Toast 6#8 - Pompey let it slip at MK:
Pompey made their first ever trip to a stadium with a colon in the title and that put a stop to their winning run. A point however was what most would have settled for in advance but it could and should have been so much better after a thrilling game.
Brian Howard missed a penalty for the second week running before Izale McLeod put Pompey in front after just four minutes. The prolific defender Gabor Gyepes then doubled the lead and Pompey seemed on easy street. Sadly an Adam Webster and a close range effort from Darren Potter levelled things up.
It seemed to have been a game of two halves with each side having the upper hand either side of half time. Been a strange start to the season for Pompey with new ground being trod. There was the first ever trip to Crawley whch was won, then the first ever trip to Yeovil which was won and then the first ever trip to MK Dons which was a draw. First league trip to Stevenage soon too.
The good news was that over 2,500 Pompey fans made the trip and at this level this is very unusual and a sure sign that Pompey fans are still backing their team. There is also the story circulating that some fans are boycotting home games and travelling away only.
Now we have three home games with Wycombe in the JPT and Crewe and Shrewsbury in the league. Three wins there would really keep the ball rolling nicely.
Akos Buzsacy - 30 - joined Pompey after a spell training with the club. He had reportedly been waiting for a deal in Europe but it never materialised and he settled to join Pompey on a month by month contract. Most expect his to move to Italy which is his preferred destination as he is only playing for peanuts on his present contract.
Will he tear up League One? Asking too much that is but will he have an impact? When fully fit YES.
Remember him in the Plymouth side that were unlucky to lose in the FA Cup Fourth Round tie at Fratton in 2008. He was there instrumental in all they did and that was in a midfield opposing the great Lassana Diarra. On the subject of the great Lassie did you all know he is now playing in Russia for Anzhi Makhachkala? Apparently Samuel Eto`o persuaded him to make the move and Lass signed a four year deal.
It seems that one of the great talents to wear the blue shirt in recent years has been lost to what I would call mainstream football - the same happened of course to Andres D`Alessandro. Imagine those two players in the same midfield!
League one corner
Paul Groves gets the sack!! Quelle surprise? I thought that AFCB looked good here especially in the JPT. Meanwhile without Groves Bournemouth slipped to defeat at Coventry yesterday.
Walsall announced a £10,000 profit for last year in the week.
In the league Tranmere continue to surge away at the top.
A reminder that Saturday 13th October is Non-League Day, an event to which the Football Supports Federation is giving its full support. NLD is a celebration of football outside of the 92 league sides and gives fans of those clubs the opportunity to experience football at a level they might not be familiar with. As it's also an international weekend, most league supporters will find that their club doesn't have a fixture anyway. NLD can fill that gap in the old football diary.
Sadly Pompey are at home that day to Crewe but if you cannot make it why not support your local non league side - of course Appy wanted the Crewe game postponed so he could join you.
Eastleigh Football Club is delighted to announce the appointment of Guy Butters as their new Assistant Manager read the news relaease. Now some fans thought Guy was still playing as his career just seemed to go on and on. But after a spell at Winchester City Guy has now moved to the Silverlake.
Meanwhile in the Conference Richard Money began his career as Cambridge United boss with a 4-1 win over Mansfield at the Abbey. Must try and remember to tell you the story of the day I met Richard too,
Don but not forgotten...
Last night was a very sad night on the streets of the City as the Sports Mail was published for the final time. After 109 years the Saturday football special has been pulled by the News claiming sales are dropping due to the internet and Pompey falling down the leagues!
I will admit that recently I have not purchased the Mail as regularly as I have done over the years but how sad it is to see this tradition go for ever. Whether it was being read in the pubs by the old man or in the bedroom by the son it was a Pompey tradition to get the mail and read it from cover to cover. It was on these pages often printed on blue or pink paper that I and others learnt so much about local football or seen photos of school friends etc etc.
Many years ago I even taught a friend to read using the Mail - he wanted to be able to read the football results and now he can read much more.
There are some great stories in the annals of history about the mail my favourite being the day Pompey won the Cup in 1939. To get photos in the paper, the film was loaded into a metal container and flown down to Clarence Pier and dropped into the sea. Then they are fished out by a boat and rushed to the offices in Stanhope Road and published in the Football Mail - how technology has changed.
Have you any stories about the Football Mail? I remember a chap walking the streets of Eastney during the evening with his bike loaded with pink papers wailing Football Mail, Football Mail!! He always sold out win or lose. I can also remember when in the 70s we would travel back from London after a Pompey game back down the A3 and upon reaching the Black Fox at Liphook for a much needed pint would meet a News van driver selling from the back of a van. There were others out there who would have the Mail posted to them all over the world.
Last nght's souvenir edition included lots of flashbacks to days in the past with the covers from some famous days including the very first edition from 5 September 1903 which contained reference to the Pompey Chimes. One to keep methinks.
RIP The Football Mail