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Fratton Park for Portsmouth v Sunderland 2nd leg play off semi final

SAFCBlog Saturday Service

This Day Last Year…..

Portsmouth Sunderland play off semi final leg 2

This Day This Year…..

No footie, it seems pretty inevitable that League 1 will be wrapped up next week. The smart money looks to be on Points Per Game, which means we’ll miss the play offs – as previously stated, there’s not a fair solution. There will always be a degree of self preservation and turkeys not voting for Christmas? Unless the decision is made by an Independent Body/Commission, there will always be ongoing arguments for every outcome. It really is fine margins, Mandron scoring with the last kick for Gillingham, us not turning up at Bristol Rovers etc…..

I’m the absolute polar opposite of impartial/independent, I think Sunderland will win every thine they take to pitch, and rightly so. Ironically that’s part of the problem, as matters of the heart are being decided by heads! I’m dead chuffed to have stayed healthy and safe through this horrible situation and will accept any decision with good grace – if you don’t know how to accept defeat in sport, you’ve got to learn how.

We have 8 games remaining, Peterborough at home is tough, (home advantage huge), Rotherham Away on the last day, (anything could happen, they could be on the beach etc) and 6 games against the teams currently in 13th, 22nd, 16th, 20th, 12th and 17th. Whilst I’d normally make a case for it not necessarily a good thing playing teams fighting for survival, this year is different as Bolton, Southend and Tranmere look to be cut adrift?

Anyway – what will be will be – but I’m absolutely sure we’d have at least made the playoffs? This time last year, it was all about the playoffs…..

Thursday 16th May 2019 – 7.45pm

Yep that’s right, Thursday night! The game is live on SKY, so there’s obviously the option of saving a few hundred quid and not taking what is essentially a 2 day trip….. that would be just plain daft?

Eastleigh miles from Sunderland
Eastleigh is a long way…..
Portsmouth is even further…..
Fratton Park for Portsmouth v Sunderland 2nd leg play off semi final
SAFCBlog are here…..
Sunderland at Fratton Park
The Lads are here…..
Kevin Phillips at Fratton Park
Even Super Kev is here……

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On the off chance anyone is still reading….. here’s the SAFCBlog of the night on the South Coast this time a year ago

Regular readers, (I know, I know), of this blog, will be aware I’ve been sceptical of Stewart Donald from day 1. Not the time to offer an opinion ~ but things don’t look good? Transparency is a nice idea…. but the Chairman drinking with and tweeting fans etc, is lovely when things are sailing on the calm? Always a danger it would end in tears? Hopefully he has a good weekend in Vegas? Real Cliche… “but it’s really hard to have it all ways?”, if you take the adulation, you have to accept their will be opinions expressed. These can either be a) taken on the chin or b) not what was said in a). Hopefully it’ll all work out great, and SAFCBlog doesn’t have an opinion either way. The media team at SAFCBlog received an email this morning from Mr J. Ross of Paisley suggesting…. “they gambled on promotion and lost, the jobs mostly fucked now I’d say?” As always, our wonderful game is ‘a game of opinions?’.

SAFCBlog media team continue to be busy with vital communications; mostly irrelevant shite ~ but regular contributor Colin Greenwood’s emailed so say he was off on holiday to Lesbos ~ suspect he’s not, but it’s a nice idea?

After a 1~0 win in front of a shite crowd, the away leg wasn’t a decent game ~ but it was a great night.

The game at Portsmouth in May was a desperate spectacle…. but, it was a tense evening and the delight at the final whistle was just amazing.

It’d been a long season, 1st one without dad; but myself and brother, (bearded fool enjoyed the season as a bit of a distraction / healing process ~ look forward to watching lots more turgid 1~1 draws all over the country next season).

Portsmouth a fucking long way and Thursday night a great time for a game? If I had a proper job, it would have needed 2, (two), days off work ~ anyway managed to free up 2 days and bearded fool arranged for someone to water his leeks, (yes really)… the Portsmouth road trip was go!

Portsmouth looked lovely for the a fantastic D~Day celebrations on TV. The bits we saw were shite!

In the penultimate article of this series ….

It’s words, pictures, videos

WORDS

Shite game, but very tense. Deserved the draw. Fantastic atmosphere. Get quite pissed post match.

PICTURES

It’s absolutely fucking miles away
Nearer to France than Birmingham!!!!
Proper traditional ground. Those floodlights? Just lovely 
Job done ⚽️
1.45am – Fratton, Portsmouth…..
 




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