Pompey eyeing another pre-season friendly

Pompey entertained Bournemouth in a pre-season friendly last season Picture: Joe Pepler
Pompey entertained Bournemouth in a pre-season friendly last season Picture: Joe Pepler
  • Pompey already have five pre-season friendlies lined up
  • Paul Cook’s squad fly out to Portugal on Friday for a week

POMPEY are looking to add at least one more fixture to their pre-season schedule.

The Blues currently have five matches lined-up from July 11.

We will try to look to have another one, but have come in with a pre-season more or less set up with the friendlies

Leam Richardson

These include games with non-league opposition in the form of the Hawks, Bognor, Gosport and Woking.

The final fixture is a trip to League One outfit Gillingham on Saturday, August 1.

However, Paul Cook is eyeing adding to a list largely drawn up by Gary Waddock and Paul Hardyman when they were overseeing first-team duties.

And assistant boss Leam Richardson revealed Bournemouth had already been approached about the possibility.

He said: ‘We will try to look to have another one, but have come in with a pre-season more or less set up with the friendlies.

‘There was also the Madness concert and the pitch being done, so it has been evident it is already in place.

‘But we will try to manipulate it as well with another couple of games.

‘We are looking at it. It is about whether we travel away for a couple of days or have a local one.

‘We spoke to Bournemouth the other week to see if they were available, anything conducive to us would be good.’

Last summer the Blues fulfilled six pre-season fixtures – with Bournemouth and Charlton the Football League opposition.

Others came against the Hawks, Bognor, Thurrock and Ebbsfleet – the latter a disappointing 3-0 defeat.

Similarly, under Guy Whittingham ahead of the 2013-14 campaign, six matches were played.

Once again Charlton and Bournemouth were opponents, with Spanish side Rayo Vallecano completing the trio of league sides.

This time around, Pompey are to face Hawks (July 11), Bognor (July 17), Gosport (July 18), Woking (July 24) and Gillingham (August 1).

In addition, a Pompey XI will travel to Burnham on Tuesday, August 4.

The Blues are scheduled to spend at week in Portugal from Friday.

However, it is understood no game will be part of that stay. Instead, that time away will be focused on training and team bonding to enabled the new-look squad to get to know each other.

Pompey are already returning to training early this year, with a start date of tomorrow.

That has been brought forward from June 29 as Cook sets about preparing his squad for the campaign.