Random Diary

17 05 2010
This is a bit of a catch up Blog, as I have been on Holiday and got lots to tell you, about all sorts of different things.  I am going to do it diary style.
 
Saturday 8th of May – Celebration of Steam at the Historic Dockyard.
 
H and I decided that we would go down to the Celebration of Steam, not sure what it would entail, but we had a great day.   Our £12 ticket, got us entry to HMS Warrior, which I had wanted to go on for ages, a Harbour tour on a

Traction Engine

boat, where we got to see part of the British Navy that is docked in Portsmouth.  As well as this there was a collection of traction engines and steam powered memorabelia including the world record holding fastest steam car in the world, which took the record by going nearly 150 mph.

 
There was also an Ale and Sausage Festival where we had a local tipple and an Ostrich burger.  Which I can say is very nice.
 
Monday 10th May – Natural History Museum – London
 
As we were flying to Riga Early on Tuesday we had decided to stay at Stanstead the night before which gave us the opportunity to go to London.

The Natural History Museum Dinosaur

  We had wanted to get to the Natural History Museum for ages and it didn’t disappoint.  It is spectacular but we could have done with having more time. 

 
After a swift meal in China Town we headed to Wimbledon to meet with May-Z who unfortunately wouldn’t be there for my birthday.  We had some great conversations about professional quiz-masters among others.
 
Tuesday 11th May – Riga
 
We flew to Riga from Stanstead on Ryan Air.  It was ok.  It was also my Dad’s birthday, so happy birthday to him.  I will write more about Riga in another Blog, but it was great fun.
 
Saturday 15th May- FA Cup Final
 
Pompey were in the FA Cup final, after a turbulent season with Relegation administration, numerous owners and players jumping ship, we had battled our way to Wembley. 
 
We defended brilliantly in the first half and were saved by the woodwork on 6 occasions and went in at half time 0-0.
 
Daring to dream in the second half, we had a penalty, which Kevin Prince Boateng scuffed and was saved, and then Didier Drogba scored the winner.  Not what the fairytale deserved.
 
Sunday 16th May – World Twenty-20 and Gigs.
 
Well done to England, World T-20 champions.  It was a brilliant final, with all parts of our team on fire.  Bowling was economical, Craig Kieswetter and KP were on fire, and we were finally steered home by Paul Collingwood and Eion Morgan with 3 overs to go, a huge margin in this form of the game.  To beat the Aussies was the icing on the cake.
 
As soon as this had finished I rushed out the door to go and see North Atlantic Oscilation at the Joiners. The Sarah Griffin Band were great, the Rebs were average and NAO were probably the best band that I had seen this year.
 
There you go, brief, but good.  I will catch you up on Riga later.  
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Wish I Knew more Spurs Fans

12 04 2010
Well, well, well, you would not believe it would you.  Football, its a funny old game isn’t it.  Pompey, struggling with debts, dodgy owners, transfer embargo’s, administration and points deductions were relegated on Saturday.  West Ham had won one-nil to make it mathematically impossible for us to stay up.  It was a sad day, but one that had been coming for a long time. 
 
At least we had one last hurrah at Wembley on Sunday in the FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham.  Nobody thought that we would do well, I just hoped that it wasn’t an embarrassing scoreline.  Spurs had benefited most from our downfall, with Jowly Insurance hound and former manager Harry Redknapp picking over the carcass for our best players. To make it even easier for he

Ex-Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp

wouldn’t let Jamie O’Hara play in the semi.

 
To have our makeshift team facing up to Spurs was a massive task.  But to a man, our team played like heroes.  Over the 90 minutes it was an even game, with real end to end stuff.  Chances were squandered at either end, with David James making some world class saves (C’mon Capello, pick him for the world cup) and Mullins, Moekoena, Finnan and Rocha (didn’t get sent off, which is a first) making last ditch tackles all over the place.  Kevin Prince-Boateng and Hassan Yebda both recently back from injury played like men possessed, Michael Brown was solid in midfield and Marc Wilson played the game of his life.  Dindane and Piquionne ran their socks off and all will deserve a day off today.   
 
After 90 minutes for it to be nil-nil was a massive achievement.  For the next 30, Pompey fans would go through a whole range of emotions.  9 minutes into extra time a dubious free kick was awarded, Dawson slipped and Piquionne scored a deserved goal.  the roar from the TV was deafening, the roar from my livingroom was pretty loud too, as me and the house-mate jumped off the sofa.
 
2 minutes later we screamed in despair as Crouch knocked one in for Spurs, and then cheered as for some reason be-known only to the referee it was disallowed. 
 
The second half of extra tike was played at the same pace, lightning quick end to end stuff.  Palacios brought down Dindane in the area and we had a penalty.  Kevin Prince-Boateng slotted home the penalty and al of the Pompey fans went mental.  The spurs fans went home.
 
The stats might show that Tottenham dominated the game, which according to Harry Redknapp they did, but it doesn’t change the fact that they lost 2-0.  
I really wish that I knew some Spurs fans.




Oh Calamity

25 03 2010

I am having a good few weeks.  Last week I had the flight, Last night I was given a Free Ticket to Pompey V Chelsea at Fratton Park.  It wasn’t the best night to go really as an understrength (when I say understrength I mean pretty good but missing a few key players) Chelsea team absolutely slaughtered us. 

It didn’t help that David ‘Calamity’James lived up to his nickname and missed a clearance giving Didier Drogba the easiest chance he will ever have, which he then scored.  Controversy ended the first half as Florent Malouda elbowed Ricardo Rocha in the face and the defender was then stretchered off.  2 minutes later the same happened to Michael Brown who was elbowed by Daniel Sturridge and left with a bloody nose.

In the second half things got progressively worse.  Malouda scored 2, Drogba got another one and Lampard got the 5th.

The moment of the match came when Chelsea substitute Patrick Van Aanholt came on for Jiri Zhirkov and the whole crowd went “Whoooo!”.

With our 9 point deduction through administration there is no way we can avoid relegation now.  On the form we showed last night I don’t think we would have stood a chance of escaping anyway.





The Saga Is Nearly Over

6 10 2009

4 days ago I wrote this about Pompey and the takeover deal from hell.  Now we have been taken over again by Ali Al-Faraj, another Saudi Billionaire (can we see some money this time please) who has bought a 90% stake in the club with Suliman Al-Fahim keeping 10% (my guess is that they will use his building and development firm to build the new stadium) .

So the players will have their wages, which is nice, and administration has been put to the back of peoples minds.    Apparantly Mr Al Faraj is keen to invest heavily and wants to redevelop the training ground and stadium.  Good luck to him, we have been trying to do that for about 10 years and everytime planning permission goes in one of the councils involved gets in the way.

But for now the average Pompey fan can dream about signing Kaka, Ribery and Messi in the January transfer window.  Thats one better than yesterday when we were having nightmares about 15 point deductions.





The Saga Continues

2 10 2009

I am not going to go on about the in’s and outs of the Pompey takeover saga, but there are a few things that you should know:

  • We have sold all of our best players
  • We are bottom of the league without a win in 7 games
  • We have been sold to Abu Dhabi businessman Suliman Al Fahim
  • He has so far not put any money into the club
  • We are being kept afloat by the kindness of banks (that is something that I never thought I would say)
  • Our chairman had a consortium, with money willing to take over

OK, so that is quite a lot of things that you should know.  It puts us in trouble, really deep, not getting out of it at the last minute trouble.  So far this week, the players have not been paid, the chairman has said that we are broke and facing administration.  Now to top it all off, the new owner is in hospital.  My guess is that its a mental hospital, as he has delusions of being a oil billionaire.

Peter Storrie is a good man, and a good chairman, if only we could have sold to him we would have been ok.  But we didn’t, and now we are screwed.  All of this, a year on from playing AC Milan in the UEFA cup.  How the semi-mighty have fallen.





Love Albert Road Day

28 09 2009

Sunday 27th was Love Albert Road Day, where they close off the road, all the bars open their doors, there is swinging and swaying and records playing, there is dancing in the street (technically thats a Mick Jagger and David Bowie song, but you get the idea), the restaurants and cafes’ put stalls out the front to peddle their wares and people from Portsmouth drink alot.  The Wedgewood Rooms had a decent line up of bands too, and it was all free to get in.

H and I got there at about 12 (we missed the worlds largest Dance attempt to Thriller) but it was quite quiet, we managed to have a good look up and down the road and go in some shops, but by the time we left it was too busy.  An estimate of 80,000 people has been said, I think I believe it.  The problem wasn’t so much the people, but it was what they had brought with them, dogs, pushchairs, buggys all added to the chaos.  By the time we left at 3, the litter was beginning to pile up and it took us about 30 minutes to go 100 yards.

There were some good bands on though, and I especially enjoyed the Parkour exhibit (2 teenagers jumping off the top of a bus).

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Nostradamus

7 10 2008

OK, this is my 100th post.  It was going to be a grandoise list of things that I like and reasons, but I got to 34 and ran out of ideas, so instaed, I will write about the European Draw. 

This morning Pompey were drawn with Dutch side Heerenveen, FC Braga from Portugal, Wolfsburg from the Bundesleague and AC Milan.  Its a bit of an odd set up, where the top 3 go through from the group and we play 2 teams at home, and 2 away. 

So first up for us is a trip to Portugal to play Braga, a few miles down the road from our rivals in the last round Vitoria Guimerias.  Should be an interesting night as they are now higher in the league than Vitoria.  Nostradamus Spex says Draw

Next up for us, on a hopefully wet and rainy night at Fratton Park is AC Milan, I can’t imagine Kaka being up for that kind of evening.  Nostradamus Spex says Draw

Wolfsburg away, thats a tricky one, the Bundesleague has been a bit mixed this season with most of the big teams struggling,  I reckon we might stand a good chance here. Nostradamus Spex says Away Win.

Heerenveen have just beaten Ajax 5-1, which could be a good indicator for Aston Villa who have them in the groupstage, but not for us.  They are supposed to be a good team, but I believe we can take them at home.  Nostradamus Spex says Home win.

OK, I am usually terrible at predictions, but I think we will get through the group and into the knockout stages, I think that we will be there with AC Milan and Wolfsburg, but I could be wrong, and probably will be.

By the way, I may finish the list at some point, but I probably won’t.