Date: 13th June 2009 at 3:57pm
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Hi Al Fresco here with the second edition of Summer Toast. Same format but some new ideas.

When will the rubbish stop?

All we are hearing from the national press is one slur after another thrown at Dr SAF and it is getting boring now. Links with this person and that are being dredged out claiming he is not fit to own a Premier League.

Of all the comments this week I have picked out this one made by Dr SAF’s spokesman who said – ‘You have to remember the doctor is already a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations. I would think their vetting process would be just as thorough as anything the Premier League did.’

Johnno ignored

Now it is not often the wife writes my column but this week she insisted in having her say.

‘Glen Johnson makes four goals, is awarded man of the match and yet in their post match round up the numpties from ITV sport forget to show any of his wonderful football and great crosses. Instead they focus on Ashley Young and the couple of crosses he put into ‘areas defenders don’t like defending’ Well defenders like it even less when the ball is in the back of their net!!’

And so say all of us

Peter’s longevity

When Peter Crouch resigned for Pompey last summer he said he wanted to play regularly. Well little did he know that would be a huge understatement.

The first game of the English season is the Community Shield at Wembley and Peter was there making his second Pompey debut. The final game was on Wednesday with England against Andorra. Peter was there and fittingly by scored the final goal of the season when he slotted in the sixth.

Crouchie did not miss a game in the intervening ten months and is taking a well deserved break before pre season training starts on 9th July He has shown that he is no freak but a hard working footballer who earns his crust.

Fixtures out

Well on Wednesday morning the 2009/10 Premier League fixtures will be published. Then it is dairies out and the planning can begin. Of course once the TV companies get hold of them most will be changed to Monday’s at midnight to fit the various schedules.

This season we have lost West Brom, Newcastle and Middlesbrough and gained Wolves, Birmingham and Burnley. The season starts on 15th August and ends with the World Cup Finals to look forward to.

Toast is predicting Burnley away first up with the Christmas present from the fixtures computer being Tottenham at home on Boxing Day!!

Portsmouth, People, Passion, Pride

This is the title of the campaign Portsmouth City Council has officially launched in its bid to become a host city at the FIFA World Cup in 2018 if England succeeds in winning the right to stage the tournament.

At the launch Councillor Gerald Vernon-Jackson, leader of the council said: “Portsmouth lives and breathes football and the city’s name is known all over the world for the passion of its fans.”

Peter Storrie, Pompey’s executive chairman said: “Portsmouth FC is proud to support the city’s bid to become a host venue for the 2018 World Cup. Football fans from all over the world could expect a unique welcome from Portsmouth FC.”

The Toast message to the Council is quite clear – agree the location the club, get the necessary infrastructure in place and then build the stadium. We do not need problem with geese or the like, we need action within the democratic process to ensure the stadium is in place well before the summer of 2018 arrives.


Remember to click on the player’s name to link to the Pompeyrama stats.

14th June

Dick Pearson is 78. Born is Cosham and played just four games in the 1953/54 season scoring one goal at Cardiff.

15th June

Ivan Golac is 59

16th June

Alex Govan is 80. Scottish winger played eleven games in 1957/58.

17th June

Graeme Hogg is 45

Jack Foxton born in 1921

18th June

Nadir Belhadj is 27

Jamie Vincent is 34. Two left back born on the same day!!

Russell Perrett is 36. Russell retired at the end of the 2007/08 season.

19th June

Trevor Hebberd is 51. Another one game man at Barnsley in October 1991.

20th June

Asmir Begovic is 22. Asmir has been linked with a possible move to Chelsea this week as the Londoners attempt to increase the number of English raised players in their squad.


Youngster Marc Wilson made quite an impact last season when coming into a struggling side. But against which side did he make his full debut?

Worth watching

Football is on the TV all year round and this next few weeks we have the European U21 championships in Sweden. Some great players have graced this event over the years and the player of the tournament – the Golden Player award has some very famous names on it.

They include Rudi Voller, Laurent Blanc, Davor Suker, Luis Figo, Andrea Pirlo, Peter Cech, Fabio Cannavaro and Klaas Jan Huntelaar. Pity Pompey do not have their new ownership sorted as any manager would love to trawl through the games and try and find another real star.

Summer get together

Well we have told you before but just a reminder that the summer get together is at the Eastney Tavern on Saturday 11th July at 7.30. Food is available and quite a number of members have already indicated they will be there including pompeygray who is travelling all the way from Sydney.

As gray said before leaving Australia ‘nothing will stop me from being in the Eastney Tavern, 100 Cromwell Road on 11th July 2009 with food, beer and more importantly great Pompey fans and friendship.’

We will be running more publicity on the event soon and it may be renamed ‘Hermann Hreidarsson’s birthday party’ as the big man will be 35 that day.


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