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PEARSON, MARK

Updated: 14-06-21

I had the pleasure of working with Mark when I was a young apprentice at Hipperholme a long time ago. Football in winter and cricket in the summer plus a few beers on Fridays.

PREKI (PREDRAG RADOSAVLJEVIć), Preki

Updated: 13-06-21

Predrag Radosavljević, better known as Preki, was born in Serbia but became an American citizen in 1996. It has been in the States where has made the biggest impression as a player and, in recent years, as a coach. Two spells in England with Everton (1992-4) and then Pompey (1994-5) were sandwiched between stints with a number of US sides, both indoor and outdoor. In 2006, Preki started a coaching career at Chivas in the major soccer league. Became Seattle Sounders' assistant coach in 2018. Won 28 full international caps with his adopted country, was voted the MLS Most Valuable Player twice, Coach of the year and inducted into the National Hall of Fame in 2010.

ABROOK, Ed

Updated: 13-06-21

Ed was on Pompey's books in the early 50s. He played in the reserves primarily and a few friendlies. He lost his sight in his right eye in a reserve match and subsequently moved to Canada. Returned to Pompey many times over the years and played in several Pompey veterans matches including Alan Knight's testimonial... when he was 72!

SPROATES, ALAN

Updated: 13-06-21

Alan and my dad grew up together in Hetton. Lovely guy, we went over to see him and Bonnie in San Fran just before my dad died, two old guys reminiscing - brings back a smile. He lived his life well.

WHITTLE, JUSTIN

Updated: 12-06-21

I was in basic training with Justin in Winchester. We shared a dorm and went into town together when allowed.

ENGLAND, MIKE

Updated: 12-06-21

I played for the campers’ team against the camp staff at Prestatyn Holiday Camp in 1959 (I think). We lost 7-0. I played centre forward. The opposing centre half played me off the pitch. I hardly touched the ball. The next day I found him in a wooden hut handing out putting irons and golf balls on the putting course. I asked him who he played for and he replied “Blackburn Rovers”. I saw him a year or two later as he got out of the Tottenham coach at Old Trafford.

ABBOTT, Pawel

Updated: 12-06-21

'Pav' originally signed for Huddersfiled on loan from Preston North End during the latter half of the 2003-04 season. Three goals in his first three games persuaded Peter Jackson to sign him permanently for £125,000. Abbott's goals helped the promotion push and he was part of the side that won the 2004 Division Three Play-off Final against Mansfield Town. He also scored 26 goals the following season, which saw Town miss out on the playoffs by just one point. He was sold to Swansea City in 2007 having fallen out of favour with 'Jacko' but lasted less than a year at the Welsh club before being sold to Darlington. Spells at Oldham Athletic and Charlton Athletic followed before moving to Poland to play for a number of clubs. Although born in York, Pawel's mother was Polish and he did play one match for their Under 21 side. Stomil Olsztyn were his most recent employers but he left the club in 2018 and is currently a free agent.

GRUMMITT, PETER

Updated: 11-06-21

I remember Peter Grummitt playing for Sheffield Wednesday from 1969 to 1973. He was a fine keeper one of the best we ever had. Unfortunately, Wednesday were terrible in those years. Grummitt saved us from many hammerings.

FIRMANI, EDDIE

Updated: 10-06-21

He took us for football when I was at school (1968) he was always very determined to get the best out of us. Also very very smartly dressed and had a great car, a bit flash! Mind you he did have the money, charisma and talent. Also my girlfriend at the time used to go into a deep swoon every time she laid eyes on him. In short, one of the greats of the beautiful game. x

DAVIES, WYN

Updated: 10-06-21

My Dad is having his 70th Birthday this Month and being born & bred in Caernarfon Wyn Davies is his hero…I treated Dad to go around the football ground a few years ago and we bumped into Wyn in one of the cafe’s in Bolton…..my Dad was absolutely star struck and he was such a gentleman with us! Is there any way I could contact Wyn? Thanks in advance