Vital Football

Dave's Sunday Toast - #10 Eoin Hand

Dave's Sunday Toast - #10 Eoin Hand
The answer to last Sunday's question was Norwich City - the first defeat of the 2002/03 season.

Colour clash

We noticed last Saturday in the Villa match that some Pompey players were having trouble identifying their team mates. On a number of occasions players running with the ball played a simple pass to a player in a Villa shirt. These players included Sulley Muntari and Nico Krancjar, not the world's worst passers of a football.

So why we ask did it happen with such simple passes? We believe the answer is simple - shirts. The plain dark colours of Pompey and Villa were not different enough for a player to identify on their peripheral vision. The Canterbury hi tech gizmos obviously not working there then.

Then on Monday night watching Birmingham City and Newcastle battle out a 1-1 draw at St Andrews, again it was spotted that the strips were causing a problem. This time Birmingham's blue and white penguin strip was certainly too similar to Newcastle's bar codes especially under floodlights. Once again a number of simple passes went astray and watching on television was difficult too.

So why all of a sudden after a spell of clubs wearing their changes strips when there appeared to be no need (money obviously to blame) do we now have clubs playing in uniforms that are too similar? What colour strip will Pompey wear at Wembley if the Baggies wear their home colours? The blue and white strips are too similar and the black is not too different.

This Week's birthdays

24th Martyn Busby will be 55, Aliou Cisse 32,
28th Steve Middleton 55, Andy Thomson 34,
30th Eoin Hand 62, Chris Price 48, Gary Stevens 46.

Aliou Cisse of course whose transfer is now subject to further City of London Police enquiries was recently playing for Sedan in France.

Eoin Hand was a junior with Stella Maris in Drumcondra and signed for Pompey from Drumcondra in October 1968. (Sorry Chix for the mention of Stella again, unintentional I assure you.)

Eastneydave remembered his debut at Fulham quite clearly. 'We knew nothing about Eoin except he had been on trial at Swindon a few years earlier. A friend had seen him arriving at training saying he was a big lad but he wears glasses. Well it was a bright and breezy day on the banks of the Thames and Fulham kicked off and knocked a long ball down field. Hand, without spectacles and wearing contact lenses, rose majestically and powered his header sixty yards up field. I turned to the Pompey fan next to me and said simply "He'll do".'

Hand then played the 67 games consecutively to prove the point. In May 1969, Eoin was called into the Eire squad for a World Cup qualifier against Czechoslovakia in Dublin and came on as a late substitute. Over the next six years Hand featured twenty times for his country scoring two goals. The strength of Eire football those days was not good and they only won four of those games.

Eoin played over 300 games for Pompey in two spells - he left for South Africa in 1976 but returned via Shamrock Rovers a year later. He went on to manage his country for five years and then Huddersfield Town for four years and now work in Irish Television as a summariser.

This week's eleven

Norman Uprichard - guest at the Villa game.
Gerry Bowler
Eoin Hand
Andy O'Brien
Eamonn Collins
Alan McLoughlin
Mick Kennedy
Jimmy McAlinden
Derek Dougan
Colin Clarke
Kevin O'Callaghan
Sub.
Mark Kelly

Yes as it was St Patrick's Day last week, we have a team of Irish Internationals both north and south of the border. McAlinden is unique among them as he played for both in 1946.

Toast is still waiting for your alternative teams of Pompey players. How about the worst XI?

Three's a crowd

Another question fired off after the England squad was named was have three Pompey players ever featured in the same England team? The answer is No. Two has been done a few times the last being in England's 7-1 debacle in Budapest. The Mighty Magyars (Hungary) wiped the floor with an England team containing both Jimmy Dickinson and Peter Harris. That was back in May 1954, was England's heaviest defeat and the only time five different players have scored against England in the same game!

All previous occasions of two Pompey players being picked also involved Dickinson with Jack Froggatt (10 times), Len Phillips (once) or Harris (once more) as company.

Semi Final favourites

It has been asked when was the last time Pompey went into the Semi-Finals of the FA Cup as favourites. Well the answer is 1949 when Pompey, soon to be Champions, were drawn against Second Division Two strugglers Leicester City. 25,000 fans made their way to Highbury for what most thought would be a formality but City with Don Revie having a stormer, won 3-1 and the dream of another meeting with Wolves, at Wembley, was dashed.

Folklore tells us that Sep Smith, a Leicester Scout, had spotted that Pompey keeper Ernie Butler liked to tip the ball over oncoming forwards heads before catching it. When Foxes forward challenged Butler for the ball, Revie remembering this tip was waiting and scored the decisive third goal.

Sadly Revie missed the final through a serious nose injury but played two finals later for Manchester City.

More Semi-Final memories next week; see ya!

Written by eastneydave.

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

Writer:pompeyrug
Date:Sunday March 23 2008
Time: 8:19AM

Best of Vital Network

Vital Boxing - Tyson Fury Will Be Back!

Comments

0
fantastic as always... unfortunately it looks as tho we will have to wait a while longer to have any chance of seeing 3 pompey players feature in the same england side wont we...
pompeyrug
23/03/2008 08:20:00
0
The grill is on and my toast is under... I'll be back ..
Chix
23/03/2008 09:00:00
0
mmm. Toated Hot Cross Buns.. and Stella and worthy mix on this fine Easter Sunday morning... Eoin Hand remember he well as No6 in that two striped kit we had when I was just a nipper.. partnered Big Paul Went at the back if I recall... Didn't we give him a testamonial against a Republic of Ireland XI ?.. also (I think) he's the only Pompey player to have gone on to manage his country, but I'd need to check that out 'to be sure, to be sure' ...
Chix
23/03/2008 09:14:00
0
Shame about Defoe missing out.. Would have been good to see three Pompey player represent their country at ths same time.. I think there was an ocassion when England played Scotland and Dicko & Froggat play for Engalnd and Scoular played for Scotland so three were on the pitch at the same time, but not in the same team... Also did Pompey have three of the Reggee boyz in the same starting line up once ... again I'd need to check ...
Chix
23/03/2008 09:18:00
0
As for being favourites for the cup.. It really worries me ... especially as this is the Chinese year of the underdog (or some thing like that) .. but not long now fellas .. hopefully as Dave publishes Toast #12 we'll be celebrating a place in the Cup Final.. if I can get me hands on some Stella that is.... Good article as always Dave .. keep it up ... next stop your Silver Edition at no25 !!
Chix
23/03/2008 09:24:00
0
Super nostalga eastneydave, can I clarify, Phillips played with Harris as a dream pairing for England. Where was Dickinson that day?
007
23/03/2008 09:53:00
0
Thanks Chix issue 25?? long way off yet and may need ghost writers!! This is written in advance of Saturday's game so I will need to write two versions for #12 (win or lose).
eastneydave
23/03/2008 10:07:00
0
Chix you are correct Jim, Jack and Jimmy all played in the England v Scotland game 1952. And the date 5th April - semi final day coincidence abound.
eastneydave
23/03/2008 10:15:00
0
007 - Len Phillips only won three England caps, Northern Ireland 1951 Villa Park - Dickinson played; Wales and West Germany both 1954 at Wembley the only Pompey player. Harris and Phillips would have been the dream pairing but never played for England together sadly.
eastneydave
23/03/2008 10:18:00
0
Eoin Hand testimonial was April 1979. Fourth Division Pompey held the Republic to a 2-2 draw before a crowd of nearly 7,000. Goals from Garwood and Kemp (as a guest and his last for Pompey). Any more questions lads?
eastneydave
23/03/2008 10:22:00
Page 1/2
  1. 1
  2. 2

Login to post a comment

Recent Portsmouth Articles

Away day Blues

We can be brilliant one game and then woeful the next...usually after we've won (usually pretty well) at home but then we lose away, as we did at Blackpool.

Vital View - League 2, 27th September

A lead at was extended by Plymouth with Blackpool recording a surprising win, talking of which Wycombe's five-one win against Crewe was certainly a 'surprising' win.

Match highlights - Blackpool 3-1 Pompey

The mystery that is Pompey and our dodgy away form continued with another defeat suffered at Blackpool, who hadn't won at home since the first game of the season before this 3-1 win.

On this day in history...29th September

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

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)

Blackpool MotM
Suggested By: Site Staff
Forde0%
Evans0%
Davies0%
Burgess0%
Stevens20%
Baker0%
Rose0%
Doyle0%
Naismith0%
Roberts20%
Chaplin40%
Sub - Bennett20%
Sub - Smith0%
Sub - Main0%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Plymouth 10 7 1 2 22 6
2 Luton 10 5 2 3 17 8
3 Doncaster 10 5 2 3 17 7
4 Portsmouth 10 5 2 3 17 7
5 Notts County 10 5 2 3 17 3
6 Grimsby 10 5 1 4 16 3
7 Carlisle 10 3 7 0 16 3
8 Crewe 10 4 4 2 16 0
9 Morecambe 10 5 1 4 16 -2
10 Colchester 10 4 3 3 15 2
11 Accrington 10 4 3 3 15 1
12 Crawley 10 4 3 3 15 -1
13 Blackpool 10 3 4 3 13 4
14 Mansfield 10 3 4 3 13 -1
15 Hartlepool 10 2 6 2 12 -4
16 Leyton Orient 10 3 2 5 11 -2
17 Barnet 9 2 5 2 11 -2
18 Stevenage 10 3 2 5 11 -3
19 Wycombe 10 3 2 5 11 -3
20 Yeovil 10 3 1 6 10 -5
21 Cambridge 10 2 3 5 9 -6
22 Exeter 10 3 0 7 9 -7
23 Cheltenham 10 1 5 4 8 -3
24 Newport 9 1 3 5 6 -5
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Portsmouth Results (view all)

Portsmouth Fixtures (view all)

Oct 1 2016 3:00PM : Doncaster Rovers (H)
Sky Bet League Two
Oct 8 2016 3:00PM : Leyton Orient (a)
Sky Bet League Two
Oct 15 2016 3:00PM : Plymouth Argyle (a)
Sky Bet League Two
Oct 22 2016 3:00PM : Notts County (H)
Sky Bet League Two
Oct 29 2016 3:00PM : Cambridge United (a)
Sky Bet League Two
Nov 12 2016 3:00PM : Mansfield Town (H)
Sky Bet League Two

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.pompeyrug64
2.storagematt31
3.Copnor4328
4.PompeyFrippy28
5.FrattonBlue26
6.eastneydave21
7.mslorna4817
8.uspompeyfan15
9.pompeyweller14
10.stubbsy0077