Vital Football

Toast #14 - What a week!!

Toast #14 - What a week!!
Cup Final Tickets

The lucky ones among us are for the first time in our lifetime's owners of Cup Final tickets - well we have paid for them anyway. The process has been in the main much smoother than for the Semi Final and Pompey are to be congratulated on that.

A number of Vital members have been helped by PFC office staff to overcome problems and that good news is also to the credit of Vital Pompey as without the help of tracyc and others the news would not have been spread. There indeed are some who could say because I joined VP I got my Final ticket!!

Toast gathers that Peter Storrie and his staff however have just about had enough. Evidence of this we hear was when Storrie met the London Supporters club and threw the tickets on the table with a comment 'I don't want any of those back!' Peter we all love you and Rug even wants to send you flowers so 'Lighten up'.

Ran into Micky Mellows this week and he told me that all ex-players after tickets were being put into a lottery for tickets and were not entitled to one. That answers a question on the Forum from Irishpompey.

To those who have to have to wait until Tuesday - Scramble Day - good luck!

Money Walks

Richard Money walked out on Walsall this week after nearly two years in charge. The former Pompey defender led the Saddlers to the League Two title last season and left once it was confirmed they could not reach the League One play-offs.

Richard said 'Looking to the future, I believe that this decision is in the best interests of both myself and the club'. Basically there was no money in the summer to improve the squad but Money was too kind to say it.

Toast knows that Richard who also had successful spells as Youth manager at Aston Villa and Coventry City, will soon be back in football.

TV Toast

The 'Toast offices' were this week turned into a television studio by visiting investigative journalist Elisa Mitchell. Elisa, of ITV Meridian Tonight, has been working with Vital Pompey on a story to be screened on Meridian Tonight next Friday at 6:00pm. Filming took over one hour to complete and involved the moving of furniture all over the Eastney headquarters and the office cat had to be firmly put in his place.

You will have to wait until Friday to discover more but for those of you reading this outside the Meridian area, Rug will post the link on the front page for you all to watch over the Internet after the event or just visit

Elisa scooped the 'Regional Consumer Journalist of the Year' title in 2007 for presenting coverage of trading standards issues that 'go beyond the easy headlines' so prepare for an in depth story.

This week's team

This week we have a team of Johns. See what you think.

McLaughlin (from Swindon)

There are a few legendary names there especially Aloisi and Durnin. Also names we have written about recently including McClelland and Milkins. Some would rate John Milkins as the greatest Pompey goalkeeper of all time - 344 games in 14 years at the club.


Not many this week but thanks to Chix's hard work we know that on

April 29th David Munks will be 61,
May 1st Alexei Smertin 33,
May 2nd Mick Quinn 46.

Lunch with Linvoy

Toast managed to get an invitation to one of Linvoy's sessions where he talks about his life, football and religion. He really has become quite a public speaker now and readily addresses large groups of people.

This group was made up of Pompey and Southampton fans with no segregation! Pompey fans were only too keen to point out that it was the third anniversary of that famous 4-1 victory although Linvoy was quick to point out that he did not play that day.

Linvoy traced his love of football back to seeing Ricky Villa score for Man City against Spurs in the FA Cup Final replay when he knew he wanted to play football. He described the first Pompey prayer meeting, which was the day of the Manchester City game where Pedro Mendes scored the 93rd minute winner, which sparked the great escape.

In question time Linvoy said that Harry Redknapp was not a believer but he was beginning to waiver. He described HR as a manager who trusted his players and knew exactly what they were capable of but he had a hard side to him as well. He said that as yet contract talks had reached no conclusion but that he was desperate to play in the Community Shield.

I am certain every Pompey fan hopes that Linvoy Primus is offered a new contract; he feels this has been a year out and will help extend his career. The only doubt in the mind is if John Mensah is signed who makes way? It certainly would be great for Linvoy who has given his club so much over eight years to walk out at Wembley in August. I have posted some photos of the event in Albums - click here

Finally one of the audience did admit to seeing the light. In a broad Black Country accent he told how he moved from Walsall two years ago and then visited Fratton Park. He immediately became hooked and is now a season ticket holder. His Pompey shirt proudly carries the number 2 and he pleaded with Linvoy to get back in the side as he hadn't since he spent 50 on the shirt. Now that is true conversion.

See you next week - just hope it is a quiet one.

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
Win FREE pizza with Vital Football!
Select your team and get 50% off if they score twice.

Date:Sunday April 27 2008
Time: 10:11AM


Dave, great as always. Looking forward to watching you on the telly friday.
27/04/2008 20:12:00
looking forward to finding out what this is all about...i dont think i get meridian...
27/04/2008 20:30:00
Do not worry if you do not get Meridian it is available on line. We will put link up as soon as possible after live run.
27/04/2008 20:55:00
quality bit of toast as always dave - quality toast doesnt have the same ring to it as 'quality crumpet' does it :-)
the meridian programme should make for good viewing fellas, so do tune it.
27/04/2008 21:04:00
Looking forward to the link; my Meridian covers Kent and East Sussex!
28/04/2008 07:55:00
Happy Birthday Micky Quinn. He's fat, he's round he's worth a million pound, Micky Quinn. Close your eyes & go back 20 years. Scarry stuff.
28/04/2008 22:18:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Portsmouth Articles

Jeepers keepers! Freebie options explored

An emergency loan arrival of a goalie has been ruled out by the Football League but this doesn't mean a free agent cannot be signed by Pompey should a suitable option be found?

Tubbs recall?

Tubbs is officially on loan with Eastleigh until the end of the month but with the hopes of a play-off place gone for them he could he come back to play a part for Pompey?

Match Day Officials v Northampton (7/5/16)

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

On this day in history...5th May

A look back at this day in history, and what was happening with Pompey courtesy of our sister site PompeyRama, 5th May.

Archived Vital Pompey Articles

Vital Pompey articles from

Site Journalists

Editor email
Editor email
no email
no email

Current Poll (see more polls)

Hartlepool MotM
Suggested By: Site Staff
Sub - McGurk0%
Sub - Chaplin6%
Sub - Whatmough3%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Northampton 45 28 12 5 96 35
2 Accrington 45 24 12 9 84 26
3 Oxford 45 23 14 8 83 40
4 Bristol Rovers 45 25 7 13 82 30
5 Portsmouth 45 21 15 9 78 32
6 Plymouth 45 23 9 13 78 21
7 Wimbledon 45 20 12 13 72 13
8 Cambridge 45 18 13 14 67 11
9 Leyton Orient 45 18 12 15 66 -2
10 Wycombe 45 17 13 15 64 4
11 Exeter 45 17 13 15 64 1
12 Carlisle 45 16 16 13 64 0
13 Mansfield 45 17 12 16 63 8
14 Luton 45 18 9 18 63 -1
15 Barnet 45 16 11 18 59 -4
16 Hartlepool 45 15 6 24 51 -18
17 Notts County 45 14 9 22 51 -24
18 Yeovil 45 11 15 19 48 -15
19 Stevenage 45 11 14 20 47 -15
20 Crawley 45 13 8 24 47 -30
21 Morecambe 45 12 9 24 45 -22
22 Newport 45 10 13 22 43 -20
R Dag & Red 45 8 10 27 34 -34
R York 45 7 12 26 33 -36
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Portsmouth Results (view all)

Portsmouth Fixtures (view all)

May 7 2016 3:00PM : Northampton Town (H)
Sky Bet League Two

Vital Members League Table

8.Ronald Wilson1