Happy New Year everyone!
Good lord, this year has sometimes felt like the longest one ever, yet at the same time it has flown by! Well, much like the one previous really, as the often seemingly endless Pompey saga rumbled on...
It has been a year of awesome highs and some truly gruesome lows!
The very existence of Portsmouth Football Club has quite literally been in the balance and on the line at times with us days, hours or even minutes from going under more than once in 2010. Although by hook or crook - probably not the best of words to use given some of the shady characters involved with Pompey during this year - we have survived.
We had the heartache of relegation, which was not really that heartbreaking to be honest and a soul-destroying start to the 2010/11 season.
It was not all bad though, most - if not all - of those underhanded, incompetent and/or corrupt figures are no longer involved with this club, so every cloud and all that!
When January 2010 came around dreams of survival in the league were all but over already really, although dreams of another Wembley return in the FA cup began - a dream was all this was for many, if they were honest I guess? We also had hope of this with the league cup as until March, or was it late February, we were still in this before falling in the quarter finals against Villa.
Spanking scum, in their own backyard, 4-1 was fantastic. What a day and what a feeling.
'Probably' the highlight of the year though, at least for me, was beating Spurs in the semi final of the FA cup. Almost every pundit had written us off, many Spurs fans - as was witnessed for sure by the mass exodus as we made it 2-0 - felt it was pretty much 'nailed on' that they would, or should, beat us. Many Pompey fans had also almost 'accepted defeat' really as 'enjoying the day' was the main order for most. I of course did this but also felt we could win. Having been relegated the day before this game we picked ourselves up and united as one, fans and the club, to highlight all that is magical about this club. Of course beating 'him' made it that bit sweeter, I would be lying if I said otherwise. His look of shock when we did to this made it even better!
A sense of 'it was meant to be' was had by myself going into the final, alas it did not work out that way. The woodwork and poor finishing saved us so much in the 1st half against Chelski; then again we had a couple of chances really. I still rue the fact that Kevin-Prince Boateng cocked up the penalty, as we would have won but for that but then again it was not meant to be I guess - either way we, as a club that again united, were the real winners on the day.
This season has, so far, seen some highs and lows although - despite some typical Pompey dramas - I am, all in all enjoying it and starting, gradually admittedly, to find my love for football again. More often than not I have 'tried' to limit my football talk, with this often taking place just around the game, which is odd when you run a fans site! Although such has been the impact of the downfall of football and seeing the really ugly side of it at close quarters to often, it takes some returning from, and this takes time.
On a personal note, this site has done 'ok'. People talk about it 'dying' and so on, but I think all about Pompey are struggling. People have been drained by what has happened during our dark days and as a result some fight has been lost, and the will to talk much is the result. The good times will very much return as the club reforms and regroups, which is going to be a challenging process and will take time, effort and patience. Vital, like all Pompey online sites, has taken a hit but we WILL be back!
For me, in my own life, I have had a wonderful second half to 2010!
I have found the 'love of my life' and 'the one' in Trina. I think the world of her, as she does me, and can honestly say that I have not been this happy for a long time, maybe, in fact to be honest, ever! I finally have found the person to fill the void that I have had in my life for a long time. Friends, family, football and Vital - the latter two ruled my life for so long - have been there but there was always something missing, Trina plugged that gap and she will be in my life for a long, long time to come and in an increasingly big way in time I am sure, watch this space...
2011 WILL see me balance things more evenly though.
I admit that my input on here has drifted away a bit - largely due to thoughts already shared earlier in this piece, although spending time with Trina, not a bad thing of course, has also played a part - but as I balance this relationship and also see a greater love for football return, which I feel it will, more input will be seen without it seeming a 'chore' to do so.
So all that is left for me to say is all the very best to you all for 2011. PLEASE let it be a good one for Pompey as the rebuilding, which will take time, of this wonderful club starts to, hopefully, seriously kick-in.
PLAY UP POMPEY!