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|Bobby Doyle1953Age 65||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.
He played 197 times for Portsmouth scoring 18 goals between 1980 – 1985.
|Mark Stimson1967Age 51||Mark Stimson is an English former footballer and is currently manager of AFC Hornchurch. 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.
He played 77 times for Portsmouth scoring 4 goals between 1992 – 1996.
|Emilie de Ravin1981Age 37||Emilie de Ravin is an Australian-American actress. She starred as Tess Harding on Roswell (2000–2002), Claire Littleton on the ABC drama Lost (2004–2010), and as Belle on the ABC drama Once Upon a Time (2012–2018).
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 starred in Remember Me (2010).
|Lily Cole1987Age 31||Lily Cole is an English model and actress. 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.
Cole's first leading role as an actress was as Valentina in the 2009 film The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. Her other film work includes Passages, a short directed by Shekhar Kapur, and There Be Dragons directed by Roland Joffé.
|Olivia Cooke1993Age 25||Olivia Cooke is an English actress. She played Emma Decody in A&E's drama-thriller series Bates Motel from 2013 to 2017, and in 2018 she starred as Becky Sharp in the miniseries, Vanity Fair. Cooke has also starred in the horror 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), the horror-mystery The Limehouse Golem (2016), the thriller Thoroughbreds (2017), and the Steven Spielberg-directed science-fiction film Ready Player One (2018).|
There was a distinct lack of Christmas cheer at Priestfield, as Gillingham inflicted their second defeat of the season over Pompey.
The visitors were in control for long periods of the contest, but suffered a distinctly off day in front of goal.
And Josh Parker made the most of a rare chance for their opponents to net the first goal of the contest just before half-time.
The Blues had to play the closing stages a man down, with Nathan Thompson limping off after all three changes had been made.
And Gillingham then made sure of all three points in stoppage-time, as Callum Reilly fired home a penalty.
Kenny Jackett stuck with the same side that beat promotion rivals Sunderland on home soil at the weekend.
And there did not appear to be any festive fatigue, as the visitors set about dominating the opening 45 minutes.
But for all their control of possession and neat passing build-up, Gills keeper Tomas Holy was not really tested.
A sliced effort from Ronan Curtis was blocked before it could trouble the stopper, who tipped away a Gareth Evans delivery before the Republic of Ireland international could capitalise.
Moments later, a teasing ball across the face of goal from Ben Thompson somehow managed to evade everyone.
Pompey did go close on eight minutes when a fierce goal-bound effort from Evans took a deflection to divert the ball off target.
Oli Hawkins – who was clearly having his shirt tugged by Alex Lacey – then sent an effort agonisingly wide of the post.
It was pretty much one-way traffic, but the Blues were just lacking that final killer ball to really hurt their hosts.
They won a total of seven corners before the break and a couple of them were headed off target by Hawkins.
And the striker met another Evans set-piece – after Holy had pushed Curtis’ effort wide – only for Barry Fuller to clear from the line.
But the Blues were then caught out by a sucker-punch just before the interval, as a cross from Elliott List was emphatically headed home by Parker.
Pompey immediately set about trying to find a leveller once the action restarted and the hosts eventually hacked clear following a scramble in their box.
A low right-sided delivery from Ben Thompson then somehow managed to evade both Jamal Lowe and Hawkins.
But Gillingham soon threatened at the other end, with Dean Parrett’s deep free-kick missing everyone and having to be pushed behind by Craig MacGillivray.
Holy should at least have been tested on 54 minutes when an unmarked Evans collected a pass from Lee Brown, only to fire over the bar.
Pompey’s skipper hit a cleaner effort from long-range soon after, although the ball was comfortably held by the keeper.
It was generally proving pretty profligate from the visitors and Hawkins could not send his header on target after getting above Gabriel Zakuani to meet a Curtis cross.
And the striker was withdrawn just before the hour mark, with Brett Pitman coming on to add some fresh legs to the forward line.
Jackett made his other two changes not long after, as Lowe and Curtis made way for Andre Green and David Wheeler.
It was Pitman who had the first chance to level, but was unable to make contact with Brown’s low cross at the near post.
And the Blues were dealt a blow when Nathan Thompson pulled up on 77 minutes and had to be helped off the pitch.
With all three substitutions having already been made, it meant the visitors would need to see out the rest of the game with just 10 men.
And their opponents almost took advantage when the ball fell for Billy Bingham inside the box, but he could not beat MacGillivray.
Pompey kept plugging away, but Pitman’s effort – taken on the turn after collecting Green’s pass – lacked enough power to trouble Holy.
And the hosts wrapped things up when Whatmough crudely ended List’s path to goal, with Reilly confidently slamming home the spot-kick.
Gillingham (4-1-4-1): Holy; Fuller, Lacey, Zakuani (c), Ogilvie; Byrne; List, Parrett (Bingham 69), Reilly, Hanlan (O’Neill 76); Parker (Mbo 90+2)
Goals: Parker 45, Reilly 90+1 (pen)
Booked: Byrne, Fuller
Subs not used: Hadler, Garmston, Rees, Charles-Cook
Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; N.Thompson, Whatmough, Clarke, Brown; Naylor, B.Thompson; Lowe (Green 69), Evans (c), Curtis (Wheeler 69); Hawkins (Pitman 59)
Subs not used: Bass, Walkes, Burgess, Close
Referee: Nicholas Kinseley
Attendance: 6,940 (1,637 Pompey fans)
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|Carl Baker1982Age 36||Carl Baker is an English professional footballer who plays as a winger or as an attacking midfielder for National League North club Nuneaton Borough.He has made over 450 professional career appearances in the Football League and Conference as well as domestic cup competitions, including 160 appearances for Coventry City.
He played 50 times for Portsmouth scoring 9 goals between 2016 – 2017.
|Noel Hunt1982Age 36||Noel Hunt is an Irish footballer, who is currently player/assistant manager for Swindon Town. He began his career in Ireland with Shamrock Rovers, also playing for Waterford United on loan. He moved to Scotland in 2003, where he played for Dunfermline Athletic and Dundee United. He has played in England since 2008, with spells at Reading, Leeds United, Ipswich Town and Southend United prior to joining Portsmouth in 2016.
He played 26 times for Portsmouth scoring 1 goal between 2016 – 2017.
|Roxanne Pallett1982Age 36||Roxanne Pallett is an English actress and former broadcaster. She played Jo Sugden in the ITV soap opera Emmerdale from 2005 to 2008, and has starred in the horror films Lake Placid 3 (2010), Wrong Turn 6: Last Resort (2014) and Devil's Tower (2014). Pallett has appeared in several reality TV shows including Celebrity Stars in Their Eyes (2005), Soapstar Superstar (2006–07), Dancing on Ice (2009), Celebrity Big Brother (2018), Celebrity Island with Bear Grylls (2018) and Celebrity Coach Trip (2019).|
|Eden Sher1991Age 27||Eden Sher is an American actress, best known for her role as Sue Heck on the ABC comedy series The Middle and as the voice of Star Butterfly on the Disney XD original animated series Star vs. the Forces of Evil. She won the 2013 Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her performance in The Middle.|
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|Kenny Everett1944Died : 4 Apr 1995Aged 50||Kenny Everett was a British comedian, best known as a radio disc jockey.
Everett’s first broadcasting job was on Radio London, one of the earliest pirate stations. Here he teamed up with Dave Cash for the popular Kenny & Cash Show. After a spell at Radio Luxemburg, he joined BBC Radio 1, where he developed his trademark voices and surreal characters, which he later adapted for TV. But he was sacked after making provocative remarks about a government minister’s wife, as well as coming into conflict with the Musicians’ Union. When commercial radio stations became licensed in the UK, Everett joined Capital Radio, teaming up again with Dave Cash, and producing the ground-breaking World's Worst Record Show.
|CCH Pounder1952Age 66||CCH Pounder is a Guyanese American actress who has appeared in numerous plays, films, made-for-television films and television miniseries and has made guest appearances on notable television shows. From 1994 to 1997, she played Dr. Angela Hicks in the medical drama ER. From 2002 to 2008, she starred as Detective Claudette Wyms in the FX police drama The Shield. In 2009, she appeared as Mo'at in James Cameron's film Avatar. She starred in recurring roles as Mrs. Irene Frederic on the series Warehouse 13 and DA Thyne Patterson on the FX series Sons of Anarchy. Currently, she portrays medical examiner Dr. Loretta Wade on NCIS: New Orleans.|
|Chris Kamara1957Age 61||Chris Kamara is an English former professional footballer and football manager who now works as a presenter and football analyst at Sky Sports. As a player, he was known as a tough-tackling midfielder. He joined the Royal Navy at the age of 16, before being signed up to Portsmouth in November 1974. He spent three years at the club before being sold on to Swindon Town for £14,000. He returned to Portsmouth in 1981 for a £50,000 fee, but was traded to Brentford in October 1981. He spent four years with the "Bees" before leaving the club after picking up a runners-up medal in the Football League Trophy in 1985.
He played 84 times for Portsmouth scoring 10 goals between 1975 – 1981.
|Dido1971Age 47||Dido is an English singer and songwriter. Dido attained international success with her debut album No Angel (1999). It sold over 21 million copies worldwide, and won her several awards, including two Brit Awards for Best British Female and Best Album, the MTV Europe Music Award for Best New Act, and two NRJ Awards for Best New Act and Best Album. Her next album, Life for Rent (2003), continued her success with the hit singles "White Flag" and "Life for Rent". In 2004 Dido performed with other British and Irish artists in the Band Aid 20 version of the charity single "Do They Know It's Christmas?".|
|Georgia Moffett1984Age 34||Georgia Moffett is an English actress. She played Detective Inspector Samantha Nixon's daughter Abigail in The Bill. She played The Doctor's clone daughter Jenny in the Doctor Who episode "The Doctor's Daughter" and Lady Vivian in the show Merlin.|
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|John Levene1941Age 77||John Levene is an English actor. His best-known role was that of Corporal, Sergeant, and later Warrant Officer, John Benton, of the UNIT in the science-fiction television series Doctor Who.|
|Mark Valley1964Age 54||Mark Valley is an American film and television actor, best known for his roles as Brad Chase on the TV drama Boston Legal, Oliver Richard on the NBC drama Harry's Law, FBI Special Agent John Scott on Fringe, Christopher Chance in the Fox's action drama Human Target, and Tommy Sullivan in ABC's Body of Proof.|
|Neil Barrett1981Age 37||Neil Barrett is an English semi-professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Isthmian League Premier Division club Metropolitan Police.
HE played 26 times for Portsmouth scoring 2 goals between 2001 – 2002.
|Vincent Caso1991Age 27||Vincent Caso is an American actor and writer best known for his co-starring role as Bladezz on the critically acclaimed web series The Guild.|
Pompey ensured it would be a very Merry Christmas by seeing off Sunderland in a pulsating encounter on the south coast.
There was plenty of energy, but little goalmouth action before the break – but that certainly changed after it.
Gareth Evans opened the scoring from the penalty spot after Glenn Loovens had been sent off for a foul on Oli Hawkins.
Ronan Curtis soon doubled the advantage, although Luke O’Nien reduced the deficit in front of the biggest crowd Fratton Park had seen for seven years.
Nerves were quickly calmed, however, as Ben Thompson added another for the Blues, who continued to attack right up until the final whistle.
Kenny Jackett stuck with the same side that had battled for a point up at Barnsley the previous week.
However, David Wheeler had sufficiently recovered from a hamstring injury to take his place among the substitutes.
The atmosphere inside a packed Fratton Park was crackling before a ball had been kicked and continued to impress throughout the contest.
But while the action on the pitch was often played at a hectic pace, there were not many clear-cut chances to excite the sell-out crowd during the first half.
Ronan Curtis was a threat for the hosts and Jon McLaughlin came tearing from his line to deny the Republic of Ireland international a shot.
A shot for O’Nien then hit Nathan Thompson right in the face, with the right-back looking dazed, but able to continue.
Pompey put some dangerous balls into the mixer, but the Sunderland defence looked solid and headed everything clear.
Hawkins thought he should have been awarded a penalty midway through the half after having his shirt tugged by O’Nien, although referee Peter Bankes disagreed.
There were plenty of firm challenges going in, with Lee Brown and Lee Cattermole both receiving a talking to following one clash.
Hawkins was booked by Bankes for a foul on Loovens, with Curtis and O’Nien also getting a ticking off.
Duncan Watmore did well down the Pompey right on 36 minutes, only to see his cross deflected into Craig MacGillivray’s arms.
And the Black Cats had the best chance of the half just before the break, with Watmore squaring for Lynden Gooch, whose shot was saved by the legs of MacGillivray.
It had been entertaining fare before the break, but the action moved up a few gears immediately after the restart.
A brilliant ball from Curtis was latched on to by Hawkins, who charged into the box and was unceremoniously hauled down by Loovens.
Bankes immediately pointed to the spot and life soon got worse for the Sunderland defender, who was shown a red card.
It was EVANS who stepped up to take the penalty, with the skipper slamming the ball right into the top corner.
And it soon got even better for the league leaders after CURTIS collected a header from the hard-working Hawkins.
It looked like crossing for the well-placed Jamal Lowe was the better option, but instead he drove the ball into the net from a tight angle.
But the action was not going to let-up and Sunderland reduced their deficit when O’Nien turned home a cross from Max Power.
It was soon the Blues back on the attack and an effort from Evans was deflected narrowly past the post.
The respite was a brief one for the visitors, however, as they fell further behind from the resulting corner.
McLaughlin did well to keep out a firm Hawkins header, but Sunderland could not get the ball clear and Ben THOMPSON’s drive was deflected into the roof of the net.
The opportunities kept coming at both ends, with another attempt from the on-loan Millwall midfielder going wide, while Gooch blazed over for the Black Cats.
MacGillivray then took a heavy touch from Brown’s back-pass, but recovered well to deny Gooch.
Hawkins almost capped his impressive display with a goal on 73 minutes, sending his header from a Curtis cross inches past the post.
He received a standing ovation when being replaced by Brett Pitman soon after, with Evans having already been withdrawn for Ben Close.
And the two substitutes combined to put the ball in the net late on, only for Pitman to be flagged offside.
Pompey looked likely to add to the scoring in the closing stages and Close had a shot saved by McLaughlin.
But the crowd did not seem to mind settling for just the 3-1 win, as they exited the ground full of festive glee.
Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; N.Thompson, Whatmough, Clarke, Brown; Naylor, B.Thompson; Lowe, Evans (c) (Close 72), Curtis (Green 87); Hawkins (Pitman 81)
Goals: Evans 48 (pen), Curtis 53, B.Thompson 63
Booked: Hawkins, Curtis, N.Thompson
Subs not used: Bass, Walkes, Burgess, Wheeler
Sunderland (4-1-2-1-2): McLaughlin; O’Nien, Loovens, Baldwin, James; Cattermole; Honeyman (c) (Maguire 58), Power; McGeady (Sinclair 78); Gooch, Watmore (Ozturk 49)
Goals: O’Nien 57
Sent off: Loovens
Subs not used: Ruiter, Oviedo, McGeouch, Maja
Referee: Peter Bankes
Attendance: 19,402 (2,637 away fans)
War Of The Worlds
16 December 2018
My 4th trip to see the “big” show (I don’t count the mini version in London) and it did not disappoint.
No weeak links this time like Marti Pellows terrible performance and apart from a small wardrobe malfunction with Carrie Hope Fletchers dress it appeared to go okay although the ghost levitation was missing but I read this had not worked on opening night so maybe it was dropped from the show.
Hopefully it will not be the last time I see the show.
Pompey will definitely be top of the League One table at Christmas after securing a 1-1 draw against fellow promotion hopefuls Barnsley at Oakwell.
But they might have been celebrating an even greater haul, as Gareth Evans drilled them into the lead just before the break.
Amidst a freezing downpour, however, Cauley Woodrow levelled in the second half and the Blues were forced to hold on at the end.
A stalemate was probably not the biggest surprise, with the hosts boasting an unbeaten home league record and the visitors having not been beaten on the road.
Kenny Jackett stuck with the same side that were beaten by Charlton on home soil earlier in the week.
But with Luke McGee suffering from a hand injury, Alex Bass was recalled from a loan spell at Torquay to sit on the bench.
It was not exactly the right day for a neat, passing game of football, with freezing rain falling from the South Yorkshire sky throughout.
That did not seem to dampen the entertainment on offer, however, as the game was often played at a frantic pace.
It was the hosts who looked on top for much of the first half, although they were let down by some poor finishing.
Pompey actually had the first opening, but Ronan Curtis took a heavy touch from Jamal Lowe’s threaded pass, allowing Adam Davies to come from his line and claim.
Craig MacGillivray was the busier of the two keepers, however, and he had his palms stung by Woodrow.
Meanwhile, some vital tracking back from Evans and Lowe denied Cameron McGeehan and George Moncur respectively.
MacGillivray was called into action again midway through the first half, palming over a fierce drive from Woodrow.
The keeper also kept out an angled Moncur shot, while an effort from McGeehan was then diverted off target.
There was a brief interruption soon after, as one of the floodlights failed, but after consulting with both managers, referee Jon Moss decided it was fine to continue.
Pompey threatened on 33 minutes when Lee Brown whipped in a dangerous cross that Lowe volleyed wide.
Kieffer Moore fired wastefully wide at the other end, while some more good defending from Lowe stopped Brad Potts’ surge.
It was Barnsley on top as the interval approached, but the Blues were able to break the deadlock on 43 minutes.
Alex Mowatt tried to clear the ball, only to send it straight into the path of EVANS, who hit a crisp left-footed shot into the bottom corner from the edge of the box.
Both sides were struggling to keep hold of possession once the action restarted, no doubt hindered by the wet and windy conditions.
Long-range efforts from Jacob Brown and Potts went over the bar, as Barnsley went in search of a leveller.
The home crowd were growing frustrated and were appealing to Moss for some soft penalties, with each turned down by the official.
But their mood improved just after the hour mark, as Potts sent in a low cross that Woodrow neatly turned home at the near post.
Barnsley moved up a few gears after that, only for the Blues to then create an opening on the counter-attack.
Ben Thompson collected the ball in the centre and fed Oli Hawkins, whose low drive was kept out by the boot of Davies.
Curtis thought he should have been awarded a penalty after going down in the box, but Moss thought he fell too easily and brandished a yellow card.
The Republic of Ireland international was withdrawn moments later, with Anton Walkes coming on and Nathan Thompson joining Matt Clarke and Jack Whatmough in a back three.
It was still the Tykes looking more of a threat as the game entered its closing stages and Tom Naylor bravely threw himself in front of a thunderous Woodrow effort.
And they almost snatched a late winner, with Moore collecting a pass from Lloyd Isgrove, turning and sending a low shot inches past the post.
Barnsley (4-4-2): Davies (c); Cavare (Brown 46), Jackson, Pinnock, Pinillos; Potts (Thiam 80), Mowatt, McGeehan, Moncur (Isgrove 63); Moore, Woodrow
Goals: Woodrow 61
Booked: McGeehan, Woodrow
Subs not used: Greatorex, Lindsay, Bahre, Adeboyejo
Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; N.Thompson, Whatmough, Clarke, Brown; Naylor, B.Thompson; Lowe, Evans (c), Curtis (Walkes 75); Hawkins
Goals: Evans 43
Booked: Naylor, Curtis, Brown
Subs not used: Bass, Burgess, Close, Donohue, Green, Pitman
Referee: Jon Moss
Attendance: 12,441 (1,674 Pompey fans)