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The Playmakers Curse…

The playmakers curse…

I`m not sure of the history of this curse because I`m only in my twenties. If the more mature generation of Vital readers can confirm or deny that the curse has been going on longer I would be more than interested to hear.

The story that Harry Redknapp is interested in Petrov, a Celtic playmaker, got me thinking about past playmakers in recent years and I noticed a "curse."

This article only dates back as far as Robert Prosinecki (however you spell his name.) Wow what a legend this guy was, he smoked 50 cigarettes a day and cut down for Pompey`s sake to 30 a day. Milan Mandaric described Robert as his best ever signing. He gave Pompey fans a lasting memory. He did however only play a year in the Pompey shirt as we could not afford his high wage demands for another year.

Next Harry Redknapp brought Paul Merson to the club. Super Paul performed his magic and was an instrumental part of Portsmouth`s promotional season. He scored some vital goals but was mainly a provider for Toddy (and towards the end) the Yak. Paul Merson was all set to sign an extension to his contract and play for Portsmouth in the Premiership until the curse hit. The playmaker had an argument with Milan after he didn`t turn up to Portsmouth`s promotion party and he left for Walsall.

After that Portsmouth needed a playmaker and Harry managed to get in Eyal Berkovic just before we faced his old club Man City. (In fact it was so close to the encounter that Eyal`s name was under Man City`s squad list in the match day programme. Eyal Berkovic would rarely play away from home because of how attacking we where with him. Berkovic had this fantastic ability to read the game and could always pick a pass. He would however only play a season before leaving on a free transfer.

Next up was the last deadline day signing of January, Andres D`Alessandro. Most Pompey fans, seeing that it was a last minute loan signing, where not expecting miracles from this guy. Websites and Newspapers looked into the player`s profile and it wasn`t long before he was the talk of the pub (and I live in London.) D`Alessandro would go onto make his debut against Bolton and wow all the crowds (I will always remember him for the amazing goal he scored against Charlton.) He looked like he would be signed on a permanent basis as the fans sang his name and his kid wore a Pompey shirt. Although the curse struck again and a move to Portsmouth collapsed after we couldn`t afford his wages.

I may be wrong but I think all the above only lasted a year at Fratton Park, does the curse go back beyond this? Has a Pompey playmaker ever lasted more than a year?

So a word of warning to Petrov or Gera, the chances are you won`t last more than a year!

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The Journalist

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Date:Monday June 26 2006

Time: 11:47AM

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Does Linvoy Primus count? Legend!!
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26/06/2006 15:18:00

not what i would call a playmaker
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26/06/2006 15:53:00

Prosinecki Les. It wouldn't have taken you 5 minutes to get the proper spelling. For more information - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Prosinecki
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26/06/2006 15:55:00

well i didn't have 5 mins but thanks anyway
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26/06/2006 16:03:00

why does everyone always give Les a hard time. I think the work he does for this site is fantastic! Thanks for all your time and effort Les!
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26/06/2006 16:08:00

wow praise! thanks
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26/06/2006 16:26:00

you diserve it Les
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26/06/2006 17:00:00

Hi Les, i really enjoy your stories. I want to get into football journalism. Did you do a journalism course at uni? And do you do this job full time? What is the best way to get into football journalism?
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26/06/2006 17:01:00

JonM email me lesmatthewspfc@hotmail.com and we can talk!
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26/06/2006 17:02:00

cheers linvoy
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26/06/2006 17:03:00

The curse is the highs & lows this & all teams put their loyal fans thru.
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26/06/2006 19:40:00

it's true
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26/06/2006 20:22:00

Strange as this may seem, i think you may be on to something les. All those players signed fro H.R. As is his want, he does sign players on the cheap (with big wages) who have almost run their course in the premiership. So, add your surmisation to my thoughts.... Does that make H.R. the curse???? lol
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26/06/2006 21:26:00

No HR is not the curse. He gets the last good bit out of them before someone else does. Merson, Stone, Berger.
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26/06/2006 21:56:00

Hopefully Pedro Mendes will be used more wisely from the start of this season and should be promoted as a playmaker. Rather than using him as a defensive player covering the back he should be given free reign to roam the midfield. He is a great passer of the ball, got an excellent footballing brain and hits a mean long shot as you know. Petrov, if he joins will make an excellent midfield combination.
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27/06/2006 03:20:00

You have too much faith matt and are far too forgiving,lol.
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27/06/2006 03:26:00

The Curse of the Pompey's tomb. Really when you sign 15 players a season there aren't many who go past a year these days at Fratton.
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27/06/2006 04:19:00

harry is involved in all but one, i believe it's because of wages of most playmakers
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27/06/2006 10:37:00

Fen. After watching Pompey for the over 30 years & It will soon be my 40th birthday, I may be getting a bit soft in my old age. LOL.
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27/06/2006 22:39:00

There is no curse, its just peter storie
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29/06/2006 07:00:00

You utterly juvenile, miserable sod.
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