Date:Monday February 21 2011
I have to admit that whilst my respect for Carl Dickinson as a footballer is 'probably' about as high as it is going to get, and that is not too high, my respect for him as a person grew even more at the weekend.
You just have to watch the guy as he warms up on the touchline to see that he has a good connection with the fans, and also watch him at half time to see that he always has plenty of time for the fans too.
Also, and whilst this may well have dwindled for a short while - as it did, and I had noticed this - invariably when he does start he is among one of the first to 'pump the fans up' when he comes out.
This respect for him as a person grew even more at the weekend as he made an extra special effort to gain autographs for people.
Having spent time signing autographs on the sidelines at the North Stand he then, I assume having been asked, proceeded to get other signatures too - and it was pretty funny seeing him chasing after Ibrahima Sonko with a programme and pen in his hand mimicking an autograph hunter in doing so.
So, as I say my respect for him as a person continues to grow.
It is refreshing to see a player that has such a relationship, and apparent respect, for the fans but sadly footballers are judged on their footballing ability, because they are what their title says, 'footballers'.
Based on what we have seen of his footballing ability, sorry Dicko, I would still have him down as one of the worst full backs that I have seen in a Pompey shirt!
Despite this liking for him as a person, based on that footballing ability I would be mortified if his loan lasted beyond this season, if he was judged purely on his 'likeability status' then he would have a place for life at Fratton...
PLAY UP POMPEY!
Date:Monday February 21 2011
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