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The Pompey Chimes: 8th-12th June 2009

Welcome to the Pompey Chimes - the definitive guide to the past week in the world of Pompey.

Club News

Milan Mandaric was the first person to open his mouth this week, as he threw in his two pence worth into the mix as he reckons Harry Redknapp should be reinstated as Pompey manager. Read his comments here.

The speculation surrounding the Portsmouth hot-seat continues this week as my favourite contender Slaven Bilic is approached for the Pompey job. Read all the details here, and don't forget to add your opinion into the comments bit below the article.

Are you happy where you're sat at Fratton Park week in week out? Perhaps you're sat next to a big fat bloke who has the lurgy every week? Well it is too late now if you wanted to move. Click here for details.

So aside from our trip back out to Portugal, the club have confirmed other dates for the coming pre-season months. We are playing Havant & Waterlooville, Basingstoke and Eastleigh, and details of when these are can be found here.

Portsmouth City Council have confirmed that they will be applying to be a 'host' city when the World Cup returns to England in 2018. This therefore implies that a new stadium is on the horizon? Read more on this here and on the Official Site.

In order for us to get a new stadium, we're going to need Dr SAF to invest heavily. There is some speculation that this will all fall through, however if you want reassurance that everything is going smoothly you can find it here.

Not really related to the club but a good read nonetheless - Ronaldo moved to Real Madrid this week for 80m, days after Kaka's 59m move! For Rug's take on that, which is well worth a read, click here.

Squad News

The speculation over the future or a particular player has developed at an alarming rate over the past few days. Firstly, Johnson categorically stated that 'Portsmouth brought the love back' and implied that he will be staying. You can read about that here. Secondly, The Mirror came out and said that Johnson would be moving away from Fratton, and you can see more about that here.

England games for Johnson came and went, and Johnson put in an absolutely phenomenal performance against Andorra in mid-week, earning Man of the Match along the way. You can read about his performance here.

I think Johnson was tapped up by his team-mates for England this week, as he has now spoken out in what is a Football Manager type press comment by saying he is 'flattered' by the attention from other clubs. Read about that and make your views known by clicking here.

Moving on to another defender who has been subject to speculation of a move to Anfield, and it has been made apparent that Aston Villa are willing to rival Liverpool for the Frenchman's signature. Read about that here.

Players are also being linked to the club with moves to England, and one such player is Tranquillo Barnetta. Read about this news, here .

Vital Pompey News

First off, the FSF Fan's Parliament is meeting in Newcastle in what actually sounds like a pretty fun-filled weekend. For more information click here.

A great article written by Midge, in which he (or she - not sure sorry!!!) gives us useful phrases to use to Dr SAF when he finally arrives in Portsmouth. Click here to enhance your language skills!

PompeyFCMad has also competed his own answers to add to the 'Knowing Me Knowing You' series. To get to know a bit more about him/her, please click here.

Also, there have been more contributions to the 'Pompey Talk with....' series, so don't forget to check out Sneakay and Pedalo's answers by clicking their names.

Gino's Fact of the Week

In the British all-time appearances for one club standings, the top and third placed players are Jimmy Dickinson and Alan Knight, with 828 and 801 appearances consecutively. Ryan Giggs is second, and has only just surpassed Knighty's record in May this year.

Gino's Teaser

Again, no takers for the Teaser which asked you to name the player who has received the most red cards for England, and how many - the answer is David Beckham, with two red cards.

This week's question:

There are five players who have played for at least THREE clubs who have all won the European Cup (Champions League or equivalent) but have never actually won the trophy themselves. In case that's not clear, an example is:

Ronaldo (Brazilian one): Has played for Barcelona, PSV, Inter/AC Milan and Real Madrid (all teams that have won the trophy) but he never actually won it himself.

Name the other four players!

See you next week folks!

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The Journalist

Writer: Halford572 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday June 13 2009

Time: 7:00AM

Your Comments

Hi Gino. The club certainly made it hard for people to change seats didn't they. The ticket office have got nothing on until season tickets go on gen sale on 22nd June, yet they couldn't open later or over the weekend and then give their staff time off in lieu to make up for it? Or even have a full a seating plan on the website so you could find out what was available by phone and be fairly well informed where the seats where. I have to say, I like our seats where they are, but Mr tracyc had been talking about seeing if there was something more central in the Fratton End we could get, and with all this talk of people not renewing season tickets you wondered if this was the opportunity. But I took 2 days off to go to Portugal, 2 days off to go to Germany and 2 days off to go to Germany, and even if I was prepared to take a half day to see about moving seats, work was really busy last week so it wasn't an option. We figured they've done it like that cos they don't want people changing seats and didn't bother. But it shouldn't have been like that, should it?
tracyc
That 3rd one should have been Newcastle! And I don't want to criticise fab Elaine and the fab ticket office staff - but I think this came from higher up!
tracyc
For the teaser, im pretty sure that Kanu is one of them, maybe Robbie Keane too?
Buddha14
Laurent Blanc is one im sure of it, and that dutch bloke van Hooijdonk
Buddha14
I see the redtop tabloid bully boy mind teaser,The S(c)UN(m) has had its say"Pompeygate"...they Hate Pompey soooo much.
plymouth graham
Morning all - Tracyc I'm glad that I don't have a season ticket, sounds like they're making it really hard for people. They did that with the FA Cup tickets last year, it was an absolute nightmare! I swear the club don't appreciate that people work - it should be done over the phone. Buddha - you are right with Laurent Blanc and Van Hooijdonk, so along with Ronaldo there are two more!
PFCGino
clarence seedorf
stfc ballboy
Seedorf won it with milan didnt he? the year they won on a penalty shoot out against inter at old trafford wasnt it...
the 'changing seats' operation wasnt good was it - i know it is not easy but like you say having at a weekend when 'most' would have had more time off would have seemed a better option, or at least staying open until 9 or 10 at night perhaps? 9am-4pm on a week day wasnt very helpful was it... luckily i am more than happy where i am, like you i suspect this was more a 'people will not bother' way of thinking.
pompeyrug
Tracy I don't live or work in Portsmouth so took a day off work went to the ticket office told them were I wanted to move to then went to the Fratton end with the 6 options they gave me, picked my seat told the ticket office & they printed out my new card right away, could be done in 10 mins but I was taking photos of the old ground stewards were very understanding, thou you could do it over the phone fratton end starts at 1 by the south stand & about 140-150 at the north end so the centre would be around 70-75
pompeyyong
Its good to see two legends top of the list for apperances.
PompeyFcMad
 

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