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Story of the 2011/12 season - Hull (a)

My weekend began early by taking Friday off to go with good friends to Axminster and to visit River Cottage. Wonderful food, great company, and even nice weather. I joked with Rug, via text, that my weekend would only get worse from here. Hmmm.

We got back from Axminster at about 11pm, just in time to grab a bit of sleep before getting up and getting ready for the journey ahead. A mere 520-mile round trip lay ahead.

Saturday morning now always starts with a really good breakfast and a glance at the morning papers. However, given that we had to leave at 7:30am, there wasn't as much time to take in the sports supplement as I would have liked!

Danny Baker was on fine form this week (thank goodness the sausage sandwich game has been brought back!) and followed up by a good edition of 'fighting talk'. Spirits were high and that familiar tingle of excitement about the match ahead was in force.

I do like a long away trip with Mrs Tim as we get a chance to catch up, something that our busy jobs don't always allow on a Monday-to-Friday. Amongst the discussion topics was Pompey's good showing at West Ham and we speculated on whether we'd win by 1, 2 or even more. Hmmm.

For anyone who has been to Hull, I'm sure you'll agree that the best bit of the entire journey is passing over the Humber suspension bridge. My sat nav does not advise going that way, but I always take a detour because it is always worth the effort. The view is awesome and it always makes you marvel at what engineers can make happen when they put their minds to it.

We parked in the car park next to the ground, a huge wasteland of a place and made our way to a pub. Unfortunately, unlike West Ham, I was driving and therefore limited juice intake was permitted. But we managed to catch up with a couple of chaps we know from Bristol who make lots of away games too which was great.

Now for the game. Well, what can I say? Probably best to not say much. However, I will say that Westwood & Co, you are not Pompey's only fans. I suggest you focus on the match more, and less on other fans. If you want to live in the 1970's, then feel free, but don't be surprised that the world has moved on some 40 years since then, and with it, football. But enough of that.

So, a complete steaming pile of a game was done and dusted. We decided to head home via some relatives in Northamptonshire. We had a pretty decent Chinese takeaway and some good laughs. Frankly, it was necessary, as 520 miles of motoring, 2 match tickets, beers, food, etc. all add up. Not least the entire day spent doing it!

We got home at midnight. I suppose it goes along the old adage of "you have to go to them all, because you never know which one is going to be the classic". Saturday wasn't a classic, in fact it was dreadful, but at least we did our bit by travelling up, even if it was to no avail!

Here's to the next one!

Written by Pompeytim.

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Date:Friday September 23 2011

Time: 8:00AM

 

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