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Summer Toast # 7 - Don't Panic

Well it has been a strange week for all Pompey fans around the world it started well for a small group of us in deepest Eastney but ends with an air of total uncertainty. Still let's get down to business with all the regular stuff and a few unusual items.

AD'a in trouble

Toast got wind that former Pompey hero and Argentine midfielder Andres D'Alessandro has got himself into a spot of trouble recently. Andres is now plying his trade in Brazil with Internacional and back on July 1 got himself sent off in the second leg of the Copa Brasil final against Corinthians.

The problem was after his dismissal when television showed him punching the air and calling defender and Corinthians captain William to fight with him. 'I don't know what's going on in my head right now ... It's not a good moment to talk. I don't want to speak so I don't say anything stupid,' D'Alessandro was quoted as saying by Globo Sport as he left the tribunal.

He was suspended for 60 days by a Brazilian sports tribunal which is the minimum punishment for 'attempted aggression'

Fit and Proper person test

The Toast team wanted to know a bit more about the Fit and proper person test so we went to the Premier League and discovered that the overhauled test is to be applied to all directors or those with a stake of more than 30%. It has been widened to ban any prospective owner who has been convicted of any crime with a sentence of more than one year, as well as the list of so-called 'honesty' and 'football' offences that automatically attract a ban.

he Premier League has examined overseas sporting bodies and the regulation of banking, defence and media in drawing up the new rules. The robustness of the test has risen up the agenda in recent years as overseas owners have multiplied. The debate coalesced around the former Manchester City owner Thaksin Shinawatra.

ESPN announce schedule

New kid on the Premier League television gantry ESPN announced their schedule this week and surprise, surprise they are going to show only the top sides.

heir first ten games are all Saturday 5.30 kick off and include more Manchester United games than you can shake a stick at. Wolves (at home to Arsenal) are the only side you would call a lesser light included. Just like the now defunct Setanta, they have picked no Pompey games in their first tranche.

It does mean, in my opinion very surprisingly, that the Pompey home game with Spurs on 17th October has not been selected by either channel. That will be a special day for me at it will fifty years to the day that I watched my first game at Fratton Park.


Remember the link to Pompeyrama stats - just click on the player`s name.

12th July - Joe Laidlaw was 59

13th July - Ray Crawford 73. Ray is a real football legend. Pompey born, when at Ipswich was the League`s top scorer and won the Championship and played twice for England. Forever loved in Colchester for the goals that beat the mighty Leeds in 1971 and even had time to return to Pompey as youth coach in the late seventies.

Jim Cairney 78 - who, all Pompey will ask. Well Jim played just once in a Southern Floodlight League Cup tie at home to Brentford in 1955.

14th July - Andy Awford 37

15th July - John Robertson 81

16th July - Carl Griffiths 38

17th July - Keith Blackburn 69 Keith Blackburn - recalls his Pompey past on the official site - interesting on how he got the call and the trips down from Lancashire with the sandwiches 'me mom` made.

18th July - Sasa Ilic 37

19th July - Gregory Vignal 28 - Perrin signing who is currently looking for a club.

Zvonimir Vukic 30 - a player I thought had great potential even though he was another Perrin signing. Had good quick feet but lacked the application to make it in England. Currently playing for FC Moscow.

Harry Penk 75 - made his debut in the replay of the Southern Floodlight League Cup tie with Brentford in 1955. Played another nine league games before leaving for Plymouth.

20th July - Nigel Quashie 31
Quashie the shooting star will never be forgotten particularly by those in the crowd he hit!! Still on the books of West Ham at present and forever immortalised by the Fratton Park crowd with cries of Quashie Quashie! Every time a shot floats wildly wide of the target.

Tommy Christensen 48

21st July - Anthony Pulis 25

22nd July - Ray Hiron 66 - Gosport born beanpole striker who famously travelled to Fratton Park on the back of a motorbike to sign for Pompey. Scored 110 goals for the club and Pompeyrama tells me that I saw 85 of them. It really is a great source of information.

Bert Barlow was born in 1916. will always be remembered for scoring the first goal in the 1939 Cup Final and probably for the seven weeks wages he was fined for damaging the cup in 1941. He did of course join Pompey from Wolves just two months before the final. Bert passed away aged 87 on 19th March 2004.

Meet the Toast team

Well some members did last Saturday when they attended the Hermann Hreidarsson birthday party. Editor Rug and one or two others got a chance to quiz the locals about games going back to the forties and players too.

Pompeygray arrived as promised from Sydney and he came armed with all manner of Pompey souvenirs. This included the programme from the home game with Huddersfield in 1949 when Pompey were presented with the League Championship trophy for the first time. It was in excellent condition - the programme that is - and was an attraction for all who were there.

It was a good evening enjoyed by all, good food, good beer and plenty of Pompey chat. We must do it again.

New fans

Well Cockneys, they say, are born within the sound of Bow Bells and Pompey fans are supposedly born within the sound of the Fratton chimes. Of course that meant St Mary`s Hospital where both of my children and my three grandchildren were born.

Well sadly the Maternity Unit has now been moved to the 'super' hospital at Queen Alexandra and that is where the babies will be born in the future. Another tradition ended or can the crowd make enough noise to be heard on Portsdown Hill?

Cornypomp's art gallery

Cornypomp has been working hard on his boat down there in Falmouth and has produced some classic stuff to cheer you all up have a look here. It is all about trying to make us laugh and is well worth a look.

Just click here to enter the albums and see Corny`s work. While you are there are why not have a look at the snaps taken at Hermann's do.

South Stand problems

We are hearing reports that the emergency exit for the South Stand A Section has been condemned and must be replaced. Despite being given a safety certificate by Portsmouth Council it has been found to be highly dangerous and is being removed.

The problem is until it is replaced A section cannot be used so it needs to be done urgently or the club will have a to relocate fans elsewhere in the ground.

Rangers tickets

Tickets for the friendly with Rangers on 8th August are going very slowly at Fratton Park but north of the border demand is massive. It is believed the Milton End is sold out and Pompey are considering allowing Rangers to have a section of the lower north and use the blanket over seats for segregation.

and finally..

We are led to believe that the sale of Peter Crouch is an insurance deal. The transfer income would clear the debts of the existing regime and allow the club to function IF the proposed buyout by Dr SAF fails to materialise.

It is just such a shame that a player of Peter's ability and love for the club has to be sacrificed


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The Journalist

Writer: eastneydave Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday July 19 2009

Time: 5:00AM

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nice to see Toast back Dave. Pity I couldn't make it last Saturday - sounds like it was a good night. Thanks for the info on the fit &pp test, doesn't sound so scary - especially in the light of more panic-mongering by the Mail today. Don't think I'm the only one who's getting more susceptible to panicking the longer this drags out. I suppose on that note the 'insurance sale' of Crouch is understandable, but I agree with you about the huge shame of sacrificing a player like him. Just hope we can start moving on and building soon. I wasn't one of the Pompey fans born at St Mary's, my family were south Londonders and we didn't move to the area till I was 5 - not my fault! But it does occur to me that the QA would be nearer the Horsea Island stadium, if it does ever get built. The only other point is I was looking forward to the Rangers game expecting a sell-out, and that looks like a damp squib now as well. I guess its understandable following weeks of uncertainty, which is getting depressing now. Still, like you say, Don't Panic.
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19/07/2009 09:14:00

Don't really know what to say this week. Have tried not to post too much negativity and so have gone out and bought a couple of Martine Cole books to read. Have also started to buy penny shares on line, good fun but expensive good fun. Have nothing positive to say so am going to say nothing - til next week. Just love Corneypomps pictures, they are a scream and have made me laugh this week. Hope they sort the A Section out of the south stand - I thnk that is where my new seat is.......!!!
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19/07/2009 09:15:00

so, are we saying that crouch won't be sold if the takeover goes through, or that he is being sold anyway? I understand (sort of) that if the takeover doesn't go through, we will likely need to sell players. However, with it looking increasingly likely that the takeover WILL go through, surely we (and the banks!) can wait one week?
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19/07/2009 09:21:00

Must be more to it than that Carps. Crouchie's outburst a few weeks ago shows that he was not happy with things at Pompey.
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19/07/2009 09:48:00

Good to see you back on line this week Toasters but I must say I enjoyed the paper 'Toast Special' on Herman last week too. Well like Gandor I'm not gonna comment too much on the takeover as we've all said it all before but the Crouch sale I can live with as no one player is EVER more important than the team and I (still) firmly believe that HE WANTS TO and WILL go. Crouchy is coming out with far too much credit on this issue and I think he's a rat deseserting a (not so) sinking ship.. Time will tell I guess and as Carprt says if the deal does go through he shouldn't sign then ... But I bet he does anyway ... Anyway as for D'Alessandro well that's simple he should come back to Pompey to sort his head out, surely we could give him a home for a while... couldn't we ?
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19/07/2009 10:09:00

Morning All... Good read Dave and thanks for the mention of the album. I'm adding to it all the time now, including some on Crouchie so stay tuned. S'funny you mentioning Andres D'Alessandro, I was only thinking about him the other day. Great little player, who I was so sorry to see go. Mad has found a T/graph article on the forum which is a humorous but thought provoking read on the current state of affairs. Oh! Gandor, watch those penny shares mate, a dangerous game. Buy GOLD! Ray Hiron 66, makes me feel old, an older version of Crouchie!
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19/07/2009 10:24:00

At least you can see the floodlights from the QA, and at night, for an evening game with the wind blowing in the right direction, and the ball in the Fratton End net ....
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19/07/2009 10:27:00

My friend heard us on the Milan night and she lives in Hayling Island.
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19/07/2009 11:42:00

crouchy has a contract so if he wanted to stay so much he could, that said 'if' you were an england international with the world cup coming up next summer, so this was an important season for you, would you want to stay somewhere - as much as you wanted to - if you were told 'you were not in the clubs plans'? crouchy wants to stay, but isnt getting the chance to do so...clearly the club could not cut off their nose to spite their face could they, so 'if' crouchy stood his ground they couldnt justify not playing him could they. so, if i were crouchy, 'if' i did want to stay so much i would tell the club to stick it as i wasnt going anywhere...
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19/07/2009 11:43:00

The fact that the Sunday Mail is reporting that the FIT & TEST is in trouble and that SAF is under investigations doesn't seem to overly concern anyone, as it is taken as Paper Talk only. Whew I am relieved!
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19/07/2009 14:03:00

the mail story is a non-story, at best it is done to 'boost ratings'... fit and proper is going well, im told that the fa is working very hard to get this fit and proper done as soon as they can, if its not already done? they are not concerned...
Dr SAF had several cash streams available to him and made this clear from the off, he had not decided which one to use back along and this had been made clear, the mail is trying to make something out of nothing - most articles are just using 'scare tactics' with titles and have little, or nothing to do with what is being claimed. clutching at straws is what i would say to the mail's article!
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19/07/2009 15:03:00

Great read Dave, thank you again for all the info, especially the birthday file. Shame to lose Crouch, thought we would get mor e than 12m for him. Just so desperate for Dr SAF to takeover.
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19/07/2009 15:12:00

I think SAF might have something to answer for with respect to the Hydra developments situation, but I am pretty certain that it doesn't qualify as an illegal act, certainly not one that has gone before a court or is pending (as far as I am aware) so don't think it should impede him becoming our owner. If owners weren't allowed to take over if they had some unhappy customers then I think almost 100% of owners would fail!
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19/07/2009 15:19:00

If Mike Ashley can own a club then any dodgy sod can own a club.
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19/07/2009 19:18:00

This time next week Toast will be reporting that we have a new owner - I'm certain of it .. I just wonder what the papers are gonna report against us then !
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