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Toast 7#29 - Barker set to earn his crust

Toast 7#29 - Barker set to earn his crust

After the debacle at Scunthorpe`s Glanford Park yesterday I feel that the only words to tell the story are those of boss Richie Barker.

He told the waiting press after the game: 'I know what I saw and I will watch it again and we`ll go through it again. One or two people need to have a good look at themselves. .....That speaks volumes to me that we haven`t got enough players who do the right things.`

'It`s a very disappointing day for the club.`

Richie gave an assured performance on the Sky Sports FL72 review show on Friday and certainly impressed those who saw it with his knowledge of the league scene. There are those however in the game who were surprised with the Pompey appointment and put it down more to Steve Coppell`s involvement than Barker`s credentials.

Richie has made quite a number of changes to the squad and must now earn his corn starting on Tuesday night when Accrington Stanley make their first ever league visit to Fratton Park. One plea to the fans on Tuesday is forget who the visiting manager and get behind your team!! They need you more than ever.


Scunny and Pompey have met each other in three different divisions in the last four years as both have dropped through leagues. I think we might not play them in 2014/15.

Sixty years ago Scunny`s record gate at the Old Show Ground of 23,935 was in an FA Cup game with Pompey.

Ten years ago we beat Liverpool in the FA Cup 5th round - how the mighty have fallen.

Mark doing the rounds

Pompey Chief Executive Mark Catlin has taken a ground breaking decision. Firstly he has decided to publish a monthly blog on an experimental basis but not as you might expect on the club`s official site.

Instead of playing on his home soil Mark has decided to ask the club`s fans to host his blog on their websites and message boards. Of course Vital Pompey is included on the list and will host the blog during the month of April. This is quite a stray from normal football club policy allowing 'unofficial` sites to carry the official word of the club`s CEO.

Have a look at the first blog which is hosted by Pompeyonline here.

Incidentally the order in which the hosting rotate is purely on the basis of the first to reply to the invitational email. Sadly I was not around when it arrived.

SFC Forever RIP

All of us who use the forum were saddened to hear of the death of SFC Forever - or Brian as he was known outside of cyberworld.

Cornypomp started a thread paying tribute to the man saying ' I only knew the man as SFC Forever through his postings on this forum, but I could tell from those posts that he was a level headed man, a fair man, and a true football fan. Someone above the small-mindedness of some who profess to be fans.`

Another seasoned forum contributor penton 'My first post in months, but just to say, I am truly saddened to hear the news of Brian's death. He always struck me as a decent guy. My condolences to his family.`
Those are sentiments I know all within the Vital family would like to echo. Here on VP
We have had problems with a few Southampton 'fans` over the years that I have been a moderator and was naturally watchful when Brian arrived. He was however an absolute pleasure and breathe of fresh air constantly showing his support for those of us trying to save the club.

I also know that a number of you have gone over to the Vital Southampton site and offered you condolences. A special man who will be missed by many. RIP Brian!

Pack the Park is back

Pompey have announced that the Cheltenham home game on Saturday 8th March will be the return of the 'Pack the Park` initiative.

The club have put together an attractive ticket package for the League Two fixture - including a 'Kids for a Quid` promotion.

Adults, seniors (60+) and young persons (17-22) can purchase a seat for just £10, with juniors (under 17) paying £5. A child under 10 (accompanied by an adult) can buy a ticket for only £1.

Tickets for the match - which kicks-off at 3pm - go on sale to season ticket holders from 10am on Monday and on general sale from 10am on Tuesday.

Fans are being urged to snap up the tickets quickly, as they are expected to sell fast.

Chief executive Mark Catlin said: "The support we have had so far this season has been fantastic and this initiative is a reward for those fans who regularly pay on the day, as well as encouraging lapsed supporters to rediscover the Fratton Park experience.

"With Richie Barker at the helm, we are sure many fans will be keen to see his new-look team in action and this is the chance to do so at a great value price.

"This is a great value deal for all our fans and we are sure tickets will sell out very quickly."

Fans can buy tickets online and from the Frogmore Road ticket office. The £1 tickets for under 10s can only be bought from the ticket office.

And to make things easier still, the club will also be selling Cheltenham tickets before the Accrington game on Tuesday night.

Catlin added: "We wanted to make the process of buying tickets as straightforward as possible, so we are making the Cheltenham tickets available for sale at the same time fans buy their match ticket on Tuesday night."

The ticket booths behind the Fratton End will be selling both Accrington and Cheltenham tickets from 5.30pm on Tuesday.

JJ not Clooney

Ran into Jake Jervis in a City Centre coffee shop last Sunday. Did I suggest he had a strong Espresso to wake himself from his slumbers the previous day? Well I will leave that one to you.

Trophy finalists

So Gosport Borough have made it to the FA Trophy final after beating Hawks 2-0 at Privett Park yesterday. Congratulations to the Borough and who fancies a trip to Wembley to cheer them on in the final on Sunday 23 March. Opponents are Cambridge United and of course have Ryan Bird and John Sullivan on loan.

Loan arrivals

A few were surprised about the two loan arrivals this week; the Toast team of course had predicted it.

Toumani Diagouraga arrived on loan from League One high flyers Brentford having fallen out of favour since new Bees boss Mark Warburton. Meanwhile striker Michael Drennan is a youngster from Aston Villa - born in Kilkenny 20 year old Mikey has an impressive scoring record for the Republic of Ireland`s national age group sides.

His goal yesterday was his first in senior football.


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

Date:Sunday February 23 2014
Time: 1:00AM


Thanks Dave for another great read after a very disappointing outing at scunny. Hope to get to Wembley to cheer on our local neighbours, will a good day out.
23/02/2014 21:30:00
Barker has said this: ‘With 10 minutes to go, I saw Scunthorpe were still picking up second balls and still chasing lost causes. ‘We’ve probably got one or two players who think they are too good to do that. Who are these two players, can somebody tell me?
24/02/2014 12:16:00
Racon and Barcham were substituted so....????
24/02/2014 12:27:00
I agree with Barcham, he is the most useless player I have ever seen but I always thought Racon tried hard - maybe not.
24/02/2014 18:42:00
I rate them both as good players actually Et_tu. I haven't got a clue what's gone on there...
24/02/2014 19:20:00
Re Barcham, Barker talks about his 'early season form' but to say this 'form' was very good is a massive overstatement. He was decent in flashes, usually after a dreadful first half, then, in the second half, attacked the opposition right back with a bit more effort. Bottom line is that he is a massive disappointment, to me anyway. Give me Ricky Boy any day.
25/02/2014 10:23:00
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