Writer: SFC Forever
Date:Sunday December 18 2011
Whilst this situation was forced on the fans through police intervention, it could be argued that it was an over reaction to previous incidents surrounding games between Pompey and Saints.
This 'Bubble' system of carrying fans to games has been used elsewhere, and seems to have eliminated the bad behaviour in the main, of the rowdier elements of our football fans.
After the game and the Saints fans had been returned to their starting points,the POLICE heaped praise on Saints and Pompey fans for the derby clash as it passed without any serious trouble.
Now, we know that the police have confirmed the same system will be used for the Pompey fans safe travel to St Mary's when Pompey play the return leg on April 7th.
Whilst many of the Saints fans appreciated the reasoning behind the decision to enforce the 'Bubble' transportation system, many protested that it was not or should not have been necessary.
y main problem with the idea is the lack of suitable pick-up points being made available for fans living in areas like Portsmouth itself.
For me it seems an overly rigid system when people that work and live in the Portsmouth area had to travel much further than could have been deemed necessary with a little more planning.
Apart from anything else, it meant that some fans who would have gone stayed at home rather than incur the extra expense and discomfort caused by the system.
If the system is used for Pompey fans as already suggested, I would hope that it could be possible to make it easier for fans by adding a few more pick-up points along the way.
On the whole the plan seems to have worked well as there was no serious trouble before or after the game. In fact it seems that several fans actually enjoyed the experience with the fear of trouble removed.
If you went on the trip to Pompey today in the 'Bubble' perhaps you could give your response to today's system.
Were you happy forking out the extra expense knowing that you were likely to be a lot safer?
Or would you like to see more pick-up points for such time as this system is used again?
If you have a responsible view on this please let us know so that we can bring them to the attention of the clubs.
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Date:Sunday December 18 2011
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