Page last updated at 13:10 GMT, Wednesday, 14 May 2008 14:10 UK

Bluebird ruffles Pompey feathers

Pompey flag
Vaughan Roberts, who lives in Portsmouth, took this picture in the city

Cardiff City fan Vaughan Roberts has been proudly wearing his Bluebirds top around his home city - Portsmouth!

Vaughan, 42, has lived in the Portsmouth area for 20 years, but will be cheering on Cardiff in the FA Cup final at Wembley on Saturday.

And he has been enjoying the banter from Pompey fans who have spotted his Cardiff City shirt.

"I get jeers and boos but I haven't had any threats, it's all been good fun," said Vaughan.

"I was putting my flag out on my balcony the other evening and two lads walked past.

"One went 'boo' and the other was cheering because he was a Southampton fan."

Vaughan, who is originally from the Rhiwbina suburb of Cardiff, said the attitude of Portsmouth fans to Cardiff had changed recently.

"They have become quiet over the past fortnight," he said.

"The chants of 'who are you?' at work have changed to 'may the best club win' and 'it's the taking part that matters'.

Vaughan Roberts
I've got a lot of friends who support Portsmouth and their support is very similar to ours
Vaughan Roberts
"They're getting a bit nervous!"

And just like in Cardiff, many Portsmouth fans have decorated their houses with flags and scarves in the build up to the game.

"I've just been past Fratton Park {Portsmouth's home ground} this morning and it's littered with flags around there," said Vaughan.

"There's a flag outside a house that says 'don't let the Welsh get their hands on the English FA Cup!'"

And Vaughan, who is a chef, has certainly made the most of winding up Portsmouth supporters at work.

"I was doing the Ayatollah all morning the other day and I think I was getting on their nerves eventually!" he said.

But he admits he has a lot of respect for Portsmouth fans and has occasionally watched Pompey play.

"I've got a lot of friends who support Portsmouth and their support is very similar to ours," he said.

"It's a naval town and it's a working class area and they are a very passionate breed."

But Vaughan will be backing Cardiff all the way on Saturday and he believes they can put one over the team from his adopted home city.

"Yes, I think we can do it, I've got a good feeling," he said.



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