Date:Sunday October 27 2013
Substitute Ryan Bird`s first senior goal earned Pompey a deserved point down on the English Riviera yesterday afternoon. The Blues started disastrously conceding in the first minute but gradually got a foothold in the game although there were less than ten minutes remaining when Bird levelled.
In response to the criticism that Pompey have been over-run in midfield in recent games Guy replace the creative Thery Racon with the more combative Simon Ferry with Shaun Cooper - who had a trial at Torquay - coming into the back line to replace the suspended Sonny Bradley. The views that sides play five across the middle to dominate the centre as Pompey play two genuine wide players is one that fans have been circulating recently and I believe it certainly has some credence and needs addressing; Guy appears to agree with the masses.
The game appears to have been the same story of so many away games this term with Pompey having most of the possession and goal attempts but failing to bring home the bacon, only one win in seven away games tell its own story. Pompey strangely remain in 16th position where they have been all week!
The right time
Have you put your clocks back?
Oh what a night!
The storm clouds have been gathering around Fratton Park for many years and last Tuesday they finally delivered their message.
Pictures smuggled out of the ground show the extent of the damage to the stadium as fans sheltering from the weather are shocked as rain plunges through a split seam in the roof - look carefully and you can see this is happening all the way along the North Stand - costly repairs. The floods engulfed the tunnel area, the toilets in the North, the car park but after it had passed the drainage in the surrounding streets thankfully coped quite well and those who wisely waited had an uneventful walk to their car or home.
I was talking to a friend of Toast on Wednesday and between us we have attended around 3,000 games - not just Pompey by any means - and we had never seen an abandonment; so they are very rare. The first time since 1955 when Villa were leading 2-1 with eleven minutes left the News discovered by going back through their annals. The problem with those of us just with record books is that abandoned games are removed from the records and thus we cannot find trace of them. I knew that no game had been abandoned since my first game in 1959 and that was it. I have tried but I cannot locate anyone who was at the Villa game as most were playing local leagues in those days and not at Fratton Park.
Of course Leicester in 2002 should have also been abandoned - it fact it should never have started! So should Lincoln City back in 1982 when thick fog descended with Pompey leading 4-1. However there is no doubt the referee made the correct decision on Tuesday but would he have been so quick if big Pat had not equalised on half-time?
I remember being at Cardiff back in January 1968 when Pompey were leading the Division Two table but struggling away from home. The weather was atrocious and the pitch unplayable when we arrived about 2:30; the officials however wanted to go ahead despite the ankle deep mud. The game was a farce and to be honest Pompey were appalling and by half time the home team were 3-0 up.
As the teams trudged off at the break skipper Ron Tindall was protesting wildly to the referee about the conditions and attempted to show his some areas of the pitch he had to ventured to. He was having nothing of it. The game had to be concluded because of the one sided score and it did as both sides tried to make the ball move on what was supposed to be a football pitch - pitches were bad in those days but this was the worst I had ever seen. Both sides finished caked in mud and you could not tell them apart.
That loss spelt the beginning of the end to Pompey`s promotion push as they went seven away games without a win and to make things worse on the walk back to the station, with the rain still teeming down, I walked into a lamp-post!! Rather like Doctor Foster who never went back to Gloucester I have never been back to Cardiff since!
The only Pompey player I felt pleased for was Nicky Jennings who was out injured at the time - I am certain little Nick would have drowned in those conditions.
The club`s decision to honour tickets for the re-arranged game is of course admirable but will come at a cost as the stewards and match day staff will have to be paid again. But with gates at present well above target they feel they can afford it. It will certainly promote goodwill something that previous owners over the years have done their best to quash.
FA Cup draw today at 1:30ish on ITV. Pompey are number 33 because that used to be my house number!!
Sadly all the local non-league sides are out already - a quick look through the Fourth qualifying round results shows that only Salisbury, Aldershot and Poole Town survive of local clubs and the latter two face replays before they can take their place in Round One.
All on the non league sides will be praying they get Pompey, Wolves or Sheff Utd to give them a huge financial boost. Remember though the draw is NOT regionalised anymore so a trip to Barrow or Gateshead is a possibility! We have met these two clubs before losing at Gateshead in the FA Cup in 1921 and playing them in Division Two games in the mid 1920s. The only meeting with the side from Holker Street was in the League Cup in 1961 when Pompey won 2-0 thanks to Harry Middleton and Sammy Chapman.
We will soon know our fate!!
Date:Sunday October 27 2013
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