Portsmouth’s title winning campaign in League Two last season has been a refreshing change for the club’s supporters following years of financial turmoil and relegations.
With Pompey embarking on a campaign in League One this season, I spoke to someone who would know the club best, lifelong supporter Adam Murphy (@adampfc40), to explain in brief what is has been like following the club in recent times, and what he expects for the upcoming season.
Hi Adam, first of all, why do you support Portsmouth Football Club?
“First of all I grew up in Fareham, a town outside of Portsmouth. I then went to my first game when I was young, it was a pre-season game and Lua Lua scored two.”
Following a turbulent few years for your club, how do you feel after last season?
“Last season was brilliant. It wasn’t easy but we showed unbelievable character to close the gap on Carlisle and get that last automatic place. Also, to win the league how we did, just unbelievable!”
Former Portsmouth manager Paul Cook departed the club following the 2016/17 season and has since joined fellow League One side Wigan Athletic. Former Wolves and Rotherham United manager Kenny Jackett has now took the helm at Portsmouth.
Do you think Paul Cook’s departure will have hindered the team’s chances of success this season?
“No, Cook took us as far as I think he possibly could. Jackett is a good league one manager and I have faith in him to do the job.”
Is there any particular fixture(s) that you’re looking forward to?
“I’m looking forward to games like Bradford and Rotherham because they’ll be new stadiums for me to go to!”
Who will be the key player for Pompey next season?
“Christian Burgess at centre-back will have to be on top of his game, he’s a very good player. However wingers such as the likes of Kal Naismith and Kyle Bennett will be crucial to our success.”
How successful has this transfer window been for yourselves so far?
“I’m happy with the signing of Brett Pitman. Good striker!”
Pitman has joined Portsmouth on a three-year deal from Championship side Ipswich Town. The 29 year-old believes that joining Pompey is an: “opportunity to push on and hopefully get promoted again”.
Finally Adam, where do you think you’ll finish come the end of the season?
“Anywhere but in the relegation zone! But ideally the playoffs or automatic promotion would be great, but a season to find our feet wouldn’t be that bad for a club like us, especially after what we’ve been through.”
Portsmouth will face Rochdale at home on August 5th to start their campaign back in League One.
Many thanks to Adam for talking to me, and the best of luck for the upcoming season. Follow me on Twitter: @GeorgeS_Sport