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Who is Pompey's Number One, No.1?



Whether Steve McClaren decides to drop Paul Robinson for his latest blunder and reinstate James as our countries No.1 remains to be seen, but whatever happens it was good to see a Pompey player in an England shirt for the first time since Mark Hateley some 23 years ago.

James' appearance together with his overhauling of David Seaman's premiership record of 141 clean sheets achieved against Villa last season ensures his place alongside Hateley (and others) in Pompey Folklore.

Another Pompey great between the sticks has to be Shaka Hislop who has recently had to call time on his playing career. Shaka moved down a division from West Ham in 2002 to help our push for promotion and in his first full season we won the Division One title.

Then there's Alan Knight our longest serving player and a 'one club man', playing over 800 games in all 4 divisions of the football league. Knight made his first appearance in 1978 aged just 17 and finally hung up his boots in 2000 (although I do recall him having to be named on the bench a season or two ago). He gave his all for the club he'd die for, and his loyalty and 25 plus years service has since been rewarded with an MBE.

The 'Other Goalkeeping Greats' list must also surely include Ernie Butler and John Gilfillan. Although I don't remember either of them personally they were both Pompey through and through.

Butler, although overlooked by the fans, in part due to the profile of a certain player called Jimmy Dickinson was a key member of the early 50s team that won the championship twice. He died in 2002 having lived in Pompey all his life.

Going back even further to the thirties the tall figure of John Gilfillan didn't make his Pompey debut until he was 30 but he amassed an impressive 107 clean sheets in 330 games - a ratio that even David James would be proud of. Gilfillan also had the honour of being Pompey's No.1 in two cup finals.

So we all may be Jamo fans now and we may also be a member of the legion who believe Knight should be more highly regarded than Dickinson. Perhaps, like me you have fond memories of the late Aaron Flahavan, maybe John Milkins or Sander Westerveld did it for you and lets not forget David Best, Phil Figgins, Jamie Ashdown, Mart Poom, Dean Kiely, Harald Wapenaar or our legendary Greek keeper whose name I still can not spell.

There are countless others of course but the question I'd like answered is who is Pompey's Number One, No.1?

Written by Chix.

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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday August 23 2007

Time: 1:35PM

Your Comments

that was brilliant stuff Chix, genuinely enjoyed reading that mate... i always liked flahavan and thought it was more than a great shame when he was tragically killed, so like you mate he always has a specialy place in my heart but the top 3 keepers that i have seen are jamo, the legend and shaka - as great as jamo has been i would still rate the legend alan knight as my number one no.1 tbh.
pompeyrug
Please see my earlier input about Shaka's retirement.
storagematt
James is fantastic but he was before he came to Pompey. For me is has to be Knight, he started with us and ended with us. It was a pleasure to watch him develop into a truely outstanding keeper and I still remember the stories of him cycling everywhere for a few seasons thanks to Plod! Helped his fitness no end!
L L Blue
Sorry, forgot to add well written piece Chix.
L L Blue
no Andy 'Lev Yashin' Petterson?
LeonardHatred
Great Article Chix - Alan Kniggt for me every time although I do have a soft spot for Shaka Hislop, especially that time he saved a penalty on his Birthday!
WalshWasGod
Some good shouts on here (and other articles) fellas - Andy Petterson of course, helped us away from relegation in 99, Peter Mellor the blonde bombshell who went on to play for Fulham in the 74 cup final. Norman 'Black Jake' Uprichard our goalie un the late fifties is even mentioned on the Northern Ireland Legends site. Dick Beatie (who I know little about) other than he played in the forties and went on to join Celtic - Then of course there's Andy Gosney who most of us should remember. There's been some great keppers in Pompeys history and although the likes of Butler, James & Hislop all deserve an entry in the Pompey Legends Hall of Fame Alan Knight most surely be Pompeys greatest ever player, let alone goalkeeper (although of course Dickinson runs him close - contention there guys !) Knightie for me was a hero.He was (and still is I guess) Pompey through and through, he saw good times and bad times and remained loyal to the cause (whatever the cause was at the time) throughout his career. Surely Pompey's Number One No1... unless of course you have other views ...
Chix
if there's one thing thats certain in football its that Jimmy Dickinson was our greatest ever player. Alan Knight doesnt come close, a good shot stopper but that was it. The only reason he stayed is because no-one else wanted him, a loyal servant yes. but certainly not our greatest ever
LeonardHatred
It's a very tricky question, Alan Knight was a great goalkeeper for years but Peter Mellor was very good too although i would point out chix that he played for us after Fulham. I suppose i'd have to go with Alan Knight for sheer longevity.
Steve C
Jammo is the undisputed number one, the Legend would be my number two and then the underestimated Shaka 'Niel' Hislop. Three great keepers who it has been a privelige to watch. I do have a soft spot for Peter Mellor, what a character.
Owenspompey
 

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