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Summer Toast # 3 - Rather be on the beach.

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!!

Kit latest

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.

Transfer targets

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.

23rd June

Hayden Foxe is 32

Mike Travers is 67

24th June

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.

25th June

Richard Hughes is 30

eastneydave is …well we can't tell you but Colin Sullivan is a day older!!

Setanta Sale

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?

Takeover news

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.

Blue Member

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!!


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Date:Sunday June 21 2009
Time: 5:00AM


The Fulham fanzine is called "There's only one "F" n Fulham" which I always titter at
20/06/2009 22:15:00
sorry, that should be "There's only one "F" in Fulham"...more obvious titter material
20/06/2009 22:16:00
and that fanzine was one of the winners in the awards that we were featured in... sadly nothing won this year for vital pompey :-(
cracking read as ever dave - nice one. i will confirm my place at the meeting at the end of the weekend, i shouldnt be a doubt but as i want to book several train journeys at the same time i have to wait to see if im adding the rangers one too it or others are travelling so i do with them just for the day... all helps for the coffers if i book several journeys at once!
20/06/2009 23:45:00
Did any one dead the Storrie staement about him being happy to stay one line caught my attention " The important thing is that the club HAS a new owner and new funds" could this mean that the deal is nearly complete?
21/06/2009 09:47:00
Preki needs an update, if he is 36, i'm about 21 again!!
21/06/2009 09:55:00
Good read Dave, well done on a week when not much has happened really. Still I'm glad Dr SAF wants to do a proper job, it bodes well. But we'll all be so glad when it finally goes through! Re Havant season ticket deal, this is a bit frustrating because being a Pompey season ticket holder, I'm not entitled to it. You can't be a Pompey blue member AND a season ticket holder at the same time, the PFC computer can't cope with it. Although I am thinking of becoming a 'member' at my Mum's address as well. The Hawks are my second team, just up the road and we had been planning to try and go more often.
21/06/2009 09:57:00
Talking of away kit, will it be white with 2 white stripes down one side, a'la Roy of the Rovers?
21/06/2009 09:58:00
Happy Birthday for yesterday Dave, hope you had a good'un! Well I don't know why Fulham won anything, they have hardly anyone on their site. Mind you, they did say something nice about us the other day, so I'm not going to slag them any further! Week 5 of DD starts tomorrow, and I for one feel like I have spent a lifetime in Purgatory, I don't know about you. Am really looking forward to seeing Pedro "Twinkletoes" Mendes in August, I imagine he is their star player! Ah well, its not back to the beach, it back to bed for me. I volunteered to marshall for the Moonlight Memories Walk (for the Hospice) and ended up spending the night at the Dockyard Gate. Could only happen to me!!!!!!
21/06/2009 10:04:00
the 'there's only one f in fulham' isnt the vital fulham one Gandor, they didnt win anything... altho to be fair that site is starting to grow, so good luck to them and hats off.
21/06/2009 10:11:00
Morning all .. Well I'm back in the land of the living after three long weeks in Spain... Loads of stories to bore you with over the next few weeks but for the next day or two (or three) I'll be catching up with all things Pompey and although it seems not much has actually happened I still feel really out of the loop .. A good read as always Dave (Happy Birthday by the way) and good to see something familiar on a Sunday Morning...
21/06/2009 11:23:00
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