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Hawks v Pompey


West Leigh park



Some things come, some things go.
Pompey are teetering on the edge of a new era, where this new epoch is headed we do not know, the early euphoria we felt on the close of season news that Sulaiman Al Fahim was to buy out Sacha Gaydamak has been tempered somewhat by the sheer timescale the whole process has taken.

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A new era DOES await, we may not be up there with what is occuring in deepest Manchester, we may not even have the spending power of a Division 3 team on minus ten points just up the motorway, but a page has been turned, the regime of Harry Redknapp has been just about washed away in one giant Tsunami of open mouthed despair as we clear the debts of a chased dream.

Since writing the preview of the first pre-season friendly of last season, we have lost possesion of the FA cup, had a brief flirtation with European football, waved goodbye to first Redknapp, then Diarra, Defoe, half the coaching staff, Adams, Johnson and quite likely Crouch and Distin, along with several out of contract favourites.
But one thing remains, the football.
Players come, players go, managers toy with our emotions, owners seem to change hands with more frequency than you would move house these days, Pompey are still at PO4 8RA, and those that really care will still turn up no matter what.

We turn again to on-field matters, Pompey will field 11 players, just who I don't know!

H&W Team News:

Shaun Gale has had turmoil himself close season as Charlie Oatway left under a cloud, and players departed as the season became more of a relegation battle thana promotion challenge (bit like their more illustrious neighbours!)

Robbie Martin is the Hawks new hot-shot, while Pompey old boy Nightingale remains at the club.
Old youth product Hinshelwood is another familiar name.

Player to watch: Nightingale

The 2 goals against West Brom seem an age ago now, but one of Pompey's own is still plying his trade in the lower leagues and with some success.

Pompey Team News:

Paul Hart has promised all first team players will be present, this may give huge pointers to who is actually staying!
Will we see Distin? Jamo? Kaboul? Kranjcar?

Player to watch: Matt Ritchie

The Gosport boy is on the verge of a breakthrough, and he is one player with the club genuinely at heart, this may be the stage where it all begins.

Match Facts & Stats

Normally a close fought affair, but Pompey normally field a shadow side for this one, but lack of players means our first team doubles as the shadow team as well!!

Ref Watch:

Jack Anory

Match Prediction:

I can't predict the line-up so am passing on this one.

Next Fixtures:

Basingstoke on Saturday

Date:Monday July 20 2009
Time: 10:40PM

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Nice to talk football again rather than 's and DD and all that
20/07/2009 22:43:00
fantastic to see us talking about football again and previewing a game ahead, nice one paul!

matty ritchie is going to be a star, i really do think he is going to be all that, and hopefully more...
i will never forget the day when nightingale burst onto the scene, if only injuries had not been so cruel to him he 'might' have still been banging them in for us now?

must say im also liking this new format on the new design for match previews, looks really good an allows all fields to stand out nicely in my opinion...
20/07/2009 22:55:00
also, out of interest is anyone going that would be interested in writing a match report? if so drop me a line...
20/07/2009 22:56:00
does anyone know if we can listen to any friendlys >???? or even live txt if last resort??
20/07/2009 23:18:00
First time back on the site for ages, loving the new look guys, what an improvement!
L L Blue
20/07/2009 23:21:00
apparently the game will be broadcast live on the quay!

welcome back L L Blue, hopefully you are here to stay? the site does look good doesnt it, like i said, really impressed with how the previews no look - ive seen the new reports for things ive done on pompey and vital englandfor match reports, but previews all new before tonight, i love it!
20/07/2009 23:32:00
oh, another things match day live tomorrow night, who would be up for that? of course it would only be worth doing if the coverage is on the quay...
20/07/2009 23:33:00
i have to admit i am really excited about matty ritchie. the kids has been in the youth team for a long time now (i know some media fredit his pompey career with hart, nothing to do with him). the way matt played for the daggers last season shows me that he can have real quality. am looking forward to the game tomorrow, can't afford to go though, will probably try to get to basingstoke this weekend, or rangers next week. hopefully i can get my season ticket sorted as well soon. PUP
20/07/2009 23:34:00
what do u guys do for jobs then ?? up so late all the time cant be 8-4 working men. i work 4-midnight meself.
20/07/2009 23:41:00
Welcome LL. Hey guys, if anyone can drop an after match report it will be fantastic, especially for those who cannot watch/listen to the match. In Malta, is very difficult to watch every competitive Pompey game, let alone a pre-season friendly against such a team. By the way, it is strange that we are talking about football again, true... I hope we look like a football team tomorrow.
Pompey Malta
20/07/2009 23:43:00
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