Hermann treasures ‘emotional’ Fratton return

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Hermann Hreidarsson was given the Pompey send-off he dreamed of and admitted: It has been emotional.

A crowd of 6,780 turned out to watch the visit of his Icelandic side IBV against a Pompey XI last night.

Hermann Hreidarsson turns out for Pompey against IBV last night   Picture: Ian Hargreaves

Hermann Hreidarsson turns out for Pompey against IBV last night Picture: Ian Hargreaves

The friendly, which finished 2-1 to the hosts, also saw Svetoslav Todorov, Linvoy Primus, Mark Kelly and Guy Whittingham pull on the famous Blues shirt once again.

Yet all eyes were on Hreidarsson.

The Pompey hero never had the chance to say his farewells to the fans when he left for Coventry in January 2012 after four-and-a-half seasons and 123 appearances.

Yesterday, though, gave him that ‘closure’ as well as seeing profits from the match go to owners-in-waiting the Pompey Supporters’ Trust.

And Hreidarsson was delighted he was able to help.

He said: ‘It was a great turn-out but great for the football club, more importantly.

‘I just wanted to try to promote it and get as many people as possible. There’s a feel-good factor now with the club being in the right hands.

‘You could feel the atmosphere, there was a relief among everyone and now there’s a new era, a new beginning.

‘For me it brought back some memories, definitely. And it gave me closure.

‘It meant a lot to me to be fair, it was a little bit emotional. It probably worked out better than I thought it would be. I got to play some of the second half as well, but I was trying to get warm!

‘I came on in midfield and tried to get into the game but it didn’t really happen did it. I did one pass and it was to the opposition – but it was a good one!

‘It has been a great opportunity to give something back. Football has been great to me and I have lived with the fans at Fratton Park.

‘To be able to give something back is a great feeling.

‘It’s a new era and let’s hope everyone involved sticks to their guns.

‘I am sure every decision now will be made to benefit the club and the fans, nobody else.

‘Small steps now into the right direction and, sooner rather than later, this will be a successful club.

‘It might not be in the Premier League or Europe, but it might be a successful club in the Championship.

‘Let’s just get it back on its feet, where it belongs.’

The 38-year-old was introduced into the action in the 64th minute last night.

He later switched sides minutes from the end, taking the shirt of Nick Awford to represent Pompey once again.

Hreidarsson confirmed IBV paid for their accommodation and transport, ensuring the Trust were not lumbered with any extra costs.

And after spending the past week in England, it is now time to return home.

He added: ‘We go back to Iceland today.

‘It was a good test for us, a good tempo game. I was pleased with it.’