Writer: SFC Forever
Date:Sunday April 25 2010
12 months ago my football team was in dire straits and looked at one point like going out of business. It didn't and for that I am for ever grateful.
Whilst we were down we received a plentiful supply of abuse from fans of Pompey. Openly enjoying our plight they seemed to wish for our termination.
We survived and thanks to one Markus Leibherr we are now talking about making a full recovery. How long this will take I know not. Nor do I really care, just so long as we can see a steady improvement year on year.
This year we see that Pompey are in an even worse position. Their debts are far more than ours ever were. They are in a position where the size of their debt means more cash is needed to acquire the club than was for So'ton.
Pompey find themselves in a far worse than ours ever was because of their ground. We did at least have a newly built stadium which can cater for larger audiences than Fratton Park.
Fratton Park is dire and needs demolishing so that a new ground can be built to replace it. The Fratton faithful can make the ground a fortress with their chants when the ground is full. I can imagine the sound they could generate from a ground equal to ours.
I am not gloating when I say that I fully expect to see Saints in place above Pompey in twelve months time.
Such is the severity of their position that I feel for the fans. I can not go along with the fans who are rubbing their hands in glee at their suffering. Having been there only months ago I still feel the joy and relief that was felt once we knew that the club was safe.
I get seriously annoyed when some youngsters hide behind the police lines whilst making threatening gestures. Even more so when groups of so called fans throw bricks at coaches, knowing full well that they are safe from retaliation. Cowardly scum.
How can the people who perpetrate these acts of violence call themselves fans? We have troops dying to protect civilisation and these morons want to fight. Not even fairly though, but behind cover knowing that they are safe.
I have seen it from both sides of the fence. At home and away I have witnessed moments of depraved stupidity from both sets of fans.
Now as a Saints fan I ask whether our rivalry is better or worse than that of other clubs. Utd and City, Arsenal and Spurs, Liv'pool and Everton, Norwich and Ipswich. Many clubs have a special rival that you are not allowed to lose too.
Is the Saints, Pompey feud any different to other clubs. Or is our rivalry so intense that you need to be ultra careful where you walk because of your colours?
Can Saints and Pompey fans survive together without the hatred? I would love to think it is possible. I would also like to think that fans could stop digging out their own clubs' supporters because they don't feel the same need to spill blood every five minutes.
Football is a game that is enjoyed worldwide. I hurt when my team loses and rejoice when we win. I get annoyed when my love for my club is questioned by idiots because I speak gently. I don't class myself as odd. Am I normal? Or am I a sad old git who has failed to move with the times?
I still believe it possible for Saints and Pompey fans to co-exist side by side. I can see no reason for the colour of your shirt to dictate how I feel about you as a person.
I will always revel in our victories over Pompey. As I expect them to revel when we lose. Is that so wrong?
Date:Sunday April 25 2010
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