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Mar 192021
 


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.

Portsmouth FC Season 20/21

Mar 142021
 


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.

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Mar 022021
 


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 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 Leasong.com 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.

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Mar 312019
 




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

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Feb 092019
 


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
 

FA Cup Winners 2008

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.

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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)

Final

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 & Waterlooville FC




Havant promoted to National League

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 kepper he calmy slots the ball home and Westleigh Park went into 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 coverted National League South trophy!

The Westleigh would then be buzzing afterwards for the End of Season awards and party 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.

Aug 032017
 

Portsmouth FC

Official Website

Today Portsmouth FC was finally taken over by the Tornante Investment Group headed by the Eisner family.

Here is the Clubs statement..

Portsmouth Football Club are pleased to announce that Michael D. Eisner’s Tornante Company have completed their purchase of the club.

Tornante had been engaged in due diligence since May when more than 80 per cent of Pompey’s equity holding approved the terms of the sale.

Michael Eisner and his three sons, Breck, Eric and Anders, will make up the board along with Andy Redman, president of Tornante, and Mark Catlin, Pompey CEO.

Michael’s family will join the management of the club at Fratton Park in attending their first match as owners on the opening day of the EFL League One season on August 5, when Pompey welcome Rochdale.

“My family and I are thrilled to take on this incredible responsibility as stewards of a football club with such a rich heritage,” Eisner said. “We have come to know the Pompey community in recent months and we are extremely impressed by their passion, dedication and love for their club.”

In addition to announcing the closing of the acquisition of Pompey, Eisner announced that Catlin, who has served as CEO for the past four years and was named CEO of the year by FC Business, has entered into a long-term contract to continue to serve as Pompey’s CEO. Eisner pointed out that “the arrangement continues Mark’s leadership and ensures the stability of the club for the long term.”

“We have been on a remarkable journey and one that everyone associated with this amazing club should rightly be proud of,” said Catlin. “It has been an honour and privilege for me personally to represent Pompey and our incredible fans during this time.

“Now we embark on an exciting new chapter in the club’s history and one that, under the stewardship of Michael Eisner, his family, Andy Redman and the Tornante group, I am totally confident will continue to build on the strong foundations that have been built over the past four seasons.”

The Eisner family also thanked the Pompey Supporters’ Trust, the Presidents and all Pompey fans for their unprecedented efforts to save and stabilise the club over the past four years.

“The football club wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for the against-the-odds commitment of Pompey supporters who came together and saved this club. This is, and will always be, your team,” said Eric Eisner on behalf of himself and his brothers, Breck and Anders.

With Catlin at the helm and manager Kenny Jackett preparing for the season, the club are poised to build on the momentum of their recent League Two title success and promotion to League One. Redman added: “We have many challenges ahead of us, but we have a terrific leader in Mark, and we’re going to work with him and Kenny to position the team for success in the coming seasons.”

Iain McInnes, who served as Pompey chairman, added: “Harnessing the indomitable Pompey passion with his Tornante team, aided by a few current stalwarts, Michael has every opportunity to take your club back to previous and sustainable heights. Jane and I wish Michael, (his) Jane and their family every ounce of good fortune and chance of success in this great venture. PUP.”

Pompey Supporters’ Trust chairman Ashley Brown said: “The supporters fought hard to save Pompey. They’ve given the club incredible support under fan ownership, ensuring its successful promotion from League Two as champions. Our passionate supporters now willingly pass the custodianship of Pompey to Michael Eisner, his family and Tornante. It is clear that Michael and his family have caught the Pompey bug and we hope to see them regularly at Fratton Park, sharing many more successes on the pitch as part of the Pompey family.”

Brown added: “The four PST board members who have represented the Trust on the PFC board feel incredibly honoured and proud to have held that position at a club they love. The many other fans who were involved in ensuring Pompey’s survival should feel equally proud of the part they played, and we join together to welcome Michael and his family to our city, our club and look forward to exciting times ahead.”

Portsmouth FC

Jun 022017
 

Kenny Jackett


Kenny Jackett appointed manager

Portsmouth Football Club are delighted to announce the appointment of Kenny Jackett as first team manager.

The former Watford, Swansea, Millwall, Wolves and Rotherham boss has signed a two-year deal at Fratton Park.

The club are in advanced talks with Joe Gallen – who has worked with Jackett at QPR, Millwall and Wolves – about becoming assistant manager.

Jackett said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for me and I’m looking forward to getting started. It’s an exciting challenge.

“This club has a passionate fan-base and they can be a 12th man for us. Hopefully we can build on the momentum of last season and continue to progress.

“I can promise that I’ll work as hard as I possibly can to make sure that we can bring success to Portsmouth.”

Blues chief executive Mark Catlin added: “We’re delighted to announce Kenny as our new manager – he ticks so many boxes for us.

“He’s managed big clubs with big expectations in the past and has plenty of experience of getting sides out of League One.

“Kenny also has a history of implementing strong structures to move clubs forward and this was key in our decision-making process. We’re excited about him bringing his philosophy of development to Pompey.”

Jackett spent his entire playing career with Watford and later enjoyed promotion success as a manager with Swansea, Millwall and Wolves

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May 312017
 

Paul Cook leaves Portsmouth FC



Manager takes up Wigan post

Paul Cook has stepped down as Pompey boss to take up the vacant managerial position at Wigan Athletic.

A financial compensation agreement was reached with Wigan over the weekend, resulting in permission being granted for the Latics to speak to Paul.

Assistant manager Leam Richardson has also left Fratton Park.

Cook arrived at Pompey in May 2015 and led the club to the League Two play-offs in his first season in charge.

There was even more success at the end of last term, with the Blues earning automatic promotion and securing the title on a dramatic final day.

Portsmouth FC

May 222017
 

PST Shareholders


Portsmouth Trust Statement

Over the last two weeks, 2,272 PST shareholders have cast their vote to determine the outcome of the Tornante bid for Portsmouth Football Club.

Following a 93.6 % turnout, 1,825 shareholders voted to sell the PST shares.

On Saturday, the PST Secretary informed Portsmouth FC of the outcome of the vote and the wish to sell the PST’s 48.5% shareholding to Tornante.

75% of the Presidents have voted to sell their respective stakes in the club.  Together with the PST’s 48.5%, this means 81.4% of the club’s equity holding is in agreement with the sale. The threshold to approve a sale, as laid down in the shareholders’ agreement, is 75%

Discussions around the sale will now begin with Tornante representatives and the timeline will be managed by Tornante.

PST Chairman Ashley Brown said “This is true fan ownership and democracy at work. Our fans decided who the next owner of our club would be – and it will be Michael Eisner and Tornante. The Trust board would like to wish Michael the very best of luck. We believe he understands the importance of the custodianship of Pompey and will be an owner all fans will be proud of. We look forward to working with him, his family and Tornante for many years to come”

Throughout this process, the PST board have strived to provide the membership with factual information to enable them to make an informed decision. During negotiations, PST presented matters and issues previously discussed with the membership and are pleased that some have been included in the Tornante offer. We will shortly begin a new era at Fratton Park and the Trust will continue to be an influential and relevant body in the club’s future. We will have three board members representing the PST on the Heritage and advisory board and we will be happy to help the Eisner family in any way we can to ensure the long term success of Portsmouth FC.

Our Trust Directors on the PFC board will remain in place during the transition period and will be working to find ways to enable Michael Eisner to assist the coaching staff in their close season planning ahead of the deal closure. After such a tremendous season, we would like to thank Paul Cook, his coaching team and the players for the fantastic job they have done, and wish them all the very best of luck in League One. The board would also like to thank Iain McInnes for his passionate and focused leadership as Chairman of Pompey.

Most importantly, we would like to thank you, the shareholders, fundraisers, syndicate members and fans whose incredible support allowed a fan owned club to recover from a perilous state to become Champions of League Two.

Portsmouth FC

Apr 222017
 

Havant & Waterlooville promoted


Continuing a great football season Havant & Waterlooville clinched promotion today.

The Hawks claimed the Ryman League premier division title despite a goalless draw at Kingstonian. The point for Lee Bradbury’s men was enough to seal automatic promotion back to National League South after Bognor were held to a 1-1 draw by Met Police. Jimmy Muitt had given the Rocks the lead but their hopes of overhauling the Hawks were dashed when Will Salmon silenced the Nyewood Lane crowd on 71 minutes. Jamie Howell’s Bognor now go into the play-offs, with Wingate & Finchley their semi-final opponents.

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