L3 (Day 66) Wembley – Virtually

There is nothing else in your life is there, that you do or have done, that brings every emotion like football can, is there?

No. No, I know.

Nothing.

But you need your mates.

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n.b. The wisdom of Kev.

There was a fine example of this today when every emotion from disappointment to frustration, from embarrassment to humiliation and finally anger, was felt during an abject display by Pompey broadcast from Wembley Stadium.

Well done, Salford City. The best team won.

The antidote, Pompey v Spurs FA Cup Semi-final, Wembley, 2010.

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CLP13/03/2021

On Playing (12)

Being substitute

is not a problem when you

have the chance to shine

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n.b. As a boy being picked for the school team, even as a substitute, was to be part of something exciting. All I have ever wanted was to have an opportunity to have a go.

That is what we all want in life…to take part.

n.n.b. Quick explanation: 12 was the number of the player who could be used to replace an injured team-mate, or might be used to replace another player to change the flow of a match. This was in the days when football teams were numbered 1 to 11 for those players who started a game. There was none of this squad number / choose your favourite number business when I was a lad.

n.n.n.b. The Number 12 is now often allocated to a football club’s supporters, implying that after the eleven players on the pitch, the supporters are the most important people in the game. I will spare you the philosophical discussions that could be had around that, but when you hear a crowd gee a team up to perform better, or get on their backs and hinder their progress, you will appreciate that the supporters have an influence.

A report yesterday from Austria suggests that players without a paying, baying crowd present are much calmer and less confrontational with opponents and the referee.

From time to time Portsmouth have had players who did not need a crowd to gee them up. As the saying goes, they could start a fight in a phone box – with themselves. No names…but Pompey fans could tell you who I have in mind.

n.n.n.n.b. The picture is of St Andrew’s. The home of Birmingham City, who rent there ground to Coventry City, who were hosting a visit by Portsmouth that evening. Yes, we lost 1-0.

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CLP 25/01/2021

On Winning

To be home again

and to be part of something

means today everything seems

possible

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CLP 06/12/2020