Pompey closing in on 11,000 season ticket sales

Pompey fans. Crowd. Pompey v Plymouth Argyle. Fratton Park. League Two. Saturday, May 3, 2014. Picture: Joe Pepler
Pompey fans. Crowd. Pompey v Plymouth Argyle. Fratton Park. League Two. Saturday, May 3, 2014. Picture: Joe Pepler
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Pompey are approaching 11,000 season-ticket sales with eight days to go before the League Two kick off.

The Fratton faithful have so far managed to comfortably outstrip the 10,660 sold last year.

Now they are homing in on smashing the 11,000 mark ahead of the Football League’s August 9 start.

That progress comes in a week when away tickets for the opener at Exeter were almost sold out within a day.

Around 1,600 were put on sale from 7am yesterday, ensuring long queues outside the ticket office stretching down Frogmore Road. By close of play yesterday, only 100 remained as it heads towards an away sell-out for the trip to St James Park a week tomorrow.

Excitement is building for the start of Andy Awford’s League Two campaign as the Blues seek to improve on last year’s relegation struggle.

An average of 15,460 attended Fratton Park matches – a figure which could well also be beaten during the new season.

The visit to Exeter is already guaranteed to easily surpass the club’s average away attendance of 1,136 last term. Compare those figures to 2012-13 in League One, with an average home attendance of 12,232 and away crowds of 894.

That relegation year also saw 8,080 season tickets sold.

Meanwhile, the new Pompey home kit is to be unveiled to supporters on Monday morning.

Fans are invited to 
Fratton Park from 10am to watch Awford’s squad hold 
an open training session staged on the new playing surface.

Before it gets under way, however, the latest strip will be launched on the pitch in front of the supporters at 10.30am.

Afterwards, the players will meet fans and sign autographs in the Alliance Lounge, situated behind the Fratton End.

Monday afternoon will also see the unveiling of two new memorial stones at Fratton Park to commemorate the Pompey Pals.

More than 1,400 members from Portsmouth Battalions of the Hampshire Regiment died in the First World War.

Now, in conjunction with the club, memorials are to be opened outside the club’s Frogmore Road offices.