Blues battlecry immortalised in Fratton Park tunnel

Former Pompey boss Alan Ball's words immortalised in the Fratton Park tunnel    Picture: Joe Pepler
Former Pompey boss Alan Ball's words immortalised in the Fratton Park tunnel Picture: Joe Pepler
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This is Portsmouth, people went to war from this city.

The words of Alan Ball, and his famous Blues battlecry, have gone done in legend.

And now they have been immortalised in the tunnel at Fratton Park in a spine-tingling tribute.

In fact, it’s less a tribute and more a summing of Pompey’s identity.

There have been few who have understood the psyche of this ‘tough street-fighting city’ better than Ballie.

So it’s natural his words are now informing those who wear the star and crescent on their chest who they are playing for.

The renovated tunnel now sees the club crest with ‘REMEMBER WHO YOU REPRESENT’ the last thing players see before they take to the pitch.

It goes on to explain 30,000 from Portsmouth served in the Great War alone – and many were recruited at Fratton Park.

The sobering reality 6,000 of those people never returned to the city is then highlighted.

What is for certain is it’s a special addition to a special place. And if that sight doesn’t get players up for the game nothing will.

Credit is due to all those who made it happen.