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The highs and lows of being a Pompey fan

The highs and lows of being a Pompey fan
It is often mentioned, that being a Pompey fan comes with all the trimmings, the soaring highs and the lowest of lows. But when I think back over the past 8 years of being a Pompey fan, I see this argument as being very biased.

Living in Ireland, I have only been able to call myself a true fan since the age of 14, don't get me wrong, if anyone ever asked prior to my teenage years, I would always tell them I was a Pompey fan, but only since the revolution of the internet, and more importantly, radio streaming, I have become a massive fan.

Before this, my extent on following the club was to check Ceefax to see our latest scores, but with the aforementioned internet revolution, I could follow my team week in, week out. Since then I have witnessed the following highs...

1. Seeing us set the pace for the then named Division 1, early season highlights picking up 3 points at home and away under Harry, and pulling away from the chasing pack.

2. Seeing us hammer what should of been worthy opponents, such as 6-2 at home to Derby (Yak's first real performance), Millwall away 5-0 (no fans at the game, but still something special hearing individual groans as the ball struck the back of the net, plus Super Stevie Claridge saying we're gonna win the league, no doubt), beating Coventry 4-0 at their place, 3-0 at home to Reading, knock 5 past Bradford on the last day, the list goes on...

3. Getting United in the cup that season and coming so close, that Quashie run that seemed to take an eternity only to see him blaze it over (which is so unlike him).

4. Toddy diving into the crowd against Burnley and securing promotion, and the 5 goal first half followed by the lacklustre second half against Rotherham which saw us win the League.

5. The Premiership Year 1 - Opening day victory against Villa, beating United and Liverpool, and the scum. Securing survival relatively early and a respectable finish.

6. The Premiership Years 2 & 3 - Ok, there are so many high points, beating Liverpool in the cup, more home victories against the big boys. A couple of slight relegation threads overcome. I would even consider our 5-1 thrashing at home to Arsenal as a high-point, we saw what was probably the best display ever at FP, and for their players, most famously, Thierry Henry, giving our fans a lap of honour in a Pompey shirt is an image that will stay with my for the rest of my life.

The whole Harry leaving for 'them' was a bit of a gutter, but it was totally worth it for the events of 24-04-05, the day we buried the scummers mk. I. I don't even need to elaborate on that, every Pompey fan will have their own unique words to describe their ecstasy on that day. Rolling over for the Baggies was another highlight, who will ever forget the 'Let Them Score' chant.

7. Premiership Year 4 - The great escape season. Harry returned, and worked his magic to give us, in my opinion, the most rememberable 3 months as a Pompey fan. We can slag him and refer to him as someone's husband, or father-in-law, but he gave us good times, and we don't have to like him for it, but I still thank him for it. Matterface's commentary on the Mendes 93rd minute winner past Jamo sticks in my head for that (Cheers Pedro, you'll never be forgotten)

8. Premiership Year 5 - A whisker away from Europe. A dodgy curtain call decision by a media obsessed referee denied us a journey into unknown territory, but this was preceded by an amazing season that saw us pick up some too many memorable victories to mention.

9. Premiership Year 6 - Little did any Pompey fan imagine that beating Liverpool in Hong Kong to lift the 'coveted' Asia Trophy would give us a glimpse of what was to come. We saw our fan favourites leave (Benji, Gary-o and Super Matt), to be replaced by some quality names (Defoe, Muntari and Diarra). An astonishing season, which saw us pick up some great victories on the road, something we hadn't experienced to this extent until now. And need I mention, a little cup run that ended in so much joy, it is impossible to put it down in words.

10. Premiership Year 7 - Pompey invade Europe, and sheer delight against Guimaraes, both home and away, and being 'so close' against Milan, something to this day I can't elaborate on. Skipping over a few forgettable months, we made Fratton a fortress yet again to stagger over the finish line with a few games to spare.

I'll get to point 11 after the lows.

Low point 1. I'm really struggling to separate any low points so I'll round them all into one. Some embarrassing home defeats (Wigan 0-2 stand out in my head). Some forgettable away days (5-0 against Birmingham is the front runner there). Harry coming, going, coming and going again will always leave a sour taste in any Pompey fans mouth. The Tony Adams months we're mostly forgettable, but I didn't dislike the guy, we had luck against us and deserved better results then we got.

The point I am trying to make in a long-winded way is: In my personal opinion, our highs heavily outweigh the lows we have experienced in the recent era. You'd be locked up in the loony bin if 10 years ago you'd have said that 'You'll be gutted one day when you can only manage a draw against AC Milan'.

Which brings me to high point 11 - The Future.

With The Good 'Doctor' on the verge of taking Pompey further then any of us could have imagined, the possibilities are endless. I don't want to get ahead of myself, but if this continues, in 5-10 years time, we could be looking back and saying, 'Remember when we were a mid-table club, instead of being Champions League contenders consistently?' Ok, maybe I am getting way ahead of myself, but there is no harm whatsoever of dreaming.

I know I've missed a few highs and a load of lows, but they seem pointless and inconsequential after all the highs experienced. Feel free to add more below, especially those of you who have had the infamous cross-country journeys to Grimsby on a cold winter Tuesday evening, in the days before I could call myself a true fan.

I really didn't think I could rant on that far but once I started I couldn't stop, and thanks if you managed to read the whole thing, I hope you enjoyed reminiscing as much as I enjoyed writing about it.

Written by PompeyFrippy.

This was from a thread in the Portsmouth Posts forum - click here.

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Date:Sunday July 5 2009
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Read this in the forum - excellent stuff Frippy. But Item 6. should only be Season 2 as we have only been in the Premier League for 6 years.
05/07/2009 20:26:00
re 6 seasons my thoughts to Dave bit I thought it a bit too picky to note it; it's a tough life being a Pompey fan but I really do think we are now en route for some stability; Christ I just had to dodge that a flying pig that was avoiding the astronaut cow: where's my cider
05/07/2009 20:50:00
Yeah saw the article in the forum and thought it deserved more 'airtime'. Well done Frippy a great contribution from a new member. I hope it will be the first of many.

Russ - That ain't Cider your drinking mate !
05/07/2009 21:06:00
I would say that since milan took over, we have been blessed with fantastic owners/chairman. Milan was prepared to spend, when no-one else would, then sasha was prepared to spend far far more, for the love of the club. If Al Fahim can keep up our excellent run of chairmen who CARE about the clubs well being, and want to invest in our future... I can't wait!
05/07/2009 22:16:00
Glad it was enjoyed, and as I mentioned to Rug, it was done of the top of my head, so there are probably a few errors in there somewhere. Just want to use this space to thank everybody for being so friendly and welcoming. I feel privileged to share my feelings with other passionate fans.
06/07/2009 05:09:00
Nice one Frippy, as I've said before a very enjoyable read. And if that was off the top of your head, you've certainly got a far better memory than me. Let the next chapter begin.
06/07/2009 05:29:00
06/07/2009 09:18:00
Good read. After 35 years of watching Pompey, there have been decades of lows & no more than 10 memorable seasons & that is stretching it.
09/07/2009 08:57:00
Fantastic read Frippy, I missed it on the forum, and have just read it from Gino's Pompey Chimes - you're right things have overall been pretty good lately, and I reckon they still will be - in fact even better after this latest turning point.
11/07/2009 10:23:00
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