Front page – Two leave the Park
Simon Ferry and John Sullivan left Pompey yesterday. Sullivan having his contract cancelled was expected but the move of Ferry to the Dens Park side of Dundee was certainly out of the blue.
The reason given on the official site was that Ferry and family had not settled since his move from Swindon and hence they have decided to return home to Scotland. Simon tweeted ‘Loved my time at Pompey great club with great people. No doubt they`ll get what they deserve and go up next season`.
Thanks Simon and good luck for the future with full fitness returning soon. The Dundee Courier reminded me too of a very funny interview with Ferry last season – need to take more water with it son!
Just as we go to press I hear that Jake Jervis has signed for SPL side Ross County. Now that is not far off the longest possible move in the UK!!
World Cup Corner
Now we are not telling you who will win the 2014 World Cup but Brazil have not lost a home competitive game since 1975!! That is fifty seven games since they lost at home to Peru in the Copa América Semi Final first leg in Belo Horizonte. Peru went on to win the competition in a play-off against Columbia.
Back in 2010 Toast highlighted a list of players past and present who were in South Africa including the captain of the host nation. That list has now been shortened somewhat but there are still seven ex-players that we have tracked down and of course Niko Kranjcar would have been number eight until his injury in the Championship play-off final.
The list is Theofanis Gekas, Hasan Yebda, Glen Johnson, Asmir Begovic, Kevin-Prince Boateng, Anthony Vanden Borre and Sulley Muntari. We will keep a watch on them during competition. I expect Begovic to be a big success and possibly the best keeper!!
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I know you are all waiting for Ed`s autobiography and it is well on the way. The good news is it will be illustrated with some family photos including one of the VE Day celebrations in Carisbrooke Road with the FA Cup on the table!
Ed is on holiday this week but when he returns I will on the case and chasing part one for you all to read. Coming really soon.
News in short
Pompey new boy and final day hat-trick hero Danny Hollands has triplets at home in Fontwell.
The Fratton Park pitch is now flat! I crept in the ground and took a look the other day. Hive of activity with tractors etc.
It`s 000 for Bondz! He always gave 100% but his distribution I felt was a liability, good luck though there are clubs out there who need his do or die approach. Awfs is carrying out his cull in the nicest possible way and so far not too many fans appear to disagree with any of his decisions.
Jones the goalie – he is NOT Welsh – born in that wonderfully named Kent village Snodland. He played for Exeter in the 2007 Conference playoff final, in which he saved a penalty – becoming the first person to do so at the new Wembley Stadium.
Trevor Carson was on the bench for Northern Ireland against both Uruguay and Chile and it is not true he has broken a finger.
Back Page – City of Football
As the nation prepares to back England`s World Cup campaign, Sport England has today announced that Portsmouth is among three cities shortlisted to become England`s first ‘City of Football`; The others being Manchester and Nottingham.
Clare Martin, chief executive of Pompey in the Community, which co-ordinated the successful submission said: “This is a fantastic honour and everyone connected with the bid is delighted to have this unique opportunity to show the country once again how passionate Portsmouth is about its football.
“We worked really hard to put together our expression of interest and we were overwhelmed with the backing everyone in the city gave us. Ours is a truly ‘community` bid and the buy-in of so many agencies was vital in getting to this stage, I am certain. We have a huge amount of work ahead of us to turn our dream of becoming England`s ‘City of Football` into a reality, but to have reached this stage is just amazing.”
Mark Catlin, chief executive of Pompey, who have backed the bid from the start, added: “We are extremely proud to have played our part in achieving this fantastic news for the city. As the country`s biggest community club we have worked really hard over the past year to rebuild the confidence of people in Portsmouth and that work has been recognised by the quality of the submission Clare and her team have been able to put together. Pompey is a football city like no other and this is a great opportunity to get even more people here playing the people`s game.”
The shortlisted cities fought off competition from 22 cities bidding for the title, demonstrating a commitment to uniting public, private and voluntary organisations to do whatever it takes to get more people – particularly those aged 14-25 years – playing all forms of the grassroots game regularly.
Over the summer, the shortlisted cities will develop full proposals for how they will turn this commitment into a plan to get more people in their city playing the game regularly. Sport England will visit each city and work with the consortium to develop these plans.
Phil Smith, Sport England`s director of sport, said: “Football is our national game and we want everyone who wants to play to be able to. Yet despite demand for the game, the number of over 16s playing regularly is falling.
“We want to support one of these cities to become a test-bed for developing innovative ways to get more people playing the game, so that we can share best practice across the nation and unlock the latent demand for football that is at the heart of every community. We look forward to working with each city over the coming months to develop their ideas.”
Kelly Simmons, the FA’s director of national game and women’s football, added: “World Cup fever is about to sweep the nation and we want to ensure that it will inspire players of all ages and abilities to get out and play football regularly in a way that suits them.
“Despite the growth in children’s football we are facing challenges retaining and growing the number of adult players wanting to play on a weekly basis.
“The City of Football is an opportunity for everyone involved in football to come together to test new ways of opening up football opportunities for everyone. We look forward to sharing our expertise, as well discovering new insights, as the pilot progresses.”
In the autumn, the title will be awarded to one city along with up to £1.6 million of National Lottery funding to run a two-year pilot programme.
The results will be monitored and evaluated throughout and learnings will be shared widely to help get more people playing football regularly across the country.
The application process revealed a huge appetite among cities across England to explore new ways to open up football.
Sport England will meet with each of the 19 cities that didn`t make the shortlist to identify ways in which this commitment can be maintained and built upon.
The number of over 16s people playing football regularly fell from 2.2 million in June 2012 to 1.8 million in December 2013 a fall of 18%. One of the results of this fall was the closing of the Portsmouth Royal Dockyard League after over one hundred years.
This also shows what a great effort all at Pompey in the Community make and especially Clare Martin. Whether Portsmouth wins or not, and they will make a fantastic attempt to beat nineteen others is a wonderful achievement and should be feted by all.
Well done Clare and her team!