Date:Sunday May 10 2009
Well enough said about yesterday`s performance and result. With everyone`s memories turning back twelve months let`s remember we lost the last four games last season. The only good news was Hull losing again and with the Newcastle Middlesbrough game still to come we are almost but not quite safe. And Fulham for Europe??
Last week we talked about what to do with Toast during the summer months and it appears most of you want it to continue including one impassioned plea from new member race. Well we need your input please to make the close season fly by with contributions such as 'My first game` and 'the strangest journey to a match`
UK Tony was saying to me last week that he was surprised that my first game never took off after his contribution some time back. Well sneakay is working on his, how about some others?
Strangest trip to a game #1
Well Toast veteran John is first up to tell us a strange story and we go right back to 1959 and a Friday evening out with the lads.
Dateline 13th February 1959 and John leaves his new wife and pops out for a game of darts with his mates in the pubs in Fratton Road. They had a long and beer filled evening in the Magpie and other hostelries before one of the lads tells his mates he is off on the midnight train to Burnley - later a hit for Gladys Knight - to see the FA Cup fifth round tie.
The others all decide that is a great idea and they all agree to join him. John gets a message to his wife, he cannot remember how, telling her he will be home on Sunday and they all pop round the corner to Fratton station and jump on the train. There is a bar on the train and our fans are pleased to discover it is open all night!! As if they have not had enough!
Six hours later the train pulls into a siding outside Burnley station allowing the weary travellers a chance to sleep off the effects of the night. After grabbing a bit of breakfast it is into a local pub before taking in the game. John remembers little of the match (are you surprised) except Pompey lost 1-0 in front of over 33,000. The train left directly after the game and our 'tired` bunch slept all the way home arriving back at Fratton in the early hours of Sunday morning after a night out!!
John thanks for the story but did you realise you missed Valentine`s Day?
Remember the link to Pompeyrama stats - just click on the player`s name.
Tommy McGhee is 80
Tommy was born in Manchester and started his football life at top amateur club Wealdstone before joining Pompey in 1954. A right back he made his debut against Everton in a 5-0 triumph at Fratton Park in November 1954. Tommy was an instant success and played in ninety out of the next ninety two Pompey matches before he began to miss games. His consistency earned him an England 'B` cap and he had his picture in full colour in the February 1957 edition of Charles Buchan`s Football Monthly.
Following relegation in 1959 Tommy moved to Reading but played only a handful of games before moving to Poole Town. During his Pompey career Tommy played 136 league games and no goals.
Bernard Lambourde is 38
Albert Mundy is 83
Albert Mundy - born on a Sunday in Gosport no it was a Wednesday actually. Albert was a late comer to the game working at Bailey and Whites Timberyard and playing for Gosport Borough until spotted by Pompey and signing not long before he was 25.
Mundy made his debut at Fratton Park against Manchester United in March 1951 and the next week scored twice in a 3-2 win at Wolves. Never a regular he shared the number nine shirt with the legendary Ike Clarke for a couple of season but eventually moved along the coast to join Brighton and was a huge success averaging better than a goal a game in his four year stay.
Albert finished his career in the north at Aldershot where he managed another 130 games but scored just twelve goals.
Martin Reagan is 85
Martin Reagan born in Scotswood joined from Shrewsbury for £15,000 on New Years Eve 1952. Reagan a left winger was at Fratton Park for nearly two years but played just five games. Pompey had good left sided players at that time such as Gordon Dale and Marcel Gaillard and it seemed a strange move. Those five games were the first five league games of 1953 starting with a 2-0 home win over Chelsea and ending with a 6-0 thrashing at Villa.
Moved on to Norwich in August 1954 and played there for two season before taking over as player/manager at March Town.
Ernie Butler born 1919 died in 2002 - Pompey`s only ever present in both Championship seasons.
Franck Songo`o is 22 - Cameroon international is now with Real Zaragosa in Spain.
Brian Priske is 32 - popular multilingual defender is back playing in his native Denmark for Vejle.
Colin Osmond is 72
- Colin was born in Whitchurch and it is one of the lesser known Osmond brothers - if anyone is testing the others are Alan, Merrill, Wayne, Jay, Donny and Jimmy - there were also two brothers born deaf Virl and Tom. What has that got to do with Football?
Colin was a youth product who went on to play for England Youth. He played just one first team game a 2-0 defeat by Preston at Fratton Park at Xmas 1957. Colin was a half back who let Pompey in January 1960 to join Poole Town,
Dave Waterman is 32
Goal of the season
The panel has voted for Lassana Diarra against Vitoria Guimaraes in the UEFA cup first round first leg.
Out on the left touchline surrounded by Portuguese players there seemed no danger until Lassie dropped his shoulder and beat one player after another then played a 1-2 with Jermain Defoe before placing a beautiful shot beyond the visiting keeper. We were in heaven - it happened just in front of me - as it was our first ever goal in Europe and incidentally, Lassana`s last for Pompey.
The Toast team have learnt that referee Lee Mason looked very tense and nervous at his briefing before the Arsenal game, which was his first visit to Fratton Park. Perhaps that explains his strange performance. The Toast message to Mason though is simple - if a player appeals for a corner you do not give a penalty!!
Disaster in 1949
Belatedly we must remember the 60th anniversary of a terrible sporting disaster and that was the Torino air crash on 4th May 1949. Torino were possibly the top club side in Europe at the time having won Serie A every year since the war and were returning from a game in Lisbon when in a thunderstorm their plane crashed in Superga outside Turin killing all 31 on board. They would not win the Italian league title again until 1976.
It was a terrible shock to Italian sport as ten of the side were regulars in the Italy side. They included captain Valentino Mazzola whose son Sandro went on to fame with Inter Milan and Italy in the 1960`s. Why mention this on a Pompey site you might ask well if you were to arrange a game between the two top club sides in Europe in 1949 it would probably have been Torino versus Portsmouth!!
Fratton Park stadium tours £12!! Well none of the Toast team applied for the job of stadium guide but I have no doubt they have found a number of suitable persons. Although the tour last for 90 minutes it does seem a bit steep to charge £12 per adult even if you do get a free key ring! Discounts for season ticket holders apply and tours are on Friday Saturday and Sunday starting today!
Look after your trophy
You will all remember the unfair stick Pompey got when the news broke that the FA Cup had been damaged when is was in the hands of the sponsors e-on. Well even worse happened this week.
During their celebrations after winning the their thirty-first Sao Paolo State Championship thanks to a combination of tickertape and fireworks the trophy actually caught fire and panic broke out until the fire was put out.
Hot stuff eh?
Next week we start to unravel the mystery of some of football`s strange expressions like 'Park the Bus` see ya.
Date:Sunday May 10 2009
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