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The Big Match Preview - Portsmouth

9 September 2016

All you need to know ahead of Wycombe's trip to Portsmouth.

Portsmouth vs Wycombe Wanderers
Saturday 10th September 2016, k.o. 3pm 
Fratton Park, PO4 8RA  
Referee: Tim Robinson

Wanderers make the trip to the south coast on the back of a 4-1 defeat at Luton Town last week, and will be looking to put right that performance at Fratton Park tomorrow.

Pompey, after a slow start to the season, come into the game on the back of three consecutive league wins, including a 3-0 win over Crawley last weekend.

Wycombe have lost only once on the last four trips to Fratton Park, with that defeat coming at the end of last season in a 2-1 victory for Portsmouth.

Portsmouth manager Paul Cook is expecting a tough challenge when Wanderers visit.

He told Portsmouth’s official website: “They’re a very strong side backed up by a very strong manager.

“Wycombe have had a couple of impressive seasons since that famous time they stayed up at Torquay on the final day.

“They’re a side who are constantly knocking on the door of the top echelons of our league and we know it’s going to be a tough test.

“We’re only six games into the season, so while I’m sure they’d like to have a few more points, you don’t get too high or too low this early on.”


Wanderers have been allocated an initial 500 tickets in the Milton End (all seated, under cover) with more available on request. 

Prices are as follows:

Adults: £20 
Seniors (62+): £15 
Young Adults (18-22): £15 
Unaccompanied U18: £10 
Accompanied U18 with Adult/Senior: £5 

Call 01494 441118, visit the shop at Adams Park or buy online. Tickets will go off sale through the club at 1pm on Friday but can be purchased from Portsmouth on the day.

There is no cash turnstile at Fratton Park, so fans buying on the day should head to the ticket booth by the away turnstiles in the north east corner (cash only). 

By Adrian Wood 

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. 

Travelling by coach?
OWWSA will be running a coach that will leave Adams Park at 11.00. Travel prices are £17 for adults, £16 for seniors, and £15 for juniors. The price for non-members is £21 (no refund if game is cancelled). If there is sufficient demand there will be a second coach leaving earlier at 09.00 for those who would like to spend time in Portsmouth. If you wish to book by phone (Rena 01494 520179, Graham 07876 267301) or by e-mail ( you need to do so by Thursday September 8th at 5pm. 

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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