STORY: What now for Portsmouth?

Each season League 2 fans eagerly await confirmation of the relegated Clubs from the League above in anticipation of a big away day and a bumper home crowd. Most recently it was Portsmouth and as we look towards the final weekend of action there will be many hoping Coventry City fall through the trap door. The reason being it adds extra spice, usually knocks a ground off the 92 and captures the imagination of past glories.

This particular author remembers fondly a trip to Fratton Park to watch his team take on Portsmouth presuming it would be his last opportunity. The romance of weeds growing through the concrete and the rancid smell of urinals fused with steak and kidney brought a smile to his face as he took his place amongst a 15,000 crowd.

But what now for Portsmouth? This should’ve been a one season foray into the bowels of the Football League.  At most a two season foray as they adjusted to their surroundings. Next season will be their third and expectations from opposing fans are at best a little confused. No-one can deny the passion of the Pompey support. No-one can deny the quality of its squad. Jed Wallace is a class above, Matt Tubbs tops the Goal Scorer Chart…yet they sit in 16th place with a game to go.

The Awford connection has gone and the next appointment is crucial. But history suggests, particularly during the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, that competing in the higher echelons of the Football league is not a given for Pompey.

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