Fans in jubilant spirits as Pompey leave on a high

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DID you know Robin Hood was a Pompey supporter?

What about Postman Pat and the Super Mario brothers?

YOU BLUES Pompey fans dressed as Smurfs.  'Picture: Allan Hutchings (121503-013)

YOU BLUES Pompey fans dressed as Smurfs. 'Picture: Allan Hutchings (121503-013)

They are just a few of the colourful characters who turned out to show their support for Portsmouth Football Club at the weekend.

More than 2,000 loyal fans travelled to Nottingham on Saturday to see Pompey’s last game of the season.

Desperate to make a party out of the club’s last day in the Championship many of the supporters dressed up in different costumes.

And despite being massively outnumbered by the home fans, the Fratton faithful’s chants could be heard for miles around.

LOOKING GOOD Pompey supporters in fancy dress

LOOKING GOOD Pompey supporters in fancy dress

Mat Headon, 18, of Range Green in Tipner, travelled to Nottingham with his brothers Ashley and Chris.

Mat said: ‘It didn’t matter about the score, we came for the atmosphere.

‘It was a bit of fun and the atmosphere was good.

‘As long as we still have a club that’s the main thing.

‘We just hope there is a buyer out there.

‘The important thing was to show support for the club.’

Fans sang loud and proud without a moment’s break for the duration of the game.

They stood and threw beach balls and balloons around in the stand, much to the amusement of the seated home fans.

Supporters are continuing to put on a brave face despite the club being dogged by recent problems including relegation, administration and an uncertain future.

David Richardson, 43, from Langford Road in Buckland, was at the away game with his wife Nikki, 53, and their children Zoe, 16, and James, 17.

They each dressed up as Robin Hood to ramp up the celebratory atmosphere.

David said: ‘We know it could be the last Pompey game ever but hopefully we can keep coming along.

‘It’s not the manager’s fault or the players’ fault the club is in the situation it is in, so you have to support them.

‘We came to enjoy the game.

‘We love coming along to show our support and we really enjoy all the away games.

‘The passion of the fans has definitely been earning us some respect as we’ve been going around.’

After the match ended with a 2-0 defeat, Blues players and staff approached those in the away stand to applaud their unwavering support. Coaches were also applauded away from the ground by Forest fans.

The stars of the team threw their away shirts into the crowd of fans, who stayed in the stands for more than half an hour to see the players.

Gina Davis, 19, of Albert Road in Southsea, said: ‘It was great they came out to see us.

‘It was quite emotional but I’m hopeful everything will turn out okay and we’ll be back.’