The word that best sums up yesterday's postponement of Hull's trip to Fratton is 'gutted' right?
I am sure that most of you, like me, were truly gutted when that conformation came through about 10am that the game was off due to a frozen pitch...
Having initially set out on Friday night I was not far into a journey when it was decided that the problems at Fratton, a gas leak, meant that it was 'probably' best that I waited until the following day to travel - although I really did think it was unlikely the game would go ahead even then.
With Richie, who works for First Great Western so gets me cheaper tickets, planning on going to the game I contacted him to make sure I could travel with him on the Saturday, which I could so we agreed to meet a little after 9am to catch a train a little before 10am at Exeter St Davids.
Literally 30-seconds after leaving St Davids that confirmation came through with the first of several text telling me 'game is off!'
What could we do?
Well, not a lot!
We were both bitterly disappointed, and truly gutted but at the end of I have to admit that we had to laugh really, what else was there to do...
It was decided that we would stay on the train and go to London, fortunately my ticket allowed this, so we had an afternoon in the Suffolk Arms, near Paddington station, having a few pints and putting the world to rights before grabbing some chips and making our way home.
A long way to travel, Devon - London and back, for a few pints and some chips eh!
I have to say that it was a cracking day, it really was, but it could not really mask the disappointment of no game...
Having any game called-off is a disappointment but a game called-off that after all the events recently was to be a game to savour, one that potentially would see an awesome atmosphere at Fratton, that was meant to be there for us to really enjoy. With the problems that we also have as a club this was 'potentially' our final Fratton game on a Saturday, so what a kick in the teeth to miss out on it eh!
Lets just hope that we do have another chance of seeing Portsmouth Football Club, in our current guise, playing at Fratton on a Saturday afternoon as what a cruel way for it to end, if we do get to that end point...
The game against Ipswich on Tuesday week is another of the 'pack the park' ones but as much as I love midweek games under the floodlights you cannot beat an afternoon game on a Saturday at 3pm, so it makes it all the more gutting to miss such a game.
Like I say, lets just hope that we get another chance to witness this at Fratton...
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