Date:Thursday October 17 2013
I think the fact that we seem to be gearing more towards, or at least should be, 'our own produce' these days - and I am not adverse too this at all! - got me thinking about some of the players that have come through our ranks over the years, or nearly come through...
One that I thought of, that did not quite manage this; that perhaps could have had fate dealt him a different hand was Robbie Simpson.
In the late 90's our main striker was John Aloisi but we had a couple of young lads banging in the goals at youth and ressie level, and these guys were knocking on the door of then manager, the late and great Alan Ball.
Such was the impression that both Simpson and Luke Nightingale were making in the 1998/99 season that one, at a push maybe both, were looking likely to push on into the 1st team, and were close to this.
Eventually it came down to one or the other, with Nightingale given the nod.
Named on the bench one weekend he came on as an injury replacement for Aloisi to debut against West Brom, what in September or October of 98 I would have thought, and scored twice!
Fate, something I mentioned earlier, played a cruel hand in the career of Nightingale though. Injuries tormented him but he at least got the Pompey breakthrough, as for Simpson this did not come and I have no clue what came of him after...
So, does anyone know what came of Robbie Simpson after his departure from Pompey?
As I cannot find anything about him I am starting to think that perhaps I am even having his name wrong, was it even Robbie?
I am sure it was though!
Leave some thoughts below...
This, 'what happened to' feature, is definitely something that I think would be good to do more of.
I will try and get more done but I also open the floor to any Vital Pompey members to submit some to me too and I will publish for you!
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Date:Thursday October 17 2013
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