TO borrow the theme from a well-known Frank Sinatra song, the end is here and we must face the final Championship game - at least for the time being.
Hopefully we will only be on loan to League One for just a season.
The last three games have given me renewed belief in the club; let’s hope the financial constraints don’t mean us losing the nucleus of the team during the summer.
We probably may not have stayed up whatever team we turned out, but with the love and pride they have in the club, the ‘old guard’ would have given it their best shot.
We started our Championship campaign with an away win at Derby, and it was also in the Midlands where we finished our away campaign with a 2-0 win at Coventry.
Coventry’s defeat also condemned them to relegation.
I’m not sure how much of a threat they will pose because their financial plight, along with Pompey’s, will see them in a bigger mess than us next season.
The talk this week has been about Dick Watson and Terry Bramhall returning as directors and that can only be a good thing, although we must run the club more as a business so that it is not as much of a cash drain on the board.
The fans at the Ricoh were brilliant, turning up in fancy dress from the Flower Pot Men to Spiderman.
There were also inflatables, balloons and beach balls, and the backing they gave the team was tremendous.
The players obviously appreciated it because at the final whistle as they came over and to a man applauded us.
Our time in the Championship has been great and I am sorry it has to end, but it may be a blessing in disguise if we come back stronger and wiser.
Manager Dean Saunders has not had much praise since he has took over the club, but his focus on youth players has to be commended.
One of the products, teenage defender, James Husband was man-of-the-match on Saturday, and with five other youth players being offered contracts and Dean taking an interest in the Academy and it looking like we will have a reserve side next season, the right steps are being taken.
Ipswich are the visitors tomorrow and we have a chance of a rare double after beating them 3-2 Portman Road. That would be just the tonic to end the season.
With a number of players playing for contracts I believe we can do it and I’m tipping us to win 2-1. Supporters are asked to come in their red and white shirts and bring flags.
Paul Wilson and Paul Stancliffe’s under 18 team play Exeter City in the National Alliance Cup final at St James’s Park, on Tuesday.
The Supporters’ Club are running a coach, staying overnight in Torquay, and there are a few places left. The cost £60 including bed and breakfast. Tickets for the game are only a fiver for adults. Call me on 07961-727769 if you interested.
Next week sees my last column, meanwhile. enjoy the game tomorrow and let’s say ‘goodbye’ the Championship in style.
I’d like to think the Championship will be a sadder place without us next season.