Date:Sunday October 20 2013
During a season there are some games you just have to work hard and grind out 1-0 wins; this was one of those occasions. Bury shocked by the sacking of their popular manager Kevin Blackwell in the week responded by giving a hard working and tough tackling performance to encourage their large band of travelling fans.
The game started well with John Marquis having a header disallowed after Phil Smith had neatly handled an effort from Shaun Harrad. Then on four minutes after a Jed Wallace had been cleared for a corner Bondz N`Gala headed resultant Sherlock Holmes flag kick passed the Beast that is Brian Jensen.
Four minutes and Pompey one up the crowd sat back and expected. But it did not come and Bury were always a danger playing what appeared a 3-5-2 formation which overran [f in the middle of the park. They brusque style of play also ruffled the feathers of Thery Racon and a misfiring Johnny Ertl who could get nothing much started going forward.
There was to be honest not much more to say about the details of the game except for a couple of fine saves from Smith and Jed Wallace hitting the post in the final minute - 2-0 would not have been fair on Bury who would have got at least a point if they had not left their shooting boots back in Lancashire.
Pompey man of the match was given to Bondz for the goal but I would select either Smith for a fine performance in what he knew would be a one game cameo or Joe Devera who out of position at left back gave the over worked defence additional height and power. The rest were largely anonymous but all worked to get the three points and take the unbeaten run to four.
Next up the Chair Boys aka Wycombe Wanderers make their first league visit to god`s green acre on Tuesday at 7:45 - it will be the first midweek league game of the season and should attract a near capacity crowd to the Park. On the subject of crowds congratulations to Bury for providing free travel and those who made the trip did their side proud. These are difficult times for the Shakers and gestures like that are usually rewarded by loyalty.
Exeter City are running the Red Grecian to Fratton on November 2 - special train from GWR. Unsure if Pompey fans living in the Devon area can use it though. Tickets are selling well but the train only has 190 seats.
The News have been feting the charitable efforts of the Pompey ex-professionals side who celebrate their fiftieth anniversary this week. To mark the occasion they have reproduced a number of old photographs of the stars including a team shot taken back in 1964.
Sadly though the team at the local rag did not have the Pompey knowledge to be able to give us, the reader, details of the players names. Well the Toast team as always is able to put that situation rght - except there is one mystery man in the middle of the back row that foxed us all of Friday night.
The players we do know are Reg Flewin, Tommy McGhee, A N Other, Charlie Dore, Duggie Reid, Jimmy Stephens. Front row, Jack Froggatt, Bill Albury, Gordon Dale, Peter Harris and Cliff Parker. For copyright reasons w cannot reproduce the picture but have a look and see if you can fathom out who we have missed. I reckon he must be a defender as the team appears to be lining up with the defence in the back row and the forwards kneeling in front. Before you reply that I am talking absolute drivel may I remind you that Duggie Reid played at centre half those days forming quite a formidable partnership with Reg Flewin.
Another year passes..
Last week we seemed to focus on Plymouth games and this week is no different I`m afraid as on Thursday 17th we passed the anniversary of my first ever Pompey game back in 1959 with was against Argyle at Fratton Park! Yes I am into my 55th year of supporting the blues.
I have told the story many times but one fact that did come to mind recently was that day Pompey won their first home game outside of the top flight for over thirty two years - in fact back to the famous day when promotion was gained to the top flight back in 1927.
Every Pompey fan (should) knows the story as to how Pompey edged Manchester City to the second promotion place by the narrowest of margins of goal average. Let me explain that term for the uninitiated, these days when teams have level points they are separated by goal difference (GD)- goals scored less goals conceded.
However until 1976/77 goal average (GA) was the tie breaker. Quite simply it relates to the number of goals scored for each goal conceded. In essence it rewarded clubs with a sound defence whereas goal difference suited sides that scored goals. The only problem is that GA needs an arithmetic calculation as we shall see and that can cause problems
On the final day of the season Pompey started with GA of 1.71 and City 1.64 which would create no problem unless City won by a mammoth score! They did just that winning 8-0 over Bradford City improving their GA to 1.77. Fortuitously Pompey kicked off at 3:15 and were leading Preston 4-1 when the City score came through.
So out came the pencils to work out that the GA was only 1.76, they needed another goal to clinch promotion. A message to Farmer Boy Haines and he duly obliged!!! The GA was now 1.78 and promotion was gained to the top flight for the first time. This day was Pompey`s first major achievement. I do hope there was a bonus for the man who had to work it all out. Shame the calculator that most fans take to every game would not be invented for many years to come.
The season finished with Pompey GA 1.776; GD+38 and City GA 1.770; GD+47. It meant that City would have won promotion had the goal difference been the rule. City of course got their revenge in the 1934 Cup Final.
So that is the story of the last home win in Division Two before I made my Fratton debut.
As a footnote Pompey won the league title on GA in 1949/50 over Wolves 1.95 to 1.55. If goal difference had been the rule the title would still have stayed at Fratton Park as Pompey were superior by nine goals too.
Legal Eagle #1?
Congratulation to Mike Dyer of Verisona on his short listing by the Law Society as its Solicitor of the Year.
Mike led the legal team that led the Trust`s successful bid to takeover the club and worked tirelessly to ensure its completion.
Nice to see so many former players at the Park yesterday including Terry 'far post` Brisley, Colin Garwood as well as some of our more regular returnees.
It is also good to see Richard Money doing well as boss of Conference run away leaders Cambridge United. A good football man is Richard and maybe we will see him back at Fratton next season.
Date:Sunday October 20 2013
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On this day in history...6th December (Friday December 6 2013)
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On this day in history...5th December (Thursday December 5 2013)
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Pompey vs Wycombe (Wednesday December 4 2013)
Pompey predictions league update #18 (Wednesday December 4 2013)
On this day in history...4th December (Wednesday December 4 2013)
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