resembles 'real football' again...

For me, I prefer option 2, and cannot say that I have that much disappointed at going down - I feel more anger at the manor of it as we have not really had a fighting chance at all have we, but hey ho!

Do not get me wrong I have enjoyed the premier league years but I am not too disheartened at leaving the 'big time' again - I am content with the impression that we have left, the times we have had, both good and bad, and feel ready to 'return home' in many ways. Back to a level, which granted will not be as good in some ways, but a level that I think I will most probably enjoy more, and in other ways will be better.

Of course this is not to say that I would not like to return one day, as I would, and lets hope it is not some 15-years or so before we do, but I would like us to return better equipped for this and all we can now do is hope that those looking to come in an steady the ship will do exactly that and leave us in a position where we can hold our own again, and perhaps more - then again just having a club will do me first and foremost, and then enjoying it again is all I ask.

Lets not look back with sadness at what we are leaving behind, lets rejoice in the times that we have had back in the 'top flight' and look forward to, what will hopefully be, a new dawn back at a level that most of us are more than familiar with, and in many ways probably more at home with.

This also means, for me, Avram Grant picking, as much as possible, decent strength sides and helping us enjoy this - not weakened sides that see us spanked or humiliated, although like already said I am not sure this has been his aim anyway to be honest.

If opponents sing 'going down, going down, going down' - join in with them! Better still add the odd verse of 'we don't care, we don't care, we don't care!' And if they look like the might join us the sprinkling of 'so are you, so are you, so are you!'

The time now is to continue to enjoy every game we have left and leave our print on the premier league - we certainly did this at Liverpool on Monday and you could see the Liverpool fans looking on, some I dare say in resentment that a 'crap club' can have such fantastic fans, others applauded us all the way from their seats before disappearing through the exits...

Enjoy these last few weeks, lets go with our heads held high and with that smile I speak about - lets do it the Pompey way!


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Date:Friday March 19 2010
Time: 4:29PM


The world according to I. I admit i am gutted to be leaving the PL, I want us to win every game between now and the end of the season! I want to know who owns the club. I want the the owner to invest. I want us to win our way back to promotion at the end of next season. I wont be happy with narrowly avoiding relegation next season. I wont be happy to settle for mid table no power obscurity next season. The point of the game is to win, and with style- thats all I want ! easily pleased me.
19/03/2010 17:00:00
russellm - well said, In fairness though if youre looking for style I can give you directions to The Emirates if you want! I for one will be keepiong an Eye on the scores and of course will watch every match I can but at the end of the day, I know I'll be watching more premership football than *****ty mickey mouse leage games, so come on Pompey, get it sorted and play up (to the Premier League) Be great to be in top flight for 2012!!!!
19/03/2010 18:42:00
Go down fighting, It will only be for one season, hope you will be back where you belong soon
buzz lightyear
20/03/2010 07:56:00
I'm not all that disappointed at going down - had the whole season to get used to the idea. Of course staying up would be nice, but I'm feeling a bit battered by the PL right now and wouldn't mind a break from it. We certainly should go down smiling and singing. I remember Alan Ball's 1 prem (Div 1 then)season all those years ago. We went to Old Trafford and sang 'we'll meet again, don't know where, don't know when' . . . well we did didn't we! The Utd fans couldn't understand it or deal with it, we were down we shouldn't be upbeat about it, in fact it all got quite aggressive. Pompey fans have always been like that, and hopefully will be again. After all, our club is still alive - celebrate!
20/03/2010 08:56:00
I never followed Pompey when we were in the lower leagues. I strted taking notice of football when Sol Campbell came to Pompey. I expect a lot of others did too, so I suppose he deserves his image rights payment. If we play with a bit of spirit, then I'm sure I will enjoy the Championship, although the JCL I'm married to isn't going to go any more.....
20/03/2010 17:56:00
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