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Pompey's best premier central defender was...

Linvoy Primus!

'Linvoy Primus was the best central defender that we had during our premier league years', not my vote, yours - although these findings from the forum poll to determine who was our stand out central defender during the 7-year stay on the premier league are thoughts I would agree with...

The premier league years have brought us many ups and downs and many good and bad players; we focus on the good here though!

My love for Linvoy, and I genuinely love Linvoy - I am not afraid to say it, is no secret really. So, with that in mind many 'might' think that I agree with how this went for that simple reason?

Although I can say, hand on heart, that as good, and high profile, as some of these others names were - with us, before us and some after us - for a consistency level there were few as good as the big man for a sustained period of time, and all of this despite being written off more than once!

His commitment, passion and faith did a lot to help make him such a favourite but you also have to have some form of natural ability, and Linvoy found that - for me the fact that he has a positive affect on others helped the team as a whole.

Sol Campbell, whatever people might think of him, was a fantastic defender but I remain convinced that Linvoy made that partnership during Sol's first season at the club. Sol 'often' needs a steadying influence alongside him, when you would have thought that a man of his experience would be the one to offer that, and Linvoy did that. Both were good but I know which one looked more like a season international that season...

As said we have had some quality defenders but I cannot let this pass without a mention to the runner-up Arjan De Zeeuw.

Another in the Linvoy mould really. Never really regarded as having immense quality, well not until he was advancing in years anyway, although it was what he was able to do to inspire the team that helped the most and that commitment level, and consistency, set him apart from some others.

Younes is another that will go down as one of the all time fans favourites, so I think he needs a mention - had we been in a position to keep him I feel sure we would have, and also feel sure that this would have given him a better chance to have genuinely gone down as a Fratton legend.

So, a central defensive pairing of Linvoy Primus and Arjan De Zeeuw is how this vote went for the premier league defence - I would go along with that!

  • What the poll asked -

    Pompey's premier years - the best central defender?

  • How you voted -

    Linvoy Primus 40%
    Arjan De Zeeuw 33.33%
    Younes Kaboul 13.33%
    Sol Campbell 6.67%
    Sylvan Distin 6.67%
    Aaron Mokoena 0%
    Ricardo Rocha 0%
    Dejan Stefanovic 0%
    Marc Wilson 0%

    This poll was conducted in a thread in the Portsmouth Posts forum - click here.

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    Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

    Date:Wednesday July 14 2010

    Time: 1:00PM

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    14/07/2010 13:24:00

    indeed he is moley but the best really depends on your definition of the word doesn't it, i'd say Linvoy is easily one of my favorite players but he wouldn't be near my top 2 center backs i'm afraid so i probably wouldn't agree with the poll but its Linvoy so i'm still happy anyway :D lol
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    14/07/2010 16:29:00

    Some big names in there, and I think it's harsh on Stefanovic, Rocha and Mokoena that they got no votes, but it was always going to be Linvoy for this one. His commitment to the club has been outstanding, and it is a honour to have him accommodated with our club. A legend in every sense of the word. Out of curiosity, did anyone else read his autobiography? A very interesting read that shows he was never treated to favourably at Fratton Park by the board and managers, and yet still remained loyal.
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    14/07/2010 17:48:00

    Note: That accommodated should read associated, I'm not sure how the spell check changed it to that.
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    14/07/2010 17:49:00

    bit of sentimental voting I think! Primus is great, but for me De Zeeuw was the man along with Distin, would loved to have seen the two in the same team
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    14/07/2010 22:35:00


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