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Can Saints and Pompey Survive Peacefully?

Can Saints and Pompey Survive Peacefully?

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?

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:SFC Forever
Date:Sunday April 25 2010
Time: 10:33PM


... Pompey have to survive first!
25/04/2010 22:37:00
They will survive Matt_Us. In what form nobody knows, but like us last year the fans are ready to step in and start a new club if necessary.
25/04/2010 22:41:00
I think you're being a bit harsh on most pompey fans, who idn't actually want to see you disapear. i enjoy rivalries, and derbys, and whilst i'm not going to sau i WANT you to be promoted, I would LOVE to play you guys more often.
25/04/2010 23:27:00
PC I was not having a dig st most of your fans. Merely stating the fact that on several Saints sites plus a couple of yours we were seriously wished the worst outcome possible. In much the same way as we have ours, you do have some strong anti rival fans. Last season we had many posters wishing us ill but I agree that most fans have said the same as yourself. I feel we differ slightly as I do not particularly want to see you drop through the leagues. I would much rather we played each other, year in, year out, in the Premiership. So that will mean we both need to be promoted.
SFC Forever
25/04/2010 23:51:00
I am also a poster on several sites. I have noticed that we got a lot of abuse from Posters who intimated that they support Pompey. Far more saying things similar to that you have posted but we did get a lot. In the same way you must have seen a lot from our side of the County aimed your way. Most fans on both sides would love to be able to play on a more regular basis. I think that is why he asks the question. I may be wrong but that is how I read it.
26/04/2010 00:02:00
SFC tbf to us we had plenty of your lot on the VP site pushing for our demise, I recall a "special type" called Daish who with his mates was a bit like a fungoid affliction. Most Pompey long for the return of the Derby's and of course our most memorable game was "Harry the return". It's fair to say south coast footballl has been in some disarray for a while; whilst I want Pompey back in the PL I would also like to see a strong sea gulls team and a bit of a southcoast revival. The financial morass that has afflicted both clubs has changed peoples perception somewhat, and forced a period of reflection so in that thought in mind, I wish you well; just not as well as us!
26/04/2010 00:51:00
Maybe I should have explained the reason for this article better. As a lot of Pompey posters already know I visit your site regularly. It is because of some of the warped, malevolent and seriously abusive posting I saw there that I have done this. Two or three posters have made an attack on me for fraternising with the enemy and yourselves as the supposed enemy. Your sin being that you wear blue as opposed to our red. Well I am saying now for the idiots to understand. I love my football club and take great pleasure in teaching my children to feel the same. I was disgusted after our derby match when my six year old saw the way some of our yoof attacked, in a cowardly manner, fans in coaches heading back to Pompey. How can I justify such behaviour? I can't.
SFC Forever
26/04/2010 08:21:00
I long for the derbys to return (whichever division they are in) and I'm a stronger believer that the hated must remain .. that said Russels point about recent reflection on both sides is very true .. lets hoep it doesn't last too long.. OH ! .. I also call for the 3 or 4 scummers who continually aggrivate and annoy Vital Pompey Forums with their (in some instances) vile and unforgiving comments towards subjects such as Madie McCann and Hillsborough victims to show their faces on Vital Saints - Sadly I don't think they will .. as I hope their own fans would disown them ..
26/04/2010 08:57:00
The year we got promotion you got to the cup final and i may be wrong but i think AFCB did OK too..this year you have enjoyed a your that EMULSIONAL trip to the arch which has put some GLOSS on your season. we how ever have been diddled bya money laundering, Gun running Russian-Isreali financier...but have a cup final coming up and AFCB have got promoted...excellent season for hants and if Aldershot make it in the playoffs...well excellent---mind you after another super 7 by chelski, i am a bit worried
plymouth graham
26/04/2010 09:13:00
I agree with you there Chix. I have repeatedly asked them to come to what they profess is their club's site. But no they would rather hide behind their desk and remain the mouthy, vitriolic scum we regard them as. As a Saints fan I sit here hoping one day to find out that posters such as Hillsborough4life are not saints fans but just mouthy little pieces of excrement. And what they did/do is far worse than aggrevate or annoy just the Pompey posters. Anybody that saw the posts would have been totally disgusted by them. I am pleasantly surprised that the boys in blue have not reciprocated on this site. Such deplorable behaviour has no possible excuse or justification.
SFC Forever
26/04/2010 09:51:00
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