Football

Jul 052017
 

Tareiq Holmes-Dennis

Loan : Huddersfield Town – Portsmouth



Pompey have signed left-back Tareiq Holmes-Dennis on a season-long loan from Huddersfield.

The 21-year-old made 15 appearances for the Terriers during the 2016/17 season after signing from Charlton last summer.

He appeared in both legs of the play-off semi-final triumph over Sheffield Wednesday and was on the bench when they beat Reading at Wembley to reach the Premier League.

Blues boss Kenny Jackett said: “I saw him in the Championship last season and he’s a modern-day full-back.

“He’s naturally left-footed and very athletic with good pace. He can get up and down the line.

“We’re really pleased that he’s come to this club and I’m looking forward to working with him.

“He’s eager for a chance and is quite close with a few of the players, so I believe he’s ready for the opportunity.”

Holmes-Dennis is a former England under-18 international who progressed through the ranks at Charlton and signed professional terms in 2013.

He gained experience with spells out on loan at Oxford, Plymouth and Oldham before penning a three-year deal with Huddersfield.

Holmes-Dennis was in the Argyle side that were beaten 2-1 at Fratton Park back in April 2015.

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Jul 012017
 

Friendly

0 – 3


Lalkovic, Davies and Close on target in Jackett’s first game

Pompey got pre-season off to a winning start thanks to three second half strikes against Salisbury.

They dominated the opening 45 minutes at the Raymond McEnhill Stadium without managing to find a breakthrough.

But substitutes Milan Lalkovic, Tom Davies and Ben Close all found the net after the break to get Kenny Jackett’s reign as Blues boss off to a decent opening.

Salisbury manager – and former Pompey player and boss – Steve Claridge came out of retirement to lead the line for the hosts at the age of 51.

However, it was the Blues who, unsurprisingly, looked the more dangerous side and Burgess headed narrowly wide from Gary Roberts’ corner in the opening stages.

The hosts then had to scramble clear when the same duo combined well again just a few moments later.

Adam May wasted a decent opportunity by volleying wildly past the post after Kal Naismith had laid the ball off for him.

But it was Kyle Bennett looking the biggest threat for the Blues, with an array of tricks and flicks to open up the Salisbury defence.

The League One side were just missing a finishing touch – understandable considering they had only returned to training a couple of days earlier.

There was not much for former Salisbury loanee Alex Bass to deal with at the other end, although the keeper kept out a looping header from Lewis Benson on 20 minutes.

Most of the action was taking place at the other end, however, and Naismith tested the handling of Whites stopper Charlie Searle with a clean strike.

But the Blues were unable to find an opener under the warm Wiltshire sunshine and the sides went in level at the break.


Half Time

(0 – 0)


Pompey started the second half with a completely new side and soon set about trying to open the scoring.

Curtis Main drew a regulation save from Searle, while Theo Widdrington fired over from 30 yards when a pass looked the better option.

But the Blues were ahead on 57 minutes when Curtis Main fed LALKOVIC, who drew the keeper from his line and neatly slotted into the net.

Nicke Kabamba almost doubled the advantage just before the hour mark, with a fierce effort from the right that looped narrowly over the bar.

But a second goal did arrive from the resulting corner, as DAVIES rose highest to convert Carl Baker’s delivery.

And the result was put beyond on doubt on 75 minutes when CLOSE hit a ferocious effort that cannoned in off the underside of the bar.

Pompey kept pushing forward in the closing stages, but the game drifted towards its conclusion without anyone able to add to the scoring.

Salisbury (4-1-4-1): Searle; Colson, Smith, Hart, Mundy; Whelan; Benson (c), Green, Roberts, Young; Claridge
Subs: Ball, Herbert, Flint, Russell, Larbi, Corbridge, Burden, Mathews, McGregor

Pompey (4-2-3-1): Bass (Collins 46); Evans (c) (Talbot 46), Burgess (Davies 46), Clarke (Whatmough 46), Haunstrup (Bedford 46); May (Widdrington 46), Rose (Close 46); Roberts (Baker 46), Bennett (Main 46), Lowe (Lalkovic 46); Naismith (Kabamba 46)
Goals: Lalkovic 53, Davies 63, Close 75
Subs not used: D.Smith, Oxlade-Chamberlain

Attendance: 1,766

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Jun 222017
 

Nathan Thompson

Transfer : Swindon Town – Portsmouth



Pompey have signed Nathan Thompson from Swindon Town

Defender becomes Jackett’s first Pompey signing

Pompey have signed defender Nathan Thompson on a two-year deal.

The 26-year-old will officially become a Blues player on July 1 when his contract with Swindon expires.

Assistant manager Joe Gallen said: “It’s nice to get the first signing over the line and we’ve brought in a very talented and experienced League One performer.

“We’ve got every confidence in Nathan that he’s going to do extremely well for Pompey.

“He’s a good ball player and is an excellent talker and motivator – and he can play in a number of positions.”

Thompson progressed through the ranks at the County Ground and made 187 appearances for the Robins.

He was awarded his first professional contract in 2009, while his senior debut arrived in a victory over Torquay the following year.

Thompson helped Swindon secure the League Two title in 2012 and skippered them to the League One play-off final in 2015.

He can play at right-back or in the centre of defence, while he is also comfortable in a midfield role.

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Jun 022017
 

New boss excited by Fratton challenge

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
 

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.

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May 242017
 

Liam O’Brien

End Of Contract



Keeper to leave Fratton Park

Liam O’Brien has agreed a deal to sign for Coventry.

The 25-year-old goalkeeper will join the League Two side when his Pompey contract expires next month.

He played three times for the Blues last season, with all of his appearances coming in the EFL Trophy group stages.

O’Brien kept a clean sheet in a victory over Bristol Rovers and also saved three penalties in a shoot-out defeat to Reading.

He came through the youth system at Fratton Park before going on to play for Barnet, Brentford and Dagenham.

But O’Brien returned last summer and deputised for David Forde, sitting on the bench for every League Two fixture.

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May 222017
 

Enda Stevens

End Of Contract



Defender agrees deal with Sheffield United

Enda Stevens has agreed a deal to sign for Sheffield United.

The 26-year-old left-back will join the Blades when his Blues contract expires at the end of June.

He made 99 appearances for Pompey after arriving from Doncaster in the summer of 2015.

Stevens was named both Fans’ and Players’ Player of the Season last term as Paul Cook’s side secured the League Two title.

He also netted his only goal for the club in a dramatic 3-2 victory at Newport on Boxing Day

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May 222017
 

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.

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May 112017
 

Michael Doyle

End Of Contract



Midfielder agrees deal with Coventry

Michael Doyle has agreed a deal to sign for Coventry.

The 35-year-old midfielder will return to the Sky Blues when his Pompey contract expires at the end of June.

He previously played almost 300 times for Coventry – who were relegated from League One at the end of last season – between 2003 and 2011.

Doyle has been Pompey skipper since joining the club from Sheffield United in the summer of 2015.

He scored three goals in 96 appearances during his time at Fratton Park, with his superb strike at Accrington shortlisted for Goal of the Year at last month’s EFL Awards.

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May 062017
 
League 2
Portsmouth 6 – 1 Cheltenham Town

 

We are CHAMPIONS!

Pompey thrashed Cheltenham 6-1 to secure the League Two title on a memorable afternoon on the south coast.

They became only the fifth team to win all four divisions after both Plymouth and Doncaster failed to secure three points.

Daniel O’Shaughnessy’s own-goal opened the scoring at Fratton Park, but the lead was a slender one at the break.

It all changed in the second half, however, as Kyle Bennett, Jamal Lowe and Gareth Evans found the target – the latter from the penalty spot – while Kal Naismith bagged a brace.

Fans then flooded onto the pitch at full-time to begin a party that will likely last for quite a while.

Paul Cook stuck with the same side that won at Mansfield the previous week, meaning that it was Conor Chaplin who again led the line.

But it was a Robins player who inadvertently gave the hosts a welcome lead with just 13 minutes on the clock.

Enda Stevens – who collected The News/Sports Mail Player of the Season award before kick-off – delivered a low cross that O’Shaughnessy deflected into his own net.

Chaplin had a chance to double the advantage soon after, but his fierce drive was kept out by Scott Brown.

Cheltenham were not creating too much at the other end, although David Forde got down to his left to keep out Harry Pell’s effort.

The Blues were looking more threatening, meanwhile, and when a free-kick was played to Carl Baker, his curling shot was deflected inches past the post by the knee of Danny Wright.

The visitors grew stronger as the first half progressed and Forde made a comfortable save to deny Billy Waters.

Then, after the keeper did well to keep out Dan Holman’s strike, Danny Rowe curled the ball narrowly wide.

Bennett had a shot saved by Brown, while a stretching Chaplin could not quite reach Naismith’s centre.

But Cheltenham almost grabbed a leveller just before the interval, Dan Holman finding Rowe and the midfielder firing in a shot that was deflected narrowly over.

Half Time: Pompey 1 Cheltenham 0

HIGHLIGHTS

Second Half

There was also a great chance for the visitors moments after the restart, but Danny Wright could only head Kyle Storer’s cross wide from close range.

Holman then had a shot that was racing towards the net before Forde dived to his right to push the ball clear.

But the Blues almost had a second when Danny Rose unleashed a fierce volley that cannoned back off the underside of the crossbar.

Cook made a double switch just past the hour mark, with Baker and Chaplin making way for Lowe and Gary Roberts.

And Pompey soon doubled their advantage, as BENNETT fired in a shot that took a wicked deflection to leave Brown stranded.

That was the cue for the floodgates to open and, following a quick counter, Bennett slipped the ball through for NAISMITH to calmly slip home.

It was substitute LOWE who was next to get in on the act on 72 minutes when he found the bottom corner from a tight angle.

And when Roberts was tripped in the box by Liam Davis, referee Christopher Sarginson pointed to the spot, with EVANS stepping up to slam home the resulting penalty.

The fans were celebrating in the stands with news coming through that both Doncaster and Plymouth were being held.

Pompey had certainly done their job, although Cheltenham pulled a goal back through substitute James Dayton.

That failed to stop the hosts’ attacking charge, however, and Bennett’s strike was superbly saved by Brown.

NAISMITH did grab a sixth goal on 85 minutes, with Michael Doyle sending a ball over the top and Pompey’s top scorer calmly slotting into the net.

All the attention now was to what was happening at Grimsby and Hartlepool, with plenty of fingernails being chewed.

Fans ran onto the pitch in celebration at the final whistle, with news filtering through that Plymouth could only draw.

And when Doncaster’s match at Hartlepool finished in defeat, it was confirmed that Pompey were League Two champions.

We’re on our way.

Pompey (4-2-3-1): Forde; Evans, Burgess, Clarke, Stevens; Rose (Aborah 71), M.Doyle; Baker (Lowe 61), Naismith, Bennett; Chaplin (Roberts 61)
Goals: O’Shaughnessy 13 (og), Bennett 62, Naismith 66, 85, Lowe 72, Evans 75 (pen)
Booked: Stevens
Subs not used: O’Brien, Whatmough, Linganzi , Lowe, Roberts, Kabamba

Cheltenham (4-4-2): Brown; Cranston (Barthram 66), O’Shaughnessy, Boyle, Davies; Pell (Dayton 54), Storer (c), Rowe, Waters; Wright, Holman (Munns 71)
Goals: Dayton 78
Booked: Storer
Subs not used: Kitscha, Winchester, Downes, Wootton

Referee: Christopher Sarginson

Attendance: 17,956 (545 away fans)

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