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Attention fully on Wigan now

With the internationals out of the way, or at least they will be after tonight and with them England's chances of qualifying for Euro 2008 hanging in the balance - I must say that I thought Sol Campbell was fantastic this afternoon though - we can turn our attentions fully to Wigan this weekend.

And what incredible support we will be taking, with 40 coaches containing 2000 supporters, thanks to the club laying on free coach travel to this game.

As a reward to the fans Sasha Gaydamak decided to dip his hand in his pocket - again! - to lay on this travel, which cost him more than £50,000. With the demand so high coaches have had to come in from all around, with it finally decided 40 had to be the limited - as the club physically could not get anymore!

I think this is a fine gesture, yet I have been amazed that so many people have still found time to moan because they could not go with no more coaches supplied, some even think the club are out of order for not getting anymore - but if they cannot get anymore coaches there is not much that they can do.

In any case at the end of the day it is not as if Gaydamak had to do this - the response from some could make him think again about such a gesture in the future…

Whatever though the fact is this will be the largest coach convoy of Pompey fans going to a match for 15 years, not since our FA cup semi final in 1992 have we had such a turnout - although for the FA cup match at Old Trafford in 2003 we took 36.

The JJB does hold fond memories for us, so hopefully it can have more this weekend when we hopefully win our third successive away league match - if you have not already made your predictions in the Pompey predictions league on this match do it here.


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday October 17 2007

Time: 6:22PM

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I had the same feeling against Fulham - I'm optimistic we'll just win. Four wins on the bounce will make other teams think twice surely.
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17/10/2007 18:36:00

not just 4 win on the trot, but 3 of these away would be fantastic wouldnt it - people would certainly think twice before writing us off again wouldnt they... i reckon we could win 3-1.
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17/10/2007 18:41:00

In all competitions, we've won the last 3 away games anyway, lol.
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17/10/2007 19:51:00

the danger is that wigan view it as a game where they should/need to pick up points. the best way to compare it is us playing against liverpool (at fratton). we view that as we should get points, and so do they. Wigan are a side whos results have not reflected there performances, and they certainly did not deserve to loose 4-0 to man u. and with us on a roll, there is a real danger of an upset. (upset being us loosing, not them!)
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17/10/2007 20:11:00

Do to them what we did to Fulham. Go Pompey Go.
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17/10/2007 20:48:00

no. defensivly, do to them what we did to fulhm. OFFENSIVLEY, do to them what we did to reading. go pompey GO!
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17/10/2007 21:09:00

I agree with pompeycarpet on this one, there performances have been really improving and they will be confident of getting points against us. I would not be concerned so much if we hadn't had the internationals break but that can be a s0d for momentum. obviously i will be putting a tenner on us to win, but i am not sure which way i will go in the predictions league yet, but 3 league wins away on the bounce would look pretty, i cant remember when we last did that OVER TO YOU EASTNEYDAVE
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17/10/2007 22:58:00

ive already asked him the question mate - and he answered click here...
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17/10/2007 23:03:00

As for coaches it is a good idea and loss leader sales ploy, and a good one at that. we have been getting less than full houses at home, less take up away and lets be honest for many of us money is tight, the idea is you get a good following when people are saving for festivities and you will maintain that core, you help them to help you. Unfortunately by the time i found out about the coaches i had already booked the flights up from gatwick for the morning... DOH !!!!
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17/10/2007 23:05:00

d'oh indeed mate - it will be a grand day out nevertheless...
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17/10/2007 23:10:00

got them for 50 squid and to be honest it would cost me half of that to get to pompey and back anyway
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17/10/2007 23:14:00

A great gesture by the club, as is the ticket price reduction for the Blackburn game. Let's have more of the same in the future pleas Sasha... but let's also not forget there are some things that need attention at Fratton Park before most fans will be happy... admission and catering problems to name a couple, But hey, this is a good start
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18/10/2007 08:25:00

We will win this one if we give it the gun like we have against Reading and Fulham. These types of teams have fallen behind us now in quality and talent and we have to beat them and cement a good position in the table. The squad is good enough to do the job on Saturday, so go on Harry get at them and put them in their place.
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18/10/2007 13:28:00

I think we should also applaud Wigan who (I think) are charging £15 (and a tenner for kids) for this match. I know they struggle to fill their stadium but its still good value. Shame we can't do the same for them when they visit us.
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18/10/2007 14:06:00

very true mate, yep wigan deserve praise too dont they as if you are on one of the coaches and you go as an adult you get to watch a top flight game for just 15 quid - plus beer money - dont you, now that really cant be bad can it!
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18/10/2007 14:58:00

well, untill we get a bigger stadium, the club can charge virtually whatever they like for tickets - with demand so high and the stadium so small. (well, within reason) - the only concern with getting a new stadium that is 75% bigger than what we have now, is will we still fill it? but thats a completly different topic...
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18/10/2007 17:09:00

So it is carpet but I've now doubt that we will fill the new stadium week in week out IF the pricing structure ticket allocation, enterance problems and catering issues are sorted out... but as you say that's a different subject - Come on Pompey Three points tomorrow please ...
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