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Others should watch and learn from Linvoy!

Others should watch and learn from Linvoy!

Seeing Linvoy Primus get on for the final minutes last night made my season, and what an ovation the guy got, an ovation that was richly deserved.

I think you would be hard pushed to find a modern day footballer anywhere throughout the world who would have received the standing ovation and reaction to his every touch that Linvoy did, it was something else.

In a day and age when so many footballers are mercenaries the veteran is anything but this, a real working class hero who has sweated blood and tears for what he has and appreciates all of this taking nothing for granted.

Linvoy is not the best player in the world, far from it, but if only a small proportion of footballers shared his values what a wonderful place the football community would be, strike that if the everyday person in the world had his values what a better place the world would be!

Anyone wanting to know what it feels like to be genuinely loved and worshiped needs only get hold of the coverage of him coming on, playing - and the reaction he got to every touch, and indeed the fans in the build-up to him coming on and how we wanted this...

It was fantastic to see Linvoy pull on the blue shirt again, and if that does prove the final time it is a memory that I will never forget - I bet a few that left early, and I did see some leaving early, will be gutted that they did now as they might have missed there final chance to see him?

Many of these modern day mercenaries could watch and learn from him, as could any youngsters coming through here and if we retain him at the club in the long-term they could have no better role model who could teach them the values and morals, that if more had would make this world a much better place...

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Writer:pompeyrug
Date:Tuesday May 19 2009
Time: 10:02AM

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Linvoy coming on v Sunlan was second only to Milan game as my moment of the year. I confess to shedding some tears of joy. I have just downloaded the paperwork for nominating someone for the honours list and I may need some of you guys to write letters endorsing the application. Can't imagine I am the only person doing this but I am going to get the paperwork off as soon as I can.
hammersmithblue
19/05/2009 10:12:00
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Fair play hammersmith. I don't think you will find a Pompey fan who will disagree with you. I think Linvoy will clearly step in to the youth team role next season, especially if Hart becomes the manager. A perfect role for him in my opinion.
What a great moment for us and for him it was last night, finished by a slide tackle that Sol really seemed to enjoy.
sneakay
19/05/2009 10:18:00
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for me Linvoy epitimizes the sort of player that won us promotion in the first place and the team spirit we had. yes like you say not the best player in the world, but did Diarra, Defoe etc actually give a damn ? i think not! if we had a team full of Linvoys playing together this season i bet we wouldnt have been looking over our shoulders for the last 8 weeks! PUP!
southportpompey
19/05/2009 10:27:00
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Exactly, attitude counts for an awful lot and team spirit too.
Lemmi
19/05/2009 10:36:00
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I wish we could send coverage of the welcome Linvoy got on the pitch and the reaction to every touch of the ball to the Mirror journalist who wrote that the atmosphere at Fratton Park last night was SOPORIFIC - I think I spelt that right. I was so knocked back, I thought the word couldn't mean what I thought it did - and so I looked it up. It means "sleep inducing" which is what I thought it meant!?!
Gandor1
19/05/2009 12:03:00
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Mirror journo spent the night in a bar in central London and had the sound turned down on the telly - has claimed first class expenses to Portsmouth and is a lazy tosser. That's my guess anyway....
hammersmithblue
19/05/2009 12:21:00
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I have spent the day filling out the form for the honours list (hope my boss isn't reading this) Anyone want to write a letter of support? I need at least two. Is you are interested, please send me a message via the private message system and I will let you know what I have said and the sort of thing they like to hear.
hammersmithblue
19/05/2009 16:47:00
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i have to catch a train home shortly hammersmith but drop me an email - just click on the little envelope in the top corner - and we can discuss this more, i would be more than happy for us to maybe try and develope something on vital to generate even more support for you and the linvoy honours course? i cannot imagine that you would get anyone with a bad word to say against him...
pompeyrug
19/05/2009 16:58:00
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that should that be 'cause' shouldnt it?
pompeyrug
19/05/2009 16:59:00
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When Linvoy first signed on a free transfer from lower league side Reading i thought it was a bad signing. His initial outings on the pitch only confirmed my fears. Then somebody flicked a switch and he never looked back, i was happy to be proved wrong and Linvoy was worthy of his welcome on monday, not just for his displays on the pitch but also because of the work he does off the pitch, no player works harder at promoting the club in the community, then there's his charity work to add in to the equation, Arise Sir Primus, ok maybe a knighthood is unlikely but it would be deserved an OBE or MBE certainly shouldn't be out of the question.
Steve C
20/05/2009 16:32:00
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