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Andy Awford has called for the spirit of ’98 to return to Fratton Park.

And the Blues boss has pinpointed the famous ‘wall of noise’ clash against Stockport in February of that year as the yardstick for this Saturday’s showdown against Hartlepool.

The News are getting behind Awfs’ war cry this week as the countdown to the crucial clash gathers pace.

We have been asking you for some of your most awe-inspiring shows of force by Pompey fans ahead of the game.

There are no shortage of options from down the years – but here are some of your favourites to offer you all some inspiration ahead of the weekend.

Pompey 2 AC Milan 2

Fratton Park, November 27, 2008

The day the Italian giants left Fratton Park in awe.

Pompey’s grand, old lady was at it’s bearpit best for the visit of the Rossoneri.

The ground reverberated to endless chants of ‘Tony Adams’ blue and white army’, and Ronaldinho & Co showed their appreciation to a special atmosphere afterwards.

Pompey 4 Southampton 1

Fratton Park, April 24, 2005

The demolition derby.

Harry Redknapp had jumped ship and ran a gauntlet of hate as he returned as Southampton boss a few months later.

Lomana Lualua inspired Pompey as they smashed in four goals in 27 minutes and their deadly rivals couldn’t recover from the blow as they were relegated.

Blues fans will never tire of the ‘Amarillo’ and ‘easy, easy’ chants endlessly aired on that day in the sun.

Liverpool 4 Pompey 1

Anfield, October 28, 1980

A special night which has lived long in Pompey legend.

A travelling army of 12,000 took over the Anfield Road end of the league champions’ home.

They gave the division three side their renowned ticker-tape welcome and outsung Liverpool’s famous Kop choir throughout.

Pompey 2 Spurs 0

Wembley, April 11, 2010

Of all the visits to Wembley in recent years, it’s still the sweetest success for many Blues fans – topping even winning the FA Cup in 2008.

Harry Redknapp had jumped ship (again) with the likes of Niko Kranjcar, Jermain Defoe and Peter Crouch but Avram Grant’s heroes defied the odds to get the win.

Kevin-Prince Boateng’s killer second goal sparked a mass evacuation from Spurs fans who had been so confident of victory pre-match.

Crystal Palace 4 Pompey 1

Selhurst Park, November 7, 1998

Pompey have had some excellent followings at Selhurst Park over the years but this was a stand out.

Terry Venables and Fenwick had left the club as financial problems mounted and were the subject of anger from 4,500 travelling fans.

A third of them stayed for 30 minutes beyond the final whistle 
after cheering their team on – and 
had to be convinced to leave by Alan Ball, who addressed them after the defeat.

Pompey 2 Birmingham 0

Fratton Park, March 6, 2010

A big favourite among the Pompey online community, who voted this game one of their best for atmosphere.

The club was facing a winding-up petition but Frederic Piquionne’s double saw them return to Wembley.

‘They can break many things but you cannot break our spirit,’ said Avram Grant, for the first time in the wake of the game.

Vitoria Guimaraes 2 Pompey 2

Estádio D. Afonso Henriques,

October 2, 2008

It was gone midnight in the historic capital of Portugal and some of the more drunken Pompey souls in Guimaraes were struggling to stay awake.

But their team came from 
behind to progress in the Uefa Cup, as the European tour kicked into overdrive.

Arguably as memorable for the show of force in the sun (and 
booze) drenched Praca de 
Santiago square earlier that day as the game.

Pompey 1 Arsenal 5

Fratton Park, March 6, 2004

The night the love-in with Thierry Henry began. The French genius was majestic as the Gunners cruised to a 5-1 win but so were the Pompey fans.

Fratton Park showed their class by acknowledging Henry’s display – and the World Cup-winner returned appreciation by donning a Pompey shirt.

Pompey 1 Liverpool 1

Highbury, April 5, 1992

The day when Pompey felt the ecstasy and agony of football in seven heart-wrenching minutes.

Darren Anderton sent the 20,000 travelling Blue Army into delirium in extra-time but Ronnie Whelan levelled with four minutes left.

Another great ticker-tape occasion.