Date: 14th April 2008 at 8:34am
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When David James left Man City to sign for us in the summer of 2006 he had just been part of 2006 world cup with England, whilst I believe Man City had just narrowly missed out on European qualification – I think a missed penalty in their final game of the season with Boro proving the difference? Pompey on the other hand had just embarked on our ‘great escape’…

Thinking about these things it is little wonder that James has admitted that the progress Pompey have made since he signed has ‘amazed’ him: ‘when I arrived at Pompey I could never have envisaged the progress I have made nor the progress that the club has made as a whole.

‘It was a great move for me and I liked the club from the first day I signed.

‘Last season was great. It was very positive and productive, but this year we have really moved on and it was important that we achieved that.

‘With the acquisitions that we have made and the players we’ve got, the team has been tremendous. The amazing thing is that the team did that well last season without losing too many players’.

To be honest I never tire of saying ‘I cannot believe how far we have come’. I know Harry Redknapp likes to remind us from time to time with his ‘we were playing Grimsby – and so on – just 5 years ago’ speeches, but the transformation in the past couple of years alone has been incredible.

Can anyone honestly say hand on heart that when we did enjoy our great escape that they thought we would be in the top 10 the season after, or be close to the top 5 the one after that and in the FA cup final?

From the minute we did survive in 2005/06 I had this feeling we would then move onwards and upwards, but have to confess I did not think it would be quite so dramatic.

All being well I can see no reason why we cannot continue our climb, but I am not expecting anything, I am just hoping for it and will continue to enjoy every moment of this success – it has been a long time in coming so lets bask in this glory and enjoy it, we have earned it!

PLAY UP POMPEY!

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