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Knowing me knowing you - 007

1 - Vital Pompey username?

2 - Where do you come from/where do you currently live?

3 - How long have you been a Vital Pompey member?
Just a few weeks. (written mid January 2008.)

4 - What do you think of Vital Pompey? Be brutally honest!
Vital is your own club, where you can voice your feelings to like-minded people. Get rid of frustrations, and then having shed them, find someone agrees with you and the day becomes perfect.

5 - How did you find out about Vital Pompey?
Browsing Pompey web sites.

6 - When did you first watch Pompey live - not on box unless this is the only way you have been able to see them? Not necessarily at Fortress Fratton though.
Fratton Park, 1949. As a 9 year old, catch three buses, on arrival at Fratton Park be passed overhead to a front position. All by oneself without a hint of trouble.

7 - How often do you get to watch Pompey?
Sadly not at all, travelling is difficult.

8 - Who is your favourite Pompey Player - current and/or former?
Peter Harris, the fastest footballer seen and not a bulging muscle in sight.

9 - What is you favourite Pompey moment?
On taking my first wife to Fratton Park to watch her first football match, at half time I asked if she was enjoying it. She replied that she found it difficult to follow, as both goalkeepers had the same coloured jersey!!! A second wife became a priority.

10 - What are your realistic hopes for Pompey in the future?
Future stability and player loyalty. I do not like the current fashion of buying a new team once a year.


Join the Vital Pompey Debate
The Journalist

Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday February 14 2008

Time: 3:20PM

Your Comments

good to get to know alittle more about you mr bond :-)
007, so you remember Pompey's glory days?
Great stuff 007. A little older than me as you were passed down to the front I only heard about such things. Peter Harris a true legend of Pompey without doubt!!
ChrisW, indeed, the biggest matches in those days had approaching 50,000 on some special match days. Wolves were always a top fixture. Never did see Stanley Matthews, always injured, I am not sure but I do not think he ever played at Fratton Park, perhaps eastneydave could enlighten us.
He did because I saw him right at the end of his career in the early sixties. I was also talking to a chap recently who saw Pompey play at Stoke about the same time and Matthews making a rare appearance Roy Lunniss apart. I will see if I can find any details of Stan's Fratton appearances.
so guys who were the big clubs of the 40s?
The big clubs of the 40's, Pompey and Wolves were not bad, and how about the mighty Newcastle. Pleased to meet you 007, keepers in different jerseys confusing a woman never!!
Owenspompey, she was blond.
Good to a get a viewpoint form somone who was there watching Pompey in the 40's.
007 be careful mate, my missus is blonde!!
Even back in 007 and my youth the Manchester and Lverpool clubs were big. Wolves, Newcastle and Nottingham Forest weren' bad either. Blackpool was a good team and Bolton haven't changed much, they were a dirty team even back then. You were considered a bit gay if you supported Chelsea. Pompey were a good team but have never been fashionable and got more credit fron Europe and South America that from England. Real Madrid was about the only player outside of England that we had ever heard of and likewise with the players, the only foreign player we knew was Pele. Peter Harris was an outstanding player and was a true winger who could score. Jimmy Dickinson would hold his own in any team even now. We also had a goalkeeper who held his place for 22 years or so. Stanley Mathews played once at Fratton Park before WW2 but never after. I wasn't there (not quite old enough) but I understand it was a bog to play on and he was knee deep in mud and didn't shine.
I may stand corrected that he never played at fratton park after the war but he would have to have been in his very twilight years to have played in the sixties and I don't recall seeing him and I went to every home game from 1954 to 1966.
Pompey Gray. Did you stand adjacent the centre line on the opposite side to the players tunnel right down by the wall? I used to enjoy the banter with the players and us kids and as you said no trouble and getting the autographs when a player was having a "rest". I have said numerous times the club needs to re establish player and club loyalty and been given a hard time for thinking that way. I am glad you agree. A new set of players each year is not the way to go long term.
Nice read 007; loved the quip about favourite pompey moment.
frattonaussie, thanks for comments, I stood to the left of the centre line as it was quicker to get to the buses in the Copnor Rd at the match end. I was of the understanding that Stanley Matthews never played at Fratton Park, but eastneydave has corrected me. Another famous club of the time was Charlton Athletic featuring the famous Sam Bartram, I think the Valley was one of the largest grounds at that time, but I could be wrong.
well fellas it appears that it is not just us lot on vital pompey that are liking this idea, a blackburn co-ed appraoched me recently to see if he could adapt this for vital blackburn! sasman has been very curtious, and i think he has doen a fine job with his efforts - good luck to him with it, but i think we should add it as another feather in the vital pompey cap :-)
well done Rug
cheers, but it should be 'well done to you fellas', as without you lot taking part in this idea others wouldnt even see it would they...
007 the Valley was a huge terraced bowl that held something around 75,000 and was the biggest ever English Club ground. Facilities were poor and having visited the ground in the 60s there was one small stand one covered terrace behind the goal and terracing that stretched for miles. From the top the players looked like ants down below.
Re Stanley Mathews. I spoke to a friend who is a football maniac and he says as far as he knows Stanley Mathews was down to play Pompey on 2 occassions in the early sixties but never fronted for either game. There was a bit of an uproar as a lot of people turned up for the games to see him but his non appearance wasn't announced until just before the start of the games.
007. were u the older kid who used to spray TIZER on me? For those who don't know TIZER was one of the early fizzy drinks and in its day more popular than coke. I still bear emotional scars from that spraying each; and fond memories of the bags of hot roast chestnuts you could buy outside the ground each matchday.
Hi fellas... loved the recollections and it's nice to hear about things from before my time... 007 reading your piece I just so jealous you got the see Peter Harris play... What a Legend that bloke is .. Wish we could get somebody like that now... Also liked you final comment about not buying a new team every year... Loyality from player and club seem to be a thing of the past these days
Chix, Peter Harris finished up running a small drinking club on Hayling Island in the late 60's called The Sportmans Club in partnership with Cyril Rutter, does anyone remember him and what position he played in.? frattonaussie It was not me, I could not afford the waste.
007 read tomorrow's Toast for more on Cyril Rutter!!
The Stanley Matthews story rumbles on. I spoke to a chap last night who also remembers seeing Matthews play for Stoke at the end of his career in the 1960s. More work to do Dave!!
eastneydave, for you I have the greatest respect, but my memory, which my wife says is non existant, confirms frattonaussie with early 60's non appearances and croud uproar, re Stanley Matthews, at Fratton Park.
Chix, Peter Harris was so fast off the mark, no left back could stay with him. Len Phillips and later Johny Gordon would work the angles to play the ball inside the back for Harris to run onto, if this failed by double marking, Harris would then cut inside into the resulting gap and score his many goals. He was a small almost sickly man, very modest, and did not tackle or head the ball. Sickness and Freddie Cox who was the first manager to play without wingers were his downfall. Finally the duo of Harris and Phillips played for England, with Phillips injury ending this unbelievable partnership. Sorry if I rabbitted on.
007 Peter Harris had suffered from Tuberculosis I gathered which left him with the sickly demeanour and it curtailed his career but still a great, great player.

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