Dave W

Located in Portsmouth UK

Jan 032018
 

Curtis Main

Mutual Consent



Portsmouth Football Club can announce that Curtis Main has left the club by mutual consent.

The 25-year-old striker has now signed for Scottish Premiership outfit Motherwell.

He netted six goals in 23 appearances after arriving at Fratton Park from Doncaster in the summer of 2016.

Blues boss Kenny Jackett said: “We all felt that it was best for his future to take this great opportunity to join Motherwell.

“Various injuries have disrupted Curtis’ time at Pompey, while the arrivals of Brett Pitman and Oliver Hawkins have also limited his time on the pitch.

“But we thank him for everything he’s done for this club and wish him all the best for the future.”

Main played nine times this term, scoring the winner at Charlton to ensure Pompey finished top of their Checkatrade Trophy group.


Portsmouth FC

Jan 032018
 

On This Day


Births



1944

John Milkins

Age 74
John Milkins was an English professional footballer whose career ran from the start of the 1960s to the end of the 1970s.

Milkins played 389 times for Portsmouth between 1960 – 1974
1958

Simon Greenall

Age 60
Simon James Greenall is an English actor, writer, producer and voice artist, well known for his roles as Michael in the BBC TV series I'm Alan Partridge, as well as in Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa, the Caretaker in the CBBC game show Trapped!, Richard in Lucy Sullivan Is Getting Married and various roles in TV comedies such as Harry Enfield's Television ProgrammeThe Armstrong and Miller ShowAlas Smith and Jones and The Impressions Show with Culshaw and Stephenson.
1971

Sarah Alexander

Age 47
Sarah Alexander (née Smith) is an English actress. She is best known for her roles in British series such as Armstrong and MillerSmack the PonyCouplingThe Worst Week of My LifeGreen WingMarley's Ghosts and Jonathan Creek.
1975

Danica McKellar

Age 43
Danica Mae McKellar is an American actress, voice actress, mathematics writer, and education advocate. She played Kevin Arnold's on-off girlfriend Winnie Cooper in the television series The Wonder Years.
1996

Florence Pugh

Age 22
Florence Pugh is an English actress.

Pugh's debut performance was in the mystery drama The Falling (2014). For her role as a precocious teenager in the film, she was nominated for Best British Newcomer at the 2014 BFI London Film Festival. She was also nominated for Best Young British/Irish performer at The London Film Critics' Circle Awards.


On This Day

Jan 022018
 

On This Day


Births



1948

Deborah Watling

(Died: 21 Jul 2017)

Aged 69
Deborah Patricia Watling was an English actress known for her role as Victoria Waterfield, a companion of the Second Doctor in the BBC television series Doctor Who.
1984

Marcus Bean

Age 34
Marcus Tristam Bean is a professional footballer who plays as a holding midfielder for Wycombe Wanderers. He has represented Jamaica at full international level.

Bean played 6 times for Portsmouth scoring 1 goal in 2014


Deaths



1983

Dick Emery

(Born: 19 Feb 1915)

Died Aged 67
Richard Gilbert Emery was an English comedian and actor. Beginning on radio in the 1950s, an eponymous television series ran from 1963 to 1981.


On This Day

Jan 012018
 

Match Report

League One


 

Bristol Rovers    2

 


 

Portsmouth    1

 


Pompey suffered a cruel opening to 2018 after Bristol Rovers struck two late goals to secure all three points at the Memorial Stadium.

The visitors took the lead in an often scrappy contest when Oliver Hawkins headed home in the second half.

And there were opportunities to extend the advantage before Stuart Sinclair struck following a period of Pirates pressure.

It looked like the spoils were to be shared, only for Liam Sercombe to drill a winner in the dying moments.

Kenny Jackett made two enforced changes from the side that saw off Northampton on home soil at the weekend.

Danny Rose and Gareth Evans both limped off against the Cobblers, so in came Adam May and Jamal Lowe.

Pompey’s injury problems were clear from a look at the bench, with Theo Widdrington recalled from a loan spell with the Hawks and joining academy prospects Matt Casey and Dan Smith.

It was the hosts who looked brighter in the opening stages and Luke McGee got down well to deal with a long-range attempt from Billy Bodin.

But the Blues soon grew into the game and were enjoying plenty of possession, without being able to test Adam Smith between the sticks.

A couple of balls into the box had to be hacked to safety, while Lowe’s effort was deflected narrowly wide.

There was danger at the other end when Lee Brown sent a dangerous delivery into the mixer, only for Bodin to collide with Sinclair as they both tried to meet it.

It was certainly the hosts looking more fluent as the half progressed and May charged down Rory Gaffney’s strike, before Tom Broadbent’s surging run was halted by Christian Burgess.

Pompey were still trying to create chances of their own, however, and Smith had to keep out Brett Pitman’s drive at his near post following good work down the right from Nathan Thompson.

Matt Clarke then looked like he was about to convert Dion Donohue’s free-kick, only for the keeper to come off his line and punch clear.

It was a decent spell from Pompey and Joe Partington had to divert the ball behind when Pitman – given plenty of stick for his Bristol City connections – stretched to reach Thompson’s cross.

The action then swung back in Rovers’ favour, although pressing from the Blues back-line was leaving the home crowd frustrated.


Half Time

Bristol Rovers 0

Portsmouth 0


Pompey won an early corner once play restarted and Burgess sent a header looping narrowly over from Donohue’s delivery.

But it was Rovers who came close to breaking the deadlock on 51 minutes, as the ball pinged around the Blues box.

Bodin’s effort was kept out by the feet of McGee and when it was sent back into the area, Tom Nichols diverted it narrowly off target.

There was a melee in the opposite area on the hour mark, but when Pitman centred the ball, Chris Lines was well-placed to hack it clear.

And the visitors did forge ahead on 64 minutes, as a HAWKINS rose to meet May’s fine cross and guide a precision header past the desperate dive of Smith.

They came close to doubling their advantage, only for a Ben Close thunderbolt to be blocked by a Rovers shirt in a packed box.

And Matty Kennedy then did well to trick his way into space and flash a low shot narrowly past the post.

But Bodin came close to a leveller at the other end on 77 minutes, with a rising effort that McGee had to palm over the crossbar.

Rovers were piling on plenty of pressure in the closing stages and it finally paid off with a late leveller.

Bodin’s strike was sav ed by McGee, but he could not keep hold of the ball and Sinclair followed up to find the net.

And the Blues were left heartbroken when, in the 90th minute, a free-kick was played to Sercombe, who drilled a shot into the bottom corner.

Bristol Rovers (4-3-3): Smith; Partington, Lockyer (c), Broadbent (Sweeney 59), Brown; Sinclair, Clarke (Sercombe 74), Lines; Bodin, Nichols, Gaffney (Harrison 74)
Goals: Sinclair 84, Sercombe 90
Booked: Partington
Subs not used: Slocombe, Bola, Moore, Telford

Pompey (4-2-3-1): McGee; Thompson, Burgess, Clarke, Donohue; Close, May; Lowe (Bennett 90+2), Pitman (c) (Main 81), Kennedy; Hawkins
Goals: Hawkins 64
Subs not used: Bass, Casey, Widdrington, Smith, Chaplin

Referee: David Webb

Attendance: 10,014 (1,165 Pompey fans)


Portsmouth FC

Dec 302017
 

Match Report

League One


 

Portsmouth    3

 


 

Northampton Town    1

 


Pompey finished 2017 on a high as they battled from behind to beat Northampton and climb into the play-off places.

They started poorly, but moved through the gears after Chris Long had put the struggling visitors ahead.

Matty Kennedy and Oliver Hawkins both struck in the space of a few minutes just before the interval.

Hawkins added a second following the restart and it might have been a greater margin of victory without an impressive display from Matt Ingram between the sticks.

Kenny Jackett made three changes from the side that beat AFC Wimbledon on Boxing Day.

One of them was enforced, with Brandon Haunstrup suffering from a knock and being replaced at left-back by Dion Donohue.

Meanwhile, Jamal Lowe and Conor Chaplin both dropped to the bench to make way for Kennedy and Hawkins.

Pompey had a great chance to open the scoring early on when Brett Pitman slipped a pass through to Hawkins, but Ingram stuck out a foot to make the save.

But the hosts looked well below par for most of the first half, perhaps fatigued by the hectic festive schedule.

Northampton tried to make them pay and Luke McGee was forced to back-pedal when Sam Hoskins tried to lob him.

The keeper then got down quickly to his right to make the save when Matt Grimes had a snap-shot from 35 yards.

And a teasing Brendan Moloney delivery flew past both Matt Clarke and Christian Burgess, although Long was unable to make a connection at the far post.

Pompey were forced to make a substitution on 25 minutes when Danny Rose collected a bizarre injury.

A drop ball was called for after Nathan Thompson received treatment on the pitch and John-Joe O’Toole accidentally kicked the midfielder in the leg in the battle for possession.

He was switched for Adam May, leaving the hosts with an extremely youthful central midfield pairing.

The Cobblers then broke the deadlock when Close lost possession and O’Toole sent a through ball to Long, who coolly slotted the ball past McGee.

But that seemed to spark Pompey into life and they managed to score twice in four minutes to turn the match on its head.

It was a lovely finish from KENNEDY to level, with the winger cutting on to his right foot and drilling a low shot into the bottom corner.

And it was an even better effort from HAWKINS to give the Blues the lead, as the striker rose on the edge of the box to expertly steer a deep Burgess pass over Ingram and into the net.


Half Time

Portsmouth 2

Northampton Town 1


Gareth Evans had limped off injured just before the break and he was replaced by Lowe before the game restarted.

The hosts were not content with a narrow lead, though, and Kennedy curled a shot narrowly over at the start of the second half.

And Pompey did find themselves further ahead on 48 minutes, as Donohue sent a perfect cross to the far post, where HAWKINS showed plenty of desire to rise above the defence and head home.

It almost got even better after Pitman’s back-heel was blocked, but Close’s follow-up rattled the crossbar.

The Blues were rampant by this point and it was only a string of saves from the overworked Ingram that was limiting the damage.

He did well to keep out an angled Pitman drive before also getting down to save another Hawkins header.

The keeper was also at his best deny Kennedy, while Lowe should at least have found the target after being sent racing through on goal.

There was, unsurprisingly, a bit of a lull following such a frantic opening to the half, although it was still the hosts looking more likely to add to the scoring.

Burgess went close after racing into the box to meet Kennedy’s free-kick and head narrowly wide of the post.

There were to be no more goals, although Pompey had already done enough to secure the points and their place in the top six.

Pompey (4-2-3-1): McGee; Thompson, Burgess, Clark, Donohue; Close, Rose (May 29); Evans (Lowe 46), Pitman (c) (Chaplin 89), Kennedy; Hawkins
Goals: Kennedy 41, Hawkins 45, 48
Booked: Pitman, Kennedy
Subs not used: Bass, Casey, Bennett, Main

Northampton (4-1-2-1-2): Ingram; Moloney, Poole, Taylor, Buchanan (c); Grimes; Crooks, McGugan; O’Toole (Foley 59); Hoskins (Powell 64), Long (Richards 72)
Goals: Long 36
Booked: McGugan
Subs not used: Cornell, Smith, McWilliams, Waters

Referee: Lee Swabey

Attendance: 18,539 (538 away fans)


Portsmouth FC

Dec 302017
 

Songbird

2018

  



PLOT SUMMARY

A shy young singer has to go on a journey to retrieve her stolen voice from a witch.


REVIEW

My name's in the credits! Yes I took part in the crowdfunding campaign to make sure this got mad, purely as a big fan of Janet Devlin. Obviously a low budget short film but it's quite charming.




8.5

IMDb   .   Janet Devlin

Dec 302017
 

On This Day


Births


            


1950 – Billy Rafferty

William Henry “Billy” Rafferty is a retired Scottish footballer who played as a forward. He appeared in the Football League for Coventry City, Blackpool, Plymouth Argyle, Carlisle United, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Newcastle United, Portsmouth and Bournemouth, scoring 145 goals in 468 matches. He finished his career in Portugal with spells at Louletano and Farense.

Rafferty played 112 times for Portsmouth scoring 45 goals between 1980 – 1983

Age 67


1969 – Meredith Monroe

Meredith Monroe is an American actress best known for portraying Andie McPhee on Dawson’s Creek from 1998 to 2000, and her recurring role as Haley Hotchner on Criminal Minds.

Age 48


1980 – Eliza Dushku

   

Eliza Patricia Dushku is an Albanian-Danish-American actress and model known for her television roles, including starring as Faith on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its spinoff series Angel. She starred in two Fox series, Tru Calling and Dollhouse. She is also known for her roles in films, including True Lies, The New Guy, Bring It On, Wrong Turn and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, as well as her voice work on video games.

Age 37


1982 – Kristin Kruek

Kristin Laura Kreuk is a Canadian actress. She is known for the roles of Lana Lang in the superhero television series Smallville and Laurel Yeung in the Canadian teen drama Edgemont. She has also starred in movies such as Snow White: The Fairest of Them All (2001), Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li (2009), and Irvine Welsh’s Ecstasy (2011).

Age 35


On This Day   .   Eliza Dushku

Dec 292017
 

On This Day


Births


            


1928 – Bernard Cribbins

Bernard Joseph Cribbins, OBE is an English character actor, voice-over artist and musical comedian with a career spanning over seventy years. He came to prominence in films of the 1960s, and has been in work consistently since his professional debut in the mid-1950s.

Cribbins narrated The Wombles, a BBC children’s television programme that ran for 60 episodes between 1973 and 1975, and played the pretentious guest Mr. Hutchinson in “The Hotel Inspectors” episode of Fawlty Towers (1975), and the belligerent barman in Alfred Hitchcock’s Frenzy (1972). He also recorded several novelty records in the early 1960s and was a regular and prolific performer on the BBC’s Jackanory from 1966 to 1991. Having appeared as Tom Campbell, a companion to Doctor Who in the 1966 feature film Daleks – Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D., Cribbins also appeared four decades later as Wilfred Mott, a companion to television’s Tenth Doctor.

Age 89


1982 – Alison Brie

 

Alison Brie Schermerhorn is an American actress, producer and model. She portrayed Annie Edison in the NBC/Yahoo! sitcom Community (2009–2015) and Trudy Campbell in the AMC drama Mad Men (2007–2015). Brie currently voices Diane Nguyen on the Netflix animated series BoJack Horseman (2014–present) and portrays Ruth Wilder on the Netflix comedy-drama series GLOW (2017). She has starred in several films, such as Scream 4 (2011), The Five-Year Engagement (2012), The Lego Movie (2014), Get Hard (2015), Sleeping with Other People (2015), How to Be Single (2016) and The Little Hours (2017).

Age 35


1989 – Jane Levy

Jane Colburn Levy is an American actress. In early 2011, she received popular recognition starring as Tessa Altman, a leading character on the ABC comedy series Suburgatory (2011-14).

In 2012, Levy appeared in the films Fun Size and Nobody Walks. In 2013, Levy starred in the supernatural horror film Evil Dead directed by Fede Álvarez. In 2016, she teamed up with Alvarez again and starred in the horror film Don’t Breathe.

Age 28


1998 – Paris Berelc

 

Paris Berelc is an American actress and model. She is known for her role as Skylar Storm in the Disney XD series Mighty Med and Lab Rats: Elite Force.

Age 19


Deaths



1993 – Pavel Srnicek

Born: 10 March 1968

Pavel Srnicek was a Czech professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper from 1990 to 2007, mainly for Newcastle United. In addition, he represented Sheffield Wednesday, Portsmouth and West Ham United in England, and also played in Italy for Brescia and Cosenza, in Portugal for Beira-Mar, and in his native country for Banik Ostrava. After retiring, he worked as a goalkeeping coach for his own private school and for Sparta Prague.

Srnicek played internationally for the Czech Republic from 1994 to 2001, earning a total of 49 caps. He was part of their squad that came runners-up at UEFA Euro 96, and was their first-choice goalkeeper when they came third at the 1997 FIFA Confederations Cup and contested UEFA Euro 2000.

Srnicek played 4 times for Portsmouth between 2003 – 2004

Died Aged 47


On This Day   .   Alison Brie   .   Pavel Srnicek Obituary

Dec 282017
 

On This Day


Births


                


1932 – Nichelle Nichols

Nichelle Nichols is an American actress, singer and voice artist. She sang with Duke Ellington and Lionel Hampton before turning to acting. Her most famous role is that of communications officer Lieutenant Uhura aboard the USS Enterprise in the popular Star Trek television series (1966–1969), as well as the succeeding motion pictures, where her character was eventually promoted in Starfleet to the rank of commander.

Nichols’ Star Trek character, one of the first African American female characters on American television not portrayed as a servant, was groundbreaking in U.S. society. Civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. asked her to remain when she considered leaving the series.

Age 85


1938 – Frank Kelly

Francis O’Kelly better known by his stage name of Frank Kelly, was an Irish actor, singer and writer, whose career covered television, radio, theatre, music, screenwriting and film. He played Father Jack Hackett in the Channel Four sitcom Father Ted, and was also the son of the cartoonist Charles E. Kelly.

Died: 28 February 2016

Aged 77


1976 – Brendan Hines

Brendan Patrick Hines is an American actor and singer-songwriter. He has had a number of television roles, including as part of the main cast of Lie to Me as well as recurring roles in Scandal, Betrayal, Suits, Scorpion, Secrets and Lies and is currently part of the cast of Amazon Video’s The Tick. Hines has also had leading roles in a handful of films, and released three albums.

Age 41


1980 – Lomana LuaLua

Trésor Lomana LuaLua is a Congolese footballer who plays as a striker.

LuaLua was born in Kinshasa, but moved to England at a young age. After impressing in a college football match, he signed for Colchester United. There, he scored a total of 21 goals in 68 appearances which prompted Newcastle United to sign him. However, the competition for places meant he was less of a regular in the first team, and after four seasons and 88 appearances, he transferred to Portsmouth, the club that had previously loaned him for three months while at Newcastle. He remained there for three seasons, but his spell was marred by disciplinary problems and malaria. After leaving Portsmouth, he moved teams frequently, representing sides in Greece, Qatar, Cyprus and Turkey, in addition to a brief return to English football at Blackpool. LuaLua received his first of 31 international caps in 2002, and scored seven goals in an eleven-year international career. He represented his national team at four Africa Cup of Nations tournaments.

LuaLua played 91 times for Portsmouth scoring 19 goals between 2004 – 2007

Age 37


1987 – Hannah Tointon

Hannah Marie Tointon is an English actress. She is best known for playing Katy Fox in the long running Channel 4 soap opera Hollyoaks and Tara Brown in sitcom The Inbetweeners.

Age 30


On This Day   .   Hannah Tointon

Dec 272017
 

On This Day


Births


                


1953 – Bobby Doyle

Robert “Bobby” Doyle is a Scottish former professional footballer who played as a central midfielder.

Doyle began his career at Barnsley before moving to Peterborough United in 1976. He moved to Blackpool F.C. in 1979, making 49 league appearances and scoring two goals, before joining Portsmouth in November 1980, winning the Third Division championship in 1983. A move to Hull City followed two years later where he established himself in midfield during the club’s promotion bid in 1985-86, before a broken leg in a pre-season friendly ended his career.

Doyle played 197 times for Portsmouth scoring 18 goals between 1980 – 1985

Age 64


1967 – Mark Stimson

Mark Nicholas Stimson is an English former footballer and is currently manager of Thurrock. He signed his first professional contract with Tottenham Hotspur in 1985, but was unable to gain a regular place in the team. In 1989, he moved on to Newcastle United, where he made over 80 appearances in the Football League. He later played for Portsmouth, Southend United and Leyton Orient before dropping into non-League football.

Stimson played 77 times for Portsmouth scoring 4 goals between 1992 – 1996

Age 50


1981 – Emilie de Ravin

Emilie de Ravin is an Australian actress. She has played Tess Harding on Roswell and Claire Littleton on the ABC drama Lost. In 2012 she guest-starred as Belle on the ABC drama Once Upon a Time and became a series regular beginning with season two.

De Ravin’s film credits include Santa’s Slay (2005), The Hills Have Eyes (2006) and Ball Don’t Lie (2008). She starred as Emily, the heroin-addicted ex-girlfriend of Brendan Frye, in the neo-noir film Brick (2005). She had a cameo in Public Enemies (2009) and more recently starred in Remember Me (2010). De Ravin has been included on Maxim’s Hot 100 list three times: in 2005 (No.47), 2006 (No.65), and 2008 (No.68).

Age 36


1987 – Lily Cole

   

Lily Luahana Cole is an English model, actress and entrepreneur. Cole pursued a modelling career as a teenager and was listed in 2009 by Vogue Paris as one of the top 30 models of the 2000s. She was booked for her first British Vogue cover at age 16, named “Model of the Year” at the 2004 British Fashion Awards, and worked with many well-known brands, including Alexander McQueen, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Jean Paul Gaultier and Moschino. Her advertising campaigns have included Longchamp, Anna Sui, Rimmel and Cacharel.

Age 30


1993 – Olivia Cooke

Olivia Kate Cooke is an English actress. From 2013 to 2017, she co-starred as Emma Decody in the A&E drama-thriller series Bates Motel. Cooke has also starred in the thriller films The Quiet Ones (2014) and Ouija (2014), the science fiction film The Signal (2014), the comedy-drama Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015). She played Lizzie Cree in horror-mystery The Limehouse Golem (2016), and Amanda in the thriller Thoroughbreds (2017).

Age 24


On This Day   .   Lily Cole