Pompey fans’ bid for Wall of Noise return

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Pompey fans are seeking to resurrect the Wall of Noise to inspire Andy Awford’s side to victory against Hartlepool.

The Blues host League Two’s bottom club on Saturday desperate to end a winless run stretching to nine matches.

Pompey fans are hoping to recreate the Wall of Noise. Picture: Joe Pepler

Pompey fans are hoping to recreate the Wall of Noise. Picture: Joe Pepler

It’s a disappointing period which has also threatened the job of boss Andy Awford.

Now Olly Birch has launched a campaign encouraging the Fratton faithful to join him in a rendition of ‘Blue Army’ for the opening 15 minutes. It is hoped the display of fan unification will help boost a Fratton Park atmosphere criticised by some supporters this season.

Fratton end season-ticket-holder Birch is eager to recreate the Wall of Noise made famous when Stockport visited in February 1998.

And the 24-year-old is urging others to join him 
in cranking up the atmosphere against the struggling Pools.

He said: ‘There are six matches in February against opposition around us and four of those are at Fratton.

‘We got the Wall of Noise going for the visit of Hartlepool last season after Awford had taken over as caretaker boss the previous match and it gave us that momentum to stay up.

‘These days the atmosphere has definitely dropped. When the opposition score we used to start singing, now we either boo or it goes silent.

‘I get annoyed with people abusing our own players, while opposition fans come for a day out and have a right laugh. We need to make it more intimidating to opposition players.

‘Some of our younger players are scared stiff of getting booed if they make one wrong pass. We don’t intimidate the opposition, we intimidate our own team.

‘One morning I had a bit of a Twitter rant and mentioned I was going to sing “Blue Army” for the first 15 minutes at least against Hartlepool and asked if anyone wanted to join me.

‘It got a fair bit of response and retweets and since I have decided to make it into a bit of an event. Everyone seems keen and all the message boards are on board. It has got to be better than just accepting the atmosphere, which has been flat recently.

‘Let us all do something about it. If you want to join in, join in.

‘Hopefully, for the first 15 minutes at least, we can have plenty of people singing.’

Awford played in the original Wall of Noise game, with Steve Claridge getting the winner in a 1-0 victory.