by Neil Weld
Pompey waved goodbye to the Championship with a 2-0 defeat at Nottingham Forest.
But the result was unimportant – it was what happened off the pitch that will stick in the memory.
Blues fans have had to suffer through relegation and another administration this season, but their support has been unwavering.
There was a carnival atmosphere at the City Ground, with many supporters turning up in fancy dress.
There were Elvises, Smurfs, Robin Hoods – and even one fan dressed as Postman Pat with her wheelchair customised to look like a postal van!
Then there were the songs about going to Shrewsbury and a League One tour.
Many clubs’ fans would be left downbeat by such a traumatic season, but Pompey supporters just cheer even louder.
And it has not gone unnoticed by those on the pitch.
“The fans have been amazing and kept us believing in ourselves,” said Joel Ward. “That’s why we kept fighting right until the end.
“They’re fantastic and our backbone – they make us dig that little bit deeper and get more out of ourselves.
“It’s a shame we couldn’t get a win for them at the end, but we stuck at it and can keep our heads held high despite everything that’s gone on this season.
“There wasn’t much in the game and we just needed a touch of quality or a ball into the box, so we’re disappointed to leave with nothing.”
Even former Blues boss Steve Cotterill – now in charge at the City Ground – felt compelled to praise the Pompey fans.
He said: “Hopefully they can get an owner that’s fit and proper because it’s a great club with great traditions. I have to thank them for the great reception they gave me.”