Jan 032018
 

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1944 – John Milkins

John Milkins was an English professional footballer  whose career ran from the start of the 1960s to the end of the 1970s.

Milkins won one England Youth cap whilst with his first club Portsmouth, to whom he was to give 15 years of loyal service . He made his debut for the first team in their very last match in the English First Division, although he was to wait a further two years for his next appearance. In all Milkins was to make over 300 appearances for Pompey and was to prove such a popular player that in 1970 he was awarded the inaugural Player of the Year trophy. The following year he was awarded a testimonial against local rivals Saints which resulted in an ignominious 0–7 defeat. In the 1974 close season he was sold to Oxford United for whom he played sporadically until his last league appearance in May 1979. He then joined now defunct Southern League side Waterlooville and, after two years as first-choice goalkeeper, became player-manager during the 1981-82 season. At the end of that season he retired from playing but continued as first-team manager until December 1983. During his two years as manager of Waterlooville the club were promoted to the Premier Division, reached the final of the Southern League Cup, and reached the first round proper of the F.A. Cup where they played against league opposition for the only time in their history, losing to Northampton Town after two replays. After being replaced as Waterlooville manager by Ernie Bradwell part-way through the 1983-84 season, Milkins then ran a sports shop/ snooker hall consortium.

Milkins played 389 times for Portsmouth between 1960 – 1974

Age 74


1958 – Simon Greenall

Simon James Greenall is an English actor, writer, producer and voice artist, well known for his roles as Michael in the BBC TV series I’m Alan Partridge, as well as in Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa, the Caretaker in the CBBC game show Trapped!, Richard in Lucy Sullivan Is Getting Married and various roles in TV comedies such as Harry Enfield’s Television Programme, The Armstrong and Miller Show, Alas Smith and Jones and The Impressions Show with Culshaw and Stephenson.

As a voice artist, Greenall is known for voicing Captain Barnacles in Bromwell High, the Twins in the Shaun the Sheep Movie, Captain Barnacles in The Octonauts and Aleksander the meerkat in the comparethemarket.com commercials.

Age 60


1971 – Sarah Alexander

Sarah Alexander is an English actress. She is best known for her roles in British series such as Armstrong and Miller, Smack the Pony, Coupling, The Worst Week of My Life, Green Wing, Marley’s Ghosts and Jonathan Creek.

Age 47


1975 – Danica McKellar

Danica Mae McKellar is an American actress, mathematics writer, and education advocate. She played Kevin Arnold’s on-off girlfriend Winnie Cooper in the television series The Wonder Years, and later wrote five non-fiction books: Math Doesn’t Suck, Kiss My Math, Hot X: Algebra Exposed, Girls Get Curves: Geometry Takes Shape, which encourage middle-school and high-school girls to have confidence and succeed in mathematics, and Goodnight, numbers. From 2010–2012 and 2018–present, McKellar voiced Miss Martian in the animated superhero series Young Justice. In 2015, McKellar was cast in the Netflix original series Project Mc2.

Age 43


1996 – Florence Pugh

Florence Pugh is an English actress.

Pugh’s debut performance was in the mystery drama The Falling (2014). For her role as a precocious teenager in the film, she was nominated for Best British Newcomer at the 2014 BFI London Film Festival. She was also nominated for Best Young British/Irish performer at The London Film Critics’ Circle Awards.

In 2015, she got her first lead role in the TV pilot for Studio City, with Eric Mccormack. Next, she played the lead in William Oldroyd’s feature film Lady Macbeth (2016). She starred in the ITV drama Marcella and in The Commuter with Liam Neeson. In October 2016, she was announced as a “Star of Tomorrow” by Screen International. In December 2016, she was selected by an international jury for the 2016 BAFTA Breakthrough Brit Award. Also in December 2016, she won The Evening Standard Breakthrough of The Year Award for Lady Macbeth. In February 2017, she won The Dublin Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress at The Dublin International Film Festival.

In January 2017, it was announced that she will play the lead role in Fighting with My Family, a film written and directed by Stephen Merchant and based on the life of professional wrestler Paige.

Age 22


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Jan 022018
 

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1948 – Deborah Watling

Deborah Patricia Watling was an English actress known for her role as Victoria Waterfield, a companion of the Second Doctor in the BBC television series Doctor Who.

Died: 21 July 2017

Aged 69


1984 – Marcus Bean

Marcus Tristam Bean is a professional footballer who plays as a holding midfielder for Wycombe Wanderers. He has represented Jamaica at full international level on multiple occasions.

Bean played 6 times for Portsmouth scoring 1 goal in 2014

Age 34


Deaths



1983 – Dick Emery

Born: 19 February 1915

Richard Gilbert Emery was an English comedian and actor. Beginning on radio in the 1950s, an eponymous television series ran from 1963 to 1981.

Died Aged 67


On This Day

Jan 012018
 

Match Report

League One


 

Bristol Rovers    2

 


 

Portsmouth    1

 


Pompey suffered a cruel opening to 2018 after Bristol Rovers struck two late goals to secure all three points at the Memorial Stadium.

The visitors took the lead in an often scrappy contest when Oliver Hawkins headed home in the second half.

And there were opportunities to extend the advantage before Stuart Sinclair struck following a period of Pirates pressure.

It looked like the spoils were to be shared, only for Liam Sercombe to drill a winner in the dying moments.

Kenny Jackett made two enforced changes from the side that saw off Northampton on home soil at the weekend.

Danny Rose and Gareth Evans both limped off against the Cobblers, so in came Adam May and Jamal Lowe.

Pompey’s injury problems were clear from a look at the bench, with Theo Widdrington recalled from a loan spell with the Hawks and joining academy prospects Matt Casey and Dan Smith.

It was the hosts who looked brighter in the opening stages and Luke McGee got down well to deal with a long-range attempt from Billy Bodin.

But the Blues soon grew into the game and were enjoying plenty of possession, without being able to test Adam Smith between the sticks.

A couple of balls into the box had to be hacked to safety, while Lowe’s effort was deflected narrowly wide.

There was danger at the other end when Lee Brown sent a dangerous delivery into the mixer, only for Bodin to collide with Sinclair as they both tried to meet it.

It was certainly the hosts looking more fluent as the half progressed and May charged down Rory Gaffney’s strike, before Tom Broadbent’s surging run was halted by Christian Burgess.

Pompey were still trying to create chances of their own, however, and Smith had to keep out Brett Pitman’s drive at his near post following good work down the right from Nathan Thompson.

Matt Clarke then looked like he was about to convert Dion Donohue’s free-kick, only for the keeper to come off his line and punch clear.

It was a decent spell from Pompey and Joe Partington had to divert the ball behind when Pitman – given plenty of stick for his Bristol City connections – stretched to reach Thompson’s cross.

The action then swung back in Rovers’ favour, although pressing from the Blues back-line was leaving the home crowd frustrated.


Half Time

Bristol Rovers 0

Portsmouth 0


Pompey won an early corner once play restarted and Burgess sent a header looping narrowly over from Donohue’s delivery.

But it was Rovers who came close to breaking the deadlock on 51 minutes, as the ball pinged around the Blues box.

Bodin’s effort was kept out by the feet of McGee and when it was sent back into the area, Tom Nichols diverted it narrowly off target.

There was a melee in the opposite area on the hour mark, but when Pitman centred the ball, Chris Lines was well-placed to hack it clear.

And the visitors did forge ahead on 64 minutes, as a HAWKINS rose to meet May’s fine cross and guide a precision header past the desperate dive of Smith.

They came close to doubling their advantage, only for a Ben Close thunderbolt to be blocked by a Rovers shirt in a packed box.

And Matty Kennedy then did well to trick his way into space and flash a low shot narrowly past the post.

But Bodin came close to a leveller at the other end on 77 minutes, with a rising effort that McGee had to palm over the crossbar.

Rovers were piling on plenty of pressure in the closing stages and it finally paid off with a late leveller.

Bodin’s strike was sav ed by McGee, but he could not keep hold of the ball and Sinclair followed up to find the net.

And the Blues were left heartbroken when, in the 90th minute, a free-kick was played to Sercombe, who drilled a shot into the bottom corner.

Bristol Rovers (4-3-3): Smith; Partington, Lockyer (c), Broadbent (Sweeney 59), Brown; Sinclair, Clarke (Sercombe 74), Lines; Bodin, Nichols, Gaffney (Harrison 74)
Goals: Sinclair 84, Sercombe 90
Booked: Partington
Subs not used: Slocombe, Bola, Moore, Telford

Pompey (4-2-3-1): McGee; Thompson, Burgess, Clarke, Donohue; Close, May; Lowe (Bennett 90+2), Pitman (c) (Main 81), Kennedy; Hawkins
Goals: Hawkins 64
Subs not used: Bass, Casey, Widdrington, Smith, Chaplin

Referee: David Webb

Attendance: 10,014 (1,165 Pompey fans)


Portsmouth FC

Jan 012018
 

Ana de Armas

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Gallery update


Ana Celia de Armas Caso (born 30 April 1988) is a Cuban actress. She made her acting debut in 2006 in the Spanish film Una rosa de Francia. She also starred in the popular Spanish television show El Internado. In 2015, she starred in her first American film Knock Knock followed by Exposed, Hands of Stone and War Dogs. In 2017, she had a starring role in the critically acclaimed Blade Runner 2049 as Joi.

Ana de Armas was born in Santa Cruz del Norte and raised in Havana, Cuba. She decided at age 12 to become an actress, and attended the National Theater School of Cuba.

De Armas made her acting debut in 2006, portraying the role of Marie on Una rosa de Francia, starring with Alex Gonzalez. At the age of 18, she moved to Spain. Her first major television success there was the Spanish TV series El Internado, in which she starred as Carolina Leal, airing on Antena 3 in 2007. She continued her career in the film Mentiras y gordas (2009), the TV series Hispania, la leyenda (2010–2012), and Blind Alley (2011).


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Jan 012018
 

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2001 – Angourie Rice

    

Angourie Rice is an Australian film actress known for her lead roles in These Final Hours and The Nice Guys.

Rice played a lead role in the action comedy The Nice Guys (2016), with Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling, directed by Shane Black. The film was released on 20 May 2016 by Warner Bros. Pictures. In 2017, she appeared in Sofia Coppola’s version of Thomas P. Cullinan’s The Beguiled, which premiered at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, where Coppola won the Best Director Award, becoming only the second female to do so. Also that year, Rice appeared as Betty Brant in the reboot Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Age 17


On This Day

Dec 312017
 

The All Time Top 5 Celebrities

Updated ratings of my favourite celebrities. The full Top 10 available here


1

Victoria Justice


2

Rachael Leigh Cook


3

Jenna Coleman


4

Nina Dobrev


5

Chloe Moretz


Top 10   .   Victoria Justice   .   Rachael Leigh Cook   .   Jenna Coleman   .   Nina Dobrev   .   Chloe Moretz

Dec 302017
 

Match Report

League One


 

Portsmouth    3

 


 

Northampton Town    1

 


Pompey finished 2017 on a high as they battled from behind to beat Northampton and climb into the play-off places.

They started poorly, but moved through the gears after Chris Long had put the struggling visitors ahead.

Matty Kennedy and Oliver Hawkins both struck in the space of a few minutes just before the interval.

Hawkins added a second following the restart and it might have been a greater margin of victory without an impressive display from Matt Ingram between the sticks.

Kenny Jackett made three changes from the side that beat AFC Wimbledon on Boxing Day.

One of them was enforced, with Brandon Haunstrup suffering from a knock and being replaced at left-back by Dion Donohue.

Meanwhile, Jamal Lowe and Conor Chaplin both dropped to the bench to make way for Kennedy and Hawkins.

Pompey had a great chance to open the scoring early on when Brett Pitman slipped a pass through to Hawkins, but Ingram stuck out a foot to make the save.

But the hosts looked well below par for most of the first half, perhaps fatigued by the hectic festive schedule.

Northampton tried to make them pay and Luke McGee was forced to back-pedal when Sam Hoskins tried to lob him.

The keeper then got down quickly to his right to make the save when Matt Grimes had a snap-shot from 35 yards.

And a teasing Brendan Moloney delivery flew past both Matt Clarke and Christian Burgess, although Long was unable to make a connection at the far post.

Pompey were forced to make a substitution on 25 minutes when Danny Rose collected a bizarre injury.

A drop ball was called for after Nathan Thompson received treatment on the pitch and John-Joe O’Toole accidentally kicked the midfielder in the leg in the battle for possession.

He was switched for Adam May, leaving the hosts with an extremely youthful central midfield pairing.

The Cobblers then broke the deadlock when Close lost possession and O’Toole sent a through ball to Long, who coolly slotted the ball past McGee.

But that seemed to spark Pompey into life and they managed to score twice in four minutes to turn the match on its head.

It was a lovely finish from KENNEDY to level, with the winger cutting on to his right foot and drilling a low shot into the bottom corner.

And it was an even better effort from HAWKINS to give the Blues the lead, as the striker rose on the edge of the box to expertly steer a deep Burgess pass over Ingram and into the net.


Half Time

Portsmouth 2

Northampton Town 1


Gareth Evans had limped off injured just before the break and he was replaced by Lowe before the game restarted.

The hosts were not content with a narrow lead, though, and Kennedy curled a shot narrowly over at the start of the second half.

And Pompey did find themselves further ahead on 48 minutes, as Donohue sent a perfect cross to the far post, where HAWKINS showed plenty of desire to rise above the defence and head home.

It almost got even better after Pitman’s back-heel was blocked, but Close’s follow-up rattled the crossbar.

The Blues were rampant by this point and it was only a string of saves from the overworked Ingram that was limiting the damage.

He did well to keep out an angled Pitman drive before also getting down to save another Hawkins header.

The keeper was also at his best deny Kennedy, while Lowe should at least have found the target after being sent racing through on goal.

There was, unsurprisingly, a bit of a lull following such a frantic opening to the half, although it was still the hosts looking more likely to add to the scoring.

Burgess went close after racing into the box to meet Kennedy’s free-kick and head narrowly wide of the post.

There were to be no more goals, although Pompey had already done enough to secure the points and their place in the top six.

Pompey (4-2-3-1): McGee; Thompson, Burgess, Clark, Donohue; Close, Rose (May 29); Evans (Lowe 46), Pitman (c) (Chaplin 89), Kennedy; Hawkins
Goals: Kennedy 41, Hawkins 45, 48
Booked: Pitman, Kennedy
Subs not used: Bass, Casey, Bennett, Main

Northampton (4-1-2-1-2): Ingram; Moloney, Poole, Taylor, Buchanan (c); Grimes; Crooks, McGugan; O’Toole (Foley 59); Hoskins (Powell 64), Long (Richards 72)
Goals: Long 36
Booked: McGugan
Subs not used: Cornell, Smith, McWilliams, Waters

Referee: Lee Swabey

Attendance: 18,539 (538 away fans)


Portsmouth FC

Dec 302017
 

Songbird


2017

    


Plot Summary

A shy young singer has to go on a journey to retrieve her stolen voice from a witch.

Review

My name’s in the credits! Yes I took part in the crowdfunding campaign to make sure this got mad, purely as a big fan of Janet Devlin. Obviously a low budget short film but it’s quite charming

IMDb

Rating : NR / 10


IMDb   .   Janet Devlin

Dec 302017
 

On This Day


Births


            


1950 – Billy Rafferty

William Henry “Billy” Rafferty is a retired Scottish footballer who played as a forward. He appeared in the Football League for Coventry City, Blackpool, Plymouth Argyle, Carlisle United, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Newcastle United, Portsmouth and Bournemouth, scoring 145 goals in 468 matches. He finished his career in Portugal with spells at Louletano and Farense.

Rafferty played 112 times for Portsmouth scoring 45 goals between 1980 – 1983

Age 67


1969 – Meredith Monroe

Meredith Monroe is an American actress best known for portraying Andie McPhee on Dawson’s Creek from 1998 to 2000, and her recurring role as Haley Hotchner on Criminal Minds.

Age 48


1980 – Eliza Dushku

    

Eliza Patricia Dushku is an Albanian-Danish-American actress and model known for her television roles, including starring as Faith on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its spinoff series Angel. She starred in two Fox series, Tru Calling and Dollhouse. She is also known for her roles in films, including True Lies, The New Guy, Bring It On, Wrong Turn and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, as well as her voice work on video games.

Age 37


1982 – Kristin Kruek

Kristin Laura Kreuk is a Canadian actress. She is known for the roles of Lana Lang in the superhero television series Smallville and Laurel Yeung in the Canadian teen drama Edgemont. She has also starred in movies such as Snow White: The Fairest of Them All (2001), Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li (2009), and Irvine Welsh’s Ecstasy (2011).

Age 35


On This Day   .   Eliza Dushku

Dec 292017
 

On This Day


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1928 – Bernard Cribbins

Bernard Joseph Cribbins, OBE is an English character actor, voice-over artist and musical comedian with a career spanning over seventy years. He came to prominence in films of the 1960s, and has been in work consistently since his professional debut in the mid-1950s.

Cribbins narrated The Wombles, a BBC children’s television programme that ran for 60 episodes between 1973 and 1975, and played the pretentious guest Mr. Hutchinson in “The Hotel Inspectors” episode of Fawlty Towers (1975), and the belligerent barman in Alfred Hitchcock’s Frenzy (1972). He also recorded several novelty records in the early 1960s and was a regular and prolific performer on the BBC’s Jackanory from 1966 to 1991. Having appeared as Tom Campbell, a companion to Doctor Who in the 1966 feature film Daleks – Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D., Cribbins also appeared four decades later as Wilfred Mott, a companion to television’s Tenth Doctor.

Age 89


1982 – Alison Brie

    

Alison Brie Schermerhorn is an American actress, producer and model. She portrayed Annie Edison in the NBC/Yahoo! sitcom Community (2009–2015) and Trudy Campbell in the AMC drama Mad Men (2007–2015). Brie currently voices Diane Nguyen on the Netflix animated series BoJack Horseman (2014–present) and portrays Ruth Wilder on the Netflix comedy-drama series GLOW (2017). She has starred in several films, such as Scream 4 (2011), The Five-Year Engagement (2012), The Lego Movie (2014), Get Hard (2015), Sleeping with Other People (2015), How to Be Single (2016) and The Little Hours (2017).

Age 35


1989 – Jane Levy

Jane Colburn Levy is an American actress. In early 2011, she received popular recognition starring as Tessa Altman, a leading character on the ABC comedy series Suburgatory (2011-14).

In 2012, Levy appeared in the films Fun Size and Nobody Walks. In 2013, Levy starred in the supernatural horror film Evil Dead directed by Fede Álvarez. In 2016, she teamed up with Alvarez again and starred in the horror film Don’t Breathe.

Age 28


1998 – Paris Berelc

Paris Berelc is an American actress and model. She is known for her role as Skylar Storm in the Disney XD series Mighty Med and Lab Rats: Elite Force.

Age 19


Deaths



1993 – Pavel Srnicek

Born: 10 March 1968

Pavel Srnicek was a Czech professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper from 1990 to 2007, mainly for Newcastle United. In addition, he represented Sheffield Wednesday, Portsmouth and West Ham United in England, and also played in Italy for Brescia and Cosenza, in Portugal for Beira-Mar, and in his native country for Banik Ostrava. After retiring, he worked as a goalkeeping coach for his own private school and for Sparta Prague.

Srnicek played internationally for the Czech Republic from 1994 to 2001, earning a total of 49 caps. He was part of their squad that came runners-up at UEFA Euro 96, and was their first-choice goalkeeper when they came third at the 1997 FIFA Confederations Cup and contested UEFA Euro 2000.

Srnicek played 4 times for Portsmouth between 2003 – 2004

Died Aged 47


On This Day   .   Alison Brie   .   Pavel Srnicek Obituary

Dec 282017
 

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1932 – Nichelle Nichols

Nichelle Nichols is an American actress, singer and voice artist. She sang with Duke Ellington and Lionel Hampton before turning to acting. Her most famous role is that of communications officer Lieutenant Uhura aboard the USS Enterprise in the popular Star Trek television series (1966–1969), as well as the succeeding motion pictures, where her character was eventually promoted in Starfleet to the rank of commander.

Nichols’ Star Trek character, one of the first African American female characters on American television not portrayed as a servant, was groundbreaking in U.S. society. Civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. asked her to remain when she considered leaving the series.

Age 85


1938 – Frank Kelly

Francis O’Kelly better known by his stage name of Frank Kelly, was an Irish actor, singer and writer, whose career covered television, radio, theatre, music, screenwriting and film. He played Father Jack Hackett in the Channel Four sitcom Father Ted, and was also the son of the cartoonist Charles E. Kelly.

Died: 28 February 2016

Aged 77


1976 – Brendan Hines

Brendan Patrick Hines is an American actor and singer-songwriter. He has had a number of television roles, including as part of the main cast of Lie to Me as well as recurring roles in Scandal, Betrayal, Suits, Scorpion, Secrets and Lies and is currently part of the cast of Amazon Video’s The Tick. Hines has also had leading roles in a handful of films, and released three albums.

Age 41


1980 – Lomana LuaLua

Trésor Lomana LuaLua is a Congolese footballer who plays as a striker.

LuaLua was born in Kinshasa, but moved to England at a young age. After impressing in a college football match, he signed for Colchester United. There, he scored a total of 21 goals in 68 appearances which prompted Newcastle United to sign him. However, the competition for places meant he was less of a regular in the first team, and after four seasons and 88 appearances, he transferred to Portsmouth, the club that had previously loaned him for three months while at Newcastle. He remained there for three seasons, but his spell was marred by disciplinary problems and malaria. After leaving Portsmouth, he moved teams frequently, representing sides in Greece, Qatar, Cyprus and Turkey, in addition to a brief return to English football at Blackpool. LuaLua received his first of 31 international caps in 2002, and scored seven goals in an eleven-year international career. He represented his national team at four Africa Cup of Nations tournaments.

LuaLua played 91 times for Portsmouth scoring 19 goals between 2004 – 2007

Age 37


1987 – Hannah Tointon

Hannah Marie Tointon is an English actress. She is best known for playing Katy Fox in the long running Channel 4 soap opera Hollyoaks and Tara Brown in sitcom The Inbetweeners.

Age 30


On This Day   .   Hannah Tointon