The story of the season - Boro (a)
2010/11 season v Boro in the league at The Riverside, Saturday 2nd October 2010.
For the first time this season I missed a game, although the 'story of the season' continues as Richie steps in to share his account of the day...
Hey, my name is Richie, some of you may know me - or know of me - some of you may not. Due to pompeyrug's lack of finances, and an inability to go to this one, he asked me to write up about the Boro trip away.
It all started at Exeter St Thomas at 07.01 with the train to Tiverton Parkway where I was meeting my frequent travelling partner Ken. We set off at 07.40 from Tiverton, exchanging pleasantries, moaning about Milan Mandaric's handling of Paulo Sousa's sacking and a certain Sven Goran (I'm everywhere) Eriksson making himself available for the Leicester hot seat among other things, mostly Portsmouth.
We made steady progress to Worcester were we would change cars and meet up with two Northern Blues supporters, Barry and Mike and also a Middlesbrough fan.
We set off from Worcester all cramped together in the car, I had great delight of sitting in the middle next to the Middlesbrough fan who I was reminding him of a certain former Southampton manager who is in the last chance saloon.
Conversation flowed all the way ranging from Portsmouth, the dreaded Premier League and also moaning about jobsworth stewards.
The journey was good with us arriving into Boro at 12.15, fantastic timing with free car parking and also the pub, Dr Browns, just across the road.
As normal it was straight to the bar where the beer was flowing nicely, also with a takeaway shop across the road doing roast dinner for £3.50 and the pub allowing you to bring the food in, it was making for a top afternoon!
As the drinks flowed the more people arrived and that left a mixed set, half Boro and half Pompey. Ken met his Middlesbrough and a fellow England traveller also Manc Malc made a guest appearance.
At around 14.30 we set of for the trek into the unknown underground subway across the railway line and there was, the Riverside.
The game started with Pompey on top but just like always we found ourselves 2-0 down at half time, I was scratching my head. Goals from Matthew (I got a big bother contestant pregnant) Bates and a Barry Robson penalty.
I went down for the traditional half time beer, talking to the fans who we know and it was then back for the 2nd half.
Boro were awful and when David Nugent headed in on the 60th minute we thought it as game on and it was in the 88th minute. Mokoena was laying flat out on the floor, the game was halted. The ref consulted with the linesman and you could feel luck was on our side - penalty!
Lawrence stepped up, 2-2 cue the celebrations and feeling like we deserved that. After the celebrations died down the chant of you're getting sacked in the morning to Strachan started. The final whistle went and it felt more like a win than a draw.
The journey home however was a happy journey. Me, Ken, Barry and Mike chanted 2-0 and you messed it up to the Boro fan in the car. Halfway through the drive Mike had to stop for petrol and the normal toilet stop.
As the necessities were done all in the car were ready to leave when the petrol attendant came running out to the car. We were wondering what was going on, turned out that Mike forgot to pay the lady £70-odd for the petrol! He was very apologetic and all in the car were in stitches. Imagine getting topped by the police halfway down the M1 for not paying for petrol.
The rest of the journey to Worcester was uneventful, where me and Ken changed cars for the last 2 hours to Exeter, which involved the traditional fish and chip stop, this time in a peculiar place Highbridge.
We made good time into Exeter, arriving at around 10.30pm. I went into my local and had a pint then it was home for a bottle of Becks and the Football League show.
All in all another top day following Pompey around the country.