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Pompey's best 11 - tracyc

Pompey's best 11 - tracyc

There have been many legendary Pompey players back in the old days - the name Jimmy Dickinson should never be forgotten. But I can't pick players that I know of only by reputation, I have to stick to those I know and remember and have seen play.

So this is my eleven.

David James
He is simply the best goalkeeper that Portsmouth FC has ever had, and in all likelihood ever will have. Yes of course, not perfect, and he does have a penchant for the spectacular in his mistakes, but sometimes his saves are pretty spectacular too. Also an England international, who regained his England place whilst at Pompey, which is quite special too. This is not to dismiss the Legend that was Alan Knight, but James is world class. (I'd have Knightsie on the bench though).

Matthew Taylor
I must confess I struggled with this position. I realise Matty is better as a left-sided midfielder, the position from which he scored some superb long range strikes, however he did have the versatility of being able to play left-back as well, and this way I can also fit him into my team. Pity he never played for England, I always felt he should.

Sol Campbell & Linvoy Primus
From the 2006-2007 season when they made such a superb partnership in what was a very mean defence indeed. Over the course of his career, Sol is probably one of the finest central defenders in the country, and has been a fine captain for Pompey. Linvoy is a legend for Pompey, and the way he fought his way back into the side and formed that great partnership with Sol was sheer class. I think we all hoped he would come back from his knee op and force his way back into the side, but it seems it's not to be.

Glen Johnson
What an exciting prospect this boy is turning out to be! From a rather dodgy young defender who came on loan and kept giving the ball away, he's turning into a world-class player, and regular England international. Not only is he an excellent defender, but his runs forward and occasional goals are fantastic. He has a glittering career ahead of him, I hope that a bit more of that yet is with us, but that remains to be seen.

Vince'n'Cally (Vince Hilaire and Kevin O'Callaghan)
They formed a formidable partnership running up the wings, and somehow it wouldn't be right to have one without the other. I seem to remember (might be wrong) that at this time it wasn't often the 'done thing' to play two wingers, but it worked for Bally with these two. There used to be such a roar when Vince got hold of the ball and started a run on goal. He was also good at diving, and used to get away with it because he was only little.

Lassana Diarra
Sheer class - what more can you say - and how we've missed him since his move to Madrid.

Kevin Dillon
Dill used to strut around the field as though he owned it - I guess he did really because he made it his own. And 'deadeye Dillon' could take a penalty too. We could do with someone like him in the team right now.

Mark Hateley
I just caught the end of Mark's Pompey career, in fact I'm not sure I saw him play for Pompey but I did see him play for England. There was something incredibly exciting about him - he was picked for England from the 2nd division (Championship in today's money), and we sold him for a whole million (equivalent to about 30 million today probably) to AC Milan! Wow! I used to get in passionate arguments with Chelsea fans about whether he or Kerry Dixon should play for England.

Peter Crouch
Recent goal drought apart (thankfully over now), Crouchie is a class player who will always score goals. His super-tall gangly appearance makes people think you should just knock the ball up to him to header into the net, but in fact he plays the ball much better than people give him credit for - and he gets back to help out in defence too. He seems a really nice lad who seems genuinely to like being back at Pompey.

Not strictly part of the 'eleven' but I wanted to pick a manager for my team, and it is the legendary, late, great Alan Ball. A man of supreme passion, both for the game and the club. Because of his rather high-pitched voice you could hear his voice screeching out from the dug-out to the players. And his teams played with passion, and gave it all they could --never afraid to get 'stuck in'.

PS - I've noticed that all but one of my eleven are English. I'm not sure why that is, it's actually surprised me.

Selected by tracyc in March 2009.

No right or wrong...
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.



Others to complete so far are as follows, click on them to check them out!

MikePTID ... 007 ... StuartM ... stillthewhizz ... Justin ... Gleams ... Pompeyscum ... Highland_Pompey ... Owenspompey ... UKTony ... linvoyforengland ... knocker

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a crackin' account tracy, glad that i have finally found the time to add it - fantastic!
remember if anyone else wants to do this, a 'knowing you knowing me' or has anything else that want to share just get in touch...
12/05/2009 15:35:00
Some great names, saw them all do their bit for us. Not being picky but I think Kev O'C was capped by Rep of Ireland. When you look back we have had some wonderful players wear the blue with pride.
12/05/2009 16:03:00
A great selection Tracy but what no Mick Quinn ;) or Mick Kennedy ;o ...Not an easy thing to do I know (still haven't done mine) but great to be reminded of a few names from the recent past .. (Storagematt is right about Cally.. also starred in Escape to Victory too)
12/05/2009 18:43:00
Chix and Matt are tecnically wrong - great pun there! - but Cally was born in Dagenham making him English and won 21 caps for the Republic. Great choice though tracy never catch me criticising anyone for picking their XIs. You will notice I have not done mine.

Remember everyone Toast will always run your worst XI!!
12/05/2009 18:50:00
Matt - yes I had forgotten Cally was an Irish international. As for the worst XI for Toast - I'll have a ponder on that one over the summer - could be fun! (What was the name of that greek goalie again?)
12/05/2009 19:27:00
Kostas Chalkias and he is now Greece's #1!!
12/05/2009 20:22:00
No place in the team for Chris Burns or Keith Viney ?
12/05/2009 22:02:00
Eatneydave.. you are right about Cally good spot.... Should never have been allowed to play for Ireland then.. Whoops there goes that debate again .. Only joking fellas don't bite !
13/05/2009 07:31:00
John Beresford for left back ?
13/05/2009 07:32:00
MikePTID all I can say is WHO? Chix I did ponder John Beresford, but decided he didn't quite make the final cut.
13/05/2009 19:34:00
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