Hawks trip top of the costs for Pompey fans

Paul Cook takes his side to Westleigh Park to face the Hawks on Saturday. Picture: Sarah Standing (150875-8536)
Paul Cook takes his side to Westleigh Park to face the Hawks on Saturday. Picture: Sarah Standing (150875-8536)

Pompey fans are being asked to pay more for Saturday’s trip to the Hawks than any of their other pre-season fixtures.

The Westleigh Park clash has become a traditional and popular curtain-raiser for the Blues’ summer friendlies.

However, this year supporters must pay £15 for adult tickets, £10 concessions and £5 for juniors (under-16s).

That represents a rise on the club’s usual top price admission of £12.

As a gesture of goodwill by Pompey, the Hawks will again be allowed to keep all gate receipts from Saturday’s latest encounter.

It reflects the close relationship between the clubs, with the hosts also given complete control over the prices for what is a vital money-spinner.

Yet there has been criticism from some sections of the Fratton faithful over the pricing for a game which last season attracted an estimated crowd of 2,500.

In comparison, the Friday, July 17 trip to Bognor is priced at £10 for adults and £3 for juniors (under-18s).

The following day (July 18), Paul Cook’s side travel to Gosport Borough, who this week announced pricing of £13 for adults, £9 senior citizens and £5 for juniors.

On Friday, July 24, Woking are the opposition, charging £10 for adults, £5 for seniors and students, while juniors (under-16s) are allowed in free of charge.

Pompey’s final pre-season fixture is to be held at League One side Gillingham, managed by former Blues defender Justin Edinburgh.

Their tickets are priced 
at £12 for adults, £6 for seniors and juniors, with children (under-12s) getting in for £1.

Incidentally, Pompey are charging adults £10 for their Capital One Cup fixture with Derby on August 12.

The Hawks were unavailable for comment.