Welcome to edition #4 of the Sunday Chimes. A slimmer than usual paper this week as news is a little thin and we are waiting for more of YOUR input.
Front Page – June is here
Well today is 1 June and that means the new season`s fixtures are not that far away.
In fact the Football League will publish the much awaited lists on Wednesday, June 18 at 9am with the season starting on 9 August.
We now know the full make up of League Two for 2014/15, it is with the best odds available to win the Division
Accrington Stanley – 66/1
AFC Wimbledon – 80/1
Burton Albion – 16/1
Bury – 10/1
Cambridge United – 25/1
Carlisle United – 20/1
Cheltenham – 28/1
Dagenham and Redbridge – 50/1
Exeter City – 50/1
Hartlepool United – 33/1
Luton Town – 9/1
Mansfield Town – 40/1
Morecambe – 100/1
Newport County – 25/1
Northampton Town – 20/1
Oxford United – 25/1
Plymouth Argyle – 22/1
Portsmouth – 11/1
Shrewsbury Town – 16/1
Southend United – 20/1
Stevenage – 14/1
Tranmere Rovers – 20/1
Wycombe Wanderers – 66/1
York City – 22/1
Remember those are the best odds available at the moment courtesy of oddschecker.com. Seem a few decent bets like York who finished strongly at 22/1. Luton seem to give poor value at 9/1 and most sites have them as low as 7/1.
Picture Special – remember Little Glen?
Picked up this clip of video in the week and thought why not share it with Sunday readers.
It features Glen Little – remember him and the night he took the former world footballer of the year – Kaka – to the cleaners?
Well Glen is still playing and has recently signed for Heybridge Swifts. The clip is a goal for Wealdstone against Dulwich Hamlet last season and some say it was the non league goal of the season – certainly the Wealdstone fans appear to have enjoyed it.
View from the Hump – tickets
Fleetwood and Burton attracted just 14,007 which is well below Pompey`s average. It was though the largest gate for a League Two game excluding Pompey! The next being Plymouth v Exeter at 13,442.
Surpisingly though only two clubs had their largest league gate when Pompey came to Town – Accrington and Cheltenham which compares to sixteen last time we were in Division Four! That is quite simply the effect of all ticket games and clubs not able to extend area available to visiting fans.
On several occasions Pompey sold their allocation in minutes and more were not available. League Two clubs need to make plans to Pompey visits especially IF they are having a good season. These clubs need every penny they can get through the gate and they will not do that with the visitors section packed and huge gaps in their own enclosures.
Of course segregation is vital but plans can be made surely!
Features – Worst Manager
You all voted for the worst manager at Pompey last season as Richie Barker – hardly surprising really. But in the forum a number claimed he was the worst Pompey manager ever.
Let us look at things a little more objectively, was Richie really that bad? Have there been worse. A straw poll I held in the week suggested Freddie Cox would probably deserve that honour.
Freddie was appointed Pompey manager on 3 May 1958 and in his first season Pompey were relegated for the first time in their history. In the process they lost their place in the top division of English football they had held for more than thirty years.
Things though got even worse in the next season as they just avoided a further drop and in was not until 8 February 1961 that the board dispensed with his services and Pompey were heading for Division Three.
During this disastrous period Fred did get the services of a certain Ron Saunders but it was the players he let go such as Derek Dougan and Ray Crawford that earned him such a reputation.
Around the city Cox was vilified for the part he played in the demise of our great club and its fall from grace. My own view is that Cox was not to blame for the fall of the club but he certainly helped speed up the process!
Bits and pieces
Some bits of news and rumours that were going around in the week gone by –
Michael Brown might sign for Hartlepool his hometown club. Brown began his career at Manchester City but joined his home-town club on loan in March 1997 with then manager Mick Tait`s side deep in relegation trouble they won four out of last seven games and he played a key role.
Brown has been released by Leeds where Luke Varney also failed to survive the cull.
Remember Liam O`Brien young keeper who left in 2011 well he has just joined The Daggers.
Rumours are rife that Sonny Bradley is fancied by both Birmingham and Sheffield United.
Pompey off to Five Lakes for their pre-season camp, no, not the Great Lakes we all learnt about at school – HOMES by initials and Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie and Superior by name. No this is a Crowne Plaza resort outside of Colchester. It has a golf course, a spa, sauna, steam room and a leisure club including a pool and fitness suite oh and a full size football pitch just in case the squad get bored and have time for a kick about!!
Back Page – Fan power
The Football Supporters Federation broke the following news in the week which was welcomed by football fans everywhere and Pompey fans in general.
” A young Portsmouth fan obtained £3500 in compensation from the police following an incident before Pompey`s game at Shrewsbury in April 2013.
John (not his real name) was 14 years old at the time and attended Portsmouth final game of the 2012-13 season at Shrewsbury. He went by train with a friend and his friend`s dad. At Shrewsbury station, he became separated from his friend and his dad and he and a number of other Pompey fans were forcibly marched off by the police and made to enter an empty nightclub. There was no trouble going on and no-one told John why this was happening. All the fans were searched and held in the club for two hours before the police allowed them to go to the game.
John contacted the FSF after the game and we put him in touch with lawyers who brought a claim against the police. The police accepted that they should not have done what they did to John and agreed to pay him £3500 in compensation.
The FSF were very pleased with this outcome. It sends a signal to the police that law abiding fans will not be pushed around and treated like criminals. The FSF will support fans taking legal action to maintain their rights against police misconduct.
If you were amongst the fans held at Shrewsbury and wish to take the matter further, please contact email@example.com”