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(Storage)Matt in Malta

(Storage)Matt in Malta

I have an all year suntan in thanks to a mother who is Maltese.

I was born & bred in Portsmouth because my father spent 23 years in the Royal Navy & Pompey was his home base.

My parents left Portsmouth & returned & retired back to Malta 20 years ago, so I visit regularly.

Last week on Thursday 16th, my father was 70. (Ironically within two weeks of my father's birth, Pompey won the FA Cup).

Typically, the fixture list had given me, home to West Brom on Saturday 11th & another home match on Saturday 18th. So a few weeks ago I booked my fights. Out early on Sunday 12th & back very late on Friday 17th. Yes family is important but sometimes football is more important. I have spent the last 25 years arranging my life around the fixture list & I wasn't going to stop now.

My flight out on Air Malta was also my first since the sponsored partnership between the airline & our beloved club.

As I approached to enter onto the plane, I was gob smacked to see the club's crest on the side of the aeroplane. I felt very proud to see the two sides of my life next to each other.

Once settled into my seat, I picked up the in-flight magazine, looking forward to all the reminders of things wonderful about Malta. On the front cover is Peter Crouch heading a goal against Heerenveen in the UEFA Cup. In large bold letters underneath is 'Portsmouth FC, in the stands with Pompey fans'. How wonderful I thought. The gloom of only drawing with West Brom was lifting. I scamper through the pages & on page 4 is large picture of David James guiding me to page 43 for the article about us. Opposite on page 5 had a picture 3m+ Sunseeker luxury motor yacht, we were in good company!

So to page 43. Headline, 'Play up Pompey' next to the large image of the crested badge. The report by a Maltese journalist, sums up Pompey highs & lows of last season to now. It calls Fratton Park a 'traditional English football ground'. (That was very polite). A bit of club history & a report on our January home defeat with Aston Villa & Belhadj's sending off. His report singles out the passionate support by the homes fans. Yes, an enjoyable read.

On my return journey, the crest was still on the side of the plane & the same magazine there to read but now in an in flight advert before about Pompey. I'm beaming with pride as they show Muntari scoring the penalty against the Mancs, Kanu's double at Wembley & Sol lifting the FA Cup. 'Air Malta proud to be the official flight sponsors of Portsmouth football club'.

My family duty done, it was time to return home, with my tan topped up & to see the very important win over Bolton.

Written by storagematt.

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Date:Tuesday April 21 2009
Time: 2:03PM


nice one matt, thanks for sharing this with us!
21/04/2009 14:05:00
Hurrah for Malta! There's bound to be a lot of links betwen Pompey and Malta because of their respective dockyards - that's why my grandad came from Malta in 1951 thoughtfully bringing with him my dad allowing him to meet my mum on Clarendon road in the fifties! Pride of the Mediterranean!!!
21/04/2009 14:13:00
Great article Matt - never knew Pompey's logo were on the side of their planes! I thought it was more of a deal for us to show their ads at the ground etc. Glad you had a great time in Malta though, never been myself, but heard it's really nice.
21/04/2009 16:58:00
Did you get a special deal for being a Pompey fan? Can you tell us next time you go, so that we can all go with you and also top up our tans!
Very cool to see the club crest on the side of a plane!
21/04/2009 17:04:00
Thanks for putting this on Rug & cheers for the comments guys. No sneakay, no discounts but paid 3 times the advertised price because it was easter week. Nearly 300 for 5 days!!! That was just the flight!!! A very expensive trip. Hey family!!!
21/04/2009 18:29:00
A great write up matt and good to hear that the tie in IS advertising Pompey .. reminds me .. I must get around to publishing that Article about Pompeys tour of Malta in the 50's ... You'll love it.. or maybe your Dad will ;)
21/04/2009 18:46:00
Matt wondered where you had been!! Great photo and story.
21/04/2009 18:47:00
always nice to see pompey advertised all over the place... makes me proud...
21/04/2009 20:18:00
Chix. My dad is a Londoner but I'll look forward to the report. The maltese are mad about football but it tends to be Liverpool or Man Utd they follow or with Italy so close Juventus or AC Milan.
21/04/2009 22:09:00
Hey Mr. Malta. It would have been brilliant if we had to meet for a chat and a beer, here in Malta. But I am sure that this will not be your last visit! Pompey fans are very limited in Malta, but the few we are down here, are true. I am constantly talking about Pompey, which are becoming very popular in Malta, even among young lads, especially after my work colleague at school has decided to name a class-team 'Portsmouth', where a group of young guys play under the beauty of the name in mid-day breaks. Well, I do hope that popularity increases, and I shall be working on that once I finish off my studies. So let it be down here too: Play up Pompey Malta.
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22/04/2009 22:51:00
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