Knowing me knowing you - Pompeyscum
Pompeyscum - When I joined the site I think we had Alain Perrin in charge and we were getting a lot of bad press (crap players, crap ground, unfashionable club, etc, etc).
Unfortunately, I think Vital Pompey was as well. I seem to remember a fella called Les Mathews running it and he would regularly get comments about how he was filling up Newsnow with rubbish and how he should stop his website.
Both situations rubbed me up the wrong way so I wanted a name that people couldn't undermine with comments about supporting a shite club or a website that didn't know what it was talking about. If you know your scum, what can people say against you? I think I'll call it 'the chav manoeuvre'.
Any references to the Saints are completely irrelevant as I quite fancy a Saints fan and could never call her 'scum' (unless she liked it). Is it alright to fantasize about a married woman?
2 - Where do you come from/where do you currently live?
I live in Sheen, West London. (I left Portsmouth after completing my novelty degree in Film and Documentary studies about 9 years ago). This means I am surrounded by Chelsea, Fulham, QPR and Brentford. I don't know how people decide what team to support around here. I spent my formative years in Havant and my granddad said he had something to do with the naming of Havant Town but I never considered supporting them until the FA Cup run this year. I didn't realise you could ever be proud of coming from Havant but, damn it, they proved me wrong.
I still visit home regularly and can be seen in The Parchment Makers and The Old House when I'm about Havant. I don't drink regularly in Portsmouth but I have fond memories of going to the Fratton Legion and the Tap with my dad many moons ago. Any recommendations for pubs to visit in Pompey would be gratefully received (I've been to Eastney Cellars and The Wine Vaults recently and had great times).
3 - How long have you been a Vital Pompey member?
I've ben a Vital Pompey member for a while and can honestly say it is the best site at the moment. (This was written way back in July 2008)
4 - What do you think of Vital Pompey? Be brutally honest!
As above, I've ben a Vital Pompey member for a while and can honestly say it is the best site at the moment. Chix and eastneydave have great insight and pompeyrug is usually on top of events at the Park. I always read Pompeyfans as well (he used to write reviews of the reserve games - genius idea).
5 - How did you find out about Vital Pompey?
Vital Pompey just appeared on Newsnow, only a click away. Perfect for sneaking a look at work.
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.
I have very vague memories of my first Pompey game. For some reason, my Granddad never took me to a game, even though he had been going for decades and took my brothers. All I remember was that the pitch had a fence around it and when the action was down the other end of the ground you couldn't see it. After that, I used to go to Fratton Park fairly infrequently with my dad. I don't think either of us really have any instinctive knowledge of the game (the same could be said of the players on the pitch at the time) but my dad made up for that by shouting and swearing his way through the game and I sat and cringed inwardly next to him.
The irony is that I cherish those memories now and I will always support Portsmouth because of them. At the time, I felt a bit of an outsider at Fratton Park as I didn't have the confidence to 'join in' and always had the feeling that I was going to get a kicking from one of our own supporters because of it. I was always desperate to feel whatever had made my granddad go for so many years and to feel 'a part' of something. It was only really after a few years of living in London that I started to miss those days out. Of course, it could be that I just miss my dad (he's not dead, just living in Greece) but I've found that those feelings are inextricably linked to Fratton Park (and the area around it) and I finally feel a proper emotional bond with Portsmouth Football Club, even though that makes no sense.
7 - How often do you get to watch Pompey?
I do shift work for a sports company and we record all the Premier League football. So I get to watch about 70% of all Portsmouth's games on the telly (which is a major bonus) at work (which isn't so great). Usually, I switch the commentary off and turn the sound up so I can hear the crowd better. It's not quite the same as being there but I like to think that I've experienced a lot of Portsmouth in the top flight.
Otherwise, I go, in-person, once a season. This year it was Portsmouth v Sunderland and I loved it. I went with a group of season ticket holders that had all been going for years and I've never wanted a season ticket more in my whole life. Of course I'm far too tight for that.
8 - Who is your favourite Pompey Player - current and/or former?
My favourite player has got to be Linvoy Primus. What's he do on his summer holiday? Walk around Tibet or something. What an example to set for the kids. I hope he stays on at Portsmouth after he's stopped playing. Can you imagine what him and David James talk about after training? It boggles the mind. I've just remembered he's got a book out, which I must read. I hope it's not all about him roasting some bird after a few lagers down at Tiger Tiger.
9 - What is you favourite Pompey moment?
My favourite moment is when we beat Southampton 4-1 at Fratton Park with Lua Lua scoring a couple of scorching goals then injuring himself in the celebration. Say what you want about the Saints but the season's got a bit more edge when you've got a home and away fixture with your local rivals.
10 - What are your realistic hopes for Pompey in the future?
My realistic hopes for Pompey are:
My unrealistic hope for PFC is to somehow stay at Fratton Park whilst increasing the capacity by five thousand. (Maybe take the roof off the Milton End again and get rid of that bloody TV screen).
Thanks for listening to my rants.
This feature has not been run for a while - hence why some of these answers might seem dated, but they are still fantastic! - and I apologise for this.
I do still have a couple more older ones to use, but anyone interested in doing this please drop me an email on this address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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