Sunday Toast Season 3 # 10 - we need to finish
It was not the way I wanted to celebrate fifty years of watching Pompey but at least we got plenty of effort from the team. The problem is that we cannot keep playing well and creating chances and not finishing the job.
Who was culpable does not really matter but it is something that has to be put right. We lose too many games by a single goal and better finishing would turn those into draws and we have not had a draw all season! Cut out the defensive mistakes and take the chances and we will be OK. Simples.
Are you fit enough?
I asked Pompey`s chief steward if when he briefs the referee before the game he pops the question 'are you fit enough to run this game?` he said he had not in the past but felt that he might have to for the Manchester United game.
Phil Dowd lost the plot in the last few minutes yesterday after having a reasonable game. Not for the sending off of Michael Brown but for charging around all over the pitch during injury time and then forgetting to add that time on. Five minutes the board said which means a minimum of five minutes. With the time it took over the first Brown and Lennon incident I was surprised that we played just the bare five minutes now would Ferguson have said about that?
Car with curtains
A large limousine arrived at Fratton Park on Friday. the car which filled nearly two parking spaces had curtained windows and a large group disembarked before being given a tour of the ground by Peter Storrie.
We assume they were representatives of new owner AAF but whether the man himself was there we do not know.
The girls rule ok!!
Have you noticed that a large number of our top 10 members would object to be calling boys? Well when I counted on Friday there were four women in the list and that is something I have never seen before.
This is great stuff and shows the quality and diversity of Vital Pompey. We do not stand and 'slug punches` over our narrow views, we are prepared to argue our case BUT are prepared to accept the views of others. The friendship in the forum was proved this line with these words from coxy30 - 'not my words yours this is true rug and that`s the great thing about Vital Pompey its a great forum with everyone's opinion and this is my opinion'
Added to that we have good quality articles, illustrated by Gandor`s report on the Quay Fans Forum on Thursday night. She sat through two hours making copious notes in her note pad and then rushed home and typed up a report of over two thousand words. There were only a few errors for me to correct and it was published at eleven o`clock. No other site got anywhere near it and I noticed that the next day the story was number six on newsnow`s hit parade of Pompey stories world wide.
Dedication from Gandor and well deserved comments received too. So then girls why don`t more of you submit articles? Tracyc has in the past submitted articles and would be nice to receive the thoughts of members, boys or girls.
Good to see one Pompey`s youngsters make the starting line up for England in their Victory Shield opener against Wales at Yeovil's Huish Park. The name of Sam Magri was on the teamsheet and the proud parents no doubt were there to see him. To add to the good news Sam is a local boy and lives in Fratton. Now that is a rarity.
The game, England won 1-0 with a late goal from Zack Ansah of Arsenal. Magri? Looked steady at the back but was nervous in the early exchanges especially on the greasy top. Shame that these games are now played around the country as only 3,700 turned up and these kids deserve more. Pat Neil will tell you that when he played for England Schools the games were at Wembley and that is or was an experience of a lifetime.
Slipped the major headlines this last week but Aldershot Town's managerial of Gary Waddock and ex Pompey hero Martin Kuhl left the Recreation Ground and moved up the road to take charge of near neighbours Wycombe Wanderers.
The departure of the duo who had given the Shots such a good start to the season has not gone down well with their fans. They replace Peter Taylor at Adams Park.
Live TV overkill
A special thanks to Sky Sports for making every home game in December a live TV game? This means all the disruption of two 12:45 kick offs just before Christmas an no bank holiday game just after.
his is stupid planning and one licensee said to me 'I spend £600 a month on getting Sky Sports and I need one Pompey game a month to help pay for it. Not three over the busy Christmas period'.
Not too many this week but a few speedy wide boys.
Kevin O'Callaghan is 48 - you must read Chix`s excellent article here
Chris Lawler is 66
Adrian Whitbread is 38 - I believe Aidy is currently working in Puerto Rico for Islanders - their coach is none other than Colin Clarke.
Eamonn Collins is 44 - followed Alan Ball around the country but played only five league games in three years.
Dave Leworthy is 47
Sander Westerveld is 35 - last heard of in Monza. Although not sure if he is playing for their football team or on the race circuit?
Anthony Vanden Borre is 22 - young Belgian full back currently on loan from Genoa has already won eighteen full caps. With Steve Finnan now fit again I would imagine that Anthony may find himself being used as a utility player as he can also be effective playing wide right.
Pat Neil is 72 - what can I say about Pat who I have now met on several occasions and he really is a fantastic man. Full of football knowledge and opinions on the modern game. One night we talked for three hours and during the conversation he told me that I should get a copy of a certain book but it was out of print. He said he thought he knew where there was one and when I got home the next day it was on the doormat!!
He is grateful to Vital Pompey and especially Pompey4me who helped put him in touch with an old friend who he used to walk to school with. They had not seen each other for fifty five year!
Dick Beattie born in 1936 died 1 January 1990