Sunday, 28 May 2017

Fratton Park - Portsmouth

Portsmouth - Fratton Park

Portsmouth Football Club
Fratton Park
Frogmore Road

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Last match I went to see: Portsmouth 1-0 Accrington Stanley, Saturday 5th December 2015, FA Cup.


  • Portsmouth Football Club were formed in 1898 with John Brickwood who at the time was owner of the local Brickwoods Brewery and became chairman of the Club.
  • Apparently there is a Blue Plaque on the wall in 12 High Street Portsmouth which commemorates the founding of Portsmouth Football Club.
  • Portsmouth joined the Southern League in 1899 with their first game against Chatham Town, the game finished 1-0 to Portsmouth.
  • Fratton Park has been the home of Portsmouth since they formed as a club in 1898. The ground holds 18,524.
  • Portsmouth are known as 'Pompey' which means the name that shares with the English port City of Portsmouth.
  • Also, a well known fact that in their early years of Portsmouth Football Club, they were known as The Shrimpers. This was because the club were wearing salmon pink shirts with maroon collars and cuffs. After 1909 it went out of common usage after the club decided to wear white shirts and navy blue shorts.
  • Portsmouth's record win is against Notts County in April 1927. Their biggest defeat is against Leicester City, a year later in 1928.
  • Portsmouth's 1st League title win came in 1924, winning the Third Division South on 59 points from 42 games. They beat Plymouth Argyle to the title by 4 points. Willie Haines was also Pompey's top goalscorer that season as well as winning the golden boot by scoring 28 goals.
  • Portsmouth have won the FA Cup twice, in 1939 and most recent years, 2008. In 1939 they beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 4-1 with a crowd attendance of 99,370. In 2008, they beat Cardiff City 1-0, with Kanu getting the winning goal.
  • Pompey's main rivals are the South Coast derby with Southampton. The 1st meeting came in 1899, with Pompey beating The Saints 2-0.

Pompey's catchy 'Play up Pompey' chant.

Atmosphere wise at Fratton Park.


VISIT 1: Portsmouth 1-0 Accrington Stanley 5/12/15


Portsmouth 1-0 Accrington Stanley
Saturday 5th December 2016
FA Cup

I have been to Fratton Park just the once. I decided to go to this game a couple of weeks before the game, as I noticed Gills weren't playing that weekend so, kept an eye on Gills just in case Gills got a game that weekend but they didn't so got myself a ticket. I'd been meaning to do Portsmouth for ages, so glad I finally got to tick off Fratton Park. I left home about 10am on the train, got to Redhill only to find that my train got cancelled, so in the end got a train 10 minutes later towards Horsham and then got another train towards Portsmouth. I noticed that Havant & Waterlooville's ground wasn't a million miles away from Portsmouth, so got into Havant around quarter to 1 and quickly walked to Havant's ground which was around a 20 minute walk and took a few pics. In the end, got to Fratton Park just after 2. I enjoyed visiting Portsmouth, got a lot of respect for the fans, they do get behind their side, atmosphere was very good, and not a bad ground either. It sort of reminded me of Priestfield in some ways! So in the end, it was a 1-0 win for Portsmouth with Adam McGurk getting the only goal of the game to send Portsmouth in the 3rd round of the FA Cup. I got home around 9, due to trains being delayed that day, but thoroughly enjoyed the day at Portsmouth. Nearest station to Portsmouth is Fratton, about a 10 minute walk.

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