First a question – did you put your clocks back?
It is not often Toast is on the breakfast table the day before Pompey have played but that is the situation this week; some strange results too yesterday with a number of the top sides being beaten at home.
So rather than look back we can look forward to the game in the usual Toast manner.
Brian Howard is suspended for what is probably the battle of the two biggest clubs in League 1, I assume that presumably Akos Buzsacy will take centre stage in his absence. Wes has sadly returned to his home club after some impressive performances – now who can blame Eddie Howe for that decision? Mikkel Andersen has a sore leg and has been having treatment at Reading – Appy thinks he will be OK. Darel Russell is on the mend after his hamstring damage but the game may come too early for him. Pompey have five players with Blade connections but Howard being one will miss out. Of course old friend Dave Kitson will lead the home sides attack.
Pompey of course had gone five without defeat before the set back at Stevenage in the week. United are the only unbeaten side in England but they have drawn half of their games or they would be clear at the top. Goal scoring is their problem it would seem as of their seven wins six have been by the odd goal.
This all points just one way – home win!! The two sides have thirty five times at Bramall Lane and Pompey have just six wins. Four of those came before WWll the other two were way back when a winger called Peter Harris banged in goals for fun – 5 Nov 1955 they won 3-1 ( Gunter, Harris, Robertson) and before that New Year`s day 1948 with Harris and Jack Froggatt scoring in a 2-1 victory.
So it is fifty seven years since we took the points from the red side of the Steel City.
Pompeygray back after months in his Misleading Headlines comes up with a gem ‘Are we sharp enough to cut it with Blades?`
Talking of Peter Harris here is a strange link to current day. This week has seen the launch of the new James Bond movie fifty years after the first, well Sean Connery the original Bond played in Peter Harris` testimonial match!!
Old friend leaves the screens
It actually left our screens some time ago but this week with the switch off of the analogue signal in Northern Ireland Ceefax has gone forever.
Ceefax which first appeared in 1974 was a link between the old days 50s and 60s where you had no idea how the football scores were going until the final scores were read or the papers on the street to the current day where there are so many ways of keeping in touch, the best probably being Sky Sports News.
How many of you were tuned to page 302 while Pompey were playing a midweek away game praying that the score would not change in the last few minutes with the Blues hanging on for a point? One of my favourite Ceefax moments concerned a game at Swindon in 1994 when the name Radosavljević came up as a Pompey scorer. My son who was watching the screen for updates felt quite strongly that whoever was inputting the information had totally lost it; that was until I pointed out that they should have called him Preki!
Story of numbers
Now something made me think in the week. If Pompey had sold their initial allocation of 500 tickets for the trip to Stevenage and the home club said there were another 400 available on the gate – how did Pompey have 987 fans at the game? That is 25% of the crowd for a midweek game, no wonder clubs in this league look forward to Pompey coming to town.
Still can`t work the maths out though.
Adam’s three lionsbow
It was fantastic news for the club when Adam Webster made his England U18 debut against Italy at Mansfield in the week. England won the game 2-0 and Adam showed his versatility by playing the first half at left back and following a number of substitutions he moved to the centre of defence. The change apparently bought more fluency to the Young Lions` play and their presence as an attacking force increased.
Well done and Adam, keep it up.
On the subject of Pompey youngsters the Academy side progressed to the second round of the FA Youth Cup with a come from behind 2-1 win over Southend at Fratton Park on Friday. I was thinking about having a look but other commitments came first. However a crowd of 673 turned up which is decent enough. Next up is a home tie with Carshalton Athletic or Woking, they meet on Monday night.
The Trust bid, and particularly progress towards issuing the PST share prospectus, is fully on track according to Trust spokesperson Colin Farmery.
Having been named as preferred bidder to buy the club a week ago, the bid team has been working hard behind the scenes to ensure the bid stands the best chance of success.
One of the key aspects is the publication of the share prospectus, which is close to completion: ‘The prospectus is all-but ready but we are going through the final approval process with the lawyers and our accountants since this is a very complex deal and we need to be sure we have covered all our bases. We are acutely conscious of the need to do this absolutely right,’ said Farmery.
‘In addition, we have another meeting scheduled with PKF next week to discuss the bid progress and we are confident we will be able to announce a formal launch date for the prospectus soon after that.
‘We believe we have a very attractive offer for potential shareholders and we are sure there are more fans out there who are waiting to come forward and pledge once they see the offer.
‘Since PST was announced as preferred bidder we have seen a significant increase in people applying for shares and we expect that trend to continue,` he added.
Next Saturday we have a meeting of the fans conference before the Notts Co cup game and I hope to be able to tell you more then.
Get your tickets for the cup game adults only £15.
Toast 6#11 – the Sunday Pompey blog
First a question – did you put your clocks back?