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Toast Season 4 # 10 - Not our day!!

Toast Season 4 # 10 - Not our day!!

Pompey started poorly at Pride Park last night amid a fierce Derby onslaught and never looked like improving as they slipped tamely to their first defeat in eight. Frustration showed all over the faces of the Pompey team as they simply failed to get started.

I will ignore the pun headlines like lambs to the slaughter and ram raided but this was poor fare for the fans who travelled and those of us watching at home. Coincidentally the run started and finished on Sky Sports.. Did we miss Dave Nugent? Yes but while that unbalanced Pompey with Liam Lawrence playing out on the left it is no excuse, Derby were simply by far the better side.

I am mystified that Derby are allowed to use Multi ball system but only when they have the advantage too, perhaps some-one could advise me on that.

At least we only have three days to get that out of the system when current leaders QPR drop in.


There is no doubt that the 7th November is definitely a day to forget in Pompey history. Heavy defeats 6-1 at Bolton in 1953, 7-0 at Ipswich in 1964 and 4-1 at Palace in 1998 prove my point.

And only one win over Cambridge United who are now a non league club.

Such a busy column last week had no time to remember Mark Hateley`s two hat tricks in the first week of November 1983. Cambridge United and Grimsby Town were the unlucky victims. Mark also scored three goals in the return games later in the season as Pompey won at both the Abbey Stadium and Blundell Park. That meant that of Mark's twenty two league goals that his only season nine came against Cambridge and Grimsby!!

Freedom for the Axe

Aaron Mokoena has been nominated for the Freedom of the City of London. He has been recognised for his charity work and the way he has taken the game to the people of his native South Africa.

Famous Honorary freemen include The Queen, Princess Diana, Nelson Mandela, Florence Nightingale, General Eisenhower, Theodore Roosevelt and Winston Churchill so it is without doubt quite an honour.

The City of London tell us - 'The City may invite individuals who have made a significant impact in their field of work or in the City to take up the Freedom to acknowledge their personal contribution and the Honorary Freedom is occasionally awarded to world leaders and other internationally prominent individuals in recognition of their achievements.`

A number of ancient privileges are associated with the Freedom - although they are more a product of collective memory than of documented evidence. They include the right to herd sheep over London bridge, to go about the City with a drawn sword, and if convicted of a capital offence, to be hung with a silken rope. Other advantages are said to have included the right to avoid being press-ganged, to be married in St Paul's Cathedral, buried in the City and to be drunk and disorderly without fear of arrest.'

Now some of those could come in very useful!!

The new Linvoy?

Linvoy Primus sadly hung up his boots last year but will always be remembered as a real Pompey legend. Few will forget the welcome he got when making his final appearance against Sunderland in May 2009.

Flash back to last Saturday and the reception given to Hermann Hreidarsson when coming on as a last minute substitute after seven months sidelined with a serious achiles injury. Every challenge was cheered to the rafters and I think HH was near to tears at the end.

Is he about to become the new Linvoy?

Club 1898

The club is about to launch a new initiative to bring ex players back into the community. Linvoy Primus has enlisted the help of fellow former Blues stars to form Club 1898.

Alan Knight, Vince Hilaire and Mick Mellows have joined Pompey`s head of club liaison to spearhead the project which will operate with the help of, and on behalf of, former players.

Club 1898 will create an umbrella organisation for the current strands of work being carried out involving former players, most notably the ex-players reunion club, ex-professionals` football team and the Pompey Hall of Fame committee. These have been admirably operated by individuals for many years, but now, with the support of the club, these will come together under one banner with the emphasis on bringing former players into the extended family that is Portsmouth Football Club.

The launch of Club 1898 is planned for Pompey`s home match against Scunthorpe on December 18. The Club will have its own section on the official club website which will feature forthcoming events, former player interviews and other relevant information.

Linvoy said: "Former players are a great part of the history of this club and my ten-year career at Fratton Park only happened because of what players before me had done.

There are people like Lyn Powell, Pat Neil, Jake Payne, Tony Male and Richard Owen, who have all done some great things involving former players. We got together with those responsible for the ex-players reunion, the legends team and the Pompey Hall of Fame and we had several meetings centred on the idea of bringing it all together.

The ex-players reunion, which still holds an annual dinner, was about working in the community from the very start and we would like to enhance that. Initially it's about gathering as many of the former players - and former staff - as we can.

We want former players to know that they held high regard and valued for their contribution to the club. I think now is absolutely the right time to acknowledge that and in some ways it may serve to restore relationships that might have broken down.

We want to say thank you for what they have done and see what they could do in the future. We are planning our official launch to get Club 1898 off the ground for the home match against Scunthorpe in December.

In the meantime we are in an ongoing process of creating a database, so if anyone has any contacts with former players - from any decade - please don`t hesitate to come forward and contact us through the club's supporter`s liaison officer Johnny Moore (

"We want them to be part of Fratton Park and give something back to those who gave so much to Pompey."

Supporters will also be able to join Club 1898 for an annual membership fee, which will be used to fund specific projects involving the ex-player network and their activities.

Membership will be limited to a maximum of 100 and will allow access to the Jimmy Dickinson lounge on matchdays, so members will be able to socialise with former Pompey legends.

There will be a special limited edition Club 1898 tie. The club will also sport a unique crest with the club badge, mounted on a pink and burgundy scarf - the club's original colours. Details of how to join Club 1898 will be announced soon.

I have no doubt some of you have contact details for ex players, if you do let Johnny know or pass them through me

The last time they came

Both of next weeks Fratton Park visitors will be making their first trip to the stadium for some time. Queens Park Rangers last visit was back on 14th April 2001 when the two sides fought out a 1-1 with Lee Bradbury - Lee also score in the 1-1 draw at Loftus Road.

Doncaster Rovers last visit was much further back - the 27th November 1982 to be exact when a Steve Aizlewood penalty and a Neil Webb goal beat Donnie by 2-1 - that Rovers goal was the only one they have ever scored at Fratton Park - it was scored by full back Glenn Humpries.

Both games will be tough.

and finally

Picked up a copy of the new Pompey Life magazine the other day which is a joint venture between my old mate Maurice Snowdon and Portsmouth Football Club,

The full colour glossy mag is packed with features on Pompey including an interview with David Lampitt. Aaron Mokoena, Fabio Capello, Miss Portsmouth (an Eastney girl!) and George Clooney are also included.

All in all a nice job but perhaps a bit pricy at a £2.50 considering all the adverts. It is forty eight pages in size and looks and feels like a matchday programme.


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Date:Sunday November 7 2010
Time: 12:00AM


Morning Toasters! Hope the tears have dried after that slump in form. Enjoy the column.
06/11/2010 19:48:00
altho Ive slagged him in the past Ashdown was good, easily best of a bad bunch on the night. Think we will do ok, had us 4 relegation beginning of year so we r well over achieving. PUP
Super Bock 1898
07/11/2010 00:39:00
Just an off day and a very good opposition - hats off to Derby, theor work rate, particularly in the first half was immense and we were a little lucky to get away with 2-0. We can play better though and the ball will stick to our feet better than it did here in other games. Derby have been the best team we have faced so far (IMO) and I think they must have a great shout of the play-offs if not automatic promotion.
07/11/2010 09:30:00
Tears of rage Dave, Derby watched Pompey against Forest and did exactly the same, they pressurised us and our bunch of ex Prem, spiteful prima donna's weren't up to it; and you know what QPR will do the same. Kitson gas failed 3 games in a row now and those of us who were there were calling for Kanu to start the second half. Pompey's stupid lashing out, ridiculous tackles, knocking people over and moaning at the Ref is starting to grate now. Mullins & Mok should have gone. Out fought and out thought, the manager got it completely and utterly wrong- Cot couldnt tell hus right side from his right side, and just when some thought he was the messiah. As for multi ball, had Pompey had it , the shocking defence would have only have wasted it sooner. No injury excuses it was a manager screw up matched only by a really poor attitude toward football and the fans. Great reception for HH last week, lol would have been the same if Rocha had come on yesterday; HH looked emotional at the end of the game; so did a lot of the Fratton end. I went to both the QPR games you mentioned, better games than the results suggested. If I'm out of hospital in time I'll be at this one as well, my long time hoops mate just can't believe the season they are having- I remind him that with Mittal they are the second richest club in the country; inverted snobbery feels good :-) I'm surpassed Knoightseey is involved with the club, he was very critical of Chan for putting the club in Admin. Perhapse some one has since sat him down- " listen Alan I'll explain this verrreeey slowwwwleeeey".
07/11/2010 09:42:00
I think you are a bit over the top Russell. It was bad, but not that bad.
07/11/2010 18:41:00
Pompey certainly didn't play as well as they have recently, but I have definitely seem them a lot worse this season. The run was never going to go on for ever after all. What will be telling is how well we bounce back on Tuesday night. And I'm really going to shout loudly after having to be quiet all game on Saturday in the Derby section!
07/11/2010 18:48:00
One thing I really noticed at Pride Park, is every announcement is sponsored or "brought to you" by some company. The team lists, the substitutions, the injury time minutes. Pompey are missing a trick here! I also thought our stadium announcer should end the pre-match stuff with a loud rousing 'Play Up Pompey!' in the same way their guy shouted 'Cmon you Rams'.
07/11/2010 19:01:00
toast was as good on monday morning as it was on sunday :-) the 4-1 at palace on this day, well 7th, still remains one of my all time favourites games. the result did not matter that day, the message put across to the two terry's was!
club 1898 sounds interesting.
08/11/2010 10:51:00
You are right Tracy. That really annoyed me hearing that (naturally) biased announcer. We should do it at FP.
08/11/2010 17:15:00
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