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One for the next generation confirmed then!

One for the next generation confirmed then!

Those that are long-term readers and/or contributors to Vital Pompey will know that my little nephew, Reece or littlespoon/spoon as we call him, means the absolute world to me - I make no secret of this fact.

Incredibly, or should it be frighteningly, he will turn 2 in September!

His development has been fantastic though, he has been walking and running around for ages, is, and has been for some time, amazingly intelligent - clearly uncle Rug has been an influence on him! - and his speech coming on a treat, he listens, learns - retaining this knowledge - and repeats really well, sometimes words you do not want him repeating...

Clearly from the image above - after getting him Pompey baby gear as a nipper I soon advanced this to Pompey kit, which I got him last September for his birthday - I, and my brother, are doing all we can to ensure he is a future Pompey fan, which I think has now been confirmed!

He knows the crest, and when you point to it he says 'Play up Pompey!'

Talking to him on the phone yesterday morning I was hearing him saying 'Play up Pompey', although sometimes, and I guess he is bound to get confused too, would say 'Hello Pompey!' Other times when my brother was pointing to the crest he would just say 'Pompey' - so he knows who we are when the moon and star is shown to him.

So, the early signs are good, I think we have worked well and spoon is going to be one of our future generation. As tempting as it is to get him to a game sooner rather than later I will hang fire a bit, although if he carries on developing like he is I would think that sometime in the next 15-24-months would be fine, for him not only to enjoy it but take it all in and appreciate it...

Here is to the next generation of Pompey fans, lets make sure we keep them interested - hopefully costs will decrease too, as that will do little to help otherwise!


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Date:Thursday June 18 2009
Time: 8:06AM


Ahhh...Dear of him, as they say in Cornwall. It's good to see the new generation of Pompey fans making an entrance on the world stage. What's the saying...Give me the boy and I'll give you the man. Good one Rug, a nice touch against the background of clubs being sold, newspaper articles and players coming and going.
18/06/2009 08:27:00
rug, im going through the same, my daughter whos about 2 and a half, says 'pompey' when she sees the sign,and when i ask her 'who the best football team?', she shouts POMPEY!! Love it. Lets just hope, at least in my case because i dont live in portsmouth, that she holds on....mind you theres always my little boy whos 1 and a half. Good news though rug, the more the merrier!
18/06/2009 08:31:00
cheers guys...
ruffcider none of us live in pompey anymore either, all born and raised in pompey but left some 20-years ago as we now live in devon - spoon lives just outside of exeter, so the battle is well and truely on, but we seem to be winning this one - which is good, i would hate him to grow up a manyoo, bin dipper, chelski, arsenal or even citeh fan 'just because they are good', if he could not be pompey like the rest of the family, if anything i would want him to be an exeter fan - seen as that is where he was born...
18/06/2009 08:34:00
my 2 year old daughter and 5 year old son both went to their first match last weason (Wigan away). so heres to the next generation. my son plays football week in week out in school in a Pompey shirt surrounded by Liverpool, Everton and Utd shirts, just as i did 25 years ago! PUP!!!
18/06/2009 09:04:00
Wish my cousin was this easy to mold - 10 years old I bought him a Pompey kit for his birthday and who does he support? Bloody Man United...... kids in the playground eh.
18/06/2009 09:57:00
I have already got my first to be a true blue and he's 4 now, it made his day at the Kanu match to have Linvoy drive past and give him a huge smile and wave. He also takes great delight in calling his grandma and grandad ( who support the enemy ) scummers and anything red and white for that matter. Expecting another boy in August who I'm sure will no doubt also be pompey through and through, he won't have a choice with myself my girlfriend his older brother and our black lab puppy Jamo all being blues. Agree with cornypomp, nice article rug, makes a very welcome change from all the rubbish in the press at the moment. PUP
18/06/2009 10:22:00
Just wonderful when we brainwash the little ones before they get a chance to follow the ususal 'big teams'. I have two young nephews in Norwich & always take them Pompey stuff when I go up.
18/06/2009 11:29:00
Good one Rug, as said above, nice to see something positive about Pompey rather than the media load of s*** we are all have to put up with at the moment. My lads 11 now and its hard to get him out of his pompey shirt, (dirty little git) But can't fault his loyalty. Trouble is he wants to wear it when we go on the odd occasion shopping in Scum hampton (thats my misses wanting to go there, not me) and that gets a few looks.
18/06/2009 16:02:00
Great stuff everyone - looking after the future. Rug Spoon is adorable! moley I love the fact that even the dog is a Pompey fan, nice one! Don't have any little ones to bring into the cause myself unfortunately, but I'm trying to indoctrinate the rather geriatric cat, and I'm sure the goldfish likes Pompey really! Actually we caught the cat staring at the laptop when we had football on it, so he's definitely interested.
18/06/2009 20:14:00
Matt, you are performing an act of charity by deflecting the eyes of young kiddies away from Norwich City.
18/06/2009 21:43:00
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