The stewards were fairly disciplined and kept people from standing in the aisles, but ultimately they were friendly and useful in allowing us to stand, which the majority of the away fans did. [105] The gymnasium survived up until it was cleared for the demolition and redevelopment of Fratton railway goods yard - a project known as The Pompey Centre - in the early 2000s. I spent about an hour talking to a programme seller outside the away end who was selling programmes. We were harangued a little by a single Portsmouth fan as we walked away but a small group of home fans then walked with us almost protectively which, I think, speaks volumes for the majority of their support. It was later blamed for the deteriorating state of the Fratton Park pitch, and shutters had to be installed into the back of it to allow the drying westerly breeze through on non-match days. The home fans seemed okay, but I had covered up my Argyle shirt as I walked to the ground. I had never been to Pompey before and I wanted to visit as the way things are going we might not be in the same league next season, so I wouldn't get the chance to visit for a while. It used to be on par with York for the worst Gents in the league but now looks much better with the improvements. The Pompey fans are a cheerful bunch, which perhaps isn't surprising given the club's rags to riches, then back to rags existence. Go along the M27 (ignoring the M275 turn off for Portsmouth town centre) and continue on to the A27. This train seemed to stop at every station between London and Portsmouth, which seemed to take forever. Parked on a street within half a mile of Fratton Park. 1. [65] However this time, work actually began on constructing a new Fratton End replacement stand, under the new ownership of club chairman Terry Venables. Offside Cottage was demolished in 1966 to make way for new Portsmouth Football Club offices, a supporters lounge and new turnstiles for the Fratton End. [117], In 2011, plans to spend money redeveloping Fratton Park were announced, with improvements to changing rooms and toilets. Thus we wandered off into the wet gloom of the environs of Fratton Park, and were pretty quickly settled into the car to head home, and as we did, caught a few glimpses of the floodlights glaring down onto the old lady that is Fratton Park in between rows of terraced houses. Pete Wood a visiting Doncaster Rovers fan informs me; 'If travelling by train from London, then your return ticket from London Waterloo allows you to get off at either Fratton (nearest to the ground), Portsmouth & Southsea (best for pubs) or Portsmouth Harbour. The lower North Terrace was also fitted with seats in 1996. On 5 October 1961, planning permission was granted to Portsmouth FC to construct four new floodlight tower pylons in the four corners of Fratton Park,[81] replacing the original 1956 roof-top sets which were removed after the four new towers were constructed in 1962. Why not write your own review of Fratton Park Portsmouth and have it included in the Guide? [66] Fortunately, the match referee, Paul Danson gave the go-ahead for the evening fixture. Certainly a great sight. Services from Southampton, Bournemouth, Bristol, Cardiff and Brighton also stop at Fratton railway station. 7. The work was completed in September 2015. The first ever football match at the ground took place on Wednesday 6 September 1899;[6] a 2-0 friendly win against Southampton FC, attended by 4,141 supporters.[6]. The original Milton End was built in 1905 and was known as the Spion Kop, and was enlarged to its current size in 1949.

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