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Pompey's best 11 - linvoyforengland



This will be interesting, I thought a lot about this, thought about the many different players who had played for Pompey, (like Jimmy Dickinson, Guy Whittingham and Alan Knight). All Pompey legends but the more I thought about it the more I realised that I couldn't just use them, because I had ever actually seen any of them play. So in the end I decided that my list would be the actual players that have helped make me the Pompey fan I am, players I have seen wear the blue shirt with pride.

This list is not by any means the best 11 Pompey players but my favourite.

1. Jamie Ashdown: Since I first saw him play in the second season I have liked him. He is a good shot stopper, and always works hard for the team.

2. Linvoy Primus: What can I say, the guys a legend. To me he epitomises everything I love about Pompey. Not the most gifted of players, but always gave his all, was a quick learner and a hard worker. Not only did he become a great centre half for Pompey he has become a great person and should be used by the league to show how players can really be role models in today's society.

3. Dejan Stefanovic: He had the amazing ability to be simply breathtaking one week and absolutely hopeless the next. Think it was Manchester United second season up when we played them at Fratton Dejan put his body on the line time and again. As I said when he was on he was a joy to watch.

4. Super Matty Taylor: Wigan 2-1. Would have to go down as being one of the most important goals in recent history.

5. Gary O'Neil: Worked and worked his socks off week in week out. I was astounded last season when I heard that he had spurs in his ankle and had played for better then half the season without any injections.

6. Richard Hughes: He has all the grace of me trying to be a figure skater, (when you all meet me you will know what I mean) but he has this way of getting stuck in and doing the dirty jobs. He does them efficiently and effectively. He is the only player I have heard of that plays pretty much only the big clubs. It was actually surprised not to see him not on the team sheet when we played Man United recently.

7. Eyal Berkovic: I seriously don't know, I just loved watching the guy play.

8. Patrick Berger: All I can say is that volley, when De Zeeuw passed him the ball with his back to the goal and he flicked the ball up, turned and kicked it on the volley straight into the top right-hand corner of the net. I loved watching him play. He had a real awareness of what was happening around him.

9. Benjani Mwaruwari: He paid Zimbabwe's electricity bill. He works and works always tries to his fullest. I never had a doubt in my mind that he could score goals. They were always going to come. He has truly grown into a great player.

10. Teddy Sheringham: The guys like the energiser bunny. He keeps going and going and going. A superb player simply sublime.

11: Niko: All the skills of Ronaldo with out the bad attitude

So that's my list. One of the things I love about Pompey is the way the team battles. So much like Portsmouth as a city Pompey football club are a team with heart, soul and the battler's ethic. When the chips are down, you can count on something special. Each player I picked had and has all those qualities, and for that reason they are my favourite Pompey
players.

Selected by - linvoyforengland in February 2008.

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Remember there is no 'right or wrong' it is the opinion of the individual who is selecting, people might not agree but it is their call, so lets respect this,


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Date:Monday April 7 2008

Time: 6:25PM

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Nice one Linvoy; a few names in there that, had I been allowed to pick a team of 22, would have made my long short list
UKTony
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07/04/2008 19:26:00

We seem to have had some seriously good players over the last 5 years, eh linvoy? Well done mate, I wouldn't even know where to start
pentonpompey
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07/04/2008 19:40:00

Good call Linvoy. Not heard from you lately obviously having internet problems still!! Not sure why I asked that because he can't see this note.
eastneydave
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07/04/2008 19:51:00

Hi L4E. Some good, some interesting & not sure about Ashdown over Jamo or Knightsie but hey, your choice mate.
storagematt
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07/04/2008 21:07:00

and to think we sold most of them/they are no longer starters...we must be going downhill!
pompeycarpet
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07/04/2008 23:01:00

 

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