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Club before country

I care more about Pompey than I do England! Not my vote, yours - although these findings from The Rabbi's poll are thoughts I completely agree with.

I am a proud Englishman and as much as I might try to pretend that 'I do not care' about England at times I know that I do, and always will - however a choice between Pompey and England will yield only one winner every time... Pompey.

What has happened with England over the past few years has seen them slip right down in my order of importance, as I say I do care but the distinct lack of passion, commitment and enthusiasum coming out of the England performances for several years now has seen them go from virtually on a par with Pompey, to Pompey success over England any day of the week.

I was 'disappointed' that we lost out to Croatia last night, at first I thought I was 'gutted' but soon realised it was only disappointment, I have not been anywhere near as 'gutted' as I thought I would be in all honesty, maybe this will come next summer when we aren't there...

I care, before anyone says that I do not, or the other 90 odd percent do not care, just clearly not as much as I - we - do about Pompey!

What the poll asked - Who do you care more about?

How you voted - Pompey 96%, England 4%

Current Poll - Club football finally returns this weekend with a trip to Birmingham, scene of that horrendous 5-0 thrashing the last time we visited.

We may have been hammered that day, but we were the ones that stayed up, so we ended up laughing at the end of the season, but who will be laughing on Saturday - this is what pompeyrug wants to know with this - 'Birmingham v Pompey?' Let the poll do the talking before we do when it finishes.


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The Journalist

Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday November 22 2007

Time: 3:10PM

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Who was the 4% ? - Did AndyCroat vote 4 times ?
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22/11/2007 15:29:00

:-) i reckon he must have! either that or 'other fans' did...
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22/11/2007 15:32:00

I found the opening 14 minutes of eng v Cro pretty funny especially Niko Kranjcars goal. if Gerrard or Lampard gave a performance for their club similar to last nights display then they'd be hounded out of the club fast. personally i can't wait for our game at Villa next month when Niko meets Scott Carson again. We should all shout 'shoot' as soon as Niko touches the ball!
The Rabbi
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22/11/2007 16:41:00

hahaha dont let him live it down :)
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22/11/2007 16:54:00

Oh yes that's going to be funny isn't it. And something along the lines of 'you thought you were Englands keeper - you were wrong!'
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22/11/2007 17:08:00

"niko kranjcar saves england" -should have been the headline this morning. I would love england to do really well, i really would - but under McClaren, we wernt going to win anything - but were england to play sensibly, then yes, as an englishmen, i would rather england won the world cup, than pompey won the FA cup. i really cant stand people saying e are stuck in 1966 - its worse than saying pompey are stuck in 1949. pompey are doing something about it, its time for england to follow suit.
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22/11/2007 17:35:00

A few years ago i would have thought it unthinkable that we all cared so little about the national team. However the FA have created a monster which all us honest football fans have come to not trust and now laugh at their incompetence. We now await their next decision, which will probably be made over a big dinner in Durban at the World cup draw. I bet we get Poland and Scotland as two in our group, and Holland will maybe another team to be in our group. We dont deserve to be seeded.
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22/11/2007 18:34:00

At the moment I think I'd prefer Pompey to England :-)
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22/11/2007 19:17:00

ARE we seeded? a team that cant even qualify for the european championship? that is truly a disgrace! i expect croatia and russia are both seeded as well then? and scotland for that matter...
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22/11/2007 19:26:00

Forever Pompey 1st & English 2nd.
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22/11/2007 22:03:00

yep as i said above i always held england virtually on a par with pompey but in recent years weve become a laughing stock - team dont fear us, they laugh at us and this is mainly down to the fa... now, and until things change dramatically i will want pompey to be above england any day of the week... even if we can restore some national pride, i reckon pompey will come first.
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22/11/2007 23:41:00

I'm croatian from now until next summer! I think we all should to support our boy Niko.
The Rabbi
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23/11/2007 08:52:00

Too right! I tipped the lad to score against us, but not like that! Oh how the laughter rang out.....
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23/11/2007 10:55:00

It was an incredible moment when Niko scored ! I used to think I was about even club/country, but it's been such a long time without an Pompey players in the England squad to test the theory, I didn't really know. Now I do know - definitely club first. But part of that is wanting to have England players in our Pompey team - for some reason that's important to me - probably why I get so uptight when they don't get picked.
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23/11/2007 12:32:00

im not only supporting croatia next summer i really do think that if all their player pull in the right direction and they can show the right attitude and commitment, performing to their best they could win all 6 games that they would need too to win euro 2008!
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23/11/2007 14:25:00

nothing to stop them...COME ON CROATIA!!! but who will you support in the ACoN? Nigeria, with kanu and utaka, ghana, with muntari, diops senegal, its a tough choice...
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23/11/2007 18:34:00

I think the African cup should firtsly be every 4 years and be played May-June.
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23/11/2007 20:40:00

I agree storagematt but I would also like to add that it should also be played in Africa and so should the World Cup come to that .. oh and by the way somebody asked if we were seeded for the world Cup qualifiers.. the answer is no we are in the second pot along with Scotland so in a group that only the winner qualifies from we could be drawn against Germany, Holland, France, italy, Spain not looking good is it...
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24/11/2007 11:41:00

Oh and just as an after tought the 4% who reckon that Country comes before Club should look in the Oxford English dictionary.... It doesn't ... just checked ;) It's a fact
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24/11/2007 11:42:00


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