Read the script to Fratton soap opera

The iconic Ours image from the opening game of the season. Picture: Joe Pepler
The iconic Ours image from the opening game of the season. Picture: Joe Pepler

So as the curtain comes down on another eventful season at Fratton Park and the club’s players head off to Ibiza or Marbella or wherever they’re going, the time is right to reflect on the past nine months.

And what better way to do that than in the words of those at the heart of events which have unfolded down at PO4.


The Fratton End makes it’s iconic proclamation as Pompey begin their first full season as the UK’s biggest community-owned club

‘We made some sloppy errors and I made a mistake by going for it and being positive with 35 minutes left’

Guy Whittingham puts his hands up as he rues an opening-day

horror show against Oxford

‘We have all let people down

The season hits a shambolic low at York, and Whittingham is not happy

‘That’s the sort of performance we should have’

Guy sees Pompey respond to the

York debacle by thumping

high-flying Rochdale

‘Just eating lunch on my bike’

Simon Ferry begins his love affair with his racing bike (@Duncanthebike)

‘I want to riiiide my bicycle I want to ride my bike absolute tuuuuuuune’

Duncan has his say on the Queen classic via his Twitter account

‘It was the best feeling of my life’

Ryan Bird has just scored his first Pompey goal at Torquay

‘I will not make any excuses. I didn’t after everything last season – and I won’t now’

Whittingham puts on a brave face aftter a new low at AFC Wimbledon

‘That was embarrassing’

The home crowd after another Fratton defeat against Scunthorpe

‘All the board really care, they want to get this right, we all want to get this right, but it is important we stick together to do this because it is not an easy task to do with those expectations’

Whittingham’s final press conference before Pompey played Southend. Hours later he was sacked

‘We were slipping towards the relegation zone. We are nearer to that rather than promotion now. That is what spooked the board’

Chief executive Mark Catlin on why Whittingham was sacked

‘I want the game to be entertaining. I want it to be entertaining for the fans’

Richie Barker is unveiled as Blues boss

‘I think he is someone the fans will relate to on the touchline.’

McInnes is expecting passion from his new manager in the technical area.

‘Am I concerned about relegation? I am concerned about the players’

Barker makes his feelings known about his squad after the weak

loss at Bristol Rovers

‘Are they lacking in mental desire? It looks that way to me’

Things are getting worse for Barker after being thrashed at Scunthorpe

‘I thought some of our football was excellent’

But a chink of light for the Pompey boss at league leaders Chesterfield

‘I am not everybody’s cup of tea, so what – it’s not the end of the world’

Pompey boss Barker memorably says he doesn’t fear the sack

‘The truth of the matter is we want our destiny in our own hands and that was the motivation for the conversation’

Pompey chairman Iain McInnes explains why the decision was

made to sack Barker

‘I am convinced we will stay up’

Andy Awford steps up

‘Smile. Believe’

The white board at Newport County, as a new mentality is impressed on Pompey’s players

‘We need to create that Stockport atmosphere.

‘That’s what we need and that’s what we’ll have’

Awfs calls for the spirit of ’98

‘We love to sing the Great Escape but I think we should play whatever the theme tune is for the Charge Of The Light Brigade’

McInnes is a fan of

the expansive football

produced under Awford

‘It seems like it was written in the stars that I’d score’

Danny East scores the winner against former side Northampton on the day survival is assured

‘Everybody around the club and the whole city have played a major part and “well done” to everybody’

Pompey’s new manager, Awford, celebrates a united city

keeping Pompey up