Date:Sunday May 1 2011
2010/11 season v Swansea in the league at Fratton, Friday 22nd - Sunday 24th April 2011.
Good Friday, having spent the day with my folks and Trina at their place - undergoing my regular weekly return on the Thursday for work with Trina, fresh from her charity work and having Thursday off, coming with me - I would leave slightly before 5pm to catch my 17:12 - London Paddington train, which was on time and ran smoothly!
Changes at Westbury, where I had to wait for some 40 minutes or so, and Fareham went without any problems so I arrived into Cosham as planned for 10pm and was indoors at my Aunties by 10.15pm.
The glorious weather continued the following day, without a doubt the hottest Saturday for a home game of this season, greeting me when I got up. The traditional breakfast with my cousin Matt eventually came when he woke up - as always this was top class and hit the spot nicely!
Paul came round with Lynne a little after 1pm, as with a recent game she dropped us at North End, picking up Saunders on the way and we would walk to Fratton. With a bit of time to spare we had a quick pint in a North End pub then continued onto Fratton for lunch, Monster Mick was opted for as the season drew to a close with this being my shout - ouch, it might have 'only' been £13-odd, with the drinks also, but it left a mark...
The now customary bet, one of the options on the accumulator bets, was put on and but for Sheffield Wednesday and Aston Villa failing to win, being held to draws, Paul and I would have been quids in as Boro and Burton did their part in our 55/1 £1 bet!
In all honesty I, well all 3 of us really, was not really looking forward to the game and certainly was not expecting much and had almost accepted it would be another poor performance with another Pompey defeat highly likely! The overall performance in the 0-0 draw was a pleasant surprise though so I was more than happy, when all was said and done. Neither side offered much going forward and for a side aiming for promotion, automatic at that, Swansea were pretty disappointing I thought.
The heat had not relented and a walk back to North End, where Lynne would pick us up as Paul and Lynne were round for curry, seemed endless. Back home at around 5.50pm there as time for me to put in the days in the Vital database before eating - given the days heat, breakfast in the morning and Mick at lunch I struggled and would eventually be beaten, its very rare I am unable to finish a curry! It was a quiet night in, but with a train home early on Sunday - and funds tighter than ever - this was not necessarily a bad thing...
Sunday was another glorious day and I was sure I was booked onto the 09:35 train, which went via Basingstoke and took sometime longer, but I decided to catch the 09:23, which meant changing at Salisbury instead and being back at Dawlish by 1.15pm and a journey time of less than 4-hours. All ran smoothly and I was home in time to be able to enjoy the afternoon and do some work before Trina returned from a 12-hour shift.
Part of me was disappointed that I was not going to Burnley on Easter Monday as it would be nice to see Ken, and the previous season at the cricket club prior the game was fantastic, but I had done enough travelling in recent weeks and this season (about 35 games again when all is said an done is not a bad return considering ALL games are away for me) and the financial situation meant I really needed to say no. I just hoped that the team would do us proud with another push before the season ended...
PLAY UP POMPEY!
Date:Sunday May 1 2011
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