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Alan Knight leaves David James behind!

The votes have been cast, counted and verified so we now know that the Vital Pompey viewers rate Alan Knight as the best 'modern day keeper' for PFC...

Vital Football has teamed up with Ivory FC and Nivea for 'The Great Football Experiment' and it was this that inspired this poll, to see the inspiration to it click - here.

Well, I must say that I am 'slightly' surprised that Knight beat James to this, even more so by such a large margin!

For me this really was a tough call, both truly were 'great' keepers, and were for PFC without doubt.

The qualities that both had, and the longevity of Knightsie's stay at Fratton - not that he had not wished to move on a couple of times mind - on top gave both men strong cases for this mantle as our best, in the modern era at least, and deciding which one was really hard for me to be honest...

You can argue factors about the keeper having better, or worse, defences in front of him and how this made a difference - it might have meant more, or less, work for them but if you are a good, strike that great, keeper does this really matter too much?

If only we could have a hybrid of Knightsie and Jamo eh! We could call it Alan James although David Knight sounds better for me...

What the poll asked - Best modern day Pompey no.1?

How you voted - Alan Knight 50%
David James 37%
Shaka Hislop 9%
Jamie Ashdown 2%
Dean Kiely 1%
Aaron Flahavan 1%
Mart Poom 0%

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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday September 13 2011

Time: 10:19AM

Your Comments

Sorry, but that poll is dubious to say the least. I mean...who the hell voted for Dean Kiley...his Mum? Someone was pressing the button more than once I think for Mr Knight... :-) The debate in the forum is the exact reverse. Agreed, Knight was a good keeper but come on...he wasn't a patch on Jamo, didn't even come near, and I've seen both....
cornypomp
Sorry, but that poll is dubious to say the least. I mean...who the hell voted for Dean Kiley...his Mum? Someone was pressing the button more than once I think for Mr Knight... :-) The debate in the forum is the exact reverse. Agreed, Knight was a good keeper but come on...he wasn't a patch on Jamo, didn't even come near, and I've seen both....
cornypomp
Got to agree with cornypomp. I saw the majority of AK career & even when Andy Gosney stepped in, he nade AK seem a bit ordinary. Jamo & Shaka were far superior without watering down the great efforts of AK. Jamo without doubt was the best.
storagematt
Got to agree with cornypomp. I saw the majority of AK career & even when Andy Gosney stepped in, he nade AK seem a bit ordinary. Jamo & Shaka were far superior without watering down the great efforts of AK. Jamo without doubt was the best.
storagematt
AK the best? Oh please! Great contribution, but as Matt say's; give me Jamo or Shaka anyday!
pentonpompey
AK the best? Oh please! Great contribution, but as Matt say's; give me Jamo or Shaka anyday!
pentonpompey
I agree with all of the previous statements, good keeper, loyal servant, key to Pompey for all those years but ultimately David James was a far better keeper.
stooH
I agree with all of the previous statements, good keeper, loyal servant, key to Pompey for all those years but ultimately David James was a far better keeper.
stooH
Not many women voting then......
gandor1
Not many women voting then......
gandor1
David James had his best seasons of his long career in a Pompey shirt... and many agree that he was probably the best goalkeeper playing in England for those couple of years. Shame he is not at Pompey anymore!
Pompey Malta
David James had his best seasons of his long career in a Pompey shirt... and many agree that he was probably the best goalkeeper playing in England for those couple of years. Shame he is not at Pompey anymore!
Pompey Malta
Well I voted for Alan Knight !.. Sure he was a better 'quality' keeper.. but over the years and given the leagues we were in pound for pound Knight was the best .. It's easy to only remember the recent players .. but I reckon it's about right.. 5 out of every 10 people voted for Knight .. nearly 4 out of the same ten voted for James and (say)1 for Shaka .. I do however agree with Corny about Dean Kiely's mum !!.. Would also have like to see Peter Mellor and/or John Milkins in the poll rather than Matt Poom or Dean Kiely... Depends what you call modern day I suppose..
Chix
Well I voted for Alan Knight !.. Sure he was a better 'quality' keeper.. but over the years and given the leagues we were in pound for pound Knight was the best .. It's easy to only remember the recent players .. but I reckon it's about right.. 5 out of every 10 people voted for Knight .. nearly 4 out of the same ten voted for James and (say)1 for Shaka .. I do however agree with Corny about Dean Kiely's mum !!.. Would also have like to see Peter Mellor and/or John Milkins in the poll rather than Matt Poom or Dean Kiely... Depends what you call modern day I suppose..
Chix
think the result had more to do with sentiment than ability, Alan was a good reliable keeper for pompey and a great servant, and no direspect but james was the best keeper and I think even knightsy would tell you that.
nobby1954
think the result had more to do with sentiment than ability, Alan was a good reliable keeper for pompey and a great servant, and no direspect but james was the best keeper and I think even knightsy would tell you that.
nobby1954
That's solved this question - it was Chix. With all that champers he quaffs he's probably got the DTs and left his finger on the button ;-) Seriously tho, I agree with the above and there was an AK fan casting multiple votes.
PFCblue
That's solved this question - it was Chix. With all that champers he quaffs he's probably got the DTs and left his finger on the button ;-) Seriously tho, I agree with the above and there was an AK fan casting multiple votes.
PFCblue
Yeah, right - Knight over James and Primus over Merson perleeease!
Terraceman
Yeah, right - Knight over James and Primus over Merson perleeease!
Terraceman
I think the Knight vs Jamo is a real toughie. Saw Knightsie play for about 10 years for Pompey, and caught many of James's games too. James arguably *did* have the best 2 seasons of his career for us, so his highs were more than AK's, but his lows were lower too (not there were that many). But Knight saved Pompey on *so* many occasions. I've heard (from more than one source now), that he would've been called into the full England squad, if only the "inside track" on him wasn't smoker and more than 'liking the odd drink'. He was committed when it came to games & had everything. His position was never in doubt. 2 seasons versus best part of 20 years. For the long term, it will always be AK, and in a case of a one-off game, the same - you know you will get a 7 or 8 out of 10 performance from him (almost) every time. Against 9, 8, 7, 5, 9, 7, 6, 4, 9, 7, 8 (say for 10 games) for DJ. It's tough - but Big Al just edges it for his overall consistency, even if DJ was more 'gifted'.
scott mc
I think the Knight vs Jamo is a real toughie. Saw Knightsie play for about 10 years for Pompey, and caught many of James's games too. James arguably *did* have the best 2 seasons of his career for us, so his highs were more than AK's, but his lows were lower too (not there were that many). But Knight saved Pompey on *so* many occasions. I've heard (from more than one source now), that he would've been called into the full England squad, if only the "inside track" on him wasn't smoker and more than 'liking the odd drink'. He was committed when it came to games & had everything. His position was never in doubt. 2 seasons versus best part of 20 years. For the long term, it will always be AK, and in a case of a one-off game, the same - you know you will get a 7 or 8 out of 10 performance from him (almost) every time. Against 9, 8, 7, 5, 9, 7, 6, 4, 9, 7, 8 (say for 10 games) for DJ. It's tough - but Big Al just edges it for his overall consistency, even if DJ was more 'gifted'.
scott mc
I suppose it's all how you construe the term "Best 'keeper". I voted for Jamo, as many others did, and think that ability wise we've had nobody better, but I do think AK deserves the recognition for his contribution for the club, and obviously there are more people out there that think his contribution tops Jamo's.
PompeyFrippy
I suppose it's all how you construe the term "Best 'keeper". I voted for Jamo, as many others did, and think that ability wise we've had nobody better, but I do think AK deserves the recognition for his contribution for the club, and obviously there are more people out there that think his contribution tops Jamo's.
PompeyFrippy
Let's get the title right on the poll then....BEST KEEPER = Jamo ....BEST SERVANT = AK
cornypomp
Let's get the title right on the poll then....BEST KEEPER = Jamo ....BEST SERVANT = AK
cornypomp
I voted for Knightsy also! (I'm Spartacus). Sure, Jamo was a good keeper, but you have to put it into perspective with what facilities, training, modern training methods, lifestyle have to do with it! I bet if Jamo had spent the majority of his career outside the top league he might not have been as good as he was! and Loyalty DOES count for alot in my book! But the clincher for me is: Could Jamo have performed to the same standard as AK after a good night on the lash ?
BarneyArmy
I voted for Knightsy also! (I'm Spartacus). Sure, Jamo was a good keeper, but you have to put it into perspective with what facilities, training, modern training methods, lifestyle have to do with it! I bet if Jamo had spent the majority of his career outside the top league he might not have been as good as he was! and Loyalty DOES count for alot in my book! But the clincher for me is: Could Jamo have performed to the same standard as AK after a good night on the lash ?
BarneyArmy
QUOTE..."Well, I must say that I am 'slightly' surprised that Knight beat James to this, even more so by such a large margin!" ANSWER... It's amazing what a shaky digit (finger) can achieve :-)) And Barney... didn't Jamo used to have a fag before a game, at half time and then proceed to get *****ed while smoking himself to death after the match.... in his early days that is.
cornypomp
QUOTE..."Well, I must say that I am 'slightly' surprised that Knight beat James to this, even more so by such a large margin!" ANSWER... It's amazing what a shaky digit (finger) can achieve :-)) And Barney... didn't Jamo used to have a fag before a game, at half time and then proceed to get *****ed while smoking himself to death after the match.... in his early days that is.
cornypomp
 

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