Date: 3rd April 2009 at 9:32pm
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Welcome to the unofficial Pompey news round-up – your quick and easy Pompey news reference guide covering the last seven days.

Club News

No Premiership games this week, however some of Pompey’s stars were in action in the past week with their respective international clubs. David James, Glen Johnson and Peter Crouch were involved in both of England’s games, with Crouch earning his first start under Fabio Capello due to a number of injuries. Glen Johnson was Gino’s pick of the England bunch, and was so impressive that there is talk that he’s becoming Fabio Capello’s first choice right back. In other teams, Hreidarsson played in Iceland’s 2-1 defeat to Scotland, Kranjcar helped his Croatia side to a 2-0 win over Andorra, and Gekas silenced his critics scoring in Greece’s 1-1 draw with Israel on 28th March 2009.

Read about Pompey’s Lions here, and read Pompey Malta`s report on Gekas here.

Good news though, for the game against Hull, Paul Hart has a fully fit squad to pick from. Which 11 will he pick? Rug examines the possibilities here.

The reserves played this week, and it’s three unbeaten as a young reserves side beat West Bromwich Albion by 1 goal to nil at Westleigh Park. A single goal from young Paris Cowan-Hall sealed the three points, and you can read all about it here.

Pompey’s academy squad drew 1-1 with Birmingham Academy, however the ladies regained the Hampshire Cup with a very impressive and deserved 5-0 victory over local rivals Havant & Waterlooville. Well done girls, and you can read all about it plus see pictures of the squad on the Official Site.

Not a lot of team news to report on this week due to the lack of Premiership action. Check out the official site for video interviews with Paul Hart, stating that he’s treating the Hull game like a Cup Final. Let’s face it, we need the points, and with a packed Pompey end at the KC Stadium, I am confident we will be a lot closer to safety come Saturday evening. Check it all out the Official Site.

Also on the Official Site, check out the video of Alan Knight, Jimmy Dickinson, Ray Hiron, Peter Harris and Guy Whittingham being anointed into the Pompey hall of fame. A fantastic honour for all those greats, and thoroughly deserved for the time they’ve given the club. Watch the video, it’s a real treat, and not only that, the Legend also says David James is Pompey’s best ever keeper! Feel free to comment below with your favourite memories of these legends.

Pompey are hosting their annual End of Season dinner at HMS Nelson on Tuesday May 19th 2009. The evening, hosted by Meridian’s Fred Dineage, will set you back £115 per head, and is currently on sale to season ticket holders. General sale to everyone else will be Saturday April 11th 2009. If you’re interested, give 023 9277 8555 a call.

Squad News

Again, all quiet on the Southern front as international week gives Premiership fans a break from the rigours of the league. The main piece of Pompey squad news was the news that John Utaka could be off in the summer for £7m – fantastic news for Pompey fans as the cash-strapped club could make a killing on a distinctly average player (unless you’re on the board of Bordeaux FC reading this, he’s amazing). Read all about it here and here.

Armand Traore, the on-loan winger from Arsenal, has come out and said that he reckons he has a future at Arsenal. A good player, and initially looked to have linked with Belhadj very well, particularly against Guimaraes at home. Read about how he is still committed to the Pompey cause here.

Pompey have been linked with another duo of promising starlets – read a little bit more about N’Zonzi and Pele here. There’s also a video of the Pele kid, which is pretty neat.

Vital Pompey News

Toast is always a thrilling read, check out the latest edition here .

Rug has reached that fantastic milestone of 6,000 forum posts!! Does he have too much free time? Who knows, but give him your hearty congratulations in the forums here.

You may or may not be aware of the new competition being held here at Vital Pompey, where you can win a ticket to Portsmouth v Arsenal! What a prize, and you can find out all about it here. Remember, you have to be in it to win it, and questions could be anywhere!

Gino’s Fact of the Week

Sammy Igoe holds the Pompey record of most appearances as a substitute – he came off the bench a total of 68 times for the club.

Gino’s Teaser

The only player to score hat-tricks in all four tiers of English football, the FA Cup, the League Cup and at international level was indeed Robert Earnshaw, as correctly identified by Buddha14.

This week’s teaser is as follows:

Who is the only player to have played in the World Cup, Champions League, Uefa Cup, all four divisions of English football, the Conference and La Liga?

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