Of all the terms bandied about in football ‘roller coaster’ is arguably the most overused one as anytime a club goes through a sticky patch or overachieves its often compared to the ups and downs of a fairground ride, when in fact it’s not quite so dramatic.
When it comes to Portsmouth F.C though, the term doesn’t do them justice as they’ve gone from Premier League stalwarts, to FA Cup winners to the brink of extinction in less than a decade. This season has seen some light at the end of the long dark Pompey tunnel as Paul Cook’s side sit third in League Two, a healthy eight points clear of fourth placed Luton Town.
Even for a club as famed for pulling disaster from the brink of success, it seems Pompey are destined to be playing in football’s third tier next season, the real question being ‘when’ will they achieve promotion rather than ‘if’ and fans have been taking to social media to discuss if Monday’s clash at Notts County could be time:
— PompeyNewsNow (@PompeyNewsNow) April 15, 2017
@PompeyNewsNow @Official_NCFC @LutonTown @mansfieldtownfc @SkyBetLeagueOne @officialpompey Part of me doesn’t want it to happen Monday. Would love to see them do it at home on Saturday. The old place would be rocking
— Gareth Bridges (@gjb1971) April 15, 2017
— joe french (@JoeArchiefrench) April 15, 2017
— gemma gratwick (@gratwickgem) April 15, 2017
— Allan Swan (@swanpfc) April 15, 2017
— shaun nicholls (@shaunnicholls86) April 15, 2017
— Joe Bloggs (@sensiblealias) April 15, 2017
@sensiblealias We win Luton fail to do the same we’re up. If not going to run onto Cambridge
— Pompey Fans (@HardcorePFC) April 15, 2017