Vital Football

Pompey boys - Sylvain Distin

Pompey boys - Sylvain Distin

Sylvain Distin became the first signing of the summer when on 22nd May he signed a 3-year contract, arriving as a free agent from City.

The Frenchman progressed through the stages in French football; starting at non-league level before giants PSG eventually signed him. A year with PSG came to an end with a loan move to Newcastle - this was successful enough for them to want to sign him but City got him for £4m in 2002.

Successful form on the pitch - despite the odd ricket, some very bad ones early on - saw him 'reportedly' interesting Liverpool, Newcastle and others time and again, but he stayed.

Last summer it was looking like he would move away from City as his contract moved into the final year. He would not sign a contract so he was stripped of the captaincy, but stayed despite a £3m move to Pompey or Boro expected.

Still no contract was signed when the season ended and he confirmed early this summer that he was leaving City 'for a new challenge', this new challenge came a day later when he signed for Pompey. Liverpool reportedly made a late bid to sign him but we saw them off.

Distin has had his moments during his time in England - to sometimes question his ability as a top class central defender, but these moments are far outweighed by the good ones.

Titus Bramble or Sylvain Distin? Although my thinking is still that in the right team, with the right level of quality and experience around him Bramble might still be a fine defender, Distin's experience and quality makes him the better option.

He will add further strength to the defensive ranks, leaving us with three genuine class central defenders that could get into most other sides in this league.


Date:Saturday July 14 2007
Time: 8:00AM


a great free transfer to kick start the pompey era! i think our push to get him last season and probable consistent interest throughout the season would make Distin's choice easy to come to the South coast. Not sure I understand why he chose to reject a contract and then continue for the final year, but hes here now and he will definitely be putting a lot of pressure on Linvoy for that 1st team place and this can only be a good thing! Distin v Bramble ..... Distin! good morning, good afternoon and goodnight!
14/07/2007 08:18:00
off subject, kanu will sign for us [taken from tribul football site] Kanu revealed: "I love the club and I've said that many times. We have to settle this now because the new season is almost here." It was Kanu who recommended £8million new-boy and compatriot John Utaka to Portsmouth. Kanu added: "John is a special player and I can't wait for him to start playing with us." .......... £8 million?!
14/07/2007 08:21:00
Distin, is a great signing! I cant see many people arguing with me on that one! I cant even begin to describe how happy I am with the squad right now. Some of the names I see still blow me away today! I mean...Sol Campbell! Sol Campbell??..Pompey?? Disitn?? Pompey??..I keep pinching myself!! all in all its just fantastic news to see our club really hitting the big off now t get a tissue, all emotinal...sob..sob....
14/07/2007 08:56:00
Well we could have paid £3m for him last year, it didn't happen. We still had a great season. We have him for free & we should have another great season. With Sol & others, yes we have come a long way since the days of Carl Tiler & Ade Whitbread. Thankfully.
14/07/2007 09:26:00
Its like having Gilbert and Blake again
14/07/2007 09:44:00
has anyone ever said distin was a bad signing???? -he was the only reason man city stayed up, and it will really improe the squad to have 3 very good central defenders fighting for places.
14/07/2007 09:44:00
Your best signing of the season !!!
14/07/2007 09:54:00
Good player you lot have got there
14/07/2007 11:17:00
I think i'm in dream land in all honesty, I can't quite believe the quality of player we have at the back at the moment. I mean, Lauren, Campbell, Primus, Distin, Hreidarsson, Taylor. Any of those could get into virtually any of the Prem sides, no question. Can any of us remember when we were embarrassed by such riches? PUP
14/07/2007 11:50:00
I'm definitely in agreement with you there penton !!
14/07/2007 12:52:00
Page 1/3
  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. 3

Login to post a comment

Recent Portsmouth Articles

Another Fratton disappointment

That 2nd half on Saturday against Notts County was woeful - absolutely awful wasn't it. The first 15-minutes or so of it was like a pre-season friendly to pre-season!

Match highlights - Pompey 1-2 Notts County

What a disappointment that was! The 1st half wasn't bad, in fact large chunks of it were good but the 2nd half was just woeful with a soft centred Pompey beaten 2-1 by Notts County.

On this day in history...24th October

A look back at this day in history, and what was happening with Pompey courtesy of our sister site PompeyRama, 24th October.

Audio - Cook Talks County Defeat

Manager Paul Cook has been speaking of his disappointment following defeat to Notts County this weekend.

Archived Vital Pompey Articles

Vital Pompey articles from

Site Journalists

Editor email
Editor email
no email
no email

Current Poll (see more polls)

Notts County MotM
Suggested By: Site Staff
Sub - Naismith0%
Sub - Main0%
Sub - Lalkovic0%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Plymouth 14 10 2 2 32 12
2 Carlisle 14 7 7 0 28 10
3 Doncaster 14 8 2 4 26 8
4 Luton 14 6 5 3 23 9
5 Portsmouth 14 6 3 5 21 6
6 Notts County 14 6 3 5 21 1
7 Accrington 14 5 5 4 20 1
8 Grimsby 14 6 2 6 20 0
9 Crawley 14 5 5 4 20 -1
10 Morecambe 14 6 2 6 20 -6
11 Mansfield 14 4 7 3 19 1
12 Crewe 14 4 7 3 19 -1
13 Yeovil 14 6 1 7 19 -5
14 Blackpool 14 4 5 5 17 4
15 Colchester 14 4 5 5 17 -1
16 Cheltenham 14 3 7 4 16 -1
17 Hartlepool 14 3 7 4 16 -4
18 Cambridge 14 4 4 6 16 -5
19 Leyton Orient 14 4 3 7 15 -2
20 Barnet 13 3 6 4 15 -4
21 Wycombe 14 4 3 7 15 -5
22 Stevenage 13 4 2 7 14 -3
23 Exeter 14 4 1 9 13 -6
24 Newport 12 1 4 7 7 -8
Write for Vital Football
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
The Vital Football Members League

Recent Portsmouth Results (view all)

Portsmouth Fixtures (view all)

Oct 29 2016 3:00PM : Cambridge United (a)
Sky Bet League Two
Nov 12 2016 3:00PM : Mansfield Town (H)
Sky Bet League Two
Nov 19 2016 3:00PM : Cheltenham Town (a)
Sky Bet League Two
Nov 22 2016 7:45PM : Luton Town (a)
Sky Bet League Two
Nov 26 2016 3:00PM : Stevenage (H)
Sky Bet League Two
Dec 10 2016 3:00PM : Grimsby Town (a)
Sky Bet League Two

Vital Members League Table

Vital Football Comment