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On this day in history...18th May

On this day in history...18th May

A look back at this day in history, and what was happening with Pompey courtesy of our sister site PompeyRama.

Mon 18 May 2009
PL Sunderland H 3-1
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Tue 18 May 1982
Div 3 Wimbledon A 2-3
Hemmerman, Doyle p
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Sat 18 May 1963
Div 2 Middlesbrough H 1-1
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Another feature, again courtesy of our sister site PompeyRama, sees us look at those Pompey personalities - past or present - who have a birthday on this day...

18/5/1931: Ray Drinkwater
18/5/1937: Dennis Davidson
18/5/1962: Barry Horne
18/5/1983: Gary O'Neil

From the Ed

Happy birthday to Ray Drinkwater, Dennis Davidson, Barry Horne and Gary O'Neil - the Pompey players from the Blues' past born on this day.

Drinkwater and Davidson were both well before my time and as much as I know of Horne well I didn't see him in a Pompey shirt.

O'Neil, I did see for Pompey and recall him with fond memories. I was at the game when he made his debut for the Blues, an appearance off the bench against Barnsley, I think it the Tykes?

Now onto the games previously played.

Played - 3
Won - 1
Drawn - 1
Lost - 1

Just the 3 games again today but quite literally nothing in it as we've won, drawn and lost.

I can claim one myself as I was at Fratton Park for the only win, a 3-1 victory over Sunderland in 2009. I recall this well, not so much the game but the fact Linvoy Primus came on for the dying embers - getting a heroes reception fitting of the man.

What are your memories of Drinkwater, Davidson - perhaps both too soon for anyone, Horne and/or O'Neil from their Pompey days? Also have you taken in any of the games previously played today - if so what are the memories from them too?


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Date:Thursday May 18 2017
Time: 9:00AM


2009 and the win that made sure we had survived in the prem. A very disappointing end of season which had started with so much promise. FA Cup winners, european football and it all came crashing down, though even then we didn't see how bad the next few years were to be!
18/05/2017 11:11:00
And Happy Birthdays to Barry Horne & Gary O'Neil who I saw a lot. Barry was a top player who we sadly sold to them & had a great top flight career with Everton too. Gary did a great job for us.
18/05/2017 11:13:00
Just 09...I think this was on tv as well....Horne & O'Neil both good here...Horne came from my Mum's team(Wrexham) & O'Neil played a lot of Prem games...
18/05/2017 11:55:00
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