Vital Football

The Dawning Of A New Era

The Dawning Of A New Era

In 6 days time, Pompey fans will have an idea of what sort of performances to expect from the new Russian Revolution. By working from the rear, New Portsmouth FC have a defensive coach as an Assistant Manager, an England future International in defender Glen Johnson, ex-England International defender Sol Campbell and England International goalkeeper David James. Uncapped England midfielder Thompson adds to squad depth and concludes a rather nervous transfer window (thus far!) for Portsmouth Football Club.

Attention must now be given to Portsmouth`s striking options. With Benjani Mwaruwari, Ivica Mornar and Lomana Tresor LuaLua all out with niggling injuries the only known strike force left is in Bulgarian Svetoslav Todorov. One of the major reasons Pompey were unable to compete for most of last season was a lack of striking ability and even the presence of Pompey`s record signing Benjani it seemed Pompey were looking at certain relegation.

One thing that drew me to my nickname of "pompey pessimist" was that some fans like me had a realistic attitude of accepting relegation but also accepting the bringing in of Benjani, Pedro Mendes, Sean Davis and Noe Paramot as squad building for the Championship in the likelihood of an instant return to the Premiership. So, naturally I am delighted that we survived to tell the tale of our wonderful club but if we do not sign a recognised prolific striker we will be in no better situation than we were in this time last season. I would love to see us in the top half of the table but I anticipate a steady first half of the season and a slightly more successful January transfer window.

Of course with the new Russian Revolution comes a new Vital Pompey revolution. I hope all of you are happy with our work, as without us you would have had an empty site all week as Les has been tanning away. Please do not forget that Vital provide match previews and match reports so always come and check what we have to say. Also remember that we offer our Pompey Rant, Fantasy Football League (6 days left to register your team!) and Pompey Night (first is this Tuesday!) for all of you to benefit and enjoy. Until my next article...


This article comes from Chris "pompey pessimist" your Site Advertiser and a part of the new Vital Pompey dream team. If you`ve got any ideas on how to make Vital Pompey even better then do not hesitate to e-mail me
Disclaimer: This article is a point of view from the reporter and in no way constitutes what others assume to be factual information.

By Chris

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Monday August 14 2006
Time: 8:50AM


We need striking options sooner rather than later. Our current strike force would struggle in the championship. we can´t rely on our midfielders to bale them out. Why a week before the season starts are we having this conversation though. We´ve had since May to sort ourselves out. I know we´ve been turned down by a few strikers but lets be realistic I´m sure Willie Mckay must have a few forwards in his vast roster. Huntelaar is a great striker with age on his side but we can´t expect him to do it alone.
The Rabbi
14/08/2006 09:33:00
Chris, There's nothing wrong with being a pessimist as when things go well as at the end of last season you are constantly being surprised and delighted. Love the site, the articles and the instant response capability. You and the team keep up the great work. Thankyou.
14/08/2006 09:37:00
A solid defence is the base to start with, I believe we will get that quality striker, 5 live is still pushing the likely candidate to be Muntari . I also feel think Benjani will be ok this season and Toddy will be the supersub you sometimes need. As pessimist says we'll have a steady season until january and a better season after. However what does seem to be a fly in the ointment in regards to new players coming in january is the story of the stadium plans being dropped yet again, (guardian on line) this might have a negative effect on the possibility of new arrivals. Also according to the non tabloid press it seems Pini Zihavi is pushing out Willie McWa~*er who is lets be honest is a friend to no one but Willie. Zihavi is apparently telling anyone who will listen we are a team on the up with a two year goal of European football. i reckon home victories and a Sol managed away defence will see us to a comfateble 10th place. As long as we get that striker. Well done ruggers, i'd forgotten Les had gone.
14/08/2006 10:48:00
oit lol most of that is right
14/08/2006 10:57:00
according to one article i've seen on on the transfer grapevine page Klaas Jan Huntelaar is wanted to replace Benjani who is going to St Etienne. God can't keep up with all this my head is spinning with all this talk. Can't wait to get a few deals done and the transfer window to close so my brain gets a rest for a few months.
Steve C
14/08/2006 11:11:00
Hi les, hope you had a great holiday, I'm liitle bit less right now, various sources saying Benjani, subject of a bid from St Ettienne, hope its not true. Pre season he was one of the very few that looked quite good.
14/08/2006 11:13:00
now D'allesandro's back in the frame according to FansFC if anybody heres a loud explosion it's probably my head.
Steve C
14/08/2006 11:15:00
oops showing my ignorance there should've been if anybody hears a big explosion.
Steve C
14/08/2006 11:17:00
RE the picture at the top, a Pompey mate of mine told me there was a guy behind the flag that let one hell of a ripper go and hence the sailor. Is that true?
14/08/2006 11:48:00
pietro - cheers buddy, we try our hardest :) id like to seee muntari in a pompey shirt too russelm! ive also seen about the benjani call, i dont think that will happen, definitely not before this transfer deadline anyway! ive read the d'allesandro link too, i cant see him coming here after ditching us for some rubbish. ive read about the stadium:
pompey pessimist
14/08/2006 11:57:00
Page 1/3
  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. 3

Login to post a comment

Recent Portsmouth Articles

On this day in history...26th October

A look back at this day in history, and what was happening with Pompey courtesy of our sister site PompeyRama, 26th October.

After Game Player Interviews Explained

Scientific researchers have discovered that a tendency for professional footballers to overuse the words 'um' 'ah' and 'err' in post game press interviews...

Chaplin secured

Chaplin had a contract with Pompey until 2018 but ahead of the disappointing Notts County defeat he extended his contract with the Blues until 2019.

On this day in history...25th October

A look back at this day in history, and what was happening with Pompey courtesy of our sister site PompeyRama, 25th October.

Archived Vital Pompey Articles

Vital Pompey articles from

Site Journalists

Editor email
Editor email
no email
no email

Current Poll (see more polls)

Notts County MotM
Suggested By: Site Staff
Sub - Naismith0%
Sub - Main0%
Sub - Lalkovic0%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Plymouth 14 10 2 2 32 12
2 Carlisle 14 7 7 0 28 10
3 Doncaster 14 8 2 4 26 8
4 Luton 14 6 5 3 23 9
5 Portsmouth 14 6 3 5 21 6
6 Notts County 14 6 3 5 21 1
7 Accrington 14 5 5 4 20 1
8 Grimsby 14 6 2 6 20 0
9 Crawley 14 5 5 4 20 -1
10 Morecambe 14 6 2 6 20 -6
11 Mansfield 14 4 7 3 19 1
12 Crewe 14 4 7 3 19 -1
13 Yeovil 14 6 1 7 19 -5
14 Blackpool 14 4 5 5 17 4
15 Colchester 14 4 5 5 17 -1
16 Cheltenham 14 3 7 4 16 -1
17 Hartlepool 14 3 7 4 16 -4
18 Barnet 14 3 7 4 16 -4
19 Cambridge 14 4 4 6 16 -5
20 Leyton Orient 14 4 3 7 15 -2
21 Wycombe 14 4 3 7 15 -5
22 Stevenage 13 4 2 7 14 -3
23 Exeter 14 4 1 9 13 -6
24 Newport 13 1 5 7 8 -8
Write for Vital Football
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
The Vital Football Members League

Recent Portsmouth Results (view all)

Portsmouth Fixtures (view all)

Oct 29 2016 3:00PM : Cambridge United (a)
Sky Bet League Two
Nov 12 2016 3:00PM : Mansfield Town (H)
Sky Bet League Two
Nov 19 2016 3:00PM : Cheltenham Town (a)
Sky Bet League Two
Nov 22 2016 7:45PM : Luton Town (a)
Sky Bet League Two
Nov 26 2016 3:00PM : Stevenage (H)
Sky Bet League Two
Dec 10 2016 3:00PM : Grimsby Town (a)
Sky Bet League Two

Vital Members League Table

Vital Football Comment