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it went badly for Pompey - like a particular incident where some of the 6
on 6 July 2017
Although a Saints fan, I went to quite a few Pompey away games, especially in London during the casual years. Pompey's following was immense.
This book seems to be an honest, rough-and-ready account of this era. More chaos than planning.
You get the camaraderie among working class lads from what is an island. The loyalty to Pompey is intense - and still is today.
In the book there's a running theme of despising Saints fans - and wanting to tell the world. This is the classic 'chip on the shoulder' spirit of Pompey that's alive and present today.
In truth, the two sets of fans rarely met. The few times they did, it went badly for Pompey - like a particular incident where some of the 6.57 waltzed into the Saints casuals pub and things went downhill for them. In fairness, the book covers this.
Had the two sides squared up in numbers, I'm sure the 6.57 would have overrun Saints. But the constant dismissing of Saints isn't warranted. Other books (eg. Scally by Everton's Andy Nicholls) tell a different story about Saints casuals.
A lot of people admire Pompey fans/6.57. What I'd say is this ... you don't have to live next door to them!
Footnote: I'm pretty sure I bumped into author Rob Silvester in Cambrils, Spain, around 10 years ago. He was wearing a Pompey shirt. I went over and we chatted about football, etc. Then I revealed I was a Saints fan and he ended the conversation immediately with "Oh no, you're not are you?" and walked away. It runs deep. (Sorry Rob if that wasn't you.)