Pompey fans could miss out on derby match

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MORE than 100 Pompey fans with tickets for derby day could miss out on the crunch clash – because they do not have coach tickets.

Lucketts Travel, which is providing transport to Southampton for the club’s match against arch rivals Saints, says 130 fans have still not bought their places.

The firm has already extended the original deadline of 5pm on Monday for buying coach tickets twice after liaising with police and Portsmouth Football Club.

But now fans are warned they will not be able to attend the game at St Mary’s Stadium on Saturday unless they book their place by 3pm today.

Paul Barringer, Lucketts Travel sales and marketing director, said: ‘The official closing date was 5pm on Monday.

‘We have extended the deadline twice but it will close it at 3pm today. We can’t extend it any longer.’

So far 42 coaches are booked to transport Pompey fans to the game – 32 from Fratton Park and 10 from Lakeside North Harbour.

Supporters will not be given their tickets to the game until they are on the coaches and are en route to Southampton.

That means anyone with a match ticket who misses today’s deadline for booking coach travel cannot attend.

The controversial ‘coach bubble’ will be escorted by police in convoys to the ground for the 1pm kick-off.

Hampshire police’s air support unit will monitor the convoys and police will be stationed on bridges above the M27.

About 300 officers, mounted police and the dog unit will police the match.