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How much would it mean to you?

Well, it inches ever closer now!

What you may ask, although should you really have to?

I can only be referring to one thing at this current time with it literally around the corner now...

Still not sure, well it is the derby with Scum at Fratton on Sunday of course!

Dress it up, or play it down even, as you might but no one can ever really, seriously, say that a derby with your nearest, fiercest and most despised of rivals is just 'another game', as it is not...

A derby is always 'special' and highly anticipated but the south coast derby is not just 'any derby', let alone 'another games', is it. It is one of the most, if not the most, highly charged derbies of all.

After back-to-back 4-1 wins over our 'friends down the road', one to all but relegate them some years back and another, in their backyard, to help us on our way to another FA cup final, it goes without saying 'revenge' is something they want, and in our backyard this time...

Pretty much whatever happens after this if Appy can manage us to a win he will take his place in folklore, as will the players if they can make us proud - if they cannot 'get up' and/or 'motivate' themselves for this game then they never will!

Given the standing of both clubs it was 'probably' safe to say that Scum were 'favourites' until a week or so ago but given the form of both in this period maybe not but anyway this tag, league placing or current form counts for nothing going into a derby!

If I could get one present for Christmas then I know what I would want it to be, 3pts against them...

What does this game mean to you though, and how much would it mean to you for us to come away from it triumphant?

Do share your views below with your comments.

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The Journalist

Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday December 17 2011

Time: 10:32AM

Your Comments

This is the game of the season! Me and friends call today Derby Eve! We are like children before Christmas, excited and can not wait! Might have to neck a night cap to get me asleep tonight! Sod Christmas, Roll on tommorow! I'm confident we can do 'em... 3points to the blues at home!
PompNut
Hmm ..I'm in a predicament that quite a few Pompey fans may share.. I grew up in a village called Overton near Basingstoke and was the only Pompey fan kid in the village, by the time i had established myself at the secondary school at the next village down, i had made friends with a few lads from other villages who were lonely blues and a few of our mates adopted Pompey as their team, this was the early 70's we were rubbish and skint with serious financial problems and at the bottom of the second, then third divisions, and only boast against them lot was we had bigger support and a better ground..( sound familiar?) by the mid 70’s lunchtimes at school regularly consisted of big mass bundles with saints fans ( these were more in the mould of British bulldog rather 657, and no one was hurt)…but constant SSip taking…and them winning that game against MUFC in 76…and the scoes against us 2-1, 2-1, 4-0, 1-0, it was agony….so even though I haven’t seen those guys for 35 years-except the Blue ones who see at games here and there..i always think of them.. My predicament is that as a Fiercely PROUD HAMPSHIRE geezer rather than specifically a “Pompey geezer” ..I can’t help but wonder if I somehow I might have part of the SCUM hating gene missing by not growing up or living in the City..it means everything to me to beat them, to see them relegated, to laugh and joke at their teams failings..but I do not want to hit them with scaffold poles , nor did I want them to go out of business a few years back.. I also think that growing up with them in the dominant position, and then having to cling to superfluous point like having a better ground and bigger support ( which in some sense is still the case, but is not obvious to the general footballing world in the 21C as they have the “new” stadium and larger gates), all bodes unwell for me and always leads me to fear Playing them..why because I hate HATE…HATE..losing to them. Incidently..I do think that we will beat them at Wembley in the play off final this year which will be the greatest ever Pompey game
plymouth graham
I am excited for the game as usual. But i dont really get too het up about southampton. They are just another team. I care more about mine. As much as the club needs the money I cant help feel frustrated at the fans who will be there tomorrow but not for the rest of the season. It's dissapointing.
brucey_main
I dont think it's so much that a lot of folk only go to this game as much as all the folks who go occasionally all want to go to this match..
plymouth graham
This means the world - we really must win. The financial issues and danger of another administration and perhaps even relegation is a problem. This is the sun and the moon and losing would be a disaster! I've already got toenails and fingernails painted blue, and I'm getting that same kind of mix of excitement and tension as I had before the 2008 cup final. I wondered if I'd sleep that night as well, although I actually did. It makes it worse that at work I deal with the Southampton area (from Portsmouth) and my boss is a raving scummer who is going to be in our Pompey office on Monday, so I can't escape! We have to win this one. 4-1 again please lads. Play Up Pompey!!
tracyc
I'm so up for this. This game is THE game. It is also THE game for Saints (they have sang about it for months and months - it was the main focus of their promotion party). I love these games - win, lose or draw, because there is no other game that gets close to the amount that depends upon it.
pompeytim
LETS JUST GO AND BEAT THERE RED ZEBRA ARSES
plymouth graham
This game brings out the worst in me. I hat the scum. Having wtached slide down to the fourth & being the under dog for decades, having our faces rubbed in it at every opportunity, you can't help but hate them. I have worked in scum since 1992 & still do. married & divorced one of them, Lived there for over 16 years & never settled. All these things have effected my thought process about the two teams, it's much more than a game. I don't accept the mindless idiots but for the passion & pride of being Pompey born & bred, I hope we stuff the scum.
storagematt
 

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