Portsmouth are expected to bring at least 1,000 fans to the Globe Arena on Saturday on one of the biggest days of Morecambe’s season.
The strong travelling contingent from the south coast is set to create one of the biggest crowds of the season as the Shrimps look to pick up their first win since Boxing Day.
As of Monday afternoon, Pompey had sold around 650 of their allocation of 1,500 tickets for the match but with a few days to go to the game they are expected to reach the four-figure number of travelling fans they have had for almost all their games on the road this season.
And the allure for Portsmouth fans of seeing new grounds, despite them being less grand than in previous years, shows no sign of wearing off.
The Fratton Park outfit’s fall from grace is well documented, but under new fan ownership, the Pompey Trust, the club made a host of signings and were many people’s favourites to win League 2 on their first season in the fourth tier of English football since the late 1970s.
But ahead of their trip to the Globe Arena, Richie Barker’s side find themselves 21st the table, just two points above the League 2 drop zone.
A rundown of the squad suggests that on paper, Pompey should be far higher with experienced Football League campaigners such as David Connolly, Patrick Agyemang and new signing Nicky Shorey in their ranks.
But a run of six consecutive games conceding two goals saw popular former player Guy Whittingham get the sack in November as his side and new arrivals lacked the consistency necessary for a run at promotion.
Barker then arrived in December with Steve Coppell coming in as director of football.
Things have tightened up at the back since with their struggles now in the final third, with three players on five goals demonstrating the lack of an out-and-out goalscorer, but the former Bury and Crawley boss has set a platform for his side to build on and grind their way up the League 2 table.
Ryan Taylor has arrived from Bristol City in a bid to solve the goalscoring problem and is one of six new signings by Barker, taking the squad size to an over-inflated 29.
They may have struggled to adapt to the Football League’s bottom tier, but there is no doubt Pompey’s visit has all the hallmarks of being one of the more memorable days at the Globe Arena this season.