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Can I watch you every week

Can I watch you every week

What an incredible match to see for your first match of the season, 7-4 you do not get many of these to the pound do you!

To be honest the build up to the game was not that great, people kept dropping out which meant the original plan of going by the train had to be dropped and plymouth graham decided that he would drive.

Friday night came and the two of us, along with Geoff - his mate, my brother and will be sister-in-law - with their nipper being looked after by her parents - were all definitely going that much we knew, with maybe at least one other joining us.

All was well until Saturday morning came round and the brothers other half had been struck down with illness over night, so at that point we were down to just the 4 of us that I knew of… but we plodded on. As it turned out no one did decide to join us, they were out for whatever reason too, but the 4 of us were going, there was no turning back, this was meant to be were the thoughts - and how it was!

The journey up was fine until a few miles out from Fratton when we got stuck in terrible traffic which took us over an hour to negotiate, but we still arrived at Fortress Fratton approaching 2 o'clock - plymouth graham and Geoff went off to try and get refunds on 4 of the 8 tickets that we had - which they were able to and these tickets were resold, my brother and I went to meet our cousin and Saunders - a long standing family friend, with the essential Monster Mick devoured.

After a brief catch up chat, some banter and discussing what we thought the result would be - my 4-0 prediction was thought to be 'a little optimistic', my brother was going for a 3-1 win - we decided to make our way in at around 2.30 and getting in was a lot smoother than I had expected, what with the new gate system in place. As we headed for our block in the Milton End - new territory for me as I have only ever sat in the North Stand Lower or the Fratton End - we bumped into the other fellas and took our seats, no's. 100, 101, 102 and 103 in row U - what a great view it was.

The match, what can you say fantastic does not do it justice it was simply incredible, if you need to relive it once again in words maybe the Match Report might help you, so click here.

The journey home was one of stunned silence every now and again but mostly unbelievable excitement and discussions on 'what a game'.

Good time was made on this back, with my brother picked up at Exeter Services on the way home, as we stopped off for a drink, by his other half who was still very ill but extremely disappointed at having to miss what would have been here first match at Fortress Fratton, oh I forget to mention as it happens it was my brothers first ever home game too, what a baptism of fire eh.

I got dropped off at around 9.45 or thereabouts and got home to be greeted by a bunch of drunken people, as it was my youngest brothers birthday, so there he sat in his new Arsenal shirt beers in hand. Questions were asked by all about the game left right and centre, I was just stunned by that point the whole thing had caught up with me but I was buzzing at the same time.

The dog had to be walked to get some fresh air then Match of the Day was sat down to view, the match report written and added then some sleep attempted, but it was tough as it had been some day.

What a game and what a day, can I watch you every week!

If I could afford it I would, as it is for this season anyway - although by hook or crook the Season Ticket is returning in 2008/09 - I will just have to wait until Everton for our next adventure, if you can get their fellas make sure you do as that could also be a remarkable game if the 'landlord' and co are in town again, you have been warned.


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Date:Monday October 1 2007
Time: 9:07AM


Certainly a day never to be forgotten wherever you came from - one to tell the grandchildren (or nephew) about when they are older. Would be nice if club release DVD of game for us all to keep and treasure.
01/10/2007 10:09:00
certainly no matter how far or not we all went those that were there will tell people about this for yrs to come... a dvd would be good ive got mine in a way as i recorded it on football first and have it on disc... little reece will certainly hear about this from his dad and uncle, hopefully one day my own kids can hear the stories too...
01/10/2007 11:20:00
After 32ish years of watching, a crazy day of footie. Drooling at 2-0. Going mad at 2-2. Delirious at 5-2. Numb at 7-4. Oh for a boring home 1-0 win.
01/10/2007 14:16:00
that last game i went to before this was fulham last year... that was the most frustrating game i have ever seen, we should have been at least 4-0 up by the time we went behind, even after we equalised we could and should have still won but only got a 1-1 draw, from frustrating to amazing - i just wish that i could go every week, if only money grew on trees...
01/10/2007 15:23:00
Recovered from the excitement now, and reflecting on the fact that our back four gave away four goals. Bring in Linvoy,bring in Noe, wheres Djimi, i can hear the fans now, i cant believe that we conceeded that many goals and still won as convincingley as we did. At least we proved that Kanu is not the only person who will score for us, i just wish Nugent had snapped up a goal from the chances that came his way. Glad your journey was worth it Plymouth, mine certainly was.
01/10/2007 15:34:00
that would have capped a perfect day if nuge could have scored - but that will come against fulham on sunday! sod it, we let in 4 but i dont care, i really dont... yep without doubt mate it was well worth it, glad your journey was too - but arent they always...
01/10/2007 17:31:00
haven't seen a great game of football like that for ages
01/10/2007 18:47:00
it was a throw back to 'the old days' wasnt it mate.
01/10/2007 19:16:00
luv the picture, has some fecker pinched the new roof?
01/10/2007 19:52:00
...sunny day., thoug the supporters wanted to lounge in the sun ;-)
01/10/2007 21:47:00
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