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Toast Season 4 # 17 - Ran out of legs!

Toast Season 4 # 17 - Ran out of legs!

Pompey came so close to putting out the Forest fire yesterday afternoon when they were within 3 minutes of ending their hosts eighteen month unbeaten home run. It appears they ran out of steam and simply sat too deep inviting pressure. Forest had the advantage of a full bench and could freshen things up, Pompey had three outfield players in reserve and that included a half fit Ricardo Rocha.

There is no doubt that a full squad is vital to surviving the long forty six game season the Championship offers and Pompey are way short of that. The problem is as I said last week we are paying too much money to a few players most of whom were not playing yesterday. They need to be unloaded quickly if we are to get out of the mess we are rapidly falling in to.

With injuries and suspensions now piling up - Mokoena now serves two game ban for ten booking - will we be able to field a full eleven senior players next week against Leeds?

Expect an interesting and busy week at Fratton Park if David Lampitt recovers from his sick bed.

Another year has passed

Three years ago I got this crazy idea of writing a weekly column on a topic related to Pompey. I remember talking to Rug and Chix outside the Brewer`s Arms before the Plymouth cup game about the name I had dreamt up 'Sunday Toast`.

It begun with a commemoration of Derek Dougan`s 70th birthday and then meandered around all manner of topics as we marched on Wembley. It was writing the daily blogs in the run down to the semi-final that started the current trend of covering a whole range of subjects in one column. Later I began to include your own Pompey stories. I have not bothered to look back and see how many have contributed but it is a large and diversified group.

This I think is edition number 142 which at 1,500 words per time is well over 200,000 words!! Some task I set myself and I will keep going as long as you the fans want to read it.

I know there are a lot of readers out there who read every week but do not register and comment. Why not folks? If you enjoy the read or totally disagree with me then let me and most importantly the Pompey world know. It is easy just click the link below.

If you are tired of me telling my stories then send me yours and I will publish them. Don`t worry about the spelling or grammar I will sort that, all part of the service. What subjects have we covered?

• My first game

• Strange trips to games

• Over the wall (watched a game without paying)

• And lots more…

Along the way we have discovered that great Pompey names such as Jimmy Dickinson, Peter Harris, Len Phillips and Matt Pollock never represented their club at Wembley. We have uncovered so many coincidences it is untrue. I have written over 300 short biographies of Pompey players since the war to publish on their birthdays - that has now passed to 'On this Day` which is well worth a read to remember games from the past and listen to regulars like russellm, storagematt and myself reminiscing

It has been hard work but your comments and support make it all worthwhile. So I guess I will keep going.

You might have missed….

Liam O`Brien signs for Barnet and made his debut in a 3-1 away win over Bradford City at the Coral Windows Stadium. (Appears the Bantams have moved from Valley Parade then)

Marlon Pack scores a stunning opener with a thirty yard free kick at Roots Hall, Southend as Cheltenham storm up the League Two table.

18-year-old defender Perry Ryan has extended his loan spell at Bognor Regis Town until the end of the season. Perry featured on the pre-season tour of North America.

Re-arranged games against Burnley (25th January 19:45) and Scunthorpe (1st March 19:45) need to be added to your diaries. It means Pompey will have seven evening league floodlight games this season.

Away travel prices on Vision Travel have been increased due to the rise in VAT and fuel prices.

Heavy handed Sussex Police

Reported this week in the Sussex press in the wake of the Brighton - Pompey cup tie were signs that overreaction can cause problems.

Peter Smith, landlord of the Warwick(in Worthing), a popular venue for live football on big screens, said: "There was a big police presence in the town. About 20 Portsmouth lads came in the pub to watch Stevenage v Newcastle.

They were fine, no problem. Then the police got wind of it. We didn`t phone them. They came in, told us not to serve them anymore and escorted them to the station.

We closed for half an hour while they drank up and then opened again. There was about 10-15 police outside, a couple with riot shields."

Not just traffic then that Sussex Police overreact to!

Drink before the game?

On the subject of pubs we have heard that a number of local hostelries will be closing their doors for good soon. Of interest to visitors to Fratton Park is the White House which is to be demolished and a supermarket erected in its place. We gather it will close on 1 February.

I am also led to believe that the Travellers Joy in Milton Road is also facing closure. Other Pompey pubs with a short life include the Taswell and the Fort Cumberland Tavern.

Howe's that

ddie Howe says farewell to Bournemouth after 100 games in charge and what a great job he has done. He has taken a club on the brink of extinction and at best the Conference to a side sitting proudly in the top three of the League One. Such a shame his last game ended in a last gasp defeat at Colchester.

Eddie had only a short Pompey career which was a great shame and doubtless if not for injury he could have made a name for himself here but at least he is now. Good luck at Burnley but not next week.

Tip of the week

You may have read that SC intends appointing naming the new management for the Academy this week. Well the inside view is that the names will be well known to fans as they have been around for sometime.

They have a lot of work to do to sort out the mess Paul Smalley left it in according to my contacts. Lets see if they are right.


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Date:Sunday January 16 2011
Time: 12:00AM


Morning all!! Will we ever get anything tis year?
15/01/2011 20:55:00
Out of all that is the diappointment of the closure of the pubs.
16/01/2011 00:43:00
Great article ; although it should be renamed Dave's midnight snack. I feel sorry for Cherry fans, they were all delighted when their chairman bounced outside to announce on TV he was staying, yet Howe looked disturbed; it was obvious something wasn't right. Tbh he was my first choice ahead of Cot, but rug told me he didn't have enough experience, I thunked about it- agreed and made Cot my first choice. I still can't work out if it was the right one, I still think he is tactically stumped, I still think he should get over his ego and take an assistant, i don't think a more experienced player on the bench would have made a difference as Pompey did what Pompey do; sat back. 3 shots on target is not enough. Very sad to read about Nat Lofthouse passing away; thoughts with his family, what a life to be proud of !
16/01/2011 01:02:00
Once I out ran Sussex police on the Chichester by pass, I was on my ZX9 Kawasaki the problem was I'd also been around a group who were on cloud9 wakibaki. The more paranoid I was about it, the more I thought I was right, then I thought they weren't out to get me, then I realised they BLUDY WERE. They gave up and turned off at Emsworth. I got off at Farlington, passed lots of police cars going the other way- no idea if it was related; I was too frightened to tell anybody and starving....
16/01/2011 01:10:00
So these Pompey fans were escorted out of a pub for watching a match on the TV? They should seriously take this up further, I've heard of more ridiculous cases going to the court of human rights. Or was there a law about wearing Pompey shirts in pubs that I missed?
16/01/2011 10:32:00
Morning toasters... thanks for the Toast Dave cos although I don't always comment reading it on a Sunday morning has almost become a must do. As I've mentioned before, I don't know where you get all this stuff from...but carry on getting it cos it makes enjoyable reading. Don't want to talk about yesterdays game, I'm still to angry. Somehow bloody Pompey have got to get some results together and pull us back from the brink. I'm remaining hopeful. As for the Plod, I can't believe they were actually standing on two feet long enough to eject some fans. Around here all they do is sit back in the station or their camera wagons and listen to the chink, chink of the dosh being generated by the speed cameras... PUP..PPU...till I die and beyond!
16/01/2011 11:04:00
I was happy at around 5.55 yesterday but by 6.02 I was now angry. Who with? Well I guess myself because I wish I did not feel so much about this current shambles. SC he says we did not deserve to loose, but we keep doing it. Is he not bored with the record, the board who ever they are, please just GO, and our remaining players who cannot cope, or have the intelegence to timewaste, kick it out the ground, anything as Jim Royle from 'The Royal Family'would say 10k a week my @rse
16/01/2011 13:57:00
It wasn't too many days ago I was complaining bitterly at Fratton about the time the Hull keeper wasted every time he had a dead ball to take. Oh how I wish Pompey had learnt from him!!!
16/01/2011 15:19:00
I enjoy these articles, Dave. In some ways it is better than watching Pompey because at least we can tell that you are doing it because you want to and not just for the money.
16/01/2011 19:35:00
Towards the end of the game, the ball came into the Visitors stand and Jamie Ashdowne was making faces at us to take our time finding it. He was obliged. Brighton Police are the worst. Had a set to with them once over a parking problem, they were absolute thugs.
16/01/2011 23:30:00
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