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Toast 6#22 - Feeling washed out!

Toast 6#22 - Feeling washed out!

What a soggy day! As I sit here trying to dry out and watching SSN I realise just how local the weather was. The Bournemouth game just survived too. It means that a whole host of players are denied a final chance to pull on the blue shirt.

With the name of Lubomir Michalik now added to the list, he has decided to seek employment abroard, the total leaving continues to rise. John Harley, Brian Howard, Mustapha Dumbuya, Lee Williamson, Paul Benson and Nathaniel Mendez-Laing make seven! So far only James Keene has returned on loan leaving the club very light on numbers and experience. Guy needs to find new recruits urgently whether on loan or on short term contracts. As Paulo Di Canio showed in the week though some clubs as not too keen to help Pompey out of their current predicament.

It seems now as though we are doomed to relegation unless the court case is settled on Tuesday and administration can be exited quickly - that of course is very unlikely.

Appy on the move again.

Ex boss and legendary manager Michael Appleton has changed clubs. Just two months after leaving Pompey for Blackpool, he has left Bloomfield Road and moved twenty five miles east to crisis club Blackburn Rovers to become their fifth manager this season.

Good luck Appy but I thought you left Fratton Park for stability.

Meanwhile Steve Cotterill has joined the staff at Queens Park Rangers.


Yep, it is now five years since I started writing this rubbish, not sure how I keep going I suppose. I just have a built in deadline and come Friday I say to myself 'Toast time`.

I think this is edition number 213 - it started with Pompey on their way to Wembley and the FA Cup and now we are on our way to the Fourth Division - well that`s what I call it! The first edition was a special on Derek Dougan and we have looked in depth at numerous players both past and present since. It has been quite a roller coaster - actually more like a helter-skelter heading into the abyss!

Thanks must go to Rug for giving me the chance and for others like Chix for the inspiration - no, that sounds like an Oscar acceptance speech!! All that keeps me going is my love for football and Pompey in particular and the comments that I receive from you, the reader. The comment that meant the most to me came from Cliff Portwood`s son-in law who after I wrote Cliff`s obituary a year ago. He wrote 'Of the many touching tributes from Cliff`s old clubs and on related forums, it is by far the most accurate, well researched and personal.`

Thanks of course to all the various people who have contributed over the years with snippets or in some cases long diatribes. The list is far too long to even make a start.

We have also scoured the world for exclusive stories and have uncovered some interesting tales. We told you about, Milan complaining about the changing rooms, the goalposts being in the wrong place, watching the Cup Final in Tokyo and loads more. We also showed you some exclusive pictures of Jimmy Dickinson`s wedding.

Some of our prophecies have actually come true!
• We all shed a tear for Crawley Town after their brave effort at Old Trafford - maybe the Football League beckons and a new sort of derby game in years to come.
• Remember it was Toast that told you we had never lost a cup game to Man United in March before the 2008 quarter-final!

Is it just me?

I have always got excited about Saturdays and getting down to the Park but recently it has been a real drag. No enthusiasm can be raised and looking around the crowd I am certain others feel the same. The Fratton End do their best to keep the atmosphere buzzing but the rest of the ground is flat. Not that fans are getting on the back of the players but as fans were saying after the Yeovil defeat it would be nice to win the odd game.

I have been to well over one thousand Pompey games so perhaps it is a case of being worn out after all that time, money and dedication. Talking to older fans the other night I am not alone in these feelings. Would it have been better if the club had been liquidated and started again from scratch I wonder? Would that have been a challenge which would have rekindled our enthusiasm?

The slip towards mediocrity and even total extinction are beginning to wear down even the most avid Pompey fan. I was almost relieved when the news came through yesterday of Match off. The only bright spot was I did not get a Pompey calendar or Christmas!! However with all the hoo ha made over them they will soon be collector`s items.

A bit presumptuous

While delving back through the Vital Pompey archives I came across this beauty written piece by Rug, only problem it was a year too early. It talks about a player who has just left too! Have a Sunday laugh and look here.


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

Date:Sunday January 13 2013
Time: 1:00AM


Morning Dave... and Happy Birthday Toast. Re the washout.. maybe its a sign? or even a lucky break! Stranger things happen but I don't think we'd have started our winning streak against County. Perhaps when the replay arrives they'll have worrying injury problems and be in terrible form :-) Relegation is almost nailed on whether court cases go ahead or not. Personally I think a bottom has to be found before a real turnaround can begin. Assuming of coarse we are not mortally wounded financially by then of coarse. It is wearing... the never ending crap that's being thrown at the moment, but nothing goes on for ever. Lets hope PFC challenges that truism. RUG-HOWARD-SCUMMERS- PREM PROMOTION.... ha ha. Say no more, except PUP.
13/01/2013 06:57:00
tbf i do not think that it is so much that di canio and swindon 'will not help pompey' it is more he wants them to help themselves - and i cannot say i think that is unfair?
they have offers, cash offers, for the player - they want to sell him, and want his wages off the wage bill, so i cannot say i begrudge them wanting to do this with benson...

no Dave, you most definitely are NOT alone in your thinking - going to football has become such an effort, an effort i have not been enjoying for a while. i keep saying it is NOT because we are losing, as its not (the 'glory years' were an exception to the pompey rule i was used to!) its the manor in which we are losing, the lack of effort, passion and commitment being shown and all the off-the-field rubbish that rumbles on and on and on...
ironically enough saturday was the first game in a long time i was actually looking forward to - the fact that some of these mercenaries were off and those that DO want to be here would be on show, that should give what i want, left me pleasantly looking forward to things. damn you rain, we cannot seem to catch a break at all can we!!!
13/01/2013 09:27:00
'A decent, hard working and goalscoring midfielder would not be out of place in our squad, of course if the price is right...' ***** me, pretty much all of that is the complete opposite of what howard actually was about! shows i know absolutely nothing...
13/01/2013 09:29:00
0 saw trhis on another site-Appy may have had some de ja vu when he got to pool nd tookthe first bus out
plymouth graham
13/01/2013 10:06:00
"A decent, hard working and goalscoring midfielder would not be out of place in our squad" I laughed my tips off .... Well done on making the five years Dave Sunday morning wouldn't be the same without you in Chix Towers.... and remember thers of lot of good stuff you have written over the years that can be recycled to a newer audience too... Play profiles, games remembered etc.. Finally, do I find it a drag ??? ............. nah I remain positive Chirst knows why) but I firmly believe that we get over this hump and be better and stronger for it .. If there was ever a time to keep the faith it is now ?
13/01/2013 10:32:00
Jeez - Just read PlyG's link .. Thought there had to be something behind Appy's rush out of the orange door .. duja vu indeed !
13/01/2013 10:37:00
The comments made me chuckle on Rugs piece re Saints getting promoted! I wish I had the gift of hindsight as a sixth sense....happy 5th Birthday Dave and thanks for all your effort over those years on what must seem like at times a thankless task!....I've pleased to say I've been there for them all! This week (17th) marks my 6th Vital birthday, and can say with a very solid hand on heart, my contribution has been negligible! Well done mate, keep up te good work!
13/01/2013 11:46:00
Jeez... that article made me spit my coffee out of my mouth. Nothing changes in football does it. Maybe Blackpool are gonna have their very own Pompey moment....
13/01/2013 11:51:00
I was going to say it had been negligible too Penton :-) hee hee...
13/01/2013 11:53:00
Hindsight I might Not have Corny, But foresight i most definitely do beat you too it!! haha
13/01/2013 17:10:00
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