Date: 12th January 2013 at 6:53pm
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What a soggy day! As I sit here trying to dry out and watching SSN I realise just how local the weather was. The Bournemouth game just survived too. It means that a whole host of players are denied a final chance to pull on the blue shirt.

With the name of Lubomir Michalik now added to the list, he has decided to seek employment abroard, the total leaving continues to rise. John Harley, Brian Howard, Mustapha Dumbuya, Lee Williamson, Paul Benson and Nathaniel Mendez-Laing make seven! So far only James Keene has returned on loan leaving the club very light on numbers and experience. Guy needs to find new recruits urgently whether on loan or on short term contracts. As Paulo Di Canio showed in the week though some clubs as not too keen to help Pompey out of their current predicament.

It seems now as though we are doomed to relegation unless the court case is settled on Tuesday and administration can be exited quickly – that of course is very unlikely.

Appy on the move again.

Ex boss and legendary manager Michael Appleton has changed clubs. Just two months after leaving Pompey for Blackpool, he has left Bloomfield Road and moved twenty five miles east to crisis club Blackburn Rovers to become their fifth manager this season.

Good luck Appy but I thought you left Fratton Park for stability.

Meanwhile Steve Cotterill has joined the staff at Queens Park Rangers.

FIVE YEARS AND COUNTING

Yep, it is now five years since I started writing this rubbish, not sure how I keep going I suppose. I just have a built in deadline and come Friday I say to myself ‘Toast time`.

I think this is edition number 213 – it started with Pompey on their way to Wembley and the FA Cup and now we are on our way to the Fourth Division – well that`s what I call it! The first edition was a special on Derek Dougan and we have looked in depth at numerous players both past and present since. It has been quite a roller coaster – actually more like a helter-skelter heading into the abyss!

Thanks must go to Rug for giving me the chance and for others like Chix for the inspiration – no, that sounds like an Oscar acceptance speech!! All that keeps me going is my love for football and Pompey in particular and the comments that I receive from you, the reader. The comment that meant the most to me came from Cliff Portwood`s son-in law who after I wrote Cliff`s obituary a year ago. He wrote ‘Of the many touching tributes from Cliff`s old clubs and on related forums, it is by far the most accurate, well researched and personal.`


Thanks of course to all the various people who have contributed over the years with snippets or in some cases long diatribes. The list is far too long to even make a start.

We have also scoured the world for exclusive stories and have uncovered some interesting tales. We told you about, Milan complaining about the changing rooms, the goalposts being in the wrong place, watching the Cup Final in Tokyo and loads more. We also showed you some exclusive pictures of Jimmy Dickinson`s wedding.

Some of our prophecies have actually come true!
? We all shed a tear for Crawley Town after their brave effort at Old Trafford – maybe the Football League beckons and a new sort of derby game in years to come.
? Remember it was Toast that told you we had never lost a cup game to Man United in March before the 2008 quarter-final!


Is it just me?

I have always got excited about Saturdays and getting down to the Park but recently it has been a real drag. No enthusiasm can be raised and looking around the crowd I am certain others feel the same. The Fratton End do their best to keep the atmosphere buzzing but the rest of the ground is flat. Not that fans are getting on the back of the players but as fans were saying after the Yeovil defeat it would be nice to win the odd game.

I have been to well over one thousand Pompey games so perhaps it is a case of being worn out after all that time, money and dedication. Talking to older fans the other night I am not alone in these feelings. Would it have been better if the club had been liquidated and started again from scratch I wonder? Would that have been a challenge which would have rekindled our enthusiasm?

The slip towards mediocrity and even total extinction are beginning to wear down even the most avid Pompey fan. I was almost relieved when the news came through yesterday of Match off. The only bright spot was I did not get a Pompey calendar or Christmas!! However with all the hoo ha made over them they will soon be collector`s items.

A bit presumptuous

While delving back through the Vital Pompey archives I came across this beauty written piece by Rug, only problem it was a year too early. It talks about a player who has just left too! Have a Sunday laugh and look here.

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