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The Pompey Chimes: 20th-27th June 2009

The Pompey Chimes: 20th-27th June 2009

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

Club News

Well, in light of Portsmouth Football Club being absolutely ripped apart by The Sun newspaper this week, Vital Pompey has joined forces with myPompey to kick start the campaign to Boot the Sun out of Portsmouth. Click the blue writing for more information on how you can do your bit to get rid of the Sun in Portsmouth.

Season tickets are now on general sale, so if you haven't yet purchased yours click here to find out how you can buy them.

More speculation this week over the validity of Dr SAF's takeover at Fratton Park. Click here to read about how new rumours that the UAE ruling family's recent football club purchase is Portsmouth FC are false.

Pompey's pre-season game with Scottish Champions Rangers is going ahead and tickets are on sale for season ticket holders on Monday. For more information on how to get tickets, click here.

Also, as the 2009/2010 season creeps ever closer, the first home game with Fulham ticket information has been released - as always, click here for more information.

Also, if you're planning on getting to a few away games and you're travelling from Portsmouth, you should consider hitching a ride on the Lucketts bus - click here for prices.

Squad News

Good news for Pompey fans, as Crouch looks to be staying at Pompey. Click here to read Crouch's agent's words on why he thinks he will stay. Also, there's mention of Nancy forward Marc-Antoine Fortune moving to us.

More fantastic news as Hermann Hreidarsson commits himself to Pompey for another year. Read about that here.

Some 'positive' press this week as Pompey were linked to Vahid Halilhodzic, as he came out as saying that he was in talks to become Portsmouth's latest boss. He has a relatively impressive CV, with PSG and Ivory Coast his more impressive clubs, and you can read about his potential appointment here. There is also a snippet on why it's not such a tedious link here.

However, Peter Storrie has stuck his oar in yet again, by categorically denying that Crouch is on his way and Halilhodzic is coming. Read his denial here.

Another quality player linked with Portsmouth this week was Michael Owen. Read about that here.

Two UAE players are on their way to Portsmouth this week, in the form of Al Kamali and Ahmad Khalil. Read about that here, as it goes to further cement the relation between PFC and the UAE. Khalil has also confirmed that he will be joining on a trial basis - read his comments here.

John Utaka also looks to be on his way, for a measly £1m! Read about that here.

And finally, as Glen Johnson moves to Liverpool for £18m, we at Vital Pompey wish him all the luck in the world. For a great round-up of his Pompey career and a salute to all he's given us, click here.

Who will replace Johnson? Read Pompey Malta's verdict here.

Vital Pompey News

A few votes to report this week as you, the fans have voted that:

Crouch will be playing Premiership football with Portsmouth next season;

Kaboul will be the right man to take over as Glen Johnson has moved on.

Cranie should be allowed to step up to the first team this coming season.

Click the player names to view the poll results.

Don't forget to check out the latest Sunday Toast here.

Gino's Fact of the Week

Jimmy Dickinson missed just one FA Cup tie in 18 years. His first FA Cup game was in January 1947 (A 3-2 victory over Doncaster Rovers) and he played 50 FA Cup games ending in a 3-2 defeat at Wolverhampton in January 1965. The only FA Cup game he missed in between was a tie at Bristol Rovers in 1955, which Pompey lost 2-1.

Gino's Teaser

Who scored the last Premiership goal of the 20th Century, and where is he plying his trade now?

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Date:Saturday June 27 2009
Time: 9:34AM


Only just seen the articles about Utaka. He has been disappointing and frustrating but I'm in the camp that says he's only been played as a striker, his right position, for 2 matches, when he came good, and the right manager MIGHT be able to get something great out of him. Certainly £1M wouldn't be enough. If he goes, for a decent fee, he goes, but I'd love to see him come good next season and prove all his critics wrong - lets give him till January.
27/06/2009 17:34:00
A good round up as always Gino and I notice (as nobody is around) the teaser is still 'open' ... I'll dust off a few book and see what I can come up with...
28/06/2009 09:36:00
Hi Gino I'm back ... The answer to the teaser is Jody Morris for Chelsea as they beat Sheffield Wednesday on 29 December 1999. Sheffield Wednesday in the Premiershp now there's a thing .. but so where Leeds, Leceister, Scummers, Bradford, Derby and Wimbledon then .. how times change ... On nearly forget Morris is now at St.Johnstone via Leeds, Rotherham and Millwall - What do I win ;)
28/06/2009 09:45:00
Gino - good summary of the week as always. What members should do is ansure they visit this article every week just in case they have missed any of the excellent items during the past week. I have updated the link to today's Toast if that is OK?
28/06/2009 20:49:00
Hello Chix, good to see you again - how was your holiday? You sir, win your name in lights in next week's Chimes! Jody Morris is in fact the correct answer, and yes he is at St Johnstone. Tracyc - I'm in the camp that we should get rid of Utaka for a fair amount. £1m is too low but I think any offers of £4m or above we should seriously consider. I dunno if it's my legal head working overtime, but transfer fees are also dependent on how much of the contract is let to run - not sure of Utaka's contract length (Rug, do you know?) but if it runs out next year then the £1m might not seem so bad. Having said that though, he has got a good attitude to stick at it despite being unpopular with the fans, and tbh I do admire that. Just hope he proves me wrong and he has a blinder next season as and when he is played.
28/06/2009 20:51:00
Oh and Dave, yes that's absolutely fine. Yeah, I try to include a decent round-up of the week's news so it's in one easy to read format which is good for those members who can only take fleeting glances at the site whilst at work! (myself included!!)
28/06/2009 20:53:00
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