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The story of the season - Preston (h)

2010/11 season v Preston in the league at Fratton, Friday 8th - Wednesday 13th April 2011.

Having stayed at my folks place overnight on the Thursday following work - with work, the other work (one day a week for that assured money) too far away from me to do in one day I crash overnight at theirs - it made sense to travel from Ivybridge, or as Richie would call it 'The Bridge', to Cosham as opposed to getting a train back to Dawlish just to get another from home.

18:02 - Exeter St Davids, a regular and familiar train to me, was caught. The change at Exeter was fine, the change at Salisbury not so smooth as it was delayed although I still managed to get to Scumhampton Central on time for a connecting 22:13 - Littlehampton via Cosham, or so I thought...

The Southern Service then decided to stay at the station and not go until 22:33, which was the next departure, so for whatever reason they just opted to cancel a train - so I had ran from one platform to another, expending unnecessary energy on Scum territory, for no reason. Still I managed to get to Cosham earlier than expected although still slightly later than I had hoped but hey ho.

Saturday was a glorious day, the weather was cracking and all seemed good in the world.

The end of season curry was planned after the game so this meant no pub today, before the game, for a number of reasons - mainly finances. My cousin Paul arrived at my Aunties for about 12.30, after a brief hello and seeing the kids, my other cousin Louise's kids who were round, we were dropped into Portsmouth by his other half Lynne, collecting Saunders on the way. After the walk to Fratton it was McDonald's time, made all the sweeter by the fact it was Paul's round!

2.15 would be the time we arrived into the ground, all fed and watered. This was probably the earliest time I had ever got into Fratton, well any ground to be honest and this probably included Wembley, which I had gone in early to previously soak up the pre-match atmosphere etc. Being in that early was a whole new world...

As for the game, well the less said about this 1-1 draw the better really!

Straight into town it was, a few beers and a few more cinnamon whisky fireballs later it was onto a most dodgy looking curry house. A place that is empty, bar the staff who looked amazed when we walked in, and has a crack in the window is not a good sign, although at £7.95 for an all you can eat buffet it would do...

Cheap was the order of the day and cheap is what we got, although to be fair the food was not too bad and I know that I had endured a bloody good day, if only we had cut out the football!

With the midweek game against Coventry to follow on the Tuesday it was a case of staying in Cosham and waiting for that at financially it made more sense to do that - looking forward would be the wrong word but it surely could not be as bad as the Preston one, right?


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    Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

    Date:Thursday April 14 2011

    Time: 3:22PM

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    You give us great accounts of your efforts to see PFC keep them coming Rug
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    14/04/2011 16:01:00

    I fear further performances like those against Preston and Coventry will see you jumping off the bridge at Westbury :-)
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    14/04/2011 20:20:00

    You could tell you didn't sit in the Fratton End, otherwise you would have mentioned being FREEZING cold. I dressed for summer weather on Saturday, first time my Pompey shirt wasn't hidden under at least one coat or jumper, and boy did I regret it. The roof that usually keeps us sheltered from inclement weather did a great job of shading the warm sun, and it being only April, there was a really cold wind howling through. I almost couldn't stay for the second half, but Gandor leant me her scarf and Mrtracyc gallantly took off his long sleeved Pompey shirt for me to wear and shivered in just a thin T-shirt all second half himself. Was it worth it? Was it Heck! Not beating Preston? Rubbish!
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    14/04/2011 21:32:00

    thanks Mick, i always worry they are 'boring' and people do not like them?
    what i really want us to do next season is spread them around abit more, so want a better mix of people doing them 'maybe' it could then be put together as a book about the travels of pompey fans over a season...
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