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Toast Season 4 # 13 - why call it off?

Toast Season 4 # 13 - why call it off?

So we had a blank weekend with the Burnley game called off in the middle of the week. At least the Pools Panel awarded us a Home win!

Pitch Inspections

I was wondering earlier in the week why clubs have their pitch checked by local referees early in the morning when kick off time for the match is 3:00. surely it would make sense to see the conditions at the kick off time when the surface may have thawed out and the surrounding streets steps etc lost the ice.

On top of that the Pompey game with Burnley would have gone ahead if the inspection was Saturday morning. Heavy overnight rain had washed away the snow and rising temperature would I think have allowed the covered pitch to thaw out sufficiently to permit a sensible game of football. The game was postponed based on the weather forecast not on an actual situation.


Today is my wife Dawn's 50th birthday and she will be known to quite a number of Vital Pompey and Toast regulars. She is a fervent Pompey fan who was brought up on the terraces of Fratton Park and tells us about her Pompey life.

First recollections and memories - 'Going with my Dad, he was a big Pompey fan and although we were far from rich he tried to take me as often as he could.

I can't really remember where we stood in the ground but I don't think I had a box to stand on like so many young fans in those days. It would have been in the early seventies but I have no real memories of the games just how much I enjoyed the occasion. The atmosphere and the noise of the crowd stick in my mind. I just could not wait to go again.

Later in the early eighties my baby brother Steven was the mascot at a game and we all went along as guests of the club - that was fantastic. Steve was a very good footballer and had a trial at Bournemouth. The Cherries manager in those days was none other than Harry Redknapp and he offered by brother an apprenticeship but he decided to take up the offer of a Joiner`s apprentice at a local firm. He is now a top rate Chippie but always wonders 'What if?'

The earliest favourite player I can remember is Alan Biley - well he was everybody`s favourite - with his long blond hair and sleeves tucked in his hands. Over recent years my favourites include Lomana Lua Lua, Pedro Mendes and David James. Of the current squad my favourite is Dave Kitson as he always 'goes for it'. Admittedly he is having a bad spell at the moment but he will come good again.

Favourite other team? I only watch games with Pompey and England in. there is no point in supporting any other team is there?

Your favourite game/occasion? That is a difficult one as we have had so many recently but I would say it has to be either Milan or beating Spurs at Wembley. Can`t really separate them, the atmosphere at the Milan game was unbelievable with us singing for ninety minutes no n stop and almost beating one of Europe`s top clubs whereas beating Spurs after all we had been through last season was unbelievable.

The fact is that in both games we began as massive underdogs and ended up anything but. Dawn was particularly noisy at the Spurs game, in fact one fan nearby said she made more noise than 30,000 Spurs fans put together! As she was sat next to me I can second that opinion.

I also have opinion that Dawn will long remember winning the cup too. As we partied long into the night.

Girlies always cry at football do you? I have my moments.

What are your dislikes? - Fans who will not sing; the Lower North Stand ladies toilets and blind referees.

Is it true that Graham Poll decided to retire after you stood alone on the North Terrace and called him a w****r? No comment but I am told Poll did not mention it in his autobiography.

Marlon Pack

Marlon has just been awarded the Cheltenham Supporters player of the month for November. Marlon 'impressed the Robins faithful with his precision passing and combative midfield displays' tells their official site. Well done young man and he is showing a great deal of promise for the future.

Youth game off

Pompey's FA Youth Cup clash with Manchester United on Monday night has been postponed.

This is due to a frozen pitch at Altrincham`s Moss Lane ground, where the game was due to be played.

The game has been provisionally rescheduled for Thursday, December 9 but this is dependent on the weather and will not be confirmed until next week. Altyblue please note.

Kammy book

I have no doubt one or two of you will have the new Chris Kamara book - Mr Unbelievable on your Christmas list. Yesterday he added another instalment on Soccer Saturday.

When cut to by anchorman Jeff Stelling and asked how the game (Manchester City v Bolton) was going, he simply uttered 'Oh dear!!' and switched off the monitor. He claimed later he could not hear the studio but once again classic Kammy!


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Date:Sunday December 5 2010
Time: 12:00AM


As a London-based season ticket holder, I am a bit peed off as the rescheduled Burnley game is bound to be on a weekday night and I am unlikely to be able to get down for it. Bah! Would have been poignant today as we played Burnley at home the same Saturday last year and it was the last time my dad (who died in the Summer) was over from Malta and watching live football at Fratton. I can picture him now at that game with a big cheesy on his face.
05/12/2010 00:17:00
Point noted Dave!
Alty Blue
05/12/2010 00:36:00
Happy Birthday Dawn
05/12/2010 09:03:00
Happy Birthday Dawn. You sound just like the sort of kid I always wanted to be. If my Dad had taken me to the football as a kid, I'm sure I would have bawled my eyes out, I would have been TERRIFIED!!! Yes Dave, the decision to postpone the game was made far too soon. Although, I must say, who would have thought the snow would have disappeared as fast as it did? We had Winterwonderland on Friday night and boring wet streets at 9.00am Saturday morning. I awoke at 4.30 on Saturday morning and spent the night watching it all disappear. The quicker it went the more agitated I was getting at the thought of the match being cancelled. I dripped on (no pun intended) all day Saturday.
05/12/2010 11:37:00
Dave, I don't agree with the your premise that the weather forecast caused the call off, as you will find I have posted every day since Wednesday that weather was forecast to improve to 4 or 5 degrees with acompanying rain. The ckub new what the weather was doing like the rest of us last Weds, Thurs, Fri and as you say there was yesterday morning. There is no excuse for calling this game off and I suspect the club has used it as a reason when I think it has more to do with injuries or sone financial issue.
05/12/2010 12:24:00
Yes Happy Birthday Mrs eastneydave and thank you for the write-up. Your memories of childhood football are very similar to my own. As for the match being scrubbed....well you guys have echoed my thoughts I think. It's a shame but we've got to get on with it now. As for Marlon...yes big congrats but is he going to come back and play for us? I've got a horrible feeling the answer to that is no. I think we'll see more experienced hands take to the stage first before either Matt or Marlon....fact.
05/12/2010 15:54:00
I think the club called it off more to do with the fact that the weather was causing travel chaos - the snow being melted as quick as it did surprised everyone, so I'm not going to criticise the club for cancelling the game at all - I probably would've done the same. Oh, and happy belated b-day Mrs Dave!
06/12/2010 09:00:00
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