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Did it matter? No, because we won...

It was a long, long day, mostly in the cold, the wind and the rain, with several things that were not 'ideal' along the way but the main things was the we won again - this made everything else more than worth it!

Several months ago I was invited to go to the Villa v Pompey game at Villa Park as a guest of my Villa supporting friend. Sitting in one of the Villa ends was far from ideal, but watching Pompey in any game is something that I will do, despite some sacrifices that may have to be made.

It meant getting up at stupid o'clock, one of my oldest friends Fry came home for the weekend so he could be another guest at the game - he turned up at my place at 7, and we set off in the terrible conditions.

Good time was made and almost at the house of this Villa supporter, we took a slight wrong turn. We carried going for a while until we got to a road that looked to be sending us god only knows where, one of those roads that you see in films that leads you to a family of monsters that feed on passing by 'lost travellers'... clearly I watch too many horror films! Needless to say we turned round at the first turning we could, this is when we seemed to catch some sort of ditch - which would come back to haunt us - as we got back on the right track and arrived at our destination.

The 3 of us then set off to Villa Park - it was cold and wet, but it was Pompey I was going to see. Our seats, as mentioned in with the Villa fans were on the front row right behind the Villa dugout - this, as I found out when I eventually got home and watched it got me and Fry seen on match of the day!

Sitting in with the Villa fans was 'difficult' to say the least, I was unable to celebrate outwardly when we scored goals no.1, 2 or 3 or show much emotion at anything in between, but inwardly I was loving it and lapping it in! When Villa scored I 'clapped' but could not bring myself to standing up and doing so.

So the game finished, I was delighted, back we went then Fry and myself soon set off home back to my base - just outside of Plymouth.

Good time was being made when suddenly we could hear a strange noise, so we had to pull off onto a lay-by on the motorway not far out from Exeter - that previously mentioned ditch at our wrong turn must have caused a puncture. Trying to undo the bolts on the tire to change it I did my back in, Fry could not budge them either so we had to wait for a recovery vehicle to come and sort it for us - a touch embarrassing really that two grown men could not get this tire off, but whoever put them on must have been pretty strong, or we were pretty weak!

Eventually just before 9 we managed to get home, some 5 hours after we had left Birmingham, and 14 hours after we had left!

It had been a long, cold, wet and windy day with a few downs along the way but the fact that Pompey won 3-1 made all this forgotten and I did not care, although depending on how long the back is playing up for this time I might...

Ideally I would have wanted my first visit to Villa Park - what a ground this is, huge stadium and fantastic playing surface - to have been in with the Pompey fans, but the hospitality that I was shown by my Villa host was fantastic and made the day very enjoyable. Martin O'Neill is worth the admission fee alone, the fella was so animated, thanks to him I got myself seen on match of the day! An added bonus Platoon was also on last night, still one of my all time favourite films - so a cracking end to another fantastic day.

6 away wins in a row, how great things are at the moment, having been to the last couple of Pompey games back to back I just want to keep going, if only I could afford it...

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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday December 9 2007

Time: 8:00AM

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Hey Rug, that sounds like one eventful day...Watched MOTD twice. and didnt read this till after, so never got to put a face to the rugmeister
pentonpompey
villa park - the first stadium i ever went to! one of the best!!! Just a little question though, what did the pompey fans sound like from the villa end, as on the box, they were possibly more noticable than the villa fans (although that might have been that we were singing songs, and they were just making noise?)
pompeycarpet
yep, it was a very eventful day, but a hell of a day nonetheless and a day i enjoyed a great, great deal - pompey winning made it all them ore worth the while, lets do liverpool at anfield next - i defy anyone that says 'it cannot be done!'
pompeyrug
i sky plused it, so what i might do is get it put onto disc via reordable dvd then do a frame grab and put it in the forum so the 'rugmeister' - i like that one mate - can be known to the world :-)
pompeyrug
the pompey fans were okay, not quite the usual force - in my opinion anyway - villa were singing songs most way through and were a good bunch, most of villas songs in the 2nd half were aimed at 'arry, but i have tbh i did find them amusing, its what football fans do - we have done it to others before, and will do it again...
pompeyrug
it wouldnt surprsie me, in that case, if they just turned the volume down on the microphones if the villa fans were singing "offensive" songs - they have done THAT before, and they will do it again too. and liverpool lost there unbeaten record yesterday - maybe they CAN loose there home record too!
pompeycarpet
Don't know about anybody else, but does anyone else get more nervous watching games on the tv, than actually being there? I was a bag of nerves for 90mins
pentonpompey
pompeycarpet, that is very possible mate as 'you're getting *****ed in the showers' was probably more than alittle much to be broadcast on a saturday afternoon...
pompeyrug
i get nervious either way pentonpompey, but i think you are right it is probably worse watching on tv - maybe not having that full support around you loses some of that edge? sitting in with the home fans as an away supporter does also tend to make you alittle nervious tho knowing that you have to keep your celebrations in check :-)
pompeyrug
I know about having to keep stum, got taken to Scumland last boxingday, and kept saying, They, Them, The're....Kept getting weird looks and digs in my side to shut up :-)
pentonpompey
I know it's strange innit - Stood in the Arsenal end at the Emirates last year but didn't really worry as Pompey were going to lose anyway...... Imagine how I felt when we went 2-0 up !! - Nice storey Rug and the thing is although you say the score made it worthwhile you would have stil enjoyed it even if Pompey had lost.... but maybe not as much Eh !
Chix
No chance of getting out alive if I sat with the away fans watching Pompey, no chance.
storagematt
 

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