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Sunday Toast Season 3 # 29 - In Administration

Football was back on the agenda yesterday and what an eventful game it was with disallowed goals, a missed penalty, a red card, a squeaky bum finish but Pompey won on a ground where so many of the top sides failed in the open months of the season.

Looks like there was a good following at Turf Moor too and they more than made themselves heard. It may not be the start of the great escape which needs ten wins in the last twelve game but it has certainly dented the Clarets hopes of survival.

A good pick up though for the FA Cup quarter final next Saturday with Brum at Fratton Park which is a chance to at least leave the season with something to be proud of.

AA Calling

No not Alcoholic`s Anonymous but Administrator Andrew Andronikou who will in Toast be known as AA and probably elsewhere knowing how our short titles catch on.

Anyway we have been visited by the Administrator and there is nothing left!! The equipment had been returned to whence it came, the staff sacked and the cat left with no food, these are indeed hard times and we are all learning the stark realities of Administration. It is no a matter of sitting back and thinking we are alright now the liquidator has been banished from the door; the club has to be stripped to the bare bones to allow it to run at minimal cost while efforts are made to satisfy the various creditors of the company.

The objective is to get a Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) signed by all concerned and get the club sold again. Then rebuild slowly to escape the Championship within three seasons. The downside is no CVA could lead to further points deduction next season and the possibility of dropping even further as others have. So looks like Moggy will have to go hungry for a while.

Without doubt stormy waters are ahead for Pompey before a new owner can be found and that will doubtless lead to some tough decisions by AA in trimming the numbers employed by the club. There are already rows of empty desks in the clubs offices and sadly there will be more to come. His job is of course to satisfy the creditors requirements as far as is possible.

We all know what a good job the staff on the shop floor do at the club but are their jobs safe? The fans are behind you.

Sports minister Gerry Sutcliffe said Portsmouth's plight demonstrated that football faces 'tough challenges' and called for greater scrutiny of club takeovers.

'We want to see much greater scrutiny of takeovers so that new owners show proof of funds and a clear business plan going forward. Owners come and go but our clubs were built on the fierce loyalty of fans."

Why do we have to be sacrificed though before someone acts?

I must admit there is some good humour about to make us all laugh and the Frattonise rumour of the National Trust buying the ground as an ancient relic is the best. I like the piece about the North Stand toilets being oldest working loos in the country. Great stuff from the now online vintage fanzine.

Getting away from it all

With all the hype around the club at least seven will be able to get away from it all this week having been called up for a round of international friendlies.

Nadir Belhadj and Hassan Yebda - have been selected in the Algeria squad to face Serbia on Wednesday, March 3.

Hermann Hreidarsson has been selected in the Iceland squad to play Cyprus on the same night, while Tal Ben Haim will be with Israel as they take on Romania.

Loan stars Quincy Owusu-Abeyie (Ghana) and Aruna Dindane (Ivory Coast) will also be looking to star in games against Bosnia-Herzegovina and South Korea respectively.

Utility star Marc Wilson could win his first cap for Ireland after being selected on Monday in Giovanni Trapattoni's squad to face Brazil at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium on Tuesday.

Add to that youngster Florent Cuvelier has also received an international call-up to the Belgium under-18 side, who face two matches against Poland on Tuesday and Thursday.

Short stuff?

Reports suggest that Defender Dusko Tosic could have one of the shortest Pompey careers after it was divulged that the Premier League withheld his registration - preventing him from playing in league games. He was on the bench at St Mary`s but the FA confirmed that the club was safe as different regulations apply to their competition.

With Ricardo Rocha's red card yesterday he may be needed in the FA Cup again next Saturday, bit of a conundrum. As I said to the Observer last week there are too many bodies involved in English football and what a farce if a player can play in Cup games but not league matches!!

As we do not hold his registration he would leave on a free transfer when his real value could be in the £millions. With the transfer embargo back in place what is going on? No doubt AA will sort in out eh.

Linvoy Tickets

We told you a couple of weeks ago about the Fans' Football Night with Linvoy Primus will take place at Fratton Park`s Victory Lounge on Tuesday, March 23.

Former Blues defender Primus will be joined by Pompey players past and present for an evening of football chat and banter, with archive film.

Sam Matterface of Sky Sports News hosts the event, which starts at 7.30pm.

Tickets are £10 pre-paid and £12.50 on the door. There will be a bar and refreshments.

The evening is in support of Linvoy`s charity, Faith & Football. For more information and to book call 023 9277 6823.

Vital regular UKTony had suggested we book a table but on enquiring was told the seating would be laid out concert style. He booked six tickets but the last I heard he still had two left so if you want to go PM Tony and if his have gone ring the club on the number above. Should be a good evening now the club has some sort of future.

Messages of support

Chix has been sorting these out and loads more can be found in the forum. From all Pompey fans I can say a big thank you to all the supporters around the country for their messages of support. Here is a sample -

As a Spurs fan, but come on we are all members of the same big family, we are all football fans, I offer my sincere condolences to you guys. You are amongst the best supporters out there and don't deserve this, somebody or bodies should be asked to answer some very difficult questions. I watched a TV interview this morning with your John Westwood, what an impressive guy, living proof that you can't judge a book by it's cover, I in company with others, no doubt, misjudged him due to his outrageous appearance. In closing I wish you guys GOOD LUCK, I have no doubts that you will bounce back.

This is where your new start begins, I know its easy for me to say but you'll pull through this. good luck guys all the best.

Sad day surely. Offering you some support from Ewood park, Blackburn. Cheer up, mates! This is a new beginning.

Archived articles

The boys at Vital towers have been busy archiving articles and I know some have said to me I can`t find this or that. Well look right at the bottom of the screen and you will see they are not categorized into years.

I was searching for something only the other day but could not find it and this is why. Crucially for those doing the Stoke ticket quiz it was the details of Stanley Matthews career at Fratton Park. It would have helped you if the article had been there.


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Writer: eastneydave Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday February 28 2010

Time: 5:00AM

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A good read Dave in what I feel is some sort of eerie calm at the moment. Maybe I should have said surreal instead of eerie... It was indeed a treat to actually get excited over some 'FOOTBALL' yesterday, although as much as get excited about the match, I was jumping up and down because of continuously loosing the Quay reception.... Good win for the Blues and Avram though, and just goes to show the spirit is still very much there. Certainly put a smile on my face. As for AA...well it's all down to him now, not much we can do other than keep supporting the club & team. What will be, will be, and as long as the club is saved, I don't think there's a lot more we can ask at the moment. The more I think about it though, the lady judge that gave us that reprieve certainly saved our bacon, there's no doubt about it. So..keep playing up Pompey.....the Blues will rise again.
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28/02/2010 07:53:00

Good read as always Dave. With regard to the international call ups though, you've missed one. Big guy with a mad affro! Incidentally he had hair a bit like that when we last won the cup - an omen?
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28/02/2010 08:49:00

Sorry tracy of course you are right. That is the problem about writing parts through the week!
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28/02/2010 09:03:00

I had a trawl through some of the old articles yesterday, it makes interesting reading looking at some of the comments from rival fans when AlFahim was first linked!
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28/02/2010 11:03:00

Dave, interesting article. I'm Reading your article, whilst watching lots of stupid questions( that have already Been answered) of Paul Hart; who still can't give an answer. Although being fair to the bloke he refused to criticise even when the club haven't paid him off. I note this morning Andrew Andronikou ( note ED) has advised the debt is £78m; given this sum the HMRC who are owed 12-15 mill are not highly unlikely to be able to block a CVA and have no right of debt preference and are likely the last in the queue for a payout. Result; HMRC tactics mean that we the tax payer were will get probably nothing as opposed to the half offered by Chanrai- and HMRC don't understand their reputation for legal incompetence.
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28/02/2010 11:07:00

Didn't realise that we are going to lose so many players due to international games so soon before our game on Saturday. I hope they all get back in one piece an are fit to play on Saturday! Excellent Toast this week Dave, but how could it not be with all the goings on lately? When we settle down, you will have nothing to write about!
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28/02/2010 14:40:00

The Archive stuff is great Dave, please keep it there. I found my story THE FUTURE IS BRIGHT from 12/02/2006 and still got a giggle out of it. Of course not a true story as we didn't have to wait until 2039 to lift the FA Cup again - it happened of course 2 years after I was supposed to have gone into the FUTURE... Keep up the good stuff.
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