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Time for elder statesmen in young Portsmouth squad to step up

The Blues defender feels the older heads in his team’s dressing room have a key role to play in turning around the season.

Kenny Jackett’s men look to arrest a run of seven league games without victory against Barnsley today.

And to do so, Brown feels the side’s elder statesmen ...

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Mowatt: High-flying Barnsley coming to Portsmouth to win

Instead, the Tykes midfielder believes his side will be handed the remit to inflict a killer blow on the Blues’ automatic promotion hopes.

Barnsley currently sit second in the table – five points clear of Kenny Jackett’s troops, who sit fourth, and four clear of Sunderland ...

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Portsmouth boss gives verdict on where it’s gone wrong – and how he plans to save season

And the Blues boss has forwarded his views on what’s needed to spark his side’s season back to life.

Jackett’s side bid to arrest a run of seven league games without a win against their promotion rivals tomorrow.

In an honest appraisal, the manager pinpointed the dwindling ...

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Portsmouth forgotten man Lloyd Isgrove backed to deliver reminder of Barnsley talent

But he will once again be absent from the Blues’ next two fixtures.

The 26-year-old has become the forgotten man of Pompey’s January transfer window.

Having arrived on loan from Barnsley until the season’s end, Isgrove has yet to make a single first-team appearance.

His ...

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Hawks chairman Derek Pope insists club is not for sale - but extra investment is needed

However, the Westleigh Park chairman is keen to bring extra investment into the club, after an advertisement appeared in Daltons Weekly.

The Hawks are currently competing in the National League – the highest rung up the English football ladder in their history.

That has brought ...

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Status Quo drummer toured Hampshire schools in 1997

The crowd of children at Crookhorn School, Purbrook, wasn’t quite that big but the charismatic drummer was just as nervous. 

‘I find it more nerve-wracking talking to kids than being on stage. I’m on my own here but on stage there are three other guys with you,’ he said.  ...

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A Southsea grandad who was always in the mood for dancing at Route 66 nightclub in 1997

His dancing feet led him to the Route 66 nightclub in Palmerston Road, Southsea, three times a week where it  wasn’t unusual for him to spend three hours grooving under the lights. 

And at the age of 82, the street cred of this grandfather of all dancers was unparalleled.  ...

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Ronan Curtis calls on Portsmouth fans to recreate crackling Sunderland atmosphere against Barnsley 

The winger regards the victory over the Black Cats as his favourite game at PO4 since joining from Derry City last summer. 

Kenny Jackett’s men delivered a superb performance to defeat their promotion rivals 3-1 on December 22. 

Curtis, Gareth Evans and Ben Thompson were on ...

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Here's how the bookmakers now rate Portsmouth's League One promotion chances

You never see a betting shop closing down was the mantra delivered in an attempt to put me off gambling. It never worked. 

And going by the League One promotion odds, Pompey have a significant task on their hands if they’re to go up this season. 

The Blues’ run of seven games ...

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Portsmouth’s spoken word scene: ‘We definitely hit a vibe right away’

It’s a clever, funny, rapid-fire rant about the iniquities of Special Brew dropping its ABV from nine to eight per cent: ‘I thought I could drown my sorrows, but I think they’ve learned how to swim.’

With barely a pause for breath he’s on to similarly entertaining pieces which ...

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Uncovering the labyrinth below Portsmouth Dockyard in 1997

At the heart of this intricate maze is a cavernous, underground reservoir. It was dark, echoing, knee-high in foul-smelling water and inhabited by rats.

But little was known about the dark tomb and few people were aware of its existence. 

However, it was Robbie Woodcock’s ...

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How to grow potatoes with Brian Kidd 

Buy a bag of universal potting compost and take out two thirds of the contents. Roll down the side of the polythene bag and plant three well sprouted potato tubers about nine inches apart and five inches deep. Then, water the compost and keep the planted bag in a frost-free place with lots of ...

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A Daily Mail apology and 30,000 pigs in the river – Steve Canavan

And so it was with the Daily Mail – usually a paper of such high editorial standards. 

It was forced the other week to print a lengthy apology acknowledging a double-page spread about 300,000 illegal immigrants living in a suburb in France was littered with errors, including both the ...

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Iconic Portsmouth shirt soon to be up for grabs again 

No doubt there are a fair few members of the Fratton faithful who have still got the original hanging up in their wardrobe – and get it out on match days. 

But one of the most famous shirts in Pompey history will again be up for grabs very soon. 

The Blues’ top they wore ...

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Portsmouth Academy forward switches to Bognor for rest of the season 

The fledgling forward has been in excellent form for Pompey Academy this season.

Maloney has scored 16 goals in 21 appearances for Mark Kelly’s young Blues.

The Isle of Wight ace was rewarded with his Pompey first-team debut in the 2-0 Checkatrade Trophy victory at Southend last ...

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Homeless bus volunteer admits role in ‘savage’ Portsmouth attack

Former homeless bus volunteer Russell Allen, 31, kicked the victim in the head after another man, Nicholas Holley, kicked him six times.

Both Holley and Adam Lee, who punched a good Samaritan who tried to intervene in the incident, have previously been jailed.

But Allen had evaded ...

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Verdict: It’s a long way back for Brett Pitman to play major role at Portsmouth ever again

And Kenny Jackett faces a tough challenge to manage a problematic scenario without it becoming poisonous.

That's the verdict of Blues writer, Jordan Cross, in the latest edition of Pompey Talk.

Cross was speaking after Jackett today publicly spoke of his disappointment in his ...

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My family have shown their true colours over loo roll controversy – Verity Lush

Forty-eight hours later and I can confirm that they did not.

Or, they may have thought of it, but they did not act upon said thought.

Perhaps it floated across the peripheries of their busy minds, but I doubt their grey matter took much notice of it.

Of course, I’m sure ...

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I would choose a map over a sat nav any day – Blaise Tapp

I have a long list of them which, among others, includes Audi drivers; teenagers or anybody that doesn’t remember Top of the Pops; those who use the phrase ‘back in the day’; and people I don’t know who address me as ‘mate’. ‘Sir’ will do.

But right at the very top of my ...

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Gardening jobs for the weekend

Sow seeds of petunias in a seed tray in the greenhouse. Avoid cheap bedding mixed types and try a F1 hybrid for best results. You should hopefully get bushy plants which won’t go spindly.

Bend over the tips of summer-fruiting raspberry canes to prevent them becoming tall. This will ...

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Portsmouth prodigy competes to be be crowned Britain’s brainiest child in Channel 4 show hosted by Richard Osman

Ishal Mahmud, 13, has taken part in Channel 4’s Child Genius programme where she was competing against other children for the title of Britain’s brainiest child 2019. 

To get to the show, Ishal had to complete a rigorous entrance exam and interview process which saw her successfully ...

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