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Hats off to Dickinson

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...

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  • The Journalist

    Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

    Date:Monday February 21 2011

    Time: 9:18AM

    Your Comments

    Kudos to Dicko that's a nice touch to be fan orientated. Maybe it's cos he knows he ain't so hot as a footballer. Better that than be a crap footballer and still manage to get picked every week cos you're the captain.... A little sarcastic there corny...but heh!
    cornypomp
    I hope this doesn't turn into a 'worst fullback of all time' thread, coz we've had some shockers and I think Dicko is better than a fair few of them! I like him too coz of his attitude and he'll always give his all. Granted, he's not a talented footballer but he get's amongst it. Fans will always like that.
    Liquor&Poker
    Yep, a lot of footballers could learn a thing or two from Dicko in respect of the fans and the club being as one - the owners too for that matter! Weve had worse players at the club and at full back too and he has had to play behind Utaka and with Sonko and Moks so it cant have been easy! Still, Hermann is no.1 - maybe he could re-invent himself as a midfield enforcer?? I cant see Stoke keeping him on and likeable as he is, I cant see us or even Barnsley having him either - although you never know with SC!!
    pompeyweller
    I've always had time for players that make an effort for the fans there have been quite a few over the years that have formed a special relationship, one that immediately springs to mind was Guy Butters who always found time to talk to my mate and I. Alan Mcloughlin was another my mate who is disabled had asked if he could have his shirt at the end of the season. Unfortunately AM was unable to spot my mate at the end of the final game, Somehow he managed to find his address and post the shirt to him.
    Steve C
    Corneypomp, I agree with you, it was a nice bit of PR- he is a pr@ though, im not sure a psycho lash out attitude is the best thing. LoL although I had to laugh when he ran around in circles one.in a game.
    russellm
    Rug you also missed at the end of the game Dicko after saluting the fans ran over to the Barnsley fans where he was on loan last season and applauded them - he got a nice reaction too.
    eastneydave
    did not see that part dave, an added touch!

    i appreciate, and respect, he came in at a time when few others did - altho, the harsh reality there is a reason that he was so willing to come here and few were banging down his door...
    i love his commitment, enthusiasm and passion but he is a footballer when all is said and done and the amount of times makes the most basic fundemental areas of football look tough amazes me!
    it frustrates me so much that cotterill deemed matty ritchie 'not good enough' and decided to let a contracted, local and low(ish) earning player move on in favour of a loanee that has little more, if infact any more, talent stay...
    pompeyrug
     

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