All you need to know ahead of the Emirates FA Cup first round clash at Fratton Park on Saturday (k.o. 3pm).
The Emirates FA Cup adventure begins at the home of the 2008 winners on Saturday, just two months after the league meeting between the sides yielded six goals in an entertaining battle on the south coast.
There would've been few tougher draws when the balls came out of the bag, given Pompey's spectacular goalscoring form at Fratton Park which has seen them live up to expectation of being one of the promotion front-runners.
Paul Cook's men won 4-2 in that league encounter in September, but the Chairboys caused a scare by opening the scoring and then levelling at 2-2, only for defensive frailties to play their part in the hosts eventually clinching the points.
Wanderers' cup exploits so far have seen them produce some of their better performances, having out-played Championship side Bristol City in the EFL before succumbing to defeat, and sweeping aside Northampton and West Ham U21s in the Checkatrade Trophy.
Gareth Ainsworth reaffirmed his love of the competition this week, reminiscing about his childhood growing up with the traditions of cup final day in the Ainsworth household, and the financial implications of a cup run won't be the only incentive for him to guide his side to victory at Fratton Park.
Myles Weston returns from suspension leaving just Dayle Southwell and Max Muller as the only confirmed absentees, while Portsmouth are without the suspended Michael Doyle and Amine Linganzi.
Prices are as follows.
Concession (18-22 or 62+): £10
Unaccompanied junior: £7
Accompanied* junior: £1
*must be accompanied by adult or senior.
Call 01494 441118, visit the shop at Adams Park, book online or pay on arrival at Fratton Park at no extra cost.
By Adrian Wood
Postcode: PO4 8RA
Recommended road directions
Take the A404 south, leading to the A404(M) and the westbound M4. Exit motorway at J11 and take the A33 towards Basingstoke. Follow signs for the M3 into the Basingstoke Ring Road. Join the M3 signposted Southampton. Merge onto the M27. Go along the M27 (ignoring the M275 turn off for Portsmouth town centre) and continue on to the A27. At the junction with the A2030 turn right towards Southsea/Fratton and just continue straight along the A2030 and eventually you will see the ground in front of you, just slightly to your left.
Mileage from High Wycombe = 87
Recommended area for car parking
The large car park at the ground is for home fans only, so it’s a case of street parking. One good area is the side streets found on the right hand side of the A2030 before you reach the “Good Companion” pub. There is a large car park (£5 per car) on the corner of Velder Avenue and Milton Road – this is just a couple of minutes’ walk from the away end.
Using the train?
The nearest local train station is Fratton, which is a ten minute walk away. Portsmouth train station is at least a 25 minute walk away. Fratton is served by trains from London Waterloo and London Victoria. Waterloo offers the best service, fastest journey times being 1 hour 24 minutes. There are several trains per hour. From Fratton station, exit via the footbridge and turn left onto Goldsmith Avenue. Continue for about half a mile and Frogmore Road is on the left. Fratton Park is situated at the bottom of the road.
Facilities for away fans
The ground capacity is 20,700 (all seated). Away fans are housed on one side of the Milton End (on the North Stand side) where the normal allocation is 2,000. Although this end now benefits from having cover, the facilities are pretty basic and the leg room tight, as this stand was a former terrace. There are also some supporting pillars along the front of the stand that may impede you view. Entrance to the stand is gained by inserting your ticket into a bar code reader.
Facilities around the ground
The “Good Companion” PH can be found on the main A2030 about a five minute walk away. This is a large pub serving real ales and had a good mix of home and away support. Other hostelries coming recommended are “The Harvester” and “The Brewers Arms” but away fans are advised to avoid “The Newcome Arms”. I have heard that “The Milton Arms” is under new management and now welcomes visiting supporters. A bit further away, on Fawcett Road close to Fratton Station, is “The Red, White and Blue” that also comes recommended. There are plenty of take-aways (of all varieties) along this road.
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