UK time is: 05:14:51
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

The boys are back in town!

It seems like only yesterday that we were winning the FA cup, but we are now back in pre-season training, well with the exception of a few players, mostly those involved in the Euros or international games over the summer along with David James - all of which have been given an extra few days leave before returning later this week, or sometime next.

The lads were put through their paces as their fitness was checked, with almost all of the squad - bar the notable exceptions - including the returning Linvoy Primus, back after his yearlong injury and a new face, but a face and/or name that plenty will know Celestine Babayaro.

The Nigerian former Chelski and Newcastle full back is training with the team for a week, which I guess is 'a trial' ahead of a possible move? I believe Babayaro might still be a free agent following his release by Newcastle last season...

Here are some images courtesy of the Pompey Site.

pre-season1
New loanee Ben Sahar battles with Arnold Mvuemba during what I assume was the '2 touch' game played... I could be wrong but I think it is Danijel Subotic behind them?

pre-season2
What a welcome site, Linvoy Primus among those put through there paces. I think the 3rd one in is Chix's favourite Richard Duffy! And next to him I believe is Babayaro.

pre-season3
'I'm free', Sol Campbell puts the 'camp' in Campbell here as Marc Wilson gives a 'what are you doing' look... No doubt Papa Bouba Diop is lining up a shot as Martin Cranie looks on, surely planning to start a book on how high and wide it will be!

pre-season4
The master in action - from this shot alone you can see the style, grace and finesse that Pedro Mendes has and I reckon the no.15 you can see the legs of belongs to the one, the only, the legend that is Djimi Traore...

pre-season5
Sahar again with Sean Davis looking as though he is about to do his metatarsal! Maybe it is because of his 'red boots' Red boots! What is he thinking...

It is great to have the guys back in training, next week they are off to my part of the world for a training camp in Devon ahead of the friendly with Exeter next Wednesday night - I cannot wait!

PLAY UP POMPEY!

Join the Vital Pompey Debate




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday July 8 2008

Time: 9:10PM

Your Comments

Gets the juices flowing again, doesnt it!
pompey4me
So where is Babayaro? Apparantly he is having a trial. the left back is on a free from Newcastle. PS. Great headline, great song, great band. (showing my age again).
storagematt
Rug .. Do you know where the boys are staying in Devon.. Is it one of my old haunts ? ... might be worth a trip just ot say hello and get an exclusive or two ... If you don't know, let me and I'll happily spill the beans .. but not publicly as that aint fair.. Unless of course you are Manchester United playing Exeter and you provide the locals with pots and pans and throw an all night party so they couldn't sleep.. as if I'd do something like that.. ah my days in Devon .. what happy memories ..
Chix
matt i reckon that babayaro is the 4th one in (left-right) on the 2nd photo, the one that starts with linvoy...
couldnt tell you where they are staying in devon tbh chixy?
pompeyrug
Is Kanu back in training, or is that a silly question.
007
Great to see Linvoy with dreads flapping in the wind! Made my day when I saw pictures of him training online yesterday.
sneakay
babayaro is probaly going to being signed as cover, not as a regular. He is a free agent with a lot of Prem experience so why not sign him for a year ? If we are ravaged by injury we would be more than happy to have him playing. It also gives Harry extra cover in the middle with both Herman and Noe being able to play there if necessary rather than left back. Having said all that, I would still hope we sign a recognised left back. Shorey might get a better welcome than Bridge, but at the end of the day, if they are proud to pull on the blue shirt then their previous "errors of judgement" shouldn't be held against them ! Crouchie, we welcome you with open arms !!
stfc ballboy
Is Babayaro a better bet than Traore? Great to see ht eboys back especially Linvoy.
eastneydave
babayaro is better than traore - hell i had to 'retire' and im still better than djimi :-)
the thing that i dont get tho is why he signed a long-term deal with la galaxy but got released after only 45 minutes! he had problems with newcastle too didnt he...
pompeyrug
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Portsmouth Articles

On this day in history...23rd November (Sunday November 23 2014)

Stats: Pompey v Morecambe (Saturday November 22 2014)

On this day in history...22nd November (Saturday November 22 2014)

#PompeyPredictionsLeague - Update no.17 (Friday November 21 2014)

What, we cannot voice opinions now!? (Friday November 21 2014)

Pompey catch Matt Fish (Friday November 21 2014)

Good to see you old Bean... (Friday November 21 2014)

On this day in history...21st November (Friday November 21 2014)

Pompey assessment - Aldershot 1-0 Pompey (Thursday November 20 2014)

Archived Portsmouth Articles

List All Vital Pompey Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. pompeyrug 97
2. storagematt 36
3. Pompeytim 26
4. eastneydave 26
5. mslorna48 24
6. PFCblue 23
7. Jimsmithswig 19
8. Emsworthianblue 15
9. cornypomp 13
10. pompeygray 9

League Results (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
7. Bury 18 9 3 6 6 30
8. Newport 17 7 6 4 6 27
9. Exeter 18 7 6 5 1 27
10. Portsmouth 18 7 5 6 2 26
11. Morecambe 18 8 2 8 -1 26
12. Accrington 18 8 2 8 -3 26
13. Northampton 18 7 3 8 2 24

Breaking League News

High fives for City Ladies
York : 23/11/2014 18:03:00
That Wilkinson Red Card
Luton : 23/11/2014 12:31:00
250 Up for Tyler!
Luton : 23/11/2014 12:25:00
Still Disappointed at Burton Defeat
Luton : 23/11/2014 12:10:00
Mansfield v Argyle Match Highlights
Plymouth : 23/11/2014 12:09:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

MOTM v Morecambe?
Suggested By:  pompeyrug
Jones 1%
Fish 9%
Whatmough 0%
Robinson 0%
Butler 45%
Wallace 18%
Hollands 9%
Bean (90) 0%
Storey 9%
Taylor 9%
Westcarr 0%
Sub - Atangana (90) 0%