Writer: Al Fresco
Date:Wednesday May 25 2011
I know you will all say (well some of you) what is Toast doing coming out midweek? The simple answer is this is Summer Toast and with pompeyrug on his holidays climbing mountains in Wales and eastneydave just packing his bags for France (free transfer of course) I thought, let me fill the void with a bit of Pompey banter.
No deal - yet!
We are all sitting waiting for the announcement that CSI - not Crime Scene Investigation surely - have taken over the reins at Fratton Park. But all is quiet at PO4 8RA as David Lampitt and Steve Cotterill look to attempt to build a sensible squad for next season`s Championship challenge.
I believe the deal is stalling on several grounds, namely how and when the money is to be paid and the exact price but the major stumbling block no doubt is the ownership of the various parcels of land surrounding Fratton Park. Sacha Gaydamak still owns a number of these assets and any new investor would want to control their own destiny and to do that needs that land. There is no way the existing stadium can be developed without owning the whole site and as a saleable asset the price would be adversely affected with other interest involved.
Therefore the deal is not only with the Chanrai family but also our former Israeli owner too but let us hope that sense prevails and quickly too.
With the Premier League bottom three not resolved we can look forward to a new name for most fans on the fixture list next season. That is Blackpool and rather like Scunthorpe last season I expect that a large number of travelling supporters will ring that date when the fixtures come out at 9am on 17th June 2011 - just twenty three days away!!
Pompey have not visited Bloomfield Road the home of Blackpool since August 1980 when goals from David Gregory and Derek Showers sealed a 2-0 victory for the newly promoted side in a Third Division encounter.
The only place yet to fill in the division will be determined this weekend when Peterborough United play Huddersfield Town at Old Trafford. Of those the Posh are the longest missing from the Pompey fixture list. You need to go back to 1993-94 for the last league meeting which Pompey lost at home in January 1994 in front of 19,500 - fans had a chance for vouchers for the Manchester United League Cup replay which is why the bumper crowd. In fact we played Peterborough four times that season also meeting them in the League Cup - winning after a replay.
However I still think there are other games next season that will be looked for before Blackpool!
The Football League have done a deal with Mitre balls to provide official balls until 2015. Clubs will each have their own design in club colours but am I right or were some of those balls awful last year going out of shape etc?
The 'long awaited` new kit will be launched at various games at the start of next season. The new away strip will be worn on July 16th for the friendly with Chelsea at Fratton. The home and third kits will then be worn on appropriate dates - probably one at a home game and the other away.
Lucius Peart, Commercial manager, has told fans two things - the home shirt will be royal blue and the mock ups seen on various internet sites should be treated at hoaxes.
So we do not now know the colour of either the second or third strip or the price but the supplier will again be Kappa and the sponsor Jobsite. Peart added we have not much scope really with blue, white and red but didn`t we enjoy the salmon pink and Brazil yellow shorts in the past?
Be honest TBH
Pini Zahavi, Tal Ben Haim`s agent says he wants to play for the club again next season. TBH is of course on a standard Storrie contract of allegedly £38,000 per week but has not been paid since his loan period at West Ham was finished back in January.
Tal is still playing International football in fact he scored the winner in a recent game but I would have though Zahavi was misquoted as he probably meant 'wants to play for any club again!!'
Have ever been to a football match and been terrified for your very existence? Have you ever been to a game fearing the fan behind you wanted to eat you?
Will a colleague of mine, a dyed in the wool Walsall fan attended the final game of last season at St Mary's and to fit in with the Saddler's fans habits he went dressed as a banana!! To his absolute horror when he took up his seat he found in the seat behind was a gorilla!!!! Now someone in the ticket office must have a very sick sense of humour.
I also heard the other day that Imogen Thomas has been given a lucrative recording contract by a major recording company. I was very surprised to hear that because I thought she only did gigs in Manchester.
Bit of a quiet time but I have no doubt things will pick up soon. Don`t miss 'Chew the Chix with Fat' tomorrow night at 7:30pm BST. Did I say that wrong?
PLAY UP POMPEY!
Date:Wednesday May 25 2011
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