Friday, 9 January 2009

it's a fix

Just about getting over last Saturdays disgrace. KK 166 is back from the printers but as we're off down to Pompey not yet in the outlets. Sorry. we'll get it there on Monday. So as you won't see this til next week we thought we'd plonk it on the blog, so if any of you are off down there in the morning it may be of interest, otherwise see you hardy Blues on the south coast.
shame about Ronaldo?

Here we go with Pompey :

Promoted in 2003, so in their 6th season in the Prem. and their last pot was the F.A. Cup last season.

Most recent connections: Benjani, James, Distin:.
Big name supporter : KK subscriber Ian Cunningham

Tony Adams’, (not to mention Joe Jordan - boo) squad includes : James, Campbell, Distin, Johnson, Diop, Hughes, Kranjcar, Crouch, Defoe, Belhadj,
Davis, Hreidarsson, Nugent, Diarra (?!), Utaka, Kanu, Traore D & A, Little
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Fratton Park, Capacity : 20,308 (2,000 for City) (forgot to tippex the stanchions out on the ground diagram!)
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Our form at Pompey : Last season it was a 0-0 draw (19,528, 1269 City, Sunday on TV) In our last 6 visits we’ve had 4 losses 1 draw and 1 win (04/05 3-1)

This season so far : In September we had that wonderful 6-0 win at COMS, the goals coming from Jo (13), Dunne (20) Robinho (57) SWP (68) Evans (78) and Fernandes (83) 40,238, 853 Pompey. Course we then went and cocked it up by going out of the Carling at Brighton then losing at Wigan! They were rocked with the departure of ‘arry to Spurs, and it remains to be seen if Tony Adams can make it as a manager. Currently they’re in 12th place with 23 points from 20 games and four wins two draws and four defeats at home.
In the Carling they went out 4-0 to Chelsea at home in the third round.
In the F.A. Cup the defending winners drew at home with Bristol City.

Comment: Good chance of a result though Ireland and SWP are out, as they’re wobbling a bit since ‘arry left and there’s problems with Defoe, in fact he's gorn back to Spuds..
Wind ups generally include : small town in Southampton, If you can't talk proper...
‘oh when the Saints’ , Shit ground etc., Distin, Distin what’s the score (with a bit of luck!) but I’d have him back tomorrow.

Groundwise: The away end was covered last year at long last, but there’s a few stanchions to dodge! It’s still the same old dump though, and the catering and toilets are a disgrace. Stewards very bolshy on our last visit, and the move looks as far away as possible.

Stats : 22 pre-war, and 53 post make it our 76th league meeting, and down there p/w it’s :
Played : 26 won 8 drawn 5 lost 13
Their Current average home attendance : 19,508
WWTWTWShite : Averaged 8,544 in 81/82 (highest in div 3 so not bad)
Away day zines : True Blue, Park Life (we think)
Pubs: The Newcombe Arms, Newcombe Street, The Shepherd’s Crook, Goldsmith’s Avenue, or down Hilton Road for the Brewers Arms, Travellers Joy, Mr Pickwick and the Milton Arms. Further down is the White House and then Barnacles Fish and Chip Shop. Connaught Arms, Guildford Road, And, if it’s still open, don’t forget the Blue Moon Bar on the sea front at Southsea – karaoke on Saturday nights
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Route: M6, M42, M40 (jn 9), A34, M3 (jn 14) to M27 jn 12, then M275 into Portsmouth – take first exit off M275 (to Rudmore roundabout). Take 2nd exit at roundabout (Kingston Crescent A2047), then turn right at end into A2047 Kingston Road, continuing into Fratton Road. Cross railway bridge and turn left into Goldsmith Avenue, and ground is on left (Frogmore Road). On street parking (but watch restrictions).

Public transport: now the West Coast Main Line is fixed, train in a day is more doable, but cheap through tickets are all gone, so it’s £87.50 off-peak return Manchester to Fratton (any train, book on the day) – though from London you can get advance tickets with Southern Railways at £3 each way from London Victoria, or with megatrain.com from Waterloo for £6 each way.

Sat Nav : Frogmore Road P04 8RA

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