Linvoy. A tribute.

December 11th, 2009 by Oscar Tollast

Linvoy Stephen Primus, born 14 September 1973, joined Portsmouth in the summer of 2000, leaving former club Reading on a free transfer. After impressing then-chairman Milan Mandaric during pre-season, Mandaric insisted that he’d be signed.
The news hardly stirred Pompey fans. He was a player who hadn’t achieved much in his career and was already considered [...]

John Gandel: Portsmouth’s new investor?

December 11th, 2009 by Oscar Tollast

If Internet messageboard rumours are to be true, John Gandel, an Australian billionaire, is set to become another investor in Portsmouth FC.
Ali Al Faraj, Portsmouth’s majority-share-holder, is willing to sell 35% of his stake of the club in order to bring new investment.
While Gandel is rumoured to invest, he is said to be purchasing only [...]

Pompey 2-0 Burnley

December 7th, 2009 by Oscar Tollast

Pompey came out 2-0 winners against Burnley in a game which was, in truth, dire from beginning to end.
After a lacklustre first half, which saw the home side booed off the pitch, Portsmouth took the lead through some great link-up play involving Kanu and Hermann Hreidarsson. The Icelandic stalwart then shot low past ‘keeper Brian [...]

Pompey v Villa – Preview

December 1st, 2009 by Oscar Tollast

Portsmouth could make club history tonight by reaching the semi-finals of the League Cup, when they take on league rivals Aston Villa live at Fratton Park.
Villa and Pompey have only met in one former League Cup tie, a second-round encounter played over two legs, with Villa winning 5-4 on aggregate.
Pompey have suffered four defeats at [...]

O’Hara: I’m 100% committed to Pompey

December 1st, 2009 by Oscar Tollast

Pompey midfielder Jamie O’Hara has announced he remains 100% committed to the club, despite the recent sacking of manager Paul Hart.
O’Hara was a strong ally of Paul Hart, yet has suggested that he would like to extend his loan stay at the club for the remainder of the season.
The 23-year-old has vowed to fight under [...]

Stoke City 1-0 Portsmouth

November 24th, 2009 by Oscar Tollast

Goal-shy forward Ricardo Fuller scored the winner against his former club, as Pompey fans were left thinking what might have been.
Portsmouth had an opportunity to take the lead within the first ten minutes through a penalty conceded by Rory Delap on Aruna Dindane. Kevin-Prince Boateng shot tamely into the grateful hands of Thomas Sorensen.
It was [...]

Grant return further delayed

November 18th, 2009 by Oscar Tollast

Avram Grant, Portsmouth’s new director-of-football, is set to undertake an English exam today in order to work in his new role.
Despite managing Chelsea and having a previous stint at Pompey, Grant must show he has comprehension of the English language, written and spoken.
CEO Peter Storrie explained this was due to a recent rule change that [...]

James: I’ll be ready

November 17th, 2009 by Oscar Tollast

Portsmouth ‘keeper David James has vowed to be fit for next summer’s World Cup, hitting back against England boss Fabio Capello ’s injury concerns.
Capello warned James he would be left out of his final squad for South Africa if considered ‘unfit’.
The 39-year-old was missing from action in England’s latest friendly against Brazil in Qatar.
The former [...]

Zaki lined up for January loan swoop

November 16th, 2009 by Oscar Tollast

Egyptian hitman Amr Zaki is being lined up for a six-month loan deal to Fratton Park, as Pompey desperately continue their search for a striker.
Portsmouth scouts are said to have watched the former Wigan star score in a comfortable 2-0 victory, for Egypt, over Algeria on Saturday.
Manager Paul Hart is convinced the hot-tempered forward can [...]

Transfer Embargo set to be lifted?

November 15th, 2009 by Oscar Tollast

Pompey chairman Sulaiman al Fahim has announced today that he expects Portsmouth’s transfer embargo to be lifted later on this week.
According to al Fahim, owner Ali al Faraj has completed a re-financing of the club through international institutions, bringing much stability.
Whether al Fahim can be believed however remains another question.
Over the past few months, al [...]