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The state of English football.

The state of English football. Without doubt that it is the subject that the fans of English football are discussing the length and breadth of the country.

Early this week Vital Pompey were requested to supply a spokesperson to discuss the subject by the Observer newspaper. Well I was volunteered and I spent Tuesday in London at the offices of The Guardian/Observer talking to fans from other clubs websites and the staff of the two papers.

It was certainly a fun day and there is no doubt that football fraternity want Pompey to survive and there was a great camaraderie between us as soon as we met.

The purpose of the day was to record a video to get people thinking about the various problems which appear to riddle our game. You can see the finished video on youtube by clicking below.





A very professional job and incidentally Brian Oliver the Observer's Sports Editor is a Pompey fan. The Observer relaunches this Sunday with a new layout/format and in the Sports section Chief Football Correspondent Paul Hayward will be interviewing Sir Alex Ferguson.

Sad my piece was cut short but they plan to use bits in the Newspaper on Sunday so perhaps I will have to buy one. At least our inclusion proves Vital Pompey is number one for Pompey news and opinions. Watch the video and post your comments below.

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The Journalist

Writer: eastneydave Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday February 18 2010

Time: 8:15PM

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There is an extended piece of mine and the others if you wait until after the video have run and then click on my ugly mug!!
eastneydave
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18/02/2010 20:25:00

Oooh, congrats Eastney - hope the paper but a good spread on for you ;) can't watch the vid at the moment but will do soon.
Squee
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18/02/2010 20:45:00

You've got my vote for a BAFTA! Seriously folks, hope it works out well for you!
merlin
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18/02/2010 21:05:00

Well done Dave. I agree football needs to sort itself out, its just depressing that it might take Pompey's demise for it to happen.
tracyc
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18/02/2010 21:07:00

Well spoken Dave, I agree totally something needs to be done, good luck and I sincerely hope it works out
worbo
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18/02/2010 21:53:00

Excellent Dave - totally agree with you. Pompey is just a small part of it really, in the grand scheme of things. Still, the next few seasons are going to be very interesting from a financial POV for all clubs. Still, well done on getting on there - look forward to reading it in the paper (unless it's Page 3!!!)
PFCGino
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18/02/2010 21:55:00

dammit Gino i was gonna make the page 3 joke and ya beat me to it lol :P, niceone Dave totally agree, English football is a joke and it needs to be sorted before more clubs fall the same way as us!
pompeym@
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18/02/2010 23:11:00

I don't remember them putting that arrow head on my face!! Thanks for the comments guys and gals. I said a lot more too and my maths let me down I know!! 52 divided by 13 is FOUR!!
eastneydave
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18/02/2010 23:34:00

Well presented Dave. The Bag of Fruit didn't look too bad. Where does a Pompey fan get all that money to buy one ? The bad news is we could all end up with extra cash for seasons to come if we have no club !!!
pompeygray
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19/02/2010 00:17:00

Clubs are driven by money. Playerís wages have grown out of all proportion, the costs are out stripping income in some cases and those clubs are suffering. The rich Banks have tightened up on Credit and Credit is no longer cheap yet Banks still pays themselves huge bonuses they simply do not earn and deserve to get. It would be illegal to stop foreign owners coming in to buy a football club, and if there was a foreign buyer with the cash who wanted to buy Portsmouth right now, the present owners, just like Dave Whelan, Wigans chairman would snatch their hands off, should an offer come in, and he has said as much. After all thatís what business men do. Itís not just football thatís in a state either. but all Clubs have become big business and got caught up in the mess our country is in. The only Chairman most likely not to sell his club would be the ones that love their town and their football and in this world of greed, they are few and far between.
zakidaman
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19/02/2010 08:37:00

 

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