Jul 112021

Well, I hadn’t commented on Englands exploits in Euro 2021 partly as I fully expected them to blow it in the early stages, and then when that didn’t happen I was hoping for a big winning post!

Unfortunately, we waited until the very end to go out with what can best be described as a valiant whimper. Taking the lead against the Italians early on only to sit back and wait for the inevitable equalizer.

I couldn’t bear to sit through the penalties.

On the way we beat Croatia, Czech Republic, Ukraine, Denmark and gave Scotland their equivalent of a World Cup win by letting them draw with us.

So close to a major trophy in my lifetime but maybe the World Cup is my destiny (technically the 66 World Cup counts as I was 2).

Jul 092021

Portsmouth FC

Paul Mariner

22 May 1953 – 9 July 2021

Aged 68

Pompey are mourning the loss of Paul Mariner, who has passed away at the age of 68.

The former England international striker scored nine goals in 66 appearances for the Blues between 1986 and 1988.He was part of the side that finished second in Division Two during the 1986/87 campaign to secure promotion to the top-flight.

Starting his career with Plymouth, Mariner is probably best remembered for his time with Ipswich and was inducted into the club’s Hall of Fame.

A member of Sir Bobby Robson’s squad that lifted the FA Cup in 1978, he also enjoyed UEFA Cup glory three years later.

He moved on to play for Arsenal before arriving at Fratton Park and later featured for clubs in Australia and America.

Mariner was capped 35 times by England – scoring 13 goals – and represented his country at the 1980 European Championship and 1982 World Cup.

After hanging up his boots in the 1990s, he moved into coaching and had a stint as manager back at Plymouth.

May 142021

Mark Catlin today announced his resignation as CEO of Portsmouth Football Club to take up a position at The Topps Company which is also part of Tornante.

He arrived at Fratton Park in October 2012 to work voluntarily with the Pompey Supporters’ Trust and Presidents in helping save the club from extinction.

Soon after Portsmouth announced his replacement as Andrew Cullen, currently Executive Director at MK Dons who will take up the position on 1st June.

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May 112021

Portsmouth FC

It seems that not only do Portsmouth players make us ashamed on the pitch it now seems they are incapable of behaving off it.

First we have Ronan Curtis posting a video of himself, Lee Brown and Tom Naylor celebrating the end of the season a few hours after their abject display against Accrington Stanley.

Then rumours spread of an incident outside the Astoria later that night, although the specific players have not been mentioned inside knowledge points once again to Curtis being the idiot. Portsmouth Football Club issued the following statement..

During the course of yesterday (May 10), Portsmouth Football Club were made aware of an incident that occurred outside Astoria nightclub on Sunday evening.

After liaising with the police and speaking to players who were present, we now have an understanding of what happened.

A member of the public did require medical treatment, but despite rumours to the contrary, nobody was, or has been, arrested and no allegations of assault have been made.

While footballers are entitled to enjoy themselves in their spare time, there are acceptable boundaries and it is clear, in this instance, that a line was crossed.

They fell below the standards expected of them as representatives of Portsmouth Football Club.

We have started an internal process with the players who were involved and they will be dealt with appropriately.

As far as I am concerned Ronan Curtis can just fuck off.

May 102021

Portsmouth FC

Although Portsmouth did somehow manage to not qualify for the playoffs Danny Cowley has been appointed manager on a “long term” contract along with his brother Nicky.

I think this is the right decision, he seems to have the right enthusiasm and can hopefully mold a team with a bit more passion than the one Jackett built.

This will require a certain amount of investment and time so let’s hope both the owners and the fans allow that to happen.

May 042021

Portsmouth FC

Alan McLoughlin

20 April 1967 – 4 May 2021

Aged 54

Former Republic of Ireland and Portsmouth midfielder Alan McLoughlin has passed away at the age of 54.

The Manchester-born McLoughlin, whose other clubs included Swindon Town and Southampton, revealed in March that he had cancer.

He made his Republic debut in 1990 and won 42 caps.

McLoughlin is best remembered for his equalizing goal against Northern Ireland which clinched qualification for the 1994 World Cup finals.

He was diagnosed with a kidney tumour in 2012 and had a successful operation but McLoughlin said in March that he had cancer and it spread to his kidney, chest wall and lung.

The FAI paid has paid tribute to McLoughlin, who scored two goals in a nine-year international career and was in the Republic squad for the 1990 and 1994 World Cup finals.

McLoughlin was an integral part of Jim Smiths team of the 90s appearing in the 1992 FA Cup Semi-Final

Mar 192021

Portsmouth FC

After what seemed an age Portsmouth has finally announced the appointment of Danny Cowley as “First Team Head Coach”. Not sure you should read anything into that description instead of “Manager” but who knows?

Danny Cowley will be assisted by his younger brother Nicky Cowley.

The statement also says on an “initial deal to the end of the season”. If this is true it would put to an end rumours that another manager was already contracted to take over after the intended departure of Kenny Jackett at the end of his contract.

Mar 142021

Portsmouth FC

After yesterdays humiliation at the hands Of Salford City in the ELF Trophy Final, I was going to say it was time for Kenny Jackett to go.

The club has beaten me to it. Kenny Jackett has left the club with immediate effect. Portsmouth released the following statement..

Portsmouth Football Club can confirm the departure of Kenny Jackett as first-team manager.

Chief executive Mark Catlin said: “Portsmouth Football Club would like to place on record our sincere thanks to Kenny for the work he has done during his near four-year spell at the club and we all wish him well for the future.

“It has been an emotional past few weeks for everyone associated with Pompey and we now begin the process – which will be as short as possible – of appointing someone who we believe can give us the best chance of finishing inside the top six. These talks begin today.”

Considering our recent form it is of only partial surprise although many expected him to last till the end of the season when his contract expired although the thought of more months of dire displays filled me with dread.

Now the question is who takes over? Eddie Howe has been mentioned a lot but I think he is well above our current recruitment level. Chris Wilder is another name that crops up although I believe he was previously up for the job but was turned down. We shall wait and see.

Mar 022021

Portsmouth FC

Ian St John has died aged 82.

Ian was manager during my early days of watching Portsmouth having taken over from John Mortimore, this was not a happy time for Portsmouth seemingly always in money troubles.

His greatest achievements during this time were probably the discovery of Dave Kemp and the conversion of future England International Steve Foster from an average striker to a class centre half.

He was more widely known first as a member of the Liverpool of the 60s and 70s and then later as part of the very popular TV double act with Jimmy Greaves.

RIP: Ian St John

Feb 042021

Portsmouth FC

Portsmouth finally has a date for their long-overdue final appearance against Salford FC. The game will now be played, behind closed doors, live on Sky Sports, on March 13.

Unfortunately, I don’t have Sky Sports so probably won’t be watching that game.

Now as we made the final when it was called the Trophy and it is now the Papa Johns Trophy I am not sure what we will be calling it, as this year’s final is the day after we won’t be holding it long even if we do win.

A large number of the players that got us there no longer play for the cup so it’s going to be a slightly damp affair but can’t complain about a Wembley appearance.

Mar 312019

Portsmouth FC

In the greater scheme of things the EFL Trophy may be a minor one but seeing your team at Wembley and lifting a trophy is never something to be taken lightly.

The added benefit of also taking away the one trophy Southampton had won that we hadn’t!

Transport was a nightmare, trains absolutely rammed full so Colin drove us to Horsham to try and get a train with some room on it which was a success.

Poor first half with Sunderland deserved leaders but what a turn around second half with the introduction of Gareth Evans and Oliver Hawkins. We thought we had won it with Jamal Lowe’s late extra time goal but as we have seen so many times we cannot defend or kill off the last few minutes of a game and so we faced the trauma of penalties and all five takers hit the spot.

Well done Portsmouth

Feb 092019

Portsmouth FC

Sad news has surfaced that Mick Kennedy, former midfielder for Portsmouth, has died aged 57.

Mick was my hero from the 80s being a central part of the Alan Ball eventual promotion-winning team in 1987 before being unceremoniously sold to Bradford City to pay off John Deacons tax bill.

He was such a big hero of mine that my daughter inherited the middle name Kennedy.

RIP: Mick Kennedy

May 172018

10 years ago today.

The match was the 127th FA Cup Final, and the second to be held at the new Wembley Stadium since its redevelopment. The match was contested by Portsmouth and Cardiff City, with Portsmouth winning 1–0. This was the first time that the two sides have ever met in the competition. Both teams were aiming to win the FA Cup for the second time, Cardiff having won it in 1927 and Portsmouth in 1939Had Cardiff won, they would have been the first club from outside the top division of English football to have won the competition since West Ham United in 1980. The match had an attendance of 89,874, a record which still stands as the largest ever for an FA Cup Final at the new Wembley Stadium.


Road to Wembley

3rd   Ipswich Town

1-0 (Nugent)

4th   Plymouth Argyle

2-1 (Diarra , Kranjcar)

5th   Preston North End

1-0 (Carter og)

6th   Manchester United

1-0 (Muntari)

SF   West Bromwich Albion

1-0 (Kanu)


Kanu’s first-half goal won the FA Cup for Portsmouth against Cardiff City in a low-key final at Wembley.

The Nigerian scrambled home the winner at the near post eight minutes before half-time after Cardiff keeper Peter Enckelman fumbled John Utaka’s cross.

Cardiff enjoyed possession but rarely posed a serious threat, although Glenn Loovens had a goal ruled out for handball in first-half injury time.

And Portsmouth held on to claim the trophy for the first time since 1939.
It was a personal triumph for emotional Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp as he claimed his first major trophy in a management and coaching career stretching back 25 years.

He raced on to the pitch afterwards to celebrate as Portsmouth’s win earned them a place in next season’s Uefa Cup – their first European adventure.

The final was given a magnificent backdrop by both clubs’ noisy and colourful fans who clearly wanted to make the most of their moment in the limelight.

Underdogs Cardiff, who were trying to become the first team from outside the top flight to win the Cup since West Ham United beat Arsenal in 1980, played with spirit, but did not have the quality to seriously disturb the Pompey defence, in which Campbell and Sylvain Distin were outstanding.

Cardiff boss Dave Jones did not gamble on Robbie Fowler, even as a substitute, after four months out with a hip problem – and his side did not feel his absence in a lively start.

Joe Ledley played in Paul Parry in the 12th minute but Portsmouth keeper David James made a crucial block to deny Cardiff the lead.

Kanu posted the warning signals for Cardiff as early as the 21st minute when he took a pass from Sulley Muntari in his stride and danced around keeper Enckelman, only to send his effort against the outside of the post with the goal unguarded.

He made no mistake eight minutes before the interval when Enckelman could only push out Utaka’s whipped cross from the right flank and Kanu pounced to score.

Cardiff had more than held their own and almost provided an instant response when Parry raced clear down the left, but his cross stretched Kevin McNaughton as he arrived at the far post and the chance was gone.

And Bluebirds had a goal ruled out in first-half injury time when Pompey keeper James – who has form for high-profile mistakes in FA Cup finals – missed a corner, but Loovens handled before sending a looping finish into the net.

Loovens came to Cardiff’s rescue after 52 minutes when Utaka set up Kanu again and he was forced to block a goal-bound shot with his chest.

Cardiff failed to apply consistent pressure to Portsmouth and boss Jones made a change after 61 minutes, sending on gifted 17-year-old prodigy Aaron Ramsey for Peter Whittingham.

It had been a desperately disappointing afternoon for the veteran Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, so it was no surprise when he was also hauled off with 20 minutes left and time running out for a Cardiff response.

David Nugent had come on as replacement for Utaka, and he forced Enckelman into a smart near-post save from a rising drive as Portsmouth attempted to kill the final off.

Loovens had proved to be a danger man for Cardiff at set-pieces and he sent a header bouncing just over the bar from Ramsey’s corner after 79 minutes.

Cardiff’s desire to push forward for an equaliser left them open to a counter-attack and Distin almost punished them with a run from the half-way line that was only halted by a fine tackle from Roger Johnson.

But it was Portsmouth’s day as for once the favourites justified their tag in this season’s unpredictable FA Cup.

To their credit, many Cardiff supporters stayed inside the stadium to see Pompey lift the Cup before they melted away to contemplate their sorrows.

Portsmouth: James, Johnson, Campbell, Distin, Hreidarsson, Utaka (Nugent 69), Pedro Mendes (Diop 78), Diarra, Muntari, Kranjcar, Kanu (Baros 87).
Subs Not Used: Ashdown, Pamarot.

Booked: Hreidarsson, Kranjcar, Diarra.

Goals: Kanu 37.

Cardiff: Enckelman, McNaughton, Johnson, Loovens, Capaldi, Ledley, Rae (Sinclair 86), McPhail, Whittingham (Ramsey 61), Parry, Hasselbaink (Thompson 70).
Subs Not Used: Oakes, Purse.

Att: 89,874

Ref: Mike Dean (Wirral).

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Apr 282018

Havant and Waterlooville will join the likes of Chesterfield, Hartlepool United, Leyton Orient and Wrexham in The National League next season after Jason Prior’s 89th-minute goal sealed promotion for the Hawks against Concord Rangers.

The Hawks went into the break leading 2-0 courtesy of efforts from Theo Lewis and Matt Tubbs, with the latter scoring from an unusual source. But Concord came out fighting and determined in the second period and with around 10 minutes left in the game, it was level at 2-2.

But up stepped Jason Prior in the 89th minute with the ball fed to him in the penalty area, one on one with the keeper he calmly slots the ball home and Westleigh Park went into a fever pitch.

At Full-time the traditional pitch invasion took place with players and fans alike celebrating the league title together before the presentation which saw Brian Stock lift the coveted National League South trophy!

The Westleigh would then be buzzing afterwards for the End of Season awards and parties with the players, such as Mike Carter and Ryan Woodford, acting as DJ’s for the night showing quality away from the field of play.