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The Pompey Chimes: 23rd-29th August 2009

The Pompey Chimes: 23rd-29th August 2009

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

Club News

Pompey's league campaign hasn't got off to the best of starts, as we are hammered 4-1 at the Emirates Stadium against an in-form Arsenal side. Read the match report here. That said, a good performance in the Carling Cup saw Pompey ease past Hereford United by an identical scoreline. You can read that match report by clicking here.

Arsenal Stats: here.
Hart on Arsenal defeat: here.

The reserves won their opening fixture against Wolves 2-1, as a very young side took on a relatively experienced Wolves side. You can read the match report on the official site. Also, you can read about the Academy winning their first league game 2-0 against Barnsley (with highlights), and the Ladies mirroring their first team counterparts with an opening day League defeat at home to Reading, but winning in the League Cup vs Brighton.

So more news on the takeover but seemingly we are all still in the dark, so I'll do my best to give you a bit of an idea about what happened. First, Dr SAF announced on his website that he has here Portsmouth FC, and that AAA Ltd are the new owners. More information can be found here.

It looked like Storrie was the one who was going to end up purchasing our club, however he has missed out and showed his disappointment publicly.

Various media outlets are getting involved now as Dr SAF appears to be giving interviews left right and centre to everyone NOT connected with Portsmouth FC! Read his words in The Sun and Arabian

Peter Storrie was linked with a move away from Fratton Park given his bitter disappointment at now purchasing the club, and as such PompeyFCUK has written a decent piece on why Storrie should stay. Read that here.

Squad News

Early reports this week suggested that Aruna Dindane and Steve Gohouri were linked with moves to the South Coast, and you can read about that here. Further, the former has apparently passed his medical, with more information on that here, with also a little bit more about Sol's move to Notts County.

Pompey bolstered their striking options with little-known (by me at least) Watford hitman Tommy Smith. We had the offer accepted, with the player agreeing terms and passing a medical and actually signing later in the week.

Friday saw an influx of new signings, four in all! The first to arrive was former Pompey midfielder Michael Brown who returned to the club from Wigan.

Later in the afternoon Aruna Dindane was confirmed as a loan signing for the rest of the season from Lens, shortly followed by the announcement that Kevin-Prince Boateng had signed a three-year contract with Pompey, signing from Spurs.

The days transfer dealings, coming in, where concluded with the announcement in the evening that Jamie O'Hara had signed on loan from Spurs until January with us having the option to extend until the end of the season.

One player who has left Pompey though is Sylvain Distin, who has moved to Everton following his unhappiness early this week.

In light of Distin leaving, we need a new club captain, and Rug explores the options here.

Vital Pompey News

Read last week's toast if you haven't already done so here.

Also, we have all been voting so check out the results on:
Man of the Match vs. Arsenal: here.
How many points we will have by Xmas: here.

Gino's Teaser

Last week's teaser was won by PompeyFcMad who correctly identified Micky Adams of Southampton being the Premiership's first red card and he was sent off for dissent.

This week's teaser:

Which is the smallest country to provide a Premiership player?

See you next week folks!!

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Date:Saturday August 29 2009
Time: 9:29AM


Jesus n i thought rovers had signed some players!!!!!!!!!! ha ha
29/08/2009 09:49:00
Well it's never boring. Still think it's quantity over quality. Gut feeling is Dr SAF needs to prove to a hell of a lot of us he can cut the mustard & sorry PS didn't get the chance. Sorry to have lost another quality player in Distin, just desperate to keep Jamo.
29/08/2009 10:42:00
What a week!!
29/08/2009 11:22:00
How much of that article in the independent is true? Has he really been trying to escape all summer? Has he ever implied, let alone said that? Am I missing something here? Sunderland? They will end up below us in the league this year - definitely. So if we go down so do they. Jamo isn't stupid, he can see improvement, he can see half the aquired players are decent and will scrap for the club (unlike the chav midget, the limited Peter Crouch and monsieur 'I'm so not enjoying my football at, ow you say, Portsmouth' Sulky), he can keep his England place as he will certainly see some 'hot goalkeeping action' in front of our defence this season, that's for sure. He'd be a fool to go.
29/08/2009 11:48:00
oh et tu its utter cr*p! it says hes been desperate for escape and stuff, and anyway why would he want another goal keeper when they got one of the most expensive keepers in the EPL (9m for gordan HA)
29/08/2009 18:47:00
oh and is james really on £50k??
29/08/2009 18:48:00

What a week. I was distinctly unimpressed with Sylvain after his performance at the Emirates. His head was down and you could see he didn't want to fight for the shirt. I know he's a top centre back but an unhappy Distin is as useful as having Azar Karadas in defence. We were wise to cash in but I can't say I was overly enthused with the money being spent on Tommy Smith and Michael Brown. However the other signings have given me the belief that if we can get a few more in we've got a fighting chance of survival. Tomorrow's game against City is irrelevant really, any point will be a bonus. The season starts at Bolton.

The feeling I get from Jamo in the various interviews I've read of him lately is that despite he's ready to put his head down and fight for the club. Only if we were relegated or if Don Capello told him he had to move to guarantee an England place, would Jamo consider leaving. I reckon he'll see out the season, save us from relegation with some heroic performances, go on to win the World Cup with England and then retire.

Rug - thanks for filling in the gaps mate. Have been away all weekend, and really annoyed at today's game. My 5-a-side team have more points than Pompey at the moment - and let me tell you that's saying something!!
30/08/2009 21:03:00
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