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Linvoy ready to fulfil his dream!

Having missed out on his chance to play at Wembley last season due to injury, despite fulfilling his boyhood dream of lifting the FA cup as a player - as he had told his parents he would as a kid - to the loudest cheer of all who lifted it, Linvoy Primus is set to finally get a taste of running out onto the hallowed Wembley turf in a Pompey kit on Sunday.

As he told The News he does not care how long he gets, just as long as he can play a part: 'to feature on Sunday would be a boyhood dream lived.

'I told my parents years and years ago that one day I would be up there holding the FA Cup - and I was.

'But to actually get out on the turf would be something in my life which I probably didn't think was going to happen as a professional.

'If you ask most players where they would most like to play in most countries, they would say Wembley.

'For me, even if it's a minute that would be great.

'I want to be part of the squad, making it on the bench. I don't want anyone to get injured so I can get the chance, but I just hope the opportunity comes.

'There's a chance I may feature but even if I don't make it, to just be at this stage where I am now, it will be an achievement after those dark nights.

'For the club alone to reach Wembley three times in four months is amazing and Sunday sums up the achievement of last season.

'But I want to be involved as well and I hope there will be an opportunity to get out there.

'All I've tried to do so far this pre-season is get games under my belt so hopefully I can be in the squad - and then we'll see from there.'

Primus will play a part, of that I have absolutely no doubt at all. My heart wants him to start as he has earned this, but my head says he will feature, but from the bench - a lot depends on the fitness of Sol Campbell really, who has been struggling with a virus picked up in Africa...

A full 90 minutes was played against Havant this week, his first in over a year, and he has featured in several pre-season games home and abroad and he is happy with his progress: 'I'm happy the way things have gone, although obviously I still need another few 90 minutes to really get back to feeling normal on the pitch.

'Everything feels good physically, but there's a sharpness I need to get where I have not played for so long.

'That's going to come but I'm happy where I am and if I'm part of the squad on Sunday I'll be pleased.

'My first 90 minutes against the Hawks was important, but you don't feel your best until your third or fourth 90 minutes.

'But so far there's been no problem, so that's another hurdle for me since coming back.'

The sentimental part of me wants him to not only be handed a start, but to also be handed the captains armband - which if Campbell is not fit then there is a good chance he will start - but as Sylvain Distin is next in line it would probably be him that would lead us out against Manyoo.

Either way I intend to make the most of this day out and enjoy every minute of it, as it is a day that we have nothing to lose. We should just go out and play our football - if we win it will be a fantastic boost ahead of the season. If we lose so be it, we are not expected to win are we? Or are we...


Peter Crouch on the other hand is going to Wembley with the intention of winning, as he restarts his second spell with Pompey with his first competitive game since returning. During pre-season he has bagged a few goals, now he wants another against Manyoo!

He has memories of scoring the winning goal in the charity shield against Chelski a couple of years back, and hopes to do the same again: 'I have great memories of that day, scoring the winner against Chelsea, I'm really looking forward to Sunday.

'It is going to be a really difficult match but we will be fit and ready and hopefully we will give them a good game.

'It's a fantastic occasion - like a cup final. It's the first game of the season and all the new signings are out.'

It would be great to see him open his account for Pompey - or should that be add to his account! - in a game that we should be really up for. It will also be good to get a real good look at his partnership with Jermain Defoe, which will be something special this season.

As said previously, I am going all out to enjoy this day because as much as I hope it is not, this might be the last visit we make to Wembley as Pompey fans so we must make the most of what will be a fantastic day out, with no pressure attached to it...


And finally, to round up some transfer gossip today Juventus are said to be interested in John Utaka - unlikely, but you never know...

Despite it claimed that Sean Davis had already rejected a move to Celtic fresh reports - or are they just recycled in a different red top? - claim that they are back in with a 2.5m offer, which although not overly appealing to him could tempt him...

This money would then be put towards a deal to secure Younes Kaboul - who desperately wants to move to Pompey, but could join Nicky Shorey at Villa...

Thoughts on all please guys!


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday August 8 2008

Time: 12:01PM

Your Comments

No one begrudge the man of the fans, our beloved linvoy, his moment playing at Wembley.
i dont want davis to go as he works hard for the team but on the other hand i do to get kaboul.Sunday would be a great day if linvoy primus was captain for the match as he loves the club and puts 100% in unlike some (utaka).Cant wait to see defoe + crouch up front banging the goals in.PUP we gunna win (0-1) !!
stfc ballboy
i think Harry will be giving as many people a run out on the "hollwed turf" as possible. they all deserve the chance, but linvoy more than any of them
No-one in the world of football would deny Linvoy his momnt of glory. Having spoken to him myself I know just how much he wants to play at Wembley. It would so much to the fans too.
Delighted for the man, proper footballer, loyal and worth his salt. Hope he gets the 90th minute winner.
Had we thought about it sooner we could have all payed tribute to the big man and all bought some fake dreadlocks to wear on the day! A stadium with thousands of dreaded (the hair that is) fans would have been amazing. It will be another highlight when Linvoy gets to run out onto the pitch! Lets hope he gets more than a few minutes.
Linvoy to head in a mendes corner in the 85th minute to win it 3-2 that would be special.
the atmosphere if linvoy comes on at wembley will be amazing. almost as good as when we won the fa cup!
you're right there bakes, imagine the noise if/when the great man comes on!
What a shame he didn't .. would have been got to see him get an ovation especailly at wembley.. but looks like we and he will have to wait a little longer..

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