The Pompey Chimes: 4th April-11th April 2009
Welcome to the unofficial Pompey news round-up - your quick and easy Pompey news reference guide covering the last seven days.
Back to Premiership matters, and Pompey 'grind one out' in a 0-0 draw against Hull at the KC Stadium last week. Pompey took up their full allocation of away tickets for this vital clash, and it had it all. Johnson was sent off, Hreidarsson hit the post in the dying minutes, and you can read about the game here. Also, read Owenspompey's ratings of all involved at Hull here. If any of you want to get involved in rating the players after a game then give Rug a shout using envelope next to his name in the top right corner of the Vital page.
Don't forget to check out the official website for video highlights.
The reserves played again this week, and they took on West Bromwich Albion again for the second time in a week. The reserves did the double, with young Tom Kilbey bagging a glorious hat-trick to see off the Midlanders 3-0. Fantastic result given that our reserves is a very young side of mainly academy players, and the West Brom reserves include experienced players, such as ex-Pompey stopper Dean Kiely. You can read all about it here, and watch the highlights on the official site.
Pompey's academy squad were outgunned by the Gunners this week too, succumbing 5-0 to an impressive Arsenal side. Check out the official site for the video, although it doesn't make great viewing! The academy also played Norwich academy, losing 1-0. Check out the official site for the match report. The women beat Palace 2-0, with the official site having the match report.
Away from the playing staff, Pompey's accounts were announced this week, and I don't think it comes as a surprise that we actually made a £16m loss this financial year! Read all about it here.
The game against Sunderland has been moved to allow for TV coverage. Find out more details here.
The club once again showed that they are a caring club by sending Sol Campbell down to Naomi House to play football with some disadvantaged children. Check out the official site for Sol's views and to watch Pompey in the Community at work. Not only that, the football that they use is absolutely HUGE!
There is as ever plenty of squad reaction on the official website following our draw away to Hull. Richard Hughes, who had a rare start for Pompey at Hull, says that we need to use the Hull game as a platform for building on, and get points in our next games at Fratton Park. David James concentrated on the positives from the draw, saying that he is delighted with the clean sheet. Paul Hart, in a profoundly titled article called "Our Spirit Can Move Mountains", stated that he's pleased with the squad for their determination, and a point was something positive to take away given that we were a man down. Paul Groves says that building from the back is key, as we are defensively improving after each game. Again, check out the official site for the video reaction.
What's happening with injured players? Diop's still out but will he make a return before the season's end? Find out here , but check the official site for the video direct from the treatment room.
Sean Davis is one of those injured, and you can check on his progress here
Armand Traore, our on-loan from Arsenal winger, has been spotted out and about where he really shouldn't be! See where he went here .
Theofanis Gekas, the man that Hart forgot, is not happy at Pompey. Are we surprised? Not really, and I personally feel for the guy. Read this article here and make your own mind up about him! Also some snippets on an ex-Pompey defender and Niko Kranjcar's possible summer plans (which makes me sad).
Vital Pompey News
Plenty of Vital news this week, so here goes:
When you wake up on a Sunday, what do you have for breakfast? I always have Toast, and in fact you can see last Sunday's Toast right here .
Another great read, and a fantastic insight into Pompey's history is Chix's "Everything You Ever Need to Know About Pompey" series. This week it's Dan Ekner, and you can read all about him here.
Speaking of Pompey history and the Pompey Memories feature, one of our very own Vital Pompey members, Dedmans, has very very kindly shared some fantastic pictures of Pompey Legend, Jimmy Dickinson, who was a family friend of Dedmans. Please give this article a look by clicking here if you haven't already done so, as it really is fascinating. And Dedmans, if you're reading please share more with us if possible because it really is fantastic stuff and we all enjoyed that article! And the rest of you, please drop Rug a line if you have any special Pompey memories of your own.
A great article worth reading can be found here , as it has direct words from a Pompey legend himself. Rug asked Alan "Macca" McLoughlin why he hasn't taken up a coaching role at the club. Click above to hear what he has to say.
As we approach the close season, Powered by Pies has written a fantastic article about our season so far, and his take on it. It's well worth a read, and isn't to be missed. Click here to have a read, and post your thoughts - we all will relate to what Pies has been through when he has thought back over the past 12 months or so, so please leave your comments for him!
Our latest poll here on Vital Pompey was a poll on how many points you realistically think Pompey will achieve this month. The most popular vote by far was an average 6-9 points, and you can see Rug's own analysis here. Please leave your comments with your thoughts!
There are currently two, yes TWO prizes you can win here on Vita Pompey! The first is a copy of Jeff Stelling's new book "Jellyman's Thrown a Wobbly". Click here to find out more and how to enter.
The one prize we all have our eyes on, however is the ticket to Pompey v Arsenal. This match is now SOLD OUT, so if you don't have a ticket then this is possibly the only chance you have to win!! All you need to do is look out for Rug's questions hidden in articles and forum posts and answer seven of the ten correctly, as well as scoring 150 on the Vital Member's League before the closing date April 25th. Those currently with over 150 points are MFFP, Sneakay, Gandor, myself and eastneydave. Chix, Storagematt, Penton Pompey and Hammersmithblue are coming up behind. Get posting people to be in it to win it!
I'm under strict instructions from Rug not to give any clues away whatsoever - he wants this competition to be as difficult as possible! What I will say though is that you can find out all about it here, and that if you're astute enough and read the comments section, then you MAY (not guaranteeing it, but it is possible) find the beginning of a 'trail' that is definitely worth following.
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Gino's Fact of the Week (Although this one is more of an anecdote!)
In 1948, thick fog prevented Pompey fans Colin and Gordon Holmes from travelling from their home in Sandown on the Isle of Wight and getting across the Solent to watch Pompey play Blackpool, as all ferry services had been cancelled. The pair travelled to Ryde anyway, hoping that the fog would've lifted, but it hadn't. A man offering a boat over to Portsmouth from Ryde charged them five times the usual fare, and the pair made it to Fratton Park in time for the second half. The fog hadn't lifted however, and they could only see as far as the half-way line! These two are possibly the only Pompey fans in history to see half a match on half a pitch!
The only player to have played in the World Cup, Champions League, Uefa Cup, all four divisions of English football, the Conference and La Liga is of course Steve Finnan and congratulations goes to buddha14 again, who was the first to get the correct answer.
This week's teaser is nice and Pompey related:
Can you name the following:
Pompey's First Foreign Manager?
Pompey's Heaviest League Defeat, and the Opponents?
The Player who has played against Portsmouth at Fratton Park the most times?
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