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What a difference!

What a difference!

29th April 2006, Pompey were travelling to the JJB stadium in Wigan looking to secure Premiership status for a fourth term, the odds had been stacked against them since being bottom around Christmas. On the day we secured the vital win with a first goal for Benjani and a cooly slotted Matt Taylor penalty, the fans went wild, we came home and thought of the season ahead, would D'Allesandro sign, would Linvoy squeeze out another season?
Fast forward 364 days and Pompey face Liverpool in another vital clash, this time to stay in a European hunt! D'Allesandro went to Zaragoza, Linvoy squeezed out another season and if anything upped the ante, Harry pulled off a major coup in both James and Campbell, and Pompey announced incredible plans for a futuristic stadium at the Hard.
A year has been an amazing journey for the blues, if we carry on moving forward at this rate the sky is the limit! We may miss out on UEFA this year, but hopefully we have battles for Europe, rather than battles for relegation in the years to come!

Play Up Pompey!



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Writer:paultsmouth
Date:Saturday April 28 2007
Time: 10:35AM

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Great turnaround, everyone should enjoy it why sit pretty
paultsmouth
28/04/2007 10:48:00
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i meant sit pretty
paultsmouth
28/04/2007 10:48:00
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It has been excellent to have been talked about as a decent team although the BBC and others have a long way to go in this respect. Great to be on the national news re the stadium and to have the Herzog guy design it is such a coup the Council will be only fools and Arrses to turn it down - what a feather in the City's cap that would be - and I could see it from Ryde! As for the end of this season, looking at the fixtures, beating Everton I think is crucial. Otherwise we finish 9th. OK but mildly disappointing. No, hugely disappointing. Ah, well.
Et_tu_Pompeii
28/04/2007 11:15:00
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BTW what do we think of this reF?
Et_tu_Pompeii
28/04/2007 11:15:00
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I don't think we actually appreciate how good it has been this season, due to the high expectations that kicked in so early in the season. We got used to being a top 6 side from the off. The Jan/Feb blip quickly took the edge of that & despite some great results since we could find ourselves a bit short of the top 6/7. That in turn has brought some disappointment. I wonder where we will be in 12 months time?
storagematt
28/04/2007 11:35:00
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Come on guys Europe is in the reckoning and one step towards that is the defeat of Liverpool 2day
Mudhara
28/04/2007 12:15:00
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i agree with Et-Tu_Pompey....1st lets put the stadium into perspective here. There are massive infrastructure issues, the planning application rests on 20% of the attendance arriving by boat and the devlopment partners have dropped out of as many projects as they have completed, the locals are bound to lodge blocking applications and then there is the small fact of the club also needing to raise an additional £100+mill of the £360 miilion required to start the development. as there is no access to Gaydamak senior monies this money must depend on increased income from TV and Europe. But as we all know Sasha looked at pompey first as a property devlopment opportunity and PFC as the vehicle to do it so he may well succeed Good luck i say. 2nd A great club needs great attitude and the issue for me here is Storrie, his personality has frequently derailed sure deals including that of D'Alessandro and the clubs proffesionalism off the field for which he is responsible is continually called in to question, so we have still some way to go in that department. 3rd the team, Harry has got to think big and as rabbi pointed out 451 for a must win away game is not it. We need buys not loans, some dont have that loyalty, some cant play when you need them most, D'Allessandro did and should not have been let go/ driven out, Muntari needs to be bought, as does a Yak and a Dejan replacement. Harry needs to be tough with those who dont/cant perform even if they are his mates/captain. The reason i am slightly dissappointed with this season is because it is a season of might have beens, we know that there was no team that have occupied 6th or relegation places that we couldnt/ beat or shouldnt beat with a bit of effort and tactical nouse. Whilst i do not fear relegation and havent since i met the team at mancs airport following the wigan game I am concerned that we are able to replicate the same progress next season. Now i have put the world to rights i am off to a game against some mob called liverpool
russellm
28/04/2007 12:58:00
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2-1! get in!
CharlieChimes
28/04/2007 18:55:00
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I see no reason to be dissapointed in anything this season, those of us who are honest would've been happy with a top half place before the season started. When we were top 6 we were punching above our weight. If we had a stronger squad then i would've been disappointed with the way performances dropped during January and February, even if we finish 10th this season it will have been a fantastic season, we've now shown the likes of Obafemi Martins that Pompey is a good place to come to. Looking forward to some quality signings in the summer and an even better season next year.
Steve C
28/04/2007 19:47:00
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Thought The fans gave Alan Ball a moving and fitting send off today.
Steve C
28/04/2007 19:51:00
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