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Knowing me knowing you - pompeygray

1 - Vital Pompey username?
pompeygray (named after my best greyhound 34 times winner in Sydney).

2 - Where do you come from/where do you currently live?
Born in Guildford, Surrey 8th October 1949 and currently residing in Sydney, Australia. My number plate on my car in the Olympic City is of course 'POMPEY' I played my Cricket with GUILDFORD CITY and emigrated in 1973. I live with my Scottish girlfriend, after being married once and lived in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney.

3 - How long have you been a Vital Pompey member?
Since about February 2006 and over 1,700 posts since.

4 - What do you think of Vital Pompey? Be brutally honest!
Has definitely improved to become the best around. Lots of up to date news with good, responsible reporting.

5 - How did you find out about Vital Pompey?
Discovered it by accident actually whilst checking all things Pompey on 'NEWS NOW'.

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.
V Manchester City about 1957. My Dad took me down and we were 2-0 up at half time. I was a very confident young kid and assumed we would go on to win, but alas football is a funny game and I went home disappointed at the 3-4 scoreline.

7 - How often do you get to watch Pompey?
At every live televised game that is possible. I have FOX SPORTS at home and they have 4 interactive games live at Midnight (3 PM UK time). Of course when I make my trips back home to England I generally pay for a VIP ticket and enjoy one of the lounges. This December will be about my 30th trip back so I guess I have seen a lot of live games at Fratton although I have also been on the road to watch them at places like Sunderland, Wolverhampton and even Grimsby.

8 - Who is your favourite Pompey Player - current and/or former?
Favourite current player, probably all of them as I think they are a great bunch of blokes who work hard for each other. To have to single someone out is difficult, but for his efforts Benjani and for his dedication and loyalty Linvoy Primus.

9 - What is you favourite Pompey moment?
Watching Pompey beat Oxford Utd (who were then top of the old 2nd Division) around Christmas 1984. Pompey were trailing 1-0 with 5 minutes to go when Santa ran on to the pitch to hold the game up. After being evicted the game recommenced with 2 unbelievable Alan Biley 90th minute headers to bring the Fratton faithful into delirium. Jim Smith was Oxford's Manager at the time and I have since reminded him of that moment when at one of the VIP games a few seasons ago.

10 - What are your realistic hopes for Pompey in the future?
To obviously be regarded as a force in the Premiership. Perhaps we will never be a big 4 contender, but it would be nice to be a regular participator in Europe. I think if we can qualify this time round we would be ready for a plunge. I am actually glad that we didn't qualify from last season as I believe we needed to build towards that project first. Look at Bolton at the moment.


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday November 15 2007

Time: 8:58AM

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He sounds like a nice lad !!
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15/11/2007 11:21:00

Gooday mate!! Nice to meet you, i remember at one of the meeting when we were in dire financial trouble when the chair asked how far people had travelled to be there when a bloke said Perth, we all thought he meant Scotland, he had come from Perth Australia so there must be a few Pompey fans in the country. The Oxford game was a bit special wasnt it, good old Alan Biley. It looks like Linvoys career is in the balance at the moment with his trip to America being very important, lets keep our fingers crossed for a great Pompey player and Legend.
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15/11/2007 13:41:00

Sure does and older than me too!! Strange how I reminded you of your forst game in an article last week on City. The Reverend Chix will chrisen you Grandad when he next comes calling. Nice one PG.
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15/11/2007 13:42:00

yep this 'pompeygray' does sound like a nice lad :-) good to get to know you abit more mate... i say it everytime but i really do enjoy reading these... i had no idea that linvoy's career was in the balance - i sincerely hope that he doesnt have to call it a day as it would be a cruel way for him to bow out.
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15/11/2007 13:48:00

He has gone off to America to see the surgeon who sorted out Shearer, Owen and Toddy amongst others.
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15/11/2007 14:04:00

Streuth mate, I thought I was the ancient ninja but you've been watching Pompey since I was a mere twinkle. Good on ya' mate!
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15/11/2007 14:13:00

im pretty sure your older than me as well! blooming heck!
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15/11/2007 18:52:00

Good to meet you. What a beautiful city you live in. I stayed in Katoomba in the Blue Mountains a couple of years ago - absolutely stunning. I'm not knocking Pompey mind, just saying... :)
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15/11/2007 21:00:00

Katoomba The Carrington Hotel, The Alexandra at Leura, not to mention The Hydro Majestic at Medlow Bath...all good watering holes for exiled Pompey Supporters. We do have a membership in Sydney of over 30 and they meet on a regular basis. Perth strangely enough is the HQ for PompeyDownUnder although I think we have more members.
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15/11/2007 21:48:00

Hi pompeygray. I remember the Oxford game very well, I was 18 & living, Great days. Keep the faith going down under.
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15/11/2007 21:58:00

Pompeygray - I think Dave is right you are indeed the the 'Grandaddy' of the site, and I bet you seen some up and downs following Pompey for so long..you must have some great memories .... The 'Santa' match was remarkable wasn't it - I've meet a number of people over the years who claim that they were actually santa and trying to take the credit .. but we all know that Santa does really exist..don't we?
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16/11/2007 06:50:00

Would love to know more about the hounds one day Gray ... Do you still race them now ?
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16/11/2007 06:51:00

We stayed in the Carrington on Valentine's night!
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16/11/2007 16:44:00

That bloody game, keeps cropping up, my bloody father.....grrrr! Nice to knky!!!
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16/11/2007 17:29:00

love this series - that's why I return on a regular basis!
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16/11/2007 20:59:00

cheers merlin - im glad that idea caught on, tbh i did worry about how it would be recieved but everyone has been happy to get involved so far - well almost everyone, still waiting for a few to reply...
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