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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.

Club News

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!

Squad News

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!

Competitions

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!

Gino's Teaser

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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The Journalist

Writer: PFCGino Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday April 10 2009

Time: 10:29PM

Your Comments

Great round-up Gino, hopefully this can become a regular feature! For the teasers, Pompey's first foreign manager was Croatian Velimir Zajec, appointed in 2004, although the first non-english manager was John McCartney, a scotts-man who took charge from 1920-1927. Pompey's biggest loss was a 10-0 mauling at the hands of Leicester city, in the old Division one, on October 20th, 1928. As for the player one, I don't know. And yeah, I will be honest - I just looked on Wikipedia for the answers! :-p
powered_by_pies
Great round-up Gino, hopefully this can become a regular feature! For the teasers, Pompey's first foreign manager was Croatian Velimir Zajec, appointed in 2004, although the first non-english manager was John McCartney, a scotts-man who took charge from 1920-1927. Pompey's biggest loss was a 10-0 mauling at the hands of Leicester city, in the old Division one, on October 20th, 1928. As for the player one, I don't know. And yeah, I will be honest - I just looked on Wikipedia for the answers! :-p
powered_by_pies
I can tell you a story about the Leicester 10-0 one day! But not tonight had a few pints.
eastneydave
I can tell you a story about the Leicester 10-0 one day! But not tonight had a few pints.
eastneydave
Pies Wikipedia has let you down! The 10-0 defeat to Leicester City is correct - and Dave yes I would love to hear about it so that I can pass it on to a supervisor at work who is Leicester mad! Pies - the first foreign manager is incorrect - and to clarify when I say foreign I do mean "non-British", so unfortunately John McCartney is wrong! Keep going though....
PFCGino
Pies Wikipedia has let you down! The 10-0 defeat to Leicester City is correct - and Dave yes I would love to hear about it so that I can pass it on to a supervisor at work who is Leicester mad! Pies - the first foreign manager is incorrect - and to clarify when I say foreign I do mean "non-British", so unfortunately John McCartney is wrong! Keep going though....
PFCGino
I had beter point out also re First Foreign Manager, Zajec was put in temporary charge of Portsmouth, and so for the purposes of the question doesn't count!! I reckon now you all would have the answer...
PFCGino
I had beter point out also re First Foreign Manager, Zajec was put in temporary charge of Portsmouth, and so for the purposes of the question doesn't count!! I reckon now you all would have the answer...
PFCGino
Happy easter everyone, lets hope that we could put a huge smile on our faces & beat WBA. I then fly out for a short trip to Malta to see my parents & celebrate my dad's 70th birthday. Fly back in time for the Bolton home game!
storagematt
Happy easter everyone, lets hope that we could put a huge smile on our faces & beat WBA. I then fly out for a short trip to Malta to see my parents & celebrate my dad's 70th birthday. Fly back in time for the Bolton home game!
storagematt
"I can tell you a story about the Leicester 10-0 one day." Dave, even YOU couldn't have been there:-) Gino if you wanted to see half a match on half a pitch, you should have watched the second half of the Boro game. Defensive or what? That stretch of water between Pompey and the IOW is the most expensive stretch of water in the world - I read that somewhere! Was our first foreign Manager that Frenchman we got in after HE left us first time - I know, Alain Perrin.
Gandor1
"I can tell you a story about the Leicester 10-0 one day." Dave, even YOU couldn't have been there:-) Gino if you wanted to see half a match on half a pitch, you should have watched the second half of the Boro game. Defensive or what? That stretch of water between Pompey and the IOW is the most expensive stretch of water in the world - I read that somewhere! Was our first foreign Manager that Frenchman we got in after HE left us first time - I know, Alain Perrin.
Gandor1
Contention Mr Journalist... If you go pre-war you have to be careful.. It's my baby remeber!! .. I'll let you have the 10-0 loss Leicester in 1928 but that only EQUALLED Pompey's heaviest defeat of 10-0 which came in 1917 at the hands of .. Spurs .. At the time both clubs were playing in the London Combination..
Chix
Contention Mr Journalist... If you go pre-war you have to be careful.. It's my baby remeber!! .. I'll let you have the 10-0 loss Leicester in 1928 but that only EQUALLED Pompey's heaviest defeat of 10-0 which came in 1917 at the hands of .. Spurs .. At the time both clubs were playing in the London Combination..
Chix
Pies.. John McCartney wasn't Pompey's first non-English manager either .. Bob Blyth (who holds a strange record for Pompey.. Our first Captain then Player/Manager then Director then Vice Chairman then Chairman) .. was also Scottish I believe...
Chix
Pies.. John McCartney wasn't Pompey's first non-English manager either .. Bob Blyth (who holds a strange record for Pompey.. Our first Captain then Player/Manager then Director then Vice Chairman then Chairman) .. was also Scottish I believe...
Chix
I'm gonna guess at the player who has played against us the most at Fratton... Somebody with a long career ... Has to be Sir Stanley Matthews I reckon as Pompey Stoke & Blackpool spent a long time in Division One just prior to and just after the war... but what worries me is Pompey's decline in the late 50's, early 60's .. not sure they would have met much then... But I'm gonna go with my answer as I can't think of anybody else who would come close..
Chix
I'm gonna guess at the player who has played against us the most at Fratton... Somebody with a long career ... Has to be Sir Stanley Matthews I reckon as Pompey Stoke & Blackpool spent a long time in Division One just prior to and just after the war... but what worries me is Pompey's decline in the late 50's, early 60's .. not sure they would have met much then... But I'm gonna go with my answer as I can't think of anybody else who would come close..
Chix
I remember seeing a game v Lincoln City back in the days when they wore an away strip of dark green and black quarters. You couldn't see them at the best of times but they played at Fratton in an evening match with quite a fog and, from the North stand, it was not always possible to see the south stand touchline.
hammersmithblue
I remember seeing a game v Lincoln City back in the days when they wore an away strip of dark green and black quarters. You couldn't see them at the best of times but they played at Fratton in an evening match with quite a fog and, from the North stand, it was not always possible to see the south stand touchline.
hammersmithblue
AND ANOTHER THING... just went to the Portsmouth city museum and saw an exhibition called Pompey in the city or something like that. Anyway, a nice little trip down memory lane (spotted the exact same woven badges that I had on my tracksuit top) and also has Sol and Jamo's Wembley kits and Duggie Reid's wellies! Well worth a trip - great cafe, and for people who grew up here, the area of the museum called Portsmouth at Play contains that Jolly Sailor animated doll that used to live at clarence pier and if you put in an old penny, he's pee himself laughing.
hammersmithblue
AND ANOTHER THING... just went to the Portsmouth city museum and saw an exhibition called Pompey in the city or something like that. Anyway, a nice little trip down memory lane (spotted the exact same woven badges that I had on my tracksuit top) and also has Sol and Jamo's Wembley kits and Duggie Reid's wellies! Well worth a trip - great cafe, and for people who grew up here, the area of the museum called Portsmouth at Play contains that Jolly Sailor animated doll that used to live at clarence pier and if you put in an old penny, he's pee himself laughing.
hammersmithblue
Chix - I guess I am no match for you and your trivia! You are spot on with Sir Stanley Matthews aswell, well done. Gandor, you are also correct with Alain Perrin as Pompey's first foreign manager (excluding temps). Hammersmith, any idea how long that exhibition is down there for? Might pop down at some point to check it out.
PFCGino
Chix - I guess I am no match for you and your trivia! You are spot on with Sir Stanley Matthews aswell, well done. Gandor, you are also correct with Alain Perrin as Pompey's first foreign manager (excluding temps). Hammersmith, any idea how long that exhibition is down there for? Might pop down at some point to check it out.
PFCGino
Private celebration between Chix and me about Matthews after a lunchtime pint. He certainly had the longest career at Fratton Park as featered in a Toast article of a few moons ago.
eastneydave
Private celebration between Chix and me about Matthews after a lunchtime pint. He certainly had the longest career at Fratton Park as featered in a Toast article of a few moons ago.
eastneydave
HSB - I remember that laughing sailor .. it used to frighten the life out of me when I was a kid .. It would give me nightmares if I was to see it again.. Gino .. (lol) but keep coming with the questions it makes for great conversations .. as Dave says over a pint before the game ..
Chix
HSB - I remember that laughing sailor .. it used to frighten the life out of me when I was a kid .. It would give me nightmares if I was to see it again.. Gino .. (lol) but keep coming with the questions it makes for great conversations .. as Dave says over a pint before the game ..
Chix
 

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