Pompey fans pay for their tickets and can leave when they want

There seems to be a lot of self-righteousness among Pompey fans at the moment.

By The Newsroom
Tuesday, 13th December 2016, 6:01 am
Updated Wednesday, 14th December 2016, 1:51 pm
The new McDonald's in Waterlooville
The new McDonald's in Waterlooville

You know, the ‘I’m the best Pompey fan and love them more than you’ brigade.

It all centres on people leaving matches early and really kicked off when there was the booing whilst Pompey were 1-0 up during the Mansfield game.

Now I can’t see what business it is of anyone else what time someone wants to leave a game.

You have no idea what the reasons are behind that decision. Why are you even bothered about it?

Until someone else pays for my ticket, then I will leave whenever I want, be that 10 minutes before the end, or even at half- time. It’s got nothing to do with anyone else.

Some people are calling those who leave early ‘embarrassing’ and ‘not real fans’.

I’ve even seen some fans being called ‘Scummers’ because they’ve dared to have a difference of opinion and see no problem in leaving early.

I’m sure most of these people who take to message boards to chastise others really can’t wait to get away themselves and secretly want to be in a nice warm car with the heater on full blast thawing out their toes.

But they stay until the bitter end so they can take the moral high ground and make themselves out to be the ‘better’ fans when they take to social media to criticise others.

Football is a game of opinions. I thought someone was man of the match the other day, while the bloke behind me was shouting for him to be subbed off every five minutes. Different strokes for different folks and all that.

Some fans will get frustrated and boo the team, someone else might go home and volley the cat. Others will chew their mint humbugs with a bit more vigour, or carry on singing songs until the very end.

So someone sits through an absolute bore-fest and wants to go. So what?

Fans pay for their tickets before the game has started and they are free to do what they want.

If you’ve stayed until the end, congratulations. Award yourself Portsmouth Fan Of The Year. But don’t try to make me feel bad about leaving before full-time.


There’s a saying that goes ‘if you build it, they will come’.

That certainly applies to a newly built 24-hour McDonald’s in Waterlooville, where there was much excitement among kids and junk food fiends when it opened.

I drove past the place on the first day.

The drive-thru queues were massive and inside was rammed.

Honestly, it was like no-one there had ever been in a McDonald’s before.

It would have been quicker to drive down to the Cosham branch, order, finish eating, have those 15 minutes before you start feeling sick, move on to the self-loathing stage and you would have still got back home before you’d even got to the front of the queue to order a Big Mac and large fries in Waterlooville.


Eat, sleep, work, repeat. It’s a common theme through most of our lives.

But fear not, there could be hope for us all as former Argos security guard Adama Barrow has been voted in as president of Gambia.

He says he owes his career success to his tough years spent in London.

Well it could be about to get tougher. Because in claiming victory, Barrow has deposed a man who allegedly once force-fed an entire village with hallucinogens after believing they bewitched his auntie.

Just the sort of bloke to make a enemy of.

So I wonder how long it will be before Barrow harks back to the good old days when he used to spend his time stopping people stealing catalogues and packets of double A batteries?