Pompey back fan campaign

Paul Hardyman. Picture: Joe Pepler
Paul Hardyman. Picture: Joe Pepler
Pompey midfielder Carl Baker Picture: Joe Pepler

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Paul Hardyman has thrown his backing behind a supporters-led initiative to recreate the Wall of Noise.

Fratton end season-ticket holder Olly Birch has urged fans to chant ‘Blue Army’ for the opening 15 minutes on Saturday.

Bottom-club Hartlepool are scheduled to visit Fratton Park in a must-win fixture for Andy Awford’s side.

Without victory in nine matches, Birch is hoping the supporters can help inspire their team to end that awful statistic.

First-team coach Hardyman has welcomed the campaign.

Similar plans were effectively invoked for the visit of Hartlepool in April last year, the Blues running out 1-0 winners.

And he believes it can have another positive impact on the Pompey players.

Hardyman said: ‘The atmosphere for the game against Hartlepool last year was phenomenal.

‘In the first four minutes we scored, missed a penalty and could have been 2-0 up.

‘If we can get anywhere near that and the atmosphere, it would be fantastic.

‘Andy and I are Pompey supporters and want to see the team doing well.

‘There is nothing better than hearing the Chimes or chants of “Blue Army”.

‘It still gets the hairs on the back of my neck standing up – and that noise gets the players going as well.

‘It does put the fear into the opponents.

‘It was a brilliant atmosphere at Wycombe last weekend, they were fantastic, especially after the disappointing Southend result.

‘We have got to try to lift the fans to get them going but the fans can also lift us – and I am sure they will.’

Pompey are also operating a Kid-for-a-Quid offer on Saturday, only applicable on advanced ticket sales.