Strangest Season Ever!
We started by losing our first 7 games, setting an unwanted new record. We soon settled in to bottom place, and never got off it.
I won't begin to try and summarise the club's off the pitch woes . . you all know as much as I do, and nobody really knows what's behind it. But its been terrible, and sometimes every day there was a new revelation, or somebody in the press slagging the club and baying for blood.
Staring down the barrel of a gun in the form of a winding-up hearing at the High Court was an absolutely frightening experience, which I never ever want to go through again. It was so horrible that I was actually relieved when the club went into administration!
But there has been an incredible flip side. Uncle Avram came in. We all thought he was rather dour character, but we found out, starting with his rant at the ref v Sunderland, what a passionate man he is. We built up an amazing rapport with him, so it is a shame he has gone.
Let's not forget that we beat Liverpool. But of course, there was also the huge shining light of the FA Cup. We got through the 3rd and 4th rounds, and realised that the scummers were still in as well. A buzz went round, and we all watched the draw in raptures, as every other little ball came out and left us & them in. I was lucky enough to get tickets. It was incredibly hostile, but we took them 4-1 again! And in their own backyard too! What else could we ask for from this competition . . .
After a rapturous quarter final against Birmingham - let's not forget the atmosphere at that game, we were in the semis and going back to Wembley again. This season, of all seasons? Of course our draw, Fulham & Spurs had to replay and many of us thought that we wanted Fulham to win. We were wrong!
We got to go back to Wembley and give our disrespect to Redknapp by beating him and several of our former players in the semi-final. Poor old Jamie couldn't play, but by the end we were singing 'Jamie's going to Wembley'.
And of course the cup final was only a couple of days ago as I write this. Whilst sad to have lost I am immensely proud that we were at the cup final again at all. We gave a good account of ourselves on the pitch against the league champions, and gave the world a display of what true support is all about.
Many people expected Pompey to lay down and die. They know better than that now.
So - was it a bad season? Yes, you bet your life it was, it was horrible! But at the same time it was great!
Written by tracyc.
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