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Clanger: Walsall Fan Makes Whopping Error While Booking Accommodation For League One Trip To Portsmouth

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Faced with a 230-mile round trip, one Walsall fan decided to book themselves some cheap accommodation in order to break up the long haul down to the south coast for Saturday's League One game against Portsmouth.

Alas, in attempting to secure the cheapest possible overnight stop, it would appear that the intrepid Saddlers fan in question dropped a bit of clanger when it came to researching the specific location of their out-of-town hotel.

Nelson Oliveira, Portsmouth, Luton… Star names of the Football League, week 1

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Well, it's started all over again. The new Football League season started on Friday night, with ten months of thrills, disappointment, rage, joy, tears and everything in between to come. The...

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The Yak Is Back: Coventry City Take Premier League Legend Yakubu On Trial

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The huge news emanating from League One today is that Coventry City have welcomed a bona fide Premier League legend into their fold.

Indeed, the Sky Blues have taken former Portsmouth, Middlesbrough, Blackburn and Everton hero Yakubu 'The Yak' Aiyegbeni on trial...

Yakubu is on trial at Coventry City.

Portsmouth Defender Christian Burgess Jokingly Invited To Under-12s Training Session After League Two Match Frozen Off – Lo And Behold… (Photo)

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With his League Two game against Crawley Town postponed due to a frozen pitch, Portsmouth defender Christian Burgess suddenly found himself at a loose end on Saturday afternoon.

Indeed, the 25-year-old centre-half put a plea out on Twitter in a desperate attempt to find something to do...

Don't know what to do with myself.

Record Low Attendances And Persistent Rule-Bending Add Up To Another Standard Night Of EFL Trophy Calamity

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Tuesday proved to be another calamitous evening in the Checkatrade EFL Trophy, with record low attendances and general undermining of the competition proving rife once again.

According to BBC Sport, Northampton drew their lowest ever gate to Sixfields, with just 762 fans turning out for their game against West Ham's development team.

EFL Trophy: Change difficult but needed, Bolton, Portsmouth, Walsall and other fans shouldn’t boycott – Alan Curbishley

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Alan Curbishley believes the academy system in England is in need of a complete revamp, and that the new format for the EFL Trophy is therefore worth experimenting with and should not face boycotts....

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Morecambe ‘Keeper Barry Roche Rescues Point Against Portsmouth With Dramatic 94th-Minute Equaliser (Video)

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Morecambe managed to salvage a point at the very death against Portsmouth last night, though the dramatic 94th-minute equaliser came from a thoroughly unlikely source in 'keeper Barry Roche.

A goal down and with injury time dwindling away, the ex-Nottingham Foreststopper went steaming up the pitch for a late corner and, hey presto, got his head on it to snatch parity from the jaws of defeat.

Football League 2015/16: The Story so far – Hull City, Gillingham, Coventry City and Plymouth lead the way

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Volunteer Fan Replaces Fourth Official For Second Half Of Portsmouth’s Win Over Newport (Video)

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Portsmouth squeaked a narrow 1-0 win over bottom side Newport County to keep themselves within three points of the top of the League Two table, though over on the touchline was where the real drama unfolded.

After referee James Adcock pulled up injured a few minutes before half-time he was gamely replaced by his fourth official Wayne Barratt.

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Can Leeds, Sunderland and co overcome their problems this season?

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As money continues to pour into the Premier League, clubs across the land are desperate to secure themselves a piece of the pie.

Bumper television deals, increased sponsorship and foreign investment has allowed the likes of Leicester City to win a title, while other teams have been able to break into the top flight and be competitive.

Criminally Underrated: Paul Merson

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By Chris Wright

You may know him as the enthusiastic,jibbering, permanently confusedcourt jesteron the Soccer Saturday panel, but before Paul Merson committed himself fully to mangling even the most straightforward of common English phrases, he was a bloody good footballer.

List Of 9 Other Potential Lawsuits in Light of Valencia And DC Comics Saga

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For 75 years Batman has deftly defended Gotham City from the mass-murderous schemes of such villains as the Joker, the Penguin, the Riddler, Two-Face, Bane, and Poison Ivy. Now, the Dark Knight must tackle his most terrifying threat yet- an attack on his$11 billion merchandise empire. DC Comics is now battling La Liga's Valencia C.

List Of 9 Other Potential Lawsuits in Light of Valencia And DC Comics Saga

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For 75 years Batman has deftly defended Gotham City from the mass-murderous schemes of such villains as the Joker, the Penguin, the Riddler, Two-Face, Bane, and Poison Ivy. Now, the Dark Knight must tackle his most terrifying threat yet- an attack on his$11 billion merchandise empire. DC Comics is now battling La Liga's Valencia C.

Bankrupt ex-Liverpool and Man City ‘keeper David James auctions off Vauxhall Astra

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Bankrupt former Liverpool and Manchester City goalkeeper David James is auctioning off memorabilia to raise funds including a Vauxhall Astra...

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Dilemmas of Football Ownership: History and the Need for Change

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[F]or the second of our posts exploring the theme of football ownership, we are pleased to welcome Jon Keen, a long-standing supporter of Reading Football Club and founding memberofSTAR (the Supporters' Trust at Reading). Jon is also aregular contributor to Reading blog, The Tilehurst End. Here, Jon unpacks the issue while asking the inevitable question of how it came to all this?

Dilemmas of Football Ownership: History and the Need for Change

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[F]or the second of our posts exploring the theme of football ownership, we are pleased to welcome Jon Keen, a long-standing supporter of Reading Football Club and founding memberofSTAR (the Supporters' Trust at Reading). Jon is also aregular contributor to Reading blog, The Tilehurst End. Here, Jon unpacks the issue while asking the inevitable question of how it came to all this?

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Bust: As Portsmouth Mark Unhappy Anniversary, Another 26 English Football Clubs That Went Into Administration

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Portsmouth earned the unwelcome distinction of becoming the first English Premier League club to go into administration when, on 26th February 2010, debts of £70million took the famous old side under.

Since the turn of the millennium, a total of 27 sides from the professional divisions of English football have gone into administration.

Liverpool agree January deal for 6ft 2in physically imposing player

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Liverpool Football club have confirmed that goalkeeper Ryan Fulton has joined Portsmouth on loan for the rest of the season.

The talented young keeper has been a regular in the Liverpool under-21 side this season and will now continue his development with regular first-team action with Portsmouth.

On This Day In 2007: Highest-Scoring Premier League Match Ever As Portsmouth Thump Reading 7-4

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"It's difficult to analyse a match like that," said famously deadpan Reading manager Steve Coppell after an extraordinary afternoon at Fratton Park, 29th September 2007.

Portmouth's 7-4 drubbing of Reading is still the highest-scoring Premier League game ever, withPompey striker Benjani going on to score a hat-trick in a maddening game which, at half-time, was finely poised with the home side just 2-1 up.

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On This Day In 2009: Harry Redknapp Signs Jermain Defoe Again As Striker Returns To Tottenham Less Than 12 Months After Leaving

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The first (2004) and second (2009) comingof Defoe

For a while, Tottenham resembled a revolving player exchange rather than a football club, with players passing through the club faster than a high-fibre breakfast.

Chuckwheeler dealerHarry Redknapp into the mix and a never-ending precession of eyebrow-raising cut price dealsis a nigh-on certainty.

On This Day In 2009: Portsmouth Play Arsenal Without A Single Englishman In Either Starting XI

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The extent of the effect thePremier League has had on the English game had never been quite sounderlined before Portsmouth welcomedArsenal to Fratton Park on 30 December, 2009.

As well as Arsenal's impressive 4-1 win, the game was also memorable for the fact that not a single English player made the starting line-up for either side the first time it had ever happened in the English top division.

On This Day In 2006: Andy Cole Scores For Sixth Different Premier League Club To Equal Les Ferdinand’s Record

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When Andy "call me Andrew" Cole scored five minutes after coming on as a substitute for Portsmouth against West Ham on 14th October, 2006, he equalled the record first set by Les Ferdinand of scoring for six different Premier League clubs.

Cole's Pompey piledriver meant he'd scored top-flight goals for Newcastle, Manchester United, Blackburn Rovers, Fulham, Man City and now Pompey.

Retro Football: 13 Great Archive Photos Of The 1939 FA Cup

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On April 29th1939 Portsmouth defeatedWolverhampton Wanderers 4–1 in the FA Cup Final. The Second World War meant the nextFA Cup final was not heldagain til 1946.

These photographs are of that very FA Cup season...

3rd January 1939: Three Tottenham Hotspur FC soccer players looking at their new numbered football shirts for the third round FA cup tie against Watford at White Hart Lane, London.

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Football Cities: Southampton

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For the ninth part of our now long running Football Cities series, we are pleased to welcome Nick Roberts, trading by the moniker @Nick7_Roberts on twitter and possessor of a Southampton FC blog, The Itchen Perspective. Here, Nick shows how football club, city and community have intertwined in one of Britain's major ports.

The Financial Underbelly: AFC Bournemouth

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For the fourth in our series charting the financial background to a range of clubs, we have called upon Chris Lines, @narrowtheangle on twitter and purveyor of the blog of that name. Here, Chris turns his attention to the club that finished atop the Football League pile in May and one that has garnered more than a few column centimetres since.

Hasta la vista, ‘arry: Will Man Utd’s Louis van Gaal terminate the career of QPR boss Harry Redknapp?

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Rumours abound that Harry Redknapp, who hates being called a Wheeler Dealer because he's a "f***ing football manager" when he's not ghost writing...

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Phew: Latest EA Sports Gameplay Trailer Confirms Fratton Park Is Featured In FIFA 16 (Video)

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Thine hallowed field, what majesties hast thou seen?

With a new gameplay trailer being dropped from the blue yonder by EA Sports today, it certainly looks as thoughFIFA 16 has it all going on.

According to the accompanying blurb, FIFA 16 will feature a host of new features including an NFL-style 'Draft' experience in Career Mode as well as pre-season tournaments and improved scouting and training mechanisms.

Portsmouth FC 2015/16 Sondico Home and Away Kits

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Semi Final Memories: Cardiff City 2008

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This Saturday, Reading will take the field against Arsenal in the club's first FA Cup Semi Final since 1927 against a team that has scored no fewer than 16 goals against the Royals in the three most recent meetings between the clubs and famously overturned a 4 goal deficit to win 7-5 in the first of these.

Dilemmas of Football Ownership: Property is Theft

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[O]nce upon a time, earlier on in my real career in book publishing, I was present at some tense negotiations in which a nicotine moustachioed representative of the National Union of Journalists lost the room a bit with the old adage that 'property is theft'. At the time, our smooth operator of a company MD plunged his head into his hands, the look on his face something akin to that of a Newcastle United supporter on being told that Joe Kinnear would be returning to Tyneside.

Dilemmas of Football Ownership: Property is Theft

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[O]nce upon a time, earlier on in my real career in book publishing, I was present at some tense negotiations in which a nicotine moustachioed representative of the National Union of Journalists lost the room a bit with the old adage that 'property is theft'. At the time, our smooth operator of a company MD plunged his head into his hands, the look on his face something akin to that of a Newcastle United supporter on being told that Joe Kinnear would be returning to Tyneside.

O novo craque do Bessa

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O Boavista ainda não pontuou neste regresso Primeira Liga e a direcção do emblema axadrezado decidiu fazer um esforço no sentido de dar a Petit mais e melhores opções. E eis que surpreendeu ao assegurar a contratação de Quincy Owusu-Abeyie, um extremo esquerdo que admiro há muito mas que, aos 28 anos, nunca conseguiu verdadeiramente "explodir" e confirmar o talento que demonstrou precocemente.

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Portsmouth: Harry Redknapp Reveals Nwankwo Kanu’s Regular Method For Getting Out Of Training Each Week

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Nwankwo Kanu was and indeed still is something of an anomaly in the world of professional football.

While undoubtedly capable of moments of mercurial poise and skill in isolation, the lanky forward boasted a fairly unimpressive overall goal record, a knack for missing nailed-on sittersand also, if memory serves, was injured for roughly two-thirds of his entire career.

Ex-Portsmouth Man Andres D’Alessandro Gets His Own Face Tattooed On His Belly (Photos)

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Having struggled to make any kind of prolonged impact during his solitary half-season at Fratton Park, we could forgive Portsmouth fans for not having Andres D'Alessandro's face forever emblazoned fresh in their memories.

The Argentinian attacking midfielder turned up for the second half of the 2005-06 season and proceeded to flounce around a bit, but moved on again to Real Zaragoza before long.

TTU Go Predicting: A Club-by-Club League 2 Preview 2015-16

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Kicking off a week of divisional previews, we focus on the movers and shakers in this season's League 2: Cambridge, Portsmouth and Luton are each backed for automatic promotion whereas we suggest it could be a long season for supporters of Carlisle, Dagenham, Hartlepool, Leyton Orient, Morecambe and Newport.

Semi Final Memories: West Bromwich Albion 2008

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West Brom fans still fill cheated by defeat in the 2008 semi-final to a Portsmouth team living way, way beyond its means, writes Frank Heaven.

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Spring 2008 was a strange time in our recent history.

The good times were still just about rolling, but the first ominous rumbles of the looming financial thunderstorm could be heard.

Book Review: The A to Z of Football Hates

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The A to Z of Football Hatesby Richard C. Foster
Published byAmberley Publishing
2014, £11.69

A list will always get people talking and it's not just online that Tops 10s and A to Zs are endlessly regurgitated and refashioned. There is a healthy appetite for such exercises in book form – from the offensive/amusing likes of Crap Towns, through the mildly diverting Is it me or is .

Ex-England ‘Keeper David James Auctioning Off Career Memorabilia After Being Declared Bankrupt

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By Chris Wright

Seems there was/is a good reason why David James has refused to stop playing into his forties, first withIcelandic side IBV Vestmannaeyjar and now with Indian Super League outfitKerala Blasters the poor guy's completely brasic.

Indeed, it has emerged that James was declared bankrupt in May and, as such,the former England 'keeper is now auctioning off around 150 items of football memorabilia collected during his sprawling career.

Portsmouth FC 2014/15 Sondico Third Kit

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Shit Lookalikes: Jack Wilshere’s League Two Doppelganger Thinks He Looks Nothing Like Jack Wilshere…

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By Chris Wright

Withhis photo doingthe various social media rounds today, it's being speculated that Portsmouth defender Jack Whatmough is actually Jack Wilshere attempting to build up his match-fitness by moonlighting in League Two using nothing buta floaty blonde wig as a disguise (possibly the same one he uses to buy his ciggies in).