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The exodus and surgery starts now, well to be honest it had already started before kick off, Jason Pearce and Greg Halford had to watch from the stands as Pompey bade farewell to the championship, both have transfers lined up and were left out to protect them.

The bench had a few pointers to next season, Jed Wallace sat next to another youth product, in Grant.

On the field was a bit of re-hash, Rekik slotted into centre back with Rocha swapping places.

The game was a flat end of season affair, no one in blue seemed that up for it first half, no one in red was either to be fair, summer holidays awaited, nothing to pay for, ho wants to sit on the beach in plaster?

Pompey took about 2300 fans to the City ground, as usual they were in party mood, Neil Allen of the news wrote on Friday that faced with relegation, Wolves booed, Coventry cried, Pompey partied, how apt.

We as fans take the brunt of any emotion that Pompey, can throw at us, we've had some unbelievable highs over the last ten years, 5 trips to Wembley, a tour of Europe and some world class talent to admire, Ronaldinho and AC Milan graced our pitch, we had 3 England internationals at one point, plus two midfielders that were to later sign for Inter Milan and Real Madrid, extreme highs for anyone who has watched Pompey over the last 50 odd years.

Now come the lows, Pompey are a financial car crash, the squad will be dismantled over the summer, hopefully very quickly, that way our young, honest and talented manager can find the base to re-build, he reckons only about 3 of the current squad will remain, if so, new faces will come in, young hungry players if the signs are to be read, but nevertheless it will be Pompey we support next season, whatever level they are at.

As a footnote to any younger fans who have only known higher tier football, trust me challenging for promotion in league 1 will feel just a good as vying for the premier, a competitive Pompey will be good to watch whatever level it is at.

Star Player

Rekik seemed to have a fine game at centre back, he will return to city now, he will not get anywhere near the first team, so just maybe he will return or our new dawn?

Date:Sunday April 29 2012
Time: 12:00PM

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Looking forward to the league 1 tour, much more exciting than the prem! I might be wrong but I think it was four England internationals in James, Johnson, Defoe and crouch at one time. Either way it was a good squad we had once upon a time.
29/04/2012 14:46:00
Did Sol Campbell not play for england whilst at pompey too? And You forgot to mention Sulley Muntari heading to another Italian giant strait from us.
29/04/2012 15:08:00
I did like it when we were good...
29/04/2012 15:08:00
...not that we still aren't...
29/04/2012 15:09:00
There was a particular game where Pompey had 5 playing for England. No other club in England had as many as we did. Those were good days, but better ones ahead. PuP!
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29/04/2012 19:22:00
Muntari got a mention, the inter reference was him
29/04/2012 19:30:00
I never liked it when we were in the Prem. Its much better now.
29/04/2012 20:11:00
To all those who say it is better not being in the prem, BULLOCKS! For chrikey's sake be man enou to be honest. We were excited at the wealth of talent we had playing for us, thrilled at the skills that Prosi, Merson and co displayed in getting us up the championship, and towards the premier league. We have thrilled at the presence of England internationals playing for us, and having the highs that come from seeing awe inspiring talent on the pitch. We absolutely do not need to be depressed at relegation, and I recall many seasons in the third and fourth division, where the likes of Huddersfiled and Bradford were our big challenges, but let's not make ourselves look stupid pretending we prefer sloppy football, poor passing and goal mouth scrambles that mean we don't know who scored. Worst thing of all, for me, and others who do not live within the city limits is that we will see precious little coverage of Pompey at all.
29/04/2012 22:09:00
it is always terribly sad when so many players leave under these circumstances, but if you at least gain some stability and financial sanity, this could make you a better club in a couple of years. you seem to have a great bunch of promising kids and their early promotion can stand you in good stead as and when they get the experience and fulfil their potential. though I am a rival fan, I genuinely hope you find that balance bewteen relative success and financial stability. Portsmouth were one of the first teams I ever watched live about 35 yrs ago (against Oxford) and I have always admired the fantastic support whether that being against Oxford or for my team Tottenham. Best of luck guys, I hope the worse is now over.
30/04/2012 14:24:00
That's the problem OS, we still don't know if we're going to survive. If we do there could be some exciting years ahead. I agree 100%, wakey.
30/04/2012 15:02:00
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