Date:Sunday September 20 2009
Well Pompey bagged an unwanted Premier League record yesterday by losing their first six games of the season. Can the squad turn it round and where will the points come from? Are two questions that fans are now asking, they knew it would be tough but not quite this tough.
We will leave the discussions about the future of the manager and how the season should unfold to others and let's get down to your Sunday magazine Toast.
We have been through the list now so they will be brief unless something of interest has occurred. Remember to click the name for the link to view the Pompeyrama stats on the player.
Sean Davies is 30 - the Wanderer failed to return last week due to suspension.
Stefani Miglioranzi is 32 - is playing for LA Galaxy along with em..
Lee Darby is 40
Michalis Vlachos is 42
Billy Eames is 52
Roy Pack is 63
Rowan Vine is 27 - playing these days at QPR.
John Moncur is 43.
Martin Cranie is 23 - recently sent to Coventry.
Liam Daish is 41
Ron Tindall is 74.
Petri Pasanen is 29 - Finn currently plying his trade at Werder Bremen.
Mathias Svensson is 35 - Matt was forced to retire last year by a knee injury.
Steve Foster is 52
Roudolphe Douala is 31 - currently a free agent after failing to impress Plymouth Argyle management at the end of last season.
Alan Stephenson is 65
John Davies is 76
The Prince pays out
Kevin Prince Boateng made a big impact on his debut last week against Bolton. Not only did he score the second goal winning money for one member of the Toast team but in going so he became the first German born player to net for the Blues.
Prince certainly added a new dimension with his probing runs and shows why the Tottenham manager did not want to let him go. The Toast winnings came courtesy of the betting facility in the Jimmy Dickinson room. At half time he was 18/1 to score the next Pompey goal and our erstwhile Toaster had to fill his boots and of course cleaned up!
Toast is actually not sure that any German has played for Pompey before but no doubt someone out there will know.
On the subject of Jimmy Dickinson was talking to Chix last week in a break in the filming of his new series of MOTD2 when we got on to the subject of Pompey books. He mentioned he was after a copy of Peter Jeffs' Gentleman Jim but had failed to source one at a reasonable price.
The book was published in the late 80's and has long been out of print long ago. Well we found one for him this week on the internet and very soon he will be a proud owner of the book. Chix and I will resurrect the thread on Pompey books and DVDs at some time so that those who like to collect can share their information with others.
One to look for that was published in the 70`s is Jimmy Guthrie`s - Soccer Rebel -The Evolution of the Professional Footballer. Worth trying to find is this book by Pompey`s cup final captain.
Sorry for link at top because Jimmy Dickinson was never booked in his long and distinguished career.
Well this weeks Europa League trialled the two extra assistant referees scheme. This allows for two linesmen armed with a radio and fully striped for the job to stand behind the goal in full view of home or maybe visiting fans. Clever plan? Well a local official told Toast that he could not believe the extra men where expected to stand around for ninety minutes dressed just in shorts. What have these men done to upset UEFA?
The radio apparently is not for contacting the referee but for listening to music of their choice to relieve the boredom. But in all honesty Pompey would have benefitted from those extra officials and picked up maybe four points to date this season. No doubt the goal judges would have spotted the deliberate impeding of Jamo at St. Andrews and of course the penalty and the winner against Bolton would never have happened, would they?
Mind you I gather the referees room at Fratton Park would struggle with six attempting to change at the same time.
As a goalkeeper in my early days - yes all those years ago - I have to feel sorry for Gooners custodian Manuel Almunia. Last week amid all the furore at Eastlands he was credited with an own goal after making a fantastic save.
A Micah Richards header was heading for the right hand corner when the England qualified keeper threw himself across his goal and got a finger to it. The ball was deflected onto the post and so unluckily for Almunia flew into the net off of his head!!
And that is given as on own goal? Sorry but that is crazy, Richards deserves the goal and should be given it.
Next Tuesday`s trip to Carlisle will mark the centenary of United's Brunton Park home. The stadium which was famously under water back in the summer of 2005 will actually celebrate its birthday next Saturday when Southampton visit.
Back in the 1960's and 70's when travelling was much more difficult around England than it is now Carlisle was one place every Pompey fan wanted to visit. So at the start of the 1970/71 season I decided this would be the season.
A group of us decided to book a coach and the fare was set at £6 each!! Ticket sales were slow however and despite efforts to sell around the local pubs before the Hull City home game the Saturday before the trip we had to cancel the trip. So I have never visited the league most North Westerly output but at least I had tried.
What was the score did someone ask? Well Pompey lost 6-0!! Am I glad we never made that trip? United also won the return 4-1 at Fratton Park but had to wait until 1974 before they won promotion and spent one season in the top flight. If you are travelling north on Tuesday enjoy the trip.
A singing signing?
Well all the talk recently has been about Pompey picking up a few free agents as the transfer window is not shut. One name mentioned this week was Michael Ball well known for songs such 'Love changes everything'.
Seems a strange link until you realise that this is the Michael Ball who is a left back released by Manchester City and won an England cap back in 2001. Would be a good addition to the squad and would make up for the shunning by Nicky Shorey.
Mentioned MOTD2 earlier and Chix's starring role but did our pussy cat of a co editor really go out to wind up Adrian Chiles ala Emmanual Adebayor? Come on Adrian, Kevin Day loves coming to talk to the Vital crew because we are REAL fans like a laugh when the chips are down.
Why not come and join us next time and then you can buy the beers in the Connaught or wherever you choose. Confrontation we ask? Don't think so me old Baggie.
The over used thread
A quick look in the forum yesterday showed that the Word Association thread has almost reached the magic 10,000! Be interesting to see what word and which member in the magical number. Probably also show how bored members can get in the middle of the night.
Pompey Virtual Alliance
One of the definite 'benefits' of being in the PVA is thee number of emails you receive from the editors of the other site and the club's Chief Executive among others. This week that number went over 200!! It is hard work being on the mailing list of all these editors. If fact it is bad enough from one!!
Date:Sunday September 20 2009
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