Date: 24th April 2010 at 6:59pm
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What a great comeback at the Reebok stadium yesterday. With nothing to play for except pride and cup final places Pompey picked themselves up from a early hammering to score twice through Aruna Dindane and earn another point.

It shows yet again the spirit in the side and special mention as usual should go to David James for some superb early saves. Sounded a pretty decent game to watch.

Three points next week against Wolves will move us off the bottom of the table if the other results go right – forget the nine points that were stolen. We must prove that we are not the worst team in the Premier League.

The report

Another week has passed with Pompey`s name plastered all over the back pages again and once more for all the wrong reasons.

Not only has the stricken club`s debt risen to £119m but with the report to Creditors now published by UHY and freely available the hacks have been crawling all over it. Not that I can blame them for that as there are some very surprising and worrying names included on the list.

The major story surrounds the agreement to pay Spurs £1m when the transfer of Asmir Begovic broke down. This shows just how desperate Pompey and in particular Chief Executive Peter Storrie, were to bring fresh funds into the catastrophic cash flow. He took a chance that Beg would move to White Hart Lane and it backfired when the deal fell through. Most would ask though were Spurs right to hold the gun to PS`s head when they were well aware of his predicament.

Others papers have focused on different debts. The Jewish Telegraph had picked up on the Kosher meat supplier to both Avram Grant and Tal Ben Haim which totals over £1,700

Some picked up the fact that the Milkman has not been paid – Ernie would turn in his grave. The fact that charities such a Linvoy`s and St John`s Ambulance has disgusted the masses too. I do hope that Linvoy`s Faith and Football is not owed the money for the event that a number of VP members paid for last month as the money was paid before Administration!!

Pompey fan, Tom Purnell, started an appeal to pay off the St John`s Ambulance debt of £2,700 and by noon yesterday over £3,000 had been donated – well done to all involved.

At the start of the season in a question from me about student discount at Fratton Park Peter Storrie said they had done a sponsorship deal with the University and in return they would receive the information to enable the club to offer discounts to pukka students. Pity they never paid the money!!

On the subject of Pukka Pies what publicity they got this week all for just £40. the fact that the club were buying direct from Pukka when most local companies would use Brakes Brothers suggests that they are one of many companies who had withdrawn credit in the past.

Toast told you some time ago about companies withdrawing credit after being offered 90-100 day terms and this probably is further evidence of that.

Creditors Committee

There are a number of parties interested in sitting on the committee which will vote on whether to accept the Administrators. They include French clubs Stade Rennes and RC Lens, HMRC and the Professional Footballers Association.

Yes UHY, PFA does not stand for Players Football Association!

It is difficult to estimate yet that the CVA might offer creditors but 25p in the pound over four years might be the type of offer made.


There is still no certainty that a new owner is in the wings and presumably any prospective buyer is awaiting the CVA being agreed.

As Hayden Mullins put it in the week “It’s all ifs and buts at the moment, though. It depends if the club want to move on and who wants to leave. It’s down to people’s personal preferences. I think the players are waiting on the new buyer. They are waiting for him to come in so they know exactly where they are.

‘Then we can move on as a football club. We all want to get this club back to where it needs to be.’

Loans are expensive

The figures also show the true cost of signing a player on loan. Believe me they are not free – the accounts show payment of about 250,000 Euros a month for Aruna Dindane and Hassan Yebda. Now that is a lot of money for club that have none.

Next please

The sad news circulating football is that Hull City will be the next club to go into administration. They are alleged to have already had an advance of £10m of their parachute payment.

Get together

Even the editor occasionally fails to read this column. Last Sunday he asked me are we having a summer get together this year? Regular readers will know the answer.

Hermann’s birthday party this year will be held on 10th July at the Eastney Tavern. I will be there and Rug will too. Put it in your diary as I expect we will have a lot to talk about come that

Patriotic Pompey

Hope everyone enjoyed the St Georges Day – 10 games 15 goals all but one by Englishmen including three full internationals – Paul Mariner, Ray Pointer and Peter Harris. The non Englishmen was it fact a proud Welshman in the late Harry Harris.

Remember to take a look at the ‘On this day’ feature Rug produces with the help of our sister site Pompeyrama. It gives result of games that occurred on the same day back to 1938 and also a list of player`s birthdays.

Yesterday for instance you will have missed to four goal thrashings, one of Doncaster Rovers back in 1979 and the other on 24th April 2005 but I have forgotten the opponents!!

Today it shows not the greatest of records with only two wins and six defeats but it marks the birthday of possibly Pompey`s most famous player – gentleman Jimmy Dickinson.


Let`s face it the only reason we were all celebrating for days are our semi-final victory over Spurs was because it meant Jamie O`Hara could play in the final. That`s right isn`t it?

But now sadly Jamie has picked up a back injury and has not played since. Surely all of the efforts of the fans at Wembley will not be wasted

Season tickets prices are imminent I believe and as I said last week they will be reduced but not as much as some fans would like.

Taking shape

After yesterday`s results the formation of next seasons league is beginning to be know. It now looks odds on Burnley and Hull taking the drop which is good news for Pompey. The fewer big clubs in the Championship next season the better. Blackpool took a giant step towards the play offs at Swansea`s expense – how about the Tangerines in the Premier league

Norwich proved that if you start the season by losing your first game 7-1 you can still win the title!

And of course the best till last – despite a transfer embargo which seems to have lasted for years Bournemouth have won promotion to League One after a win at Burton Albion. Well done Eddie Howe. League One will now have south coast clubs Plymouth Argyle, Brighton, Southampton, Bournemouth and possibly Exeter City next year!

Should be fun!!

See ya!


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