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A new home needs a Dickinson statue

Jimmy Dickinson is the man that should be cast in bronze if/when Pompey moves to the new stadium! Not my vote, yours - although these findings from pentonpompey's poll are thoughts I share.

The names within this poll were all of unquestionable legendary status, having served the club in various ways through the good and bad times.

Some led the club to its only glories, others also played in these times, whilst some simply played - and played for a great number of years - through all the divisions, but 'Gentle Jim' Jimmy Dickinson ticked most the boxes and stands above the rest, as he should in statue form when we move into our new home.

Dickinson, who holds the record for appearance for the club, showed the kind of loyalty that would be unthinkable in these days, staying with the club through its glory days as well as its decline. After leaving the club as a player he remained with it in various capacities and eventually went on to manage the club too.

All players and officials - no matter how big or small a part they played, or will play in this club - are part of its great history, so none should be forgotten, but clearly some deserve a little more recognition than others and Jimmy Dickinson deserves to have his image overlooking what should be a great future, at what should be a fantastic new home in the years to come.

Just as one last point, as I have said all within this poll are legends and some of the people had led Pompey to their only cup, or league success but Alan Knight gets a special mention from me too.

His loyalty - when he was often regarded as the best goalkeeper outside of the highest division, during many of the two decades spent with Pompey - in staying with the club when he could and maybe even should have left to further himself is something that should never be forgotten and 'The Legend' will always have a very special place at this club too.

What the poll asked - If we could erect a Statue outside our proposed new ground who would you like cast in Bronze?

How you voted - Jimmy Dickinson 71%, Other 11%, Alan Knight 8%, Jack Tinn 7%, Peter Harries 1%, Bob Jackson 1%, Alan Ball 1%, Willie Haines 0%

Current Poll - The Saints lost out in the play off's last season, meaning they will have to spend at least one more season outside of the top flight.

What would you most like to see happen to them this season - do you even care? This is the question pompey4me wants answered, 'where would you like to see the scummers finish this year?' Let the poll do the talking before we do when it finishes.


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday July 31 2007

Time: 10:07AM

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I agree Dickinson should have a statue but i would also like to see milan have 1 too, as he saved our club n brung us to the big time, so i think we owe 2 statues for 2 pompey legends PUP
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31/07/2007 10:42:00

it is true milan saved the club and brought us to 'the promised land' and as much as i do appreciate what he did and will eternally grateful to the fella, even tho i must admit i had previously agreed with calls for him to have a statue in his honour i think that maybe a stand named after him, or a road around the stadium is what should happen for milan...
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31/07/2007 10:50:00

I'd like to see a statue for Alan Knight. With a fag and a drink in his hand watching the ball go past him.
The Rabbi
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31/07/2007 11:28:00

How many times can I vote????
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31/07/2007 13:02:00

tbh i vote once and that is it, but no doubt many vote over and over... fellas, could i direct your attention momentarily to this request here...
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31/07/2007 13:29:00

A bronze statue just seems so ordinary. Look at the mess Saints got themselves into with their daft statue. Couldn't we do something more interesting, like a wall with all the players names (and nicknames) on. Honouring one person is nice but is a bit stuffy and old fashioned
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31/07/2007 13:41:00

i like that idea mate, that way all the people that should be honoured in some way are... didnt sunderland have the supporters put their names on bricks that went into their stadium or something - could do a similar thing with your idea here mate?
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31/07/2007 14:21:00

Jim Dick was Mr. Pompey in so many ways, he lived and died for the club, quite literally
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31/07/2007 16:36:00

It might be in their museum but I think Real Madrid have a wall with pictures of their players down the years. If we had something that we could update with new people it sort of sends the message to everyone that history is being made all the time. I think it would be more of an inspiration to everyone involved with the club. Jim Dickenson could be at the top, no arguements here
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31/07/2007 16:52:00

At the nou-camp, they have the name of every player ever to have played for barcelona etched in a giant glass wall. Quite like the idea of naming more than one pompey legend, lets name them all!
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31/07/2007 16:53:00

pompey are a club going with the times so these types of ideas - which are great - are prob something we will look to do i would expect? the thought of having every name really appeals to me. it is like i said in the article 'all players and officials - no matter how big or small a part they played, or will play in this club - are part of its great history, so none should be forgotten'...
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31/07/2007 16:59:00

Don't know about Sunderland Rug.....but when St Mary's was built fans had the opportunity to purchase bricks or paving slabs wihich they could have their names or messages on and these formed part of the stadium.
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31/07/2007 17:00:00

the saints did that too then did they, you learn something new everyday... im pretty sure sunderland did something like that as when a group of us went up not long after it had opened, we lost 2-0 i think in a midweek game, im sure we were talking about it and went investigating...
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31/07/2007 17:06:00

virtually everyone did that - even guildford cathedral did, so its not sayong much (no, im not likening st marys to a cathedral) It would be nice to honur everyone, and statues are a bit clischaed (or however its spelt), so maybe somthing inkeeping with the future for pompey, as that is very much what we are looking too. any suggestions?
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31/07/2007 18:25:00

Hmmm. Something inkeeping with the future for pompey...........how about some silverware!!!!
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31/07/2007 20:19:00

Listen, about naming people, we have to give credit to Mr Alexandre Gaydamek. Have any of you been to FP lately? We went today, the megastore and ticketing/office complex is fantastic, stuff i'm sure we woulld have only dreamed of under previous administrations. And....wait for it....a roof on the milton end! Sneaked in to look as the main gate was ajar, brought the goose bumps ready for the next season. Dont know how these new seats are gonna work, just a load of scaffolding above where i sit! But, what a transformation, go and have a look, it looks like we mean business. Applause to SASHA!
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31/07/2007 20:24:00

You couldn't have a more appropriate statue! Good on yer!
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31/07/2007 21:13:00

They could print the names of every pompey player on the seats - one for each seat - bet I'd get Vignal or something . . .
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01/08/2007 07:53:00

What about casting that stupid frog in Bronze - that'd keep him quiet
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