Vital Football

Pompey: Arsenal's retirement village Part II

Pompey: Arsenal's retirement village Part II
Having arrived back from my travels up north last week, I have developed my understanding of why players seems so willing to join clubs like Portsmouth over others (with heritage and prestige) like Newcastle.

My trip up north included passing through Newcastle, Birmingham, and Manchester - well, more past Manchester - and my immediate reaction was that, were I a footballer, they probably would not be where I wanted to play. Ok, that's not quite true, my first reaction was "its cold" then "what lovely plumes of smoke coming out of those towers" then "its grey" - but they are all somewhat on the same lines.

Going north up the A1 to Newcastle just isn't the same as going south down the A3 to Portsmouth. There's just some difference between going past massive industrial areas, and going past the devils punch bowl. Obviously, some people might like watching billowing clouds of smoke forming different shapes as it streams out of huge towers, but personally, I thought that even the "angel of the north" just looked like a rusty piece of scrap. Of course, as will have to keep saying, everyone is entitled to there own opinions - but as I have also previously said, it's not where I would choose to live.

Which brings me on to why Pompey makes such a good retirement village for clubs like Arsenal? See part one by clicking here.

It's not a status I would particularly complain about, as I will never complain about seeing the likes of sol Campbell playing for Pompey, or for that matter, Lauren, Kanu, and maybe in the future Henry (I can wish). The rolling hills of the South downs (soon to be) national park, the beautiful "sandbanks" are where Harry Redknapp and Sulley muntari live, and the open countryside - which so few people outside of Southern Surrey, Hampshire and Sussex - appreciate. Looking at these things, it is no wonder Sylvain Distin chose to further his career down on the South Coast rather than up in Newcastle, Andy Cole presumably hoped to end his career (before the epic failure) and David James seems so comfortable.

The landscape that we have around Portsmouth is something, which many of us don't appreciate - myself included - until we get the opportunity to visit the slightly more industrialised cities of Birmingham, Manchester and Newcastle. But more importantly, as Pompey becomes a thriving force in the premiership, it should be something we can build on, and exploit.

Everyone talks about the draw of having Harry Redknapp as a manager - well what about the draw of living in one of the most beautiful areas of England? Surely in the near future, we can hope for some great players to want to join Pompey, even if it is just to se out the end of there careers - but if we can take full advantage, we can bring in some top quality young players, as it is not just the old and experienced that can appreciate what a great area of England the south is. Not least because its not so ****** cold!

Written by pompeycarpet.

The views within this article are the views of the individual who wrote and submitted this piece, sometimes solely theirs. They are not necessarily shared by the Vital Pompey Site Journalists.

Join the Vital Pompey Debate
Win FREE pizza with Vital Football!
Select your team and get 50% off if they score twice.
www.papajohns.co.uk/football

Writer:pompeyrug
Date:Wednesday February 27 2008
Time: 11:13AM

Best of Vital Network

Vital Boxing - Dan Blackwell Retires

Comments

0
I agree mate completely. I went to UNI in the Midlands and the whole place was so much bleaker. The south is just so much nicer and a happier place to live and the food in not Ďenter random foodí gravy and curry sauce. I would never want to live any further north than London again so god help me I will have to rent for the rest of my life as land is more expensive but I donít care! PUP
imazav
27/02/2008 12:20:00
0
I think Henry will come to Fratton Park one day too. Its nice to dream anyway, isn't it.
tracyc
27/02/2008 13:27:00
0
Henry to portsmouth.... I think that would get good odds at the bookies!
Sachas_Brother
27/02/2008 14:00:00
0
Carpet - are you after a job with the Southern Tourist Board? Certainly sounds like it. Good stuff though; I remember my first trip to places like Bolton and Blackburn in the 60s and 70s, it was eyeopening. They are not the sort of place you would go except for football and I soon found out why.
eastneydave
27/02/2008 16:17:00
0
The lovely south coast, the sea, close to London & still able to pay a decent wage. Anyone spending anytime up North willl see it's not great unless you are from there & know no difference. Not too many London based players go past the midlands unless the mancs or scouse teams come calling.
storagematt
27/02/2008 20:45:00
0
writing this was very awquard, as there AREice places up north (albeit cold places) - the lake district and peak district are two of the nicest national parks in the country - and i also know people that think living up north is great...having said that, i really cant see myself mooving anywhere north of watford - its to cold, and to grey!
pompeycarpet
27/02/2008 22:35:00
0
Aussie posters unite. Nothing against Portsmouth and Southsea. I grew up there (well maybe some will see that as against the place) but there are many places in Australia that make the south of England look like Dartmoor in comparison. There are no good football teams here granted but the weather, beaches and cricket team make up for it. The sharks tend to put me off going in the water but then again you have the oil and other things floating in your water.
frattonaussie
28/02/2008 02:49:00
0
true fratton aussie, BUT, if we want to o swimming, we invented these cunning things called swimming pools...and if we want to go somewhere hot, we invented this cunning thing called "the south of france" - oh, and where exactly in aussie land makes the south downs look like dartmoor?
pompeycarpet
28/02/2008 17:48:00
0
Anywhere.....lol
frattonaussie
28/02/2008 21:51:00
0
Nothing wrong with being Arsenal's Retirement Village. Just hope Van Persie, Adebayor et al get the urge to retire real soon. TracyC: your mentioning "the Devil's Punch Bowl "brought back some great memories. Thank you sir !
Toronto4Pompey
01/03/2008 02:56:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Portsmouth Articles

Hartlepool (a) - Safety first!

A win at Wimbledon made sure of a play-offs place. Technically we can finish in the top 3 but this would require an unlikely set of results from too many clubs wouldn't it?

On this day in history...29th April

A look back at this day in history, and what was happening with Pompey courtesy of our sister site PompeyRama, 29th April.

Match Day Officials v Hartlepool (30/4/16)

The Football League have now announced the Match Day officials that will take charge of the game against Hartlepool United this weekend.

Can we do it? The run-in! Update #5

FrattonBlue recently looked at games Northampton, Oxford, Bristol Rovers, Plymouth, Accrington, Wycombe & Pompey had and asked 'can we do it?' (Promotion now!) Here's the latest update!

Archived Vital Pompey Articles

Vital Pompey articles from

Site Journalists

pompeyrug
Editor email
Profile
eastneydave
Editor email
Profile
paultsmouth
no email
Profile
Chix
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Wimbledon MotM
Suggested By: VitalPompey
Jones3%
Stevens0%
Barton10%
Burgess10%
Freeman0%
Doyle0%
Hollands44%
Naismith0%
Roberts24%
Evans3%
Smith6%
Sub - Murphy0%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Northampton 44 27 12 5 93 33
2 Accrington 44 23 12 9 81 25
3 Oxford 44 22 14 8 80 38
4 Bristol Rovers 44 24 7 13 79 27
5 Plymouth 44 23 8 13 77 21
6 Portsmouth 44 20 15 9 75 30
7 Wimbledon 44 20 11 13 71 13
8 Cambridge 44 18 12 14 66 11
9 Wycombe 44 17 13 14 64 5
10 Carlisle 44 16 16 12 64 2
11 Mansfield 44 17 12 15 63 9
12 Exeter 44 17 12 15 63 1
13 Luton 44 18 9 17 63 1
14 Leyton Orient 44 17 12 15 63 -3
15 Barnet 44 16 11 17 59 -3
16 Hartlepool 44 15 6 23 51 -16
17 Notts County 44 13 9 22 48 -25
18 Crawley 44 13 8 23 47 -27
19 Stevenage 44 11 13 20 46 -15
20 Yeovil 44 10 15 19 45 -16
21 Morecambe 44 12 8 24 44 -22
22 Newport 44 10 13 21 43 -19
R York 44 7 12 25 33 -33
R Dag & Red 44 7 10 27 31 -37
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Portsmouth Results (view all)

Portsmouth Fixtures (view all)

Apr 30 2016 3:00PM : Hartlepool United (a)
Sky Bet League Two
May 7 2016 3:00PM : Northampton Town (H)
Sky Bet League Two

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.pompeyrug61
2.storagematt41
3.FrattonBlue35
4.Copnor4329
5.mslorna4826
6.Emsworthianblue19
7.Jimsmithswig15
8.russellm10
9.PFCblue9
10.steaming8