Summer Toast # 3 - Rather be on the beach.
Well Happy Father's Day to all and let's hope the sun shines and we can all enjoy the longest day of the year.
Well the Due Diligence process goes on at the Park and the boardroom apparently is overflowing with papers. There are accountants, lawyers etc. everywhere pouring over the details of contracts, deeds, accounts, in fact anything they can find. We have no idea how long this is going to take but we know the process is being carried out properly and will not be complete until all parties have finished and satisfied.
Yes Mr Custis, it is going ahead and is not some sort of sham!!
We gather that all three kits have now been made and are awaiting the details of the new sponsor. The home kit is traditional blue shirt, white shorts and red stockings, the away kit is a throw back to a seventies strip which we think you will like but it is the third strip that will as always be the big seller.
It is black and has a horizontal blue stripe running through it. All we have to do know is to wait for them to go on sale.
With the club's ownership still the air there is plenty of news about players leaving but obviously not many are being linked with a move to Fratton Park. We did want to run the rule over possible acquisitions and only two relatively new names have crossed the Toast desk this week.
First there is 31-year-old Croatia international defender Josip Simunic. Simunic is currently at Hertha Berlin and is being linked with moves to Spain and England and well as in Germany. His agent has revealed he can leave for €7 million and as he has had a fall out with boss Lucien Favre that seems likely.
Being a Croatian of course would add fuel to the large army of those backing the national manager, Slaven Bilic, for the Pompey job.
The other name is that of Lens striker Aruna Dindane. The French club's chairman, Gervais Martel has a stated that he expects the Ivory Coast international to move to England after being linked back in January.
The 'Gers are coming
Well after being cleared by Hampshire Police the friendly with Glasgow Rangers will go ahead at Fratton Park on 8th August. It will great to welcome Pedro Mendes back after a year and it should be some occasion.
Remember the friendly with Celtic? Well it was back in May 1976 when the Buoys came to town and only 9,000 turned up to watch a Kenny Dalglish lead side romp home 6-1 with Mick Mellows scoring for Pompey. It was a strange affair as Pompey had been relegated and the game was played several weeks after the season had ended.
By coincidence both Pompey and Rangers start their season at home to clubs who begin with and F!! Fulham are the only English club that start with and F and Falkirk are the only senior Scottish club - coincidence? 'F' knows!
Of course Pompey and Rangers are the only British clubs to play in Blue White and Red!!
Last week's Teaser
We asked who did Marc Wilson make his full debut against? Quite a number got the right answer although some struggled to spell Heerenveen. Our Dutch visitors had a great season in Eredivise - The Dutch League - and finished a very fifth. On 17th May 2009 they beat Twente on penalties to win the Dutch Cup.
The prize will be shared between buddha14, PompeyFCMad and stfcballboy.
This week's question is who won the Dutch League last season?
Remember to click on the player's to link to the Pompeyrama stats. It is a very quiet week again but a few favourites in the list.
Hayden Foxe is 32
Mike Travers is 67
Preki is 36. Real name Predrag Radosavljević - the Serbian was very popular with fans back in the mid nineties.
Colin Sullivan is 58. Cornish born Sully was a very good left back who came via Plymouth, Norwich and Cardiff. Key member of the promotion side in 1983 - in fact he played every game that season. Unlike a number of Pompey left backs a little shot shy and in over 100 games never scored but he did miss a penalty at home to Wigan.
Richard Hughes is 30
eastneydave is …well we can't tell you but Colin Sullivan is a day older!!
Well with the collapse of Setanta Sports contract with the Premier League their forty six games will be auctioned off this weekend and the new broadcasters announced on Monday.
It will be interesting to see who wins the bidding process. Will it be all Sky or will some games go to terrestrial channels?
Well all of our local league clubs are currently under the hammer and we are pleased to announce that Bournemouth's takeover has been completed. They can now move on and hopefully with boss Eddie Howe begin to climb the leagues again.
We can also tell you that King Kev (whoever he is) will not become manager at St Mary's Stadium. Also it is unlikely that Dr SAF will look to buy their stadium as the new training ground.
No it is not cold down here but the club's Blue member scheme certainly looks good value for those unable to afford a season ticket. For just £40 (£35 if you are an existing member who renews soon) you get priority to match tickets, a gift pack and loads of other goodies. This year as a special you get a Havant and Waterlooville season ticket worth £140!
Empty those piggy banks and pick up this bargain. You may be surprised at the level of football you will see at West Leigh Park. Click here for full details.
Herman's birthday party
Well the 11th July is fast approaching and you are all invited to join us at Herman Hreidarsson's 35th birthday party. It takes place at the Eastney Tavern 100 Cromwell Road Eastney and starts at 7.30pm.
We already know that Pompeygray is travelling all the way from Sydney (in Australia) and Gandor and UKTony will be there with their partners. The Toast team will be out in force to cover the event too.
Will you be there?
That's it for this week - back to the beach!!