Northampton memories invoked by Pompey fixture list

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It will begin against Dagenham & Redbridge and end against Northampton.

And for some fans the make up of Pompey’s 2015-16 League Two fixture list brought a smile to the face.

Pompey visited Northampton Town on the final day of the 1979-80 season as Frank Burrows guided the Blues to promotion to Division Three

Pompey visited Northampton Town on the final day of the 1979-80 season as Frank Burrows guided the Blues to promotion to Division Three

In particular, the prospect of facing the Cobblers on the final day of the campaign on May 7, 2016.

It’s a game which invokes fond memories among many of the Fratton faithful of Pompey clinching Division Four promotion under Frank Burrows in May 1980.

Archie Mendes said: ‘Have to smile at that final fixture. 1980 revisited? Is it a sign?

‘Steve Davey tearing the fence down, that long wait to hear that Bradford had lost, on the pitch, Frankie Burrows in the stand. Ah, the memories.

‘We must be the only folk in the world with such cherished memories of Northampton.’

Elsewhere, fans are relishing the August 8 opener against the Daggers.

Tomahawk said: ‘Daggers is a good side for Paul Cook and us to see what needs to be done.

‘It’s all very well on paper but nothing like the real thing to sort things out.

‘Daggers and Pompey were quite close as League Two sides last season and this game will show us what we have to do – or what we have done – to sort things out.

‘One thing for sure is there are some real exciting times ahead.’

Bluearmy23 added: ‘I don’t ever really read into the fixture list release too much apart from the obvious excitement that the season is drawing ever-closer!

‘To be the best we’ve got to beat the best away from home, on paper the mid-week long-haul games are tough but if we’re in high spirits on the back of a few victories before that, I doubt many of the players will mind an extra couple of hours on the coach getting in the mood to win again.

‘Bring it on Daggers, the rest of you can wait your turn to be beaten!’

Although not everybody is happy about the timing of some of the fixtures.

Leeroy Jenkins said: ‘Very happy apart from the two long-haul mid-week games and the away game on Boxing Day, going to have to re-plan my Boxing Day now.

‘Hopefully the family are up for a little trip to London!’

He was joined by PlayUpPompeyFanJake2011, who said: ‘Gutted! It’s my fiancée’s birthday on August 8. Was hoping for an away game to keep her happy.

‘Now I have to make an awkward choice between her or the game... I predict a riot!’

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