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Former keeper Shaka set to retire

It looks as though former Pompey keeper Shaka Hislop is about to call time on his playing career due to back problems.

My understanding is that the 38 year old has been troubled with a back injury on and off for a couple of years now - with back spasms having kept him out of the FC Dallas team for the past month and was likely to trouble him for the rest of the American MLS season so he has been granted early retirement.

Hislop first came to prominence with Reading in the early '90's and after several years of high quality performances for the club Newcastle brought him into the Premiership. He was part of Newcastle's most successful period in recent years, before he moved onto West Ham.

Harry Redknapp convinced him to drop down a division in 2002 and with his help we gained promotion to the promised land of the Premiership by winning the Division One title in his first season with us.

Until he came under pressure from Jamie Ashdown he was untouchable. He duelled with him until he was finally disposed of with the clown that was Konstantinos Chalkias taking over in goal. How on earth the Greek keeper could have been seen as better than Ashdown, let alone Hislop I still do not know.

Hislop was released by Pompey in 2005 and although I believe he signed for Palace, he was almost immediately released from his contract and re-joined West Ham. He was expected to be their understudy by enjoyed a fruitful season with the newly promoted side, playing 16 matches.

After the 2005/06 season, during the summer of 2006 he left England to finish his career in the States, unfortunately injury appears to have ended it differently to how he would have obviously wanted.

Although he could have played for England and was called up to squads in the 90's as he did not actually play he eventually represented his native Trinidad.

Criminally he only won 26 caps for them, but the pinnacle of his career came with his country last summer when he represented Trinidad at the World Cup Finals in Germany, playing in all 3 of his countries matches performing brilliantly.

I always rated Hislop, before and after his time with Pompey and still feel he was discarded before his time. He is a top bloke and was a top keeper that I will always have a lot of time for so I wish him nothing but the best for the future.

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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday August 23 2007

Time: 8:13AM

Your Comments

Good article. Yep a top bloke & keeper. Always be remembered for the championship winning side & that 1st season in the Prem. Harshly treated near the end but with Knight & now Jamo, our top 3 keepers of the modern era.
storagematt
Mentioning that clown Konstantinos Chalkias will bring back the nightmares I used to suffer - what was he on ? Good luck and thanks to Shaka, Shaka, Shaka Khan let me rock you ...whoops wrong person
Chix
Seriously, Storagematt makes a good point about the top three keepers of the modern era - With Shaka's retirement and Jamo back in the England squad would it not be topical to run a poll on Pompeys best ever keeper .... as long as Chalkias isn't mentioned that is !
Chix
chalkias was - i dont know, i just try not to think about him too much... in a thread in the forum Chix you said about players that we signed - or are trying to sign - that we could not have thought possible a few yrs back, tbh i always thought of shaka was at the time one of these players. to have got him to drop a division, as he was clearly still a premiership player was brilliant and showed further signs of the direction we were going in - and it has been onwards and upwards since then... shaka was a great keeper who is also one of the nicest fellas you could meet isnt he. maybe his path will cross pompeys again one day in a keeping capacity or something?
pompeyrug
Chix fire away mate - get something off to me and it will be used...
pompeyrug
What about a poll for 'best name'. Shaka would win that one too.
Et_tu_Pompeii
ere ere a long and happy retirement to Shakey and very great guy. Best Goalie Norman Uprichard, Dick Beattie, John Milkins, Peter Mellor, Alan Knight, Andy Gosney no Chix is right has to be Chalkias for me - still playing international football you know!!
eastneydave
Or perhaps rhyming partnerships ...Shaka....., Utaka..... Lua Lua...., Wapenaar...... Stefanovic & Bergovic..... Dickinson & Cristensson... Could be a song out of Gilbert & Sullivan play (That's Billy & Colin of course !)
Chix
you have got to be joking eastneydave - surely chalkias isnt playing for greece now! do they win many games...
pompeyrug
Not joking is regularly in the squad. As for rhyming names what rhymes with Matt Pollock?
eastneydave
Rug Wikipedia says about Kostas 'After his transfer to Aris Salonika, Chalkias regained some of the form that he showed during his bright run in the first team for Panathinaikos and after an exceptional season (as possibly the best keeper in Greece during season 06/07), he was recalled for the National Team and gained a starting spot over Nikopolidis after his poor performances earlier in the Euro 2008 qualifiers'
eastneydave
Well maybe its us, Pompey, that is the problem, what with ChalkyArse and Yoshi . . .
Et_tu_Pompeii
Let's not forget that Shaka was 1 minute away from an FA Cup winners medal when Gerrard from 40 metres squared it for Liverpool who went on to win the cup on penalties...having met the man personally he is actually quite humble. I hope Pompey put a few more quid towards his retirement fund. Hey maybe we can we get him back as a keeper coach ?
pompeygray
I can't better Matt Pollock as a suggestion easteydave but I did come up with Hiley & Biley (Scott & Alan) and what about Piper & Piper (Steve & Norman) apparently Pompey once made a change to the team line up after submitting the teamsheet by swapping the players over
Chix
Good luck Shaka, you were a great goalkeeper who helped us survive in the top flight, i remember the away game at Leeds when you saved from Alan Smith at the death to secure three valuable points for us, hope to see you at Fratton
Owenspompey
 

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