Saints and Pompey, the two Hampshire rivals with vastly different youth programme success rates

Daily Echo: Darren Anderton Darren Anderton

Despite being separated by around only 20 miles of the M27, Saints and Portsmouth have enjoyed vastly different fortunes when it comes to producing young players down the years.

While the list of top names to be churned out of the Saints academy is extensive, Pompey’s is considerably shorter.

There has been the odd high profile international star over the past 30 years.

Southampton-born Darren Anderton came through the Pompey youth system and went on to have a fine career with Tottenham and England.

Likewise, Kit Symons played for Pompey, Manchester City, Fulham and Crystal Palace, as well as for the Wales national team in a long footballing career.

In more recent times the successes have been a little more hit and miss.

Since the turn of the millennium arguably the very best they have produced is midfielder Gary O’Neil, currently at QPR, and Asmir Begovic, the Stoke keeper who famously scored against Saints earlier this season.

Striker Rowan Vine has also come through the system while Marc Wilson, also of Stoke, has graduated and gone on to win full caps for the Republic of Ireland.

Lewis Buxton is currently at Sheffield Wednesday while a host of their most recent youth players are now figuring in the club’s first team squad on a regular basis as needs must.

There is one player in recent times to have graduated from the Pompey academy and gone on to later sign as a professional for Saints.

That is Anthony Pulis, who was at Saints for almost three years before being released without having made a single first team appearance.

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8:37am Tue 10 Dec 13

Seedhouse the Unrepentant says...

Anthony Pulis or Gareth Bale? Ye gods!

They chose to purchase short term success by spending on transfers and wages. We chose to build an infrastructure with an amazing academy and a great ground.

It gave them short term bragging rights but you do have to ask WTFILN?
Anthony Pulis or Gareth Bale? Ye gods! They chose to purchase short term success by spending on transfers and wages. We chose to build an infrastructure with an amazing academy and a great ground. It gave them short term bragging rights but you do have to ask WTFILN? Seedhouse the Unrepentant

9:17am Tue 10 Dec 13

insane saint says...

Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote:
Anthony Pulis or Gareth Bale? Ye gods!

They chose to purchase short term success by spending on transfers and wages. We chose to build an infrastructure with an amazing academy and a great ground.

It gave them short term bragging rights but you do have to ask WTFILN?
i feel no more coments need to be added her Seeds hit the nail on the head or was that the last nail in the coffin........ WTFILN
[quote][p][bold]Seedhouse the Unrepentant[/bold] wrote: Anthony Pulis or Gareth Bale? Ye gods! They chose to purchase short term success by spending on transfers and wages. We chose to build an infrastructure with an amazing academy and a great ground. It gave them short term bragging rights but you do have to ask WTFILN?[/p][/quote]i feel no more coments need to be added her Seeds hit the nail on the head or was that the last nail in the coffin........ WTFILN insane saint

9:45am Tue 10 Dec 13

Clever Dick says...

Now now. They have a great new manager now in Barker. (woof woof) Obviously a crossbreed. And Steve Coppell is going to work there as well, apparently for no wages. Perhaps he realised that was better than being on huge wages but not actually getting paid any. Anyway he's well practised at walking away from clubs so when he sees what a sh1thole he's walked into I'm sure he won't be around for too long. Wouldn't be surprised if they now make a move for all the players arrested for match fixing. They would fit in very well with the culture of the club.
Now now. They have a great new manager now in Barker. (woof woof) Obviously a crossbreed. And Steve Coppell is going to work there as well, apparently for no wages. Perhaps he realised that was better than being on huge wages but not actually getting paid any. Anyway he's well practised at walking away from clubs so when he sees what a sh1thole he's walked into I'm sure he won't be around for too long. Wouldn't be surprised if they now make a move for all the players arrested for match fixing. They would fit in very well with the culture of the club. Clever Dick

10:23am Tue 10 Dec 13

ToastyTea says...

break their legs guys COYR
break their legs guys COYR ToastyTea

11:03am Tue 10 Dec 13

Churchill Saint says...

It is hardly a surprise that an ex-Pompey player is alleged to have been involved in match fixing. Corruption and fraud are ingrained in the culture of the club; from owners, to chairman, to manager and now to players. Surprised Coppell wants to tarnish his good name by joining such a wretched excuse for a sports club.
It is hardly a surprise that an ex-Pompey player is alleged to have been involved in match fixing. Corruption and fraud are ingrained in the culture of the club; from owners, to chairman, to manager and now to players. Surprised Coppell wants to tarnish his good name by joining such a wretched excuse for a sports club. Churchill Saint

11:54am Tue 10 Dec 13

StElsass says...

Saints and who?
Saints and who? StElsass

1:05pm Tue 10 Dec 13

DisplacedFan says...

The Academies are vastly different and so are the first teams etc....we are all about being the best by building, while they are the best at tearing down. Nuff said!
The Academies are vastly different and so are the first teams etc....we are all about being the best by building, while they are the best at tearing down. Nuff said! DisplacedFan

3:19pm Tue 10 Dec 13

RED & WHITE..RED & WHITE says...

Bottom line is the dirty filthy fish 4krs are no where near us.....its a youth game after all the result has no bearing whats so ever !

They are a poor little club run by inbreeds.....the worst club on the south coast !
Can't for Eastleigh to over take them !!!!

We are Southampton the best the biggest GOD I LOVE OUR CLUB !!!!!!!

We hate Pompey !!!!!
Bottom line is the dirty filthy fish 4krs are no where near us.....its a youth game after all the result has no bearing whats so ever ! They are a poor little club run by inbreeds.....the worst club on the south coast ! Can't for Eastleigh to over take them !!!! We are Southampton the best the biggest GOD I LOVE OUR CLUB !!!!!!! We hate Pompey !!!!! RED & WHITE..RED & WHITE

4:28pm Tue 10 Dec 13

CB FRY LIVES says...

Clever Dick wrote:
Now now. They have a great new manager now in Barker. (woof woof) Obviously a crossbreed. And Steve Coppell is going to work there as well, apparently for no wages. Perhaps he realised that was better than being on huge wages but not actually getting paid any. Anyway he's well practised at walking away from clubs so when he sees what a sh1thole he's walked into I'm sure he won't be around for too long. Wouldn't be surprised if they now make a move for all the players arrested for match fixing. They would fit in very well with the culture of the club.
Is this barker dog any relation to the great tv star FRED BARKER who used to hang out with that cool cat PUSSYCAT WILLUM.
[quote][p][bold]Clever Dick[/bold] wrote: Now now. They have a great new manager now in Barker. (woof woof) Obviously a crossbreed. And Steve Coppell is going to work there as well, apparently for no wages. Perhaps he realised that was better than being on huge wages but not actually getting paid any. Anyway he's well practised at walking away from clubs so when he sees what a sh1thole he's walked into I'm sure he won't be around for too long. Wouldn't be surprised if they now make a move for all the players arrested for match fixing. They would fit in very well with the culture of the club.[/p][/quote]Is this barker dog any relation to the great tv star FRED BARKER who used to hang out with that cool cat PUSSYCAT WILLUM. CB FRY LIVES

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