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What happened on Sunday with Pompey and the media? It was all in the mail on Sunday really, lets take a look.

They said that Harry Redknapp had accused Andrew Cole of lying, with him apparently invited to go to Hong Kong but he declined the invitation? This was covered in full by Vital Pompey in this article Redknapp and Cole ready to rumble.

Andy Griffin was supposed to be going to Derby, but for some reason he has rejected the move. Either the deal on the table was not good enough for him, or he has decided to go back to Stoke after all? One thing that is certain though, he would not have decided to stay here believing he has any chance of playing football with Pompey this season!

With Matty Taylor 'reportedly' told he will not be assured of first team football this season, this had led the mail on Sunday to assume this means he is 'facing and uncertain future' at Fratton, this story was also covered in full by Vital Pompey in this article Why is Taylor's future 'uncertain?'

The reason why Lomana LuaLua has not left is because Pompey is asking too much money for him. Allegedly we are asking 4m for the unpredictable one, which is putting off potential suitors. My thinking is that I am glad about this though as he has looked hungry in the last couple of games and looks as though he may be prepared to put up a fight to save his Pompey career - rather than take the easy option of moving on?

The thing that really caught my eye was not in the media at all, it was a football match, The Alan Ball Memorial Cup, in honour of the late Alan Ball, one of this countries finest as well as a legend with Pompey, which was shown on sky one on Sunday evening.

A star studded match between England and the Rest of the World produced a fitting tribute to the great man, providing high entertainment for the crowd - including my sister and her boyfriend - and a more than appropriate 4-2 England victory that enabled his son Jimmy Ball to lift the trophy at the end.

It may have been a charity match but many of the old timers who turned out in Milton Keynes showed that they could still play - with a few former Pompey players involved too.

Yep, like I say it was a fitting tribute to a legend of the game the World over, who is sadly missed and passed well before his time - the late great Alan Ball.

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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday July 30 2007

Time: 8:13AM

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in regards to lualua i thought his pre season had not been that bad, although in HK he didnt do anything spectacular.
russellm
tbh i thought he had been better in hong kong than he had over here in pre season son far... seemed like a man ready to battle for his place and for the team...
pompeyrug
 

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