I figured it would be a good gesture to provide a bit of a backdrop for Wednesday's match with some info even the most casual fan may appreciate. Much like the city of Charleston, Portsmouth, England is an important port city with a rich maritime history. Portsmouth F.C. was formed in 1898 and Fratton Park has been their stomping grounds since day one. In a recent survey/study, the fans of the club a.k.a. The Blue Army, were voted the ugliest in all England. The most notable of these is of course, John Anthony Portsmouth Football Club Westwood. He can be recognized by his stovepipe hat, blue wig, 60+ PFC tatoos, and usually a bugle/handbell. Pompey were twice the champions of all England, boasting back to back titles in 1949 & 1950. The last major trophy won by the Blue Army was the 2008 FA Cup. Portsmouth won the FA Cup in 1939 as well.
|PFC fans revel after winning the 2008 FA Cup|
|Historic Fratton Park|