A Flock Of Seagulls
A Flock Of Seagulls
Released in 1982
Jamal Lowe celebrated his miraculous recovery from injury with a goal that ensured Pompey began the new season with victory over Luton.
He slotted home in the first half to cap an enjoyable afternoon at a Fratton Park that was bathed in south coast sunshine.
But the Blues had to withstand some heavy pressure at times, with the Hatters twice hitting the woodwork in their quest for an equaliser.
Kenny Jackett handed debuts to four of his summer signings, with Craig MacGillivray, Lee Brown, Tom Naylor and Ronan Curtis all starting.
But the big surprise when the teams were announced was the inclusion of Lowe, who was expected to miss out after injuring his ankle against Utrecht the previous week.
There was also a start for Brandon Haunstrup on the left of midfield, as Jackett opted to stick with the 4-4-2 system he had preferred towards the end of pre-season.
The visitors received an early scare as skipper Alan Sheehan crashed into the advertising hoardings and ended up in the Milton End moat.
It was nervy few moments as the crowd waited for the centre-back to emerge, but thankfully he was unscathed.
Luton – who were promoted from League Two last term – started the brighter side and when Sheehan’s delivery was flicked on by Harry Cornick, the ball flashed dangerously across the face of goal.
A moment of controversy followed as Curtis rose for a challenge and there were suggestions of an elbow being used as he crashed to the turf.
The Fratton faithful certainly appealed for a red card, but after consulting with his assistant, referee Gavin Ward decided to take no action.
Pompey’s fans did have cause to cheer on 16 minutes, however, as their side managed to break the deadlock.
It was LOWE who grabbed the first goal of the season, slotting in from inside the box after Curtis had done well to get to the byline and cut the ball back.
Most of the game’s clearest chances were still falling Luton’s way, though, and Nathan Thompson had to intervene when Jorge Grant tried to pick out James Collins in the box.
They then had two excellent opportunities to draw level within the space of a few minutes – and on both occasions some visiting fans thought they had.
First up was Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu, whose low effort from the edge of the box could not quite creep into the bottom corner.
Then, after Brown had been booked for a foul on James Justin, Sheehan’s free-kick cannoned back off the upright.
But the closing stages of the half passed by relatively incident free, although former Fratton loanee Dan Potts did receive a booking for a foul on Lowe.
Luton Town 0
Brett Pitman did not emerge from the tunnel for the start of the second half, with Oli Hawkins taking his place up front and Naylor claiming the captain’s armband.
But it was fellow striker Curtis who forced Marek Stech into action with a curling shot on 50 minutes, although the flag had been raised for offside.
The Blues were looking a threat on the counter-attack and when Curtis surged towards goal, Alan McCormack decided to take one for the team.
Luton’s midfielder deliberately clipped the heels of his opponent and there was no surprise when he received a yellow card.
But the Hatters were looking dangerous themselves and when the hosts lost possession, Collins smashed a shot against the woodwork.
MacGillivray then came to the rescue just past the hour mark, doing well to deny Cornick from close range.
Pompey made their second change in between those chances, with Anton Walkes making way for Ben Close in the centre of the pitch.
Thompson’s shot flew off target, as the hosts tried to ease the pressure and injured himself in the process.
It forced Jackett into his final change of the afternoon, with Christian Burgess taking up an unfamiliar right-back role.
Fellow defender Jack Whatmough was looking assured and halted one Hatters attack with a couple of key tackles in quick succession.
There was also persistence from Naylor to win the ball back after losing possession, while MacGillivray did well to cut out Mpanzu’s low centre.
Nerves started to creep in as the seconds ticked down and only rose when Whatmough conceded a free-kick just outside the box.
It was Sheehan who stepped up to curl a shot around the wall, but MacGillivray dived to his right to push the ball clear.
Former Blues players Jake Jervis and Sonny Bradley both came on and were thrown up front for the closing stages, but Luton were unable to find a late leveller.
Pompey (4-4-2): MacGillivray; Thompson (Burgess 71), Whatmough, Clarke, Brown; Lowe, Naylor, Walkes (Close 60), Haunstrup; Pitman (c) (Hawkins 46), Curtis
Goals: Lowe 16
Booked: Brown, Curtis
Subs not used: McGee, Donohue, Evans, Chaplin
Luton (4-1-2-1-2): Stech; Justin (Bradley 90+1), Pearson, Sheehan (c), Potts; McCormack (Jervis 87); Mpanzu, Grant; Lee; Cornick (Shinnie 78), Collins
Booked: Potts, McCormack, Justin, Sheehan
Subs not used: Shea, Rea, Stacey, Gambin
Referee: Gavin Ward
Brooke Sorenson (born 13 July 1999) is perhaps best known for her role as Stephanie on the Disney XD series Mighty Med, she was also featured on the Disney XD series Kickin' It in 2013 in the episode "How Bobby Got His Groove Back.". She performed on stage and did voice over and commercial work while living in North Carolina before her family relocated to Los Angeles.
Pompey completed their pre-season preparations with a 1-1 draw against top-flight Dutch outfit FC Utrecht.
Both goals were worthy of a competitive encounter, however, with Sean Klaiber’s long-range strike cancelled out by an equally impressive effort from Anton Walkes.
Ronan Curtis produced a bright performance and was unsurprisingly named man-of-the-match by the sponsors.
Kenny Jackett dispensed with his usual 4-2-3-1 system and opted for a 4-4-2 formation, with Brandon Haunstrup on the left wing.
There were also first home appearances for Craig MacGillivray, Lee Brown, Tom Naylor and Curtis, with fellow summer signing Louis Dennis on the bench.
It was typical friendly fare in the opening stages, with little in the way of excitement at a blustery Fratton Park.
The visitors were forced into an early change when Jack Whatmough and Gyrano Kerk clattered into the advertising hoardings, with the latter replaced by Cyriel Dessers.
But neither goalkeeper was given much to do and so the quality of the opening goal caught everyone by surprise.
Dessers rolled the ball across to Klaiber and the right-back hit a stunning long-range shot that arrowed into the top corner.
Pompey improved as the half progressed and crosses from Haunstrup and Nathan Thompson were inches away from reaching their intended targets.
Curtis did meet a free-kick from Naylor and half of the Fratton End thought his header was in, when the ball in fact flew into the side netting.
Sander van de Streek then had a chance at the other end, but his angled drive was beaten away by MacGillivray.
Curtis was proving a lively presence up front for the hosts and almost capitalised on a defensive mix-up, only to see his eventual shot blocked.
It was the Blues on top as the interval approached and Brett Pitman had an effort blocked, while Curtis was flagged offside as he converted Jamal Lowe’s cross.
The former Republic of Ireland under-21 international then did well to get a shot away, forcing David Jensen to tip the ball over.
But a leveller did arrived just before the break – and it was another goal that came right out of the top drawer.
A cross from Curtis was brought down by Pitman for WALKES, who fizzed home a fierce strike from 25 yards.
FC Utrecht 1
Pompey almost flipped the match on its head just after the restart, but Matt Clarke was unable to guide a Curtis corner on target.
Curtis was involved in every attack for the hosts, although he was unable to connect with a testing Haunstrup delivery at the far post.
The hosts were also working hard out of possession, constantly pressing their opponents to force mistakes and win the ball back.
But there was a moment of concern just past the hour mark, as Lowe limped off injured to be replaced by Gareth Evans.
Both sides then had chances to take the lead during a flurry of activity midway through the second half.
Utrecht were first up when van de Streek met Urby Emanuelson’s corner and sent a header flying narrowly over the bar.
Pompey broke straight down the other end, with Curtis’ low angled drive diverted wide by the fingertips of Jensen.
A deluge of substitutes broke up the flow of the game on 73 minutes, with the hosts making six changes.
There was still time for Utrecht to find the net from a corner, although referee Andy Davies saw an infringement and the game ended all square.
Pompey (4-4-2): MacGillivray (McGee 73); Thompson (Rose 73), Whatmough, Clarke (Burgess 73), Brown; Lowe (Evans 62), Walkes, Naylor (Close 73), Haunstrup; Pitman (c) (Hawkins 73), Curtis (Chaplin 73)
Goals: Walkes 44
Subs not used: May, Dennis
FC Utrecht (4-1-2-1-2): Jensen; Klaiber, Leeuwin, Janssen (c), van der Maarel (Guwara 83); Strieder (Troupee 61); van Overeem, Emanuelson; van de Streek (Boussaid 83); Gustafson (Joosten 83), Kerk (Dessers 9 (Gortler 73))
Goals: Klaiber 15
Subs not used: de Keijzer, Paes, Memengi
Referee: Andy Davies
On This Day
|Mladen Rudonja1971Age 47||Mladen Rudonja is a retired Slovenian footballer who represented his country at two major tournaments, Euro 2000 and the 2002 World Cup.
Rudonja played 17 times for Portsmouth between 2000 – 2002.
|Kate Beckinsale1973Age 45||Kate Beckinsale is a British actress. She made her film debut in Much Ado About Nothing (1993). In the late 1990s and, after appearing in small-scale dramas The Last Days of Disco (1998) and Brokedown Palace (1999), she had starring roles in the war drama Pearl Harbor (2001) and the romantic comedy Serendipity. She had a command performance in Tiptoes (2003). She followed those with appearances in The Aviator (2004) and Click (2006).
Since being cast as Selene in the Underworld film series (2003–2016), Beckinsale has become known primarily for her work in action films, including Van Helsing (2004), Whiteout (2009), Contraband (2012), and Total Recall (2012). She also continues to make appearances in smaller dramatic projects such as Snow Angels (2007), Nothing but the Truth (2008), and Everybody's Fine (2009).
|Eve Myles1978Age 40||Eve Myles is a Welsh actress from Ystradgynlais. In 2000 she began portraying Ceri Lewis in the BBC drama series Belonging, a role she would play until the end of the series in 2009. Myles' early UK-wide television credits included the 2001 miniseries Tales from Pleasure Beach and the 2003 television drama Colditz. In 2005, she auditioned for a part in the revived series of Doctor Who, and landed the role of servant girl Gwyneth, in the Series 1 episode "The Unquiet Dead", alongside Billie Piper and Christopher Eccleston.|
|Monica Raymund1986Age 32||Monica Raymund is an American actress known for her roles as Maria "Ria" Torres in the Fox crime drama Lie to Me (2009–2011), Dana Lodge in the CBS legal drama The Good Wife (2011–2012) and Gabriela Dawson Casey in the NBC drama Chicago Fire (2012–2018).|
|Elizabeth Gillies1993Age 25||Elizabeth Gillies is an American actress and singer. She began her career in commercials. Her first television appearance was in The Black Donnellys (2007). From 2010 to 2013, she played Jade West in the Nickelodeon series Victorious. She had a main role in the FX comedy series Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll (2015–2016). Since 2017, Gillies has starred as Fallon Carrington in The CW's series Dynasty, a reboot of the 1980s series of the same name.
Gillies made her Broadway debut at age 15 in the musical 13, playing the character of Lucy. She has also appeared in feature films, including the horror film Animal (2014) and the comedy film Vacation (2015).
|Andre Green1998Age 20||Andre Green is an English professional footballer who plays as a winger for Aston Villa. He has represented England from under-16 to under-20 level.
He played 12 times for Portsmouth scoring 5 goals between 2018 – 2019.
Brett Pitman showed his poacher’s instincts, but Pompey had to settle for a pre-season stalemate against Brighton.
The match was played at the Premier League side’s Elite Football Performance Centre and both sides fielded a strong line-up.
There did not look a two division gap between the teams, with the Blues looking assured in possession and strong at the back.
And it looked like victory was on the cards when Pitman prodded home, only for Anthony Knockaert to head home an equaliser.
The game was split into three 25-minute periods, with Pompey changing the majority of their side two-thirds of the way through the contest.
They certainly did not look overawed against their top-flight opponents and created the better chances in the early stages.
Pitman did deal with a Seagulls corner at the near post, while a long-range effort from Knockaert flew over the bar.
But it was the Blues that almost broke the deadlock when Pitman stooped to reach Brandon Haunstrup’s corner and saw his header come back off the post.
Knockaert then threw himself in front of Lee Brown’s drive to deny the left-back following a neat spell of possession from the visitors.
There were also half-chances for Haunstrup and Pitman as Pompey finished the opening third on top.
End Of First Period
Brighton & Hove Albion 0
Pitman thought he should have won a penalty when the action restarted after trying to meet a Haunstrup corner.
The skipper could only turn the ball over as he went to ground under pressure from the Brighton back-line, but the referee was not interested in his appeals.
It might have been billed as a friendly, but that did not stifle either side’s competitive instincts, with plenty of healthy challenges being made.
One of them led to a Blues free-kick and although Pitman got plenty of pace on his effort, the striker’s radar was slightly off.
Craig MacGillivray was relatively untroubled at the other end and although he was briefly wrong-footed by Yves’ Bissouma’s deflected shot, the keeper recovered to comfortably gather.
End Of Second Period
Brighton & Hove Albion 0
The visitors made multiple changes for the final third, with only Pitman and Haunstrup remaining on the pitch.
And it was PITMAN who broke the deadlock seconds after the restart, bundling the ball over the line from close range after Adam May’s corner had been headed towards goal by Christian Burgess.
Substitute Seagulls stopper Hugo Keto then kept out Pitman’s curling effort to stop his side falling further behind.
But Brighton almost found an equaliser moments later, with Ezequiel Schelotto getting into the box and striking the base of the post.
Oliver Norwood then delivered a dangerous free-kick from wide on the right that Beram Kayal glanced narrowly wide.
But the equaliser did arrive on 67 minutes, with Tomer Hemed doing well to beat his man and swing in a cross that Knockaert in.
It was the Seagulls who looked more likely to grab a winner in the closing stages, although Pompey held firm at the back to ensure the spoils were shared.
Brighton (4-4-1-1): Ryan (Keto 51); Schelotto, Duffy, White, Bong (Gyokeres 51); Knockaert, Bissouma (Mandriou 51), Kyal, Suttner; Norwood; Hemed (Collar 51)
Goals: Knockaert 67
Subs not used: Moore, Davies
Pompey (4-4-2): MacGillivray (McGee 51); Thompson (Smith 51), Whatmough (Burgess 51), Clarke (Casey 51), Brown (Dennis 51); Lowe (Chaplin 51), Naylor (May 51), Walkes (Rose 51), Haunstrup; Pitman (c), Curtis (Hawkins 51)
Goals: Pitman 51
Subs not used: Flint, Lethbridge
India Joy Eisley (born October 29, 1993) is an American actress. She is known for her role as Ashley Juergens in the ABC Family television series The Secret Life of the American Teenager, and her roles as Eve in 2012 film Underworld: Awakening, Sawa in the 2014 film Kite, and Audrina in the 2016 television film My Sweet Audrina.
Thor: The Dark World
A year after Loki's devastating alien attack on New York, the Mighty Thor along with his friends Lady Sif and the Warriors Three fight to save the Nine Realms from deadly threats. When Thor's girlfriend Jane Foster discovers a fluid like weapon called the Aether, she unknowingly awakens the evil Malekith and his Dark Elf army. With this, Asgard may be facing it's darkest hour. Thor forms an uneasy alliance with his nemesis Loki to save Jane, stop Malekith and save the Nine Realms from total chaos and darkness.
Oli Hawkins and Jamal Lowe were on target as Pompey beat Swindon 2-0 in their latest pre-season fixture.
There were chances at both ends during an opening 45 minutes that occasionally burst into life amidst quiet spells.
But Hawkins headed home the opener following the restart and Lowe tucked in a second to secure victory for Kenny Jackett’s troops.
A healthy following made the journey up from the south coast and they were vocal in their support for former Fratton hero Matt Taylor, who was skippering the hosts.
Pompey were quickly out of the blocks and there were just 16 seconds on the clock when Ronan Curtis’ long-range effort dipped narrowly over the crossbar.
Chris Robertson soon made a key block after Lowe had latched on to a threaded pass from Conor Chaplin.
A corner then caused the Robins problems and when the ball fell to Lowe on the edge of the box, he dragged his shot wide.
But it was the hosts who almost broke the deadlock on seven minutes when Ellis Iandolo met Kyle Knoyle’s cross, only for Craig MacGillivray to get down to his left and make a fine save.
The intensity of the game slowed after that bright opening, although Pompey were still looking dangerous from corners.
Lee Brown sent some dangerous deliveries into the box, which both Hawkins and Matt Clarke failed to capitalise on.
Chaplin attempted a more ambitious effort midway through the first half, with an acrobatic over-head volley that flew past the post.
It was Swindon who finished the half on top, however, and Steven Alzate curled narrowly wide, while Iandolo was inches away from meeting a cross from the evergreen Taylor.
Swindon Town 0
Pompey made a change at the start of the second half, as Anton Walkes made way for Danny Rose in the centre of midfield.
It was their opponents who first to threaten following the restart, however, as Alzate’s drive was deflected wide.
Then, at the other end, Hawkins rose at the far post to meet a Curtis cross and the ball flew into the side netting.
And when Lowe was fouled on the right, Elijah Adebayo had to nod clear Brown’s free-kick before Clarke could pounce.
But the deadlock was finally broken just before the hour mark, as HAWKINS converted Lowe’s cross with a thumping header.
Swindon tried to get back on level terms, with Tom Naylor – wearing the captain’s armband – and Rose both making brave blocks.
Clarke then had to clear from the line when Dion Conroy juggled the ball and hooked it inventively towards the net.
Swindon were looking the more adventurous side by this point, but it was certainly not all one-way traffic and Hawkins glanced Chaplin’s centre narrowly wide.
The action soon switched back up the other end of the pitch and Adebayo’s hit a fierce strike that fizzed past the upright.
But victory was secured on 72 minutes after a low drive from Curtis was deflected into Chaplin’s path.
He sent the ball across the face of goal and LOWE was there to bundle home and double the Blues’ lead.
Swindon made a triple substitution late on, with former Pompey players James Dunne and Toumani Diagouraga both entering the fray.
They were unable to help the hosts mount a comeback, however, as the closing stages passed by without much incident.
Swindon (4-1-4-1): Vigouroux; Knoyle, Robertson, Conroy (Romanski 66), Taylor (c); Smith (McCourt 81); McGlashan (Edwards 88), Alzate (Diagouraga 81), Iandolo (Dunne 81), Anderson; Adebayo
Subs not used: McCormick, Young, Twine, Pryce, Henry
Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; Thompson, Whatmough, Clarke, Brown; Naylor (c), Walkes (Rose 46); Lowe, Chaplin, Curtis; Hawkins
Goals: Hawkins 58, Lowe 72
Subs not used: McGee, Burgess, Casey, Haunstrup, May, Evans, Dennis, Smith, Pitman