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Pompey progression 'amazes' James

When David James left Man City to sign for us in the summer of 2006 he had just been part of 2006 world cup with England, whilst I believe Man City had just narrowly missed out on European qualification - I think a missed penalty in their final game of the season with Boro proving the difference? Pompey on the other hand had just embarked on our 'great escape'...

Thinking about these things it is little wonder that James has admitted that the progress Pompey have made since he signed has 'amazed' him: 'when I arrived at Pompey I could never have envisaged the progress I have made nor the progress that the club has made as a whole.

'It was a great move for me and I liked the club from the first day I signed.

'Last season was great. It was very positive and productive, but this year we have really moved on and it was important that we achieved that.

'With the acquisitions that we have made and the players we've got, the team has been tremendous. The amazing thing is that the team did that well last season without losing too many players'.

To be honest I never tire of saying 'I cannot believe how far we have come'. I know Harry Redknapp likes to remind us from time to time with his 'we were playing Grimsby - and so on - just 5 years ago' speeches, but the transformation in the past couple of years alone has been incredible.

Can anyone honestly say hand on heart that when we did enjoy our great escape that they thought we would be in the top 10 the season after, or be close to the top 5 the one after that and in the FA cup final?

From the minute we did survive in 2005/06 I had this feeling we would then move onwards and upwards, but have to confess I did not think it would be quite so dramatic.

All being well I can see no reason why we cannot continue our climb, but I am not expecting anything, I am just hoping for it and will continue to enjoy every moment of this success - it has been a long time in coming so lets bask in this glory and enjoy it, we have earned it!

PLAY UP POMPEY!

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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday April 14 2008

Time: 8:33AM

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can still not figure out why we let James leave Villa. He would have been a legend by now and we've never had better since. We brought in Peter Schmeichel which was more a publicity thing as he was at the end of his career. Ho and indeed hum!
The Fear
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14/04/2008 09:14:00

World Cup 2006 dude. The last Euro's were in 2004. Anyway I like Pompey and hope you win the FA Cup.
Real Deal
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14/04/2008 09:27:00

Amazing is an understatement I think.. although many of us thought that we were on the up after the Great Escape I agree with Rug that very few (or indeed anybody) would have predicted we'd come this far so quickly BUT we have to keep building as were are only as good as we are today .. look at Bolton who would have thought they'd be where they are.... I thing I like most about the article is Jameo's modesty.... after all he is probably the player that has contributed the most to where we are today .. without him we couldn't have done it... Is there another player we can really say that about ?
Chix
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14/04/2008 10:41:00

right you are Real Deal - change made... we're always crap in whatever tournament it is anyway, if we even make it!
pompeyrug
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14/04/2008 12:34:00

its been a team effort, but you are spot on Chix jamo has without bout cortribute the most to our dramatic rise - what a signing he has proved, 'arry's best for pompey probably? arguably 'arry's best signing with any club...
pompeyrug
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14/04/2008 12:36:00

Chixy is is dead right. I expected us to push mon after the Great Escape but mid table obscurity wiould have sufficed. Now we are top six and Cup finalist and it is incredible. Jamo has played a huge part in that progress without doubt and deserves all the acollades and his England place back.
eastneydave
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14/04/2008 12:40:00

Ons small step for man, one giant step for Pompey. From bottom 6 to top 6. Keep it there.
storagematt
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14/04/2008 13:42:00

...or higher :-)
pompeyrug
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14/04/2008 17:36:00

i saw it coming all along ;-)
pompeycarpet
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14/04/2008 20:01:00

Still can't believe we're in the cup final!
tracyc
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14/04/2008 21:56:00

when james retires we only have ashdown.Begovic is poor when he played for bournemouth against swindon let 5 goals in , kicking didn't even reach half way line ! and he was booting the ball against the defenders !
stfc ballboy
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15/04/2008 10:29:00

its not all bad though! we have a 16 year old keeper coming through who is very highly rated... and also, jamo will stay with us for a long time to come, he is unbeleivably fit, his decision making is only getting better, so untill the point where he inevitably suffers a career ending injury (or he gets to 50) - which at his current injury rate is...unlikely...he will be playing for a long time to come!
pompeycarpet
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15/04/2008 17:42:00

infact, his save against martins - i have no idea how he got down to it! if it were me, i would have just stuck my leg out and hoped (im quite good at hoping!) but he somehow managed to get down to the ground in less time than martins got the ball from the edge of the 6yard area!!!
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