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There's only one No.13

There's only one No.13

You may read in The News later this afternoon that following contact with Portsmouth Football Club the squad number allocated to Anttii Niemi for the forthcoming season is to be changed

This action is a direct result of yesterday's communication between Vital Pompey and Portsmouth Football Club following the announcement on the Official Site that Niemi has been allocated No.13, The shirt reserved following the death of Aaron Flahavan in 2001

Vital Pompey had hoped to publish a tribute to Aaron who died tragically eight years ago last week, before the story broke however given other commitments we were unable to do this

Vital Pompey on behalf of all Pompey fans would like to thank Portsmouth FC for not only correcting their oversight but for acting quickly, sensitively and with respect in this matter and for proving that 'fan power' does work!

A Player Profile detailing Aaron's Pompey career will appear on Vital Pompey and PompeyRama later this week

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Monday August 10 2009
Time: 4:35PM


good ole' pfc
10/08/2009 16:49:00
Well done, PFC
10/08/2009 16:56:00
Goof old Pompey might be a better summary!!
10/08/2009 16:56:00
Did you have to explain to anyone who Aaron was?
10/08/2009 16:56:00
The club actually reserved the number one shirt for one season following Flahavan's death. Both Zamperini and Diabate have worn the number 13 shirt since he died. The News confirm this in their piece but say the club decided to change Niemi's number because a lot of people were mistakenly thinking that the number 13 shirt had been retired.
10/08/2009 16:58:00
Thanks pros.. But that is not the response that we got when we contacted the club.. It was the first they heard of it by all accounts and agreed to rectify within five minutes of notification.. have a lookk in the forum.. the email trail is there .. Re Zamperini nad Diabate.. I'm not convinced but I'll look it up tonight .. happily be wrong but the point is that for the past 13 years at least no13 has not been 'allocated' within the Pompey squad .. I checked before we contacted the club!
10/08/2009 17:11:00
Sorry got too many No13's in there .. should be past seven years !
10/08/2009 17:12:00
I think someone at the club is confused then. Diabate definitely wore 13 - I've got a picture of him wearing that shirt! I know that Zamperini did as well. Both players played after Flahavan had died. It was definitely the number 1 shirt that was retired for one season only. That was the number he had just been handed after taking over as first-choice keeper.
10/08/2009 17:23:00
Well done Vital Pompey and PCFC!
10/08/2009 18:09:00
well done Pompey, when i read the other day that he was given the no.13 shirt i wasnt please, but well done Pompey for changing it.
10/08/2009 18:17:00
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