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Pompey's got talent - we hope!

Pompey's got talent - we hope!

Yes, Pompey's got talent so we can produce at least one worthwhile Academy graduate! Not my vote, yours - although these findings from russellm's poll are thoughts that I share.

Clearly we cannot say this will definitely happen, but with the steps being put in place there is every chance that Pompey could some day again produce some real talent from within what promises - all being well - to be a fruitful youth set up that we currently have, and we hope to improve on further still.

This talent might not be strictly from the Pompey area, which would be the ideal thing in a perfect world, but I long for the day when Pompey actually field a player again that has come through our own youth system, which I can see happening to be honest, with this not just being in hope but also expectation.

What the poll asked - Given HR's preference for 'experience' can we have a worthwhile Academy from which to find a star?

How you voted - Yes, Pompey's got talent 66%, More chance of finding Shergar shagging Lord Lucan 13%, 3 opes, Bob, no and brown enverl 13%, So many NASA will buy a season ticket 5%, Academies are nothing more than a sop to the rules 3%

Current Poll - Pompey 7 Reading 4, what a game - I am still saying that even now. 11 goals, with 7 from Pompey in what is almost certainly the most entertaining game I have ever seen.

Any Pompey goal is good - if you are a Pompey fan - be clearly some of the seven were better than others, not only in terms of quality but maybe importance, but which was you favourite this is want Lysimachus wants to know with this - 'Favourite goal against Reading?' Let the poll do the talking before we do when it finishes.


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Date:Sunday September 30 2007
Time: 6:28PM


I really hope the academy will produce some quality youngsters for the club this has got to be the way going forward. We need to aspire to be like Man Utd and Liverpool, with top facilities which will attract youngsters from all over the country. This will help us build a quality squad and increase revenue from player sales.
L L Blue
30/09/2007 19:09:00
...and get some decent foreign scouts, like arsnal, to get the best of the best foreign playors.
30/09/2007 19:33:00
Too right mate.
L L Blue
30/09/2007 19:38:00
We just need to be able to compete with thescum, they get first choice of all the Hampshire and surrounding areas
30/09/2007 22:46:00
There must be loads of lad in the area that have the ability to make it, and Pompey have not got the network in place to recruit them. My lad ended up at Swindon for a year, even though we lived in Gosport, he was gutted that Pompey made no move for him, and eventually he joined the Army and now plays for them. Now we are an established Premiership team, we should put everything in place to show that we intend to stay there, new training facilities, youth development and academy and the new ground, otherwise think of all the teams who did not invest or invested badly. Leeds, Wednesday, Forest and Wimbledon to name a few.
01/10/2007 08:51:00
The kids of today are the golden nuggets of 5,10, 15 years time & beyond.
01/10/2007 14:17:00
Absolutely right. The local schools sides have done well in recent years and that is talent we need to tap - kids who want to play for Pompey.. We have tried to bring in foreign kids but I believe the Trinidad and Tobago deal fell through.
01/10/2007 14:23:00
clearly you need the talent but the willingness to play for pompey could see many have the desire to make it, that could go along way in helping them...
01/10/2007 15:25:00
The more successful you are the more the kids will want to play for us. Traditionally we have not attracted the best prospects to the club, when we are a force in the Premiership then parents will want their kids to come to the Academy at Pompey.
01/10/2007 15:37:00
this may be viewed as 'over ambitious' but i really to think that in the next few yrs we really could be a top force in this division... im not saying we will win the league - you never know tho - but the gap between the top sides will close, so as long as we keep our top players, but others and produce our own we will close this down even more... i think it would be premature to write off chelski, but i reckon their bubble is bursting so who knows what this season alone might bring - not that im setting targets too high... im so excited about what the future is going to bring for this club - with hopefully plenty of our own players produced aswell...
01/10/2007 16:09:00
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