I'm rooting for Pompey this afternoon even though I have always been an Everton fan. I have many good memories of Fratton Park when I was stationed in Portsmouth. A gang of us used to walk from Eastney Barracks to the ground for every game they played. We always stood in the same area amongst the Pompey fans and always shouted for the opposition whoever they were, Arsenal; wolves or Liverpool. There was never any trouble and after the game we always retired to the same pub with the Pompey fans and had a few friendly arguments about the game we had just watched. Never, ever was there a hint of trouble. I am talking of the early 1950's of course and can remember Jimmy Dickenson; Scouler and of course the infamous goalkeeper who was convicted of taking bribes and throwing matches later on in his career. I won't mention his name just in case it's against the rules of something or other. But my over riding memories of Portsmouth and it's citizens are good ones. But then they would be of course, because most of them are descended from Matelots and Bootnecks anyway.
As I am a neutral I will probably support the underdogs plus Cardiff City have three Scots in their team so its Cardiff for me. That could change as the game goes on that is the beauty of being a neutral.
Actually, being a neutral means that you don't support any side - you don't care who wins - but I know what you mean. I'm supporting Cardiff this afeternoon for no better reason than that I'm half Welsh, which is a bit daft, because the othjer half of me is English.
You are of course correct and I realised as I continued with the entry that I had used the wrong word,so I will get off the fence and declare my support for Cardiff City. The celtic Welsh side is obviously stronger than the English side.