After four defeats in five, a distinctively flat mood has been evident among Pompey fans the past couple of days.
Now it’s time to lift the spirits of the Fratton faithful – and what better way than to take a walk down memory lane.
While we are waiting for this season to spark into life, there feels a need for a little international break pick-me-up.
An article on my top-five Pompey moments of recent years sparked a massive response from supporters, keen to impart their own views.
My email in-box has spent the past week clogged up with punters keen to remember the good times, while the people in the Pompey Twittersphere have been keen to have their say.
Remembering the royal blue-tinted journey we’ve all been on and those magical moments along the way is a purely subjective and personal matter, so taking the bookies to the cleaners at Gillingham in 2003 will stand out for some as much as Sol going up to lift the FA Cup.
But the votes have now been counted and verified, so we can officially bring you the Pompey people’s top-five moments of recent years.
And just for a treat, we’ve thrown in a few of the wackier contributions from supporters, too.
FA Cup final win over Cardiff
May 17, 2008
No prizes for guessing the moment which topped the poll among Pompey fans.
The day that Sol went to lift the FA Cup still stands apart for the Fratton faithful.
The Blues may have been favourites going in to the final against Cardiff after their stunning quarter-final success over Manchester United but this was the day the dream gloriously became reality.
The moment King Kanu danced around Peter Enckelman in the 37th minute saw delirium sink in but there were countless other moments of magic that day.
Pompey fan Peter Routley opted for Kathryn Jenkins singing Abide With Me as his highlight, while Colin Petchey went for disbelieving fans turning to each other and saying ‘we’ve only gone and done it’ on the full-time whistle. Beautiful!
FA Cup semi-final win over Spurs
April 11, 2010
The FA Cup win of 2008 may be the Pompey fans’ favourite memory – but only just.
The 2008 victory over Cardiff was pushed very, very close by the stunning semi-final success over Spurs two years later.
Why’s that the case?
Well, I think we all know that.
A certain Harry Redknapp saw his team turned over at Wembley by Avram Grant’s heroes after he had walked out on Pompey for the second time.
Peter Crouch, Jermain Defoe, Niko Kranjcar and a host of former Blues coaching staff saw their team go down 2-0 in extra-time, in what really was a victory against all odds.
Del Pulley remembers the ‘Harry, what’s the score?’ chant as his personal highlight, while David Morgan opted for the moment Michael Dawson fell on his face, paving the way for Frederic Piquionne’s opener. Alan Soffe remembers sharing the occasion with his 77-year-old father.
Pompey 2 AC Milan 2, Uefa Cup
November 27, 2008
For 11 dreamy, surreal minutes, Pompey fans couldn’t believe what they were seeing.
Pompey, yes their Pompey, were beating AC Milan 2-0.
The Milanese aristocrats, with all their European and Italian titles, were being turned over by Tony Adams’ men at an exultant Fratton Park.
Younes Kaboul’s thunderous header sent a frenzied home crowd wild before pandemonium ensued when Kanu grabbed a second.
The sublime brilliance of Ronaldinho’s 35-yard free-kick and the late, late leveller from Filippo Inzaghi broke Pompey hearts – but what a night.
Jack Preston went for Kanu’s second goal as his magic moment, Steve Moore says it was the best game he’s ever been to, while Danny Fossett chose the atmosphere that night as his ultimate Pompey memory.
Pompey 4 Southampton 1
April 24, 2005
If ever there was a day when Fratton Park was at fever pitch, this was it.
Security surrounding Harry Redknapp was ramped up as he returned to Pompey after walking out for deadly rivals Southampton.
The Blues had no problem breaching and demolishing a Southampton side, though, who were simply blown away by the attacking verve of the Pompey heroes.
Yakubu’s penalty paved the way for 23 minutes of heaven as Pompey smashed in four unanswered goals.
Arjan De Zeeuw grabbed the second before Lomana Lualua’s double saw him somersaulting for all his worth in celebration.
Pompey became one big party land in the wake of a defeat Southampton never recovered from, as they were relegated from the Premier League.
A whole host Pompey fans, including Emily Smith, Stephen Myles, Chris Lewis and Grant Usher rated the moment in their top five.
Pompey 2 Manchester City 1
March 11, 2006
After eight Premier League defeats on the bounce, Pompey were eight points from safety and facing a mountainous task to survive.
Manchester City arrived at Fratton with the Blues knowing only a win would do if they were to start a fightback to remain in the top flight of the English game.
Pedro Mendes had put Harry Redknapp’s side one up but Richard Dunne’s leveller with seven minutes left looked to have killed off any hope of the win which was critically needed.
That was until Mendes stepped up with his last-ditch wonder strike which lifted the roof off Fratton Park and sparked the Great Escape.
A run of 20 points from 27 culminated in the most unlikely of survival bids being sealed at Wigan.
Oscar Boothby picked the ‘Mendes Madness’ as his favourite Pompey moment. The likes of Jon Coupe, Gareth Hawkes and Stuart Hardman agreed with him.
And the rest of the top 10...
6 Party in Guimaraes (October 2, 2008), 7 Manchester United 0 Pompey 1 (March 8, 2008), 8 Southampton 1 Pompey 4 (February 13, 2010), 9 Pompey 1 Arsenal 5 (March 6, 2004), 10 Wigan 1 Pompey 2 (April 29 2006)