POMPEY fans did their club proud tonight after a rallying call to Pack the Park.
The team may have lost 1-0 to Ipswich but the fans did not let the club down - and deservedly were given the man of the match award.
The club’s famous supporters started chanting ‘Michael Appleton’s Blue and White Army’ early in the first half and obeyed the plea to sing for the entire 90 minutes to show their love for Pompey in another time of crisis.
Many fans stayed in their seats at the end in a stirring show of spirit.
Ipswich’s early goal had sparked loud singing from the Fratton end, but after a dip near the end of the first half the second half kicked off with a wall of noise from the Pompey fans.
A legitimate goal that was wrongly disallowed for Dave Kitson set off another round of chanting ‘we will never die’.
The match is being staged after the club yesterday confirmed it has applied to the High Court to enter administration.
The News has backed the Pack the Park campaign by the Pompey Supporters Trust to encourage fans to turn out to help boost Pompey’s coffers.
Pompey have agreed for The News ‘Pompey Til I Die’ flag to be passed across the Fratton End just before the game. Just before kick-off News deputy editor Mark Acheson said: ‘The News Pompey Til I Die flag has just passed over the Fratton End. Game on!’
At half-time a man proposed to his girlfriend - and she said yes.
Speaking before the game, Bob Beech, of SOS Pompey, said: ‘There have been some very special days and nights at Fratton Park over the years and this really could be one of them.
‘In a few years time people could be looking back and saying “remember that night against Ipswich?”’