Four Years Ago Portsmouth Played AC Milan In Europe, Today They Have No Senior Players Left

Chris Wright

10th, August 2012


By Chris Wright

That’s it. With Liam Lawrence finally skidaddling out of Fratton Park this morning after agreeing to terminate his contract for a compensatory lump sum, Portsmouth now have no senior players left on their books. The two chaps you see there? Adam Webster and Ashley Harris, 17 and 18 respectively, have a grand total of one senior start between them.

Four years ago, Portsmouth were playing the likes of AC Milan in Europe fresh off the back of winning their first FA Cup since 1939. The banks inevitably burst, money was hemorrhaged drumming up huge contracts for various tripe players, a succession of owners proved not quite as ‘fit and proper’ as the FA deemed them and very quickly Pompey sank into their own self-precipitated quagmire of financial doom.

After finally managing to scrape off all the legal limpets clinging manfully to the remainders of their bumper contracts – the likes of Lawrence, Nwankwo Kanu, Tal Ben Haim, Dave Kitson, etc –  Pompey’s administrators (who, it should be pointed out, are also siphoning reams of cash from the club) are now finally free to start discussing the sale of the club to whoever the bloody hell wants it. As things stand, Balram Chainrai’s ‘Portpin’ group look favourites.

Meanwhile, in eight day’s time, coach Michael Appleton begins life in League One already ten points behind the pack before a ball is even kicked and with a squad that is to consist of whichever youth teamers and trialists he can successfully corral between then and now. There are valuable lessons to be learned in there somewhere.

Fit and proper owners wanted, please apply within.

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  1. Bill says:

    Arsenal/ other clubs should loan out all of their reserve and under 18 players and use it a B team like in Spain.

  2. Professor Erno Breastpinchd says:

    On the one hand, I feel desperately sad for the fans. On the other hand, it is just piss your pants funny!

  3. VINNIE says:

    Should merge with rangers

  4. Toz says:

    This situation should be avoided, but at least I’m sure that Leeds fans should be happy about their fall from grace.

  5. Mb says:

    how about players? where can i apply?

  6. One England Captain says:

    Wonder why it is hard for people to mention Harry Redknapp in the same breath as Portsmouth these days, I mean he already had a reputation for leaving clubs in financial ruin but this time he seems to have really out done himself!

  7. __wowza says:

    how many airmiles do i need to buy the club?

  8. Alex says:

    I think the club has been run poorly.

    There I said it

  9. lisa says:

    @bill…wouldnt that be fantastic! but things like that never happen in football do they? i feel really bad for the supporters

  10. Gazza says:

    Portsmouth didnt just play, they outplayed
    Check the footage, Milan only got a draw after Ronaldinho got a free kick for a good tackle.
    That was the start of the end

  11. Del says:

    This is so sad to see, just imagine if this was your club, it’s an unbearable thought.

    I really hope things get better for them cause this is a tragedy of the highest order. But they have great fans and it’ll prolly take a long time and painstaking effort on their part to rebuild the club to what it was but I can definitly see it happening. Portmouth will surely rise again.

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