Puncheon: I've grasped chance with both hands

Jason Puncheon

Jason Puncheon

First published in Saints News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Sports Reporter

IF there was any lingering doubt that Jason Puncheon’s Saints redemption was complete then it was well and truly dispelled on Saturday.

In one of the club’s most important games of the season, the winger produced a match-winning performance to lead his side to a 1-0 victory over Reading and lift them out of the Premier League relegation zone.

It was another virtuoso display from Puncheon, following on from his heroics in the 3-1 win at QPR a few weeks ago – a result that really ignited Saints’ season.

The transformation that the 26- year-old’s career has undergone in the last 12 months is remarkable.

Frozen out of the first-team reckoning for most of Nigel Adkins’ reign as manager, he settled his well-publicised differences with the club’s hierarchy in January and has emerged as an integral part of the side.

“It’s all about growing and maturing as an adult and a player, and I’m doing that now,” said Puncheon.

“The gaffer has given me a platform and given me a chance and I’ve grasped it with two hands.”

Puncheon lost his place in the team to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain shortly after Adkins’ appointment as manager in late 2010.

A succession of loan spells followed, with Puncheon even left out of the club’s 2011 pre-season tour, before he eventually returned to the fold earlier this year.

Although he was little more than an extra in the cast that secured back-toback promotions, the midfielder is now playing a starring role.

When asked how he had matured, Puncheon said: “It’s all a mental mind state. It was difficult for me to come back last year.

“As much as I was loaned out, I was coming back to a team that was winning week in, week out. The club were second in the Championship when I came (back) and were in the top two all season.

“It’s hard to come back in and hit the ground running the way the boys were. I knew coming back having a good pre-season would be the start for me and that’s what I needed.”

The catalyst for the turnaround in Puncheon’s career came last January when, frustrated at his lack of involvement, he launched into a rant on Twitter about chairman Nicola Cortese.

Puncheon accused Cortese of forcing him to train with the youth team, referring to him as “nicolina”, and stated that he would see out his contract playing for the reserves before leaving on a free.

That prompted the chairman to summon his player for a meeting, after which Puncheon apologised and was granted a clean slate.

“I wasn’t nervous about it,” said Puncheon of being hauled in for talks, adding that there “weren’t any choice words” from either party.

“We had a meeting, we spoke. The next day I was at training. That was the most important thing, for me to be settled and start playing again.”

While their relationship at one stage appeared to be in a state of disrepair, Puncheon insists he has changed his view of Cortese.

“People make out Nicola to be a stern, stubborn character but what he is is a man of his word,” said Puncheon. “You have to always give credit to that. He has a good driving force behind himself.

“When I joined I remember the day I signed he said this football club will be in the Premier League in five years time – it happened in three years.

“Me and him had clear-the-air talks and as far as I’m concerned that’s all history. I’m just pleased to get the chance and keep producing.

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4:04pm Mon 10 Dec 12

Ron Manager says...

Great Goal Sat, Punch. COYR's
Great Goal Sat, Punch. COYR's Ron Manager
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4:10pm Mon 10 Dec 12

Rocket 1 says...

Surely the Echo have got a more recent photo of Punch.That is so last year!!!
Surely the Echo have got a more recent photo of Punch.That is so last year!!! Rocket 1
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4:15pm Mon 10 Dec 12

Buddy SFC says...

It happens to alot of young men in whatever walk of life in whatever work you do ........ it happened to me when I thought I was invincible ..... A sign of real charachter is how you handle it and bounce back ......... And how well has Punch delt with his difficult two years and doesn't he look class now !! Question ?? How many of the Saints Fab ''front'' four are going to have clubs after them in January ???? ..... Hope not !!! COYR's , Loving every second !!
It happens to alot of young men in whatever walk of life in whatever work you do ........ it happened to me when I thought I was invincible ..... A sign of real charachter is how you handle it and bounce back ......... And how well has Punch delt with his difficult two years and doesn't he look class now !! Question ?? How many of the Saints Fab ''front'' four are going to have clubs after them in January ???? ..... Hope not !!! COYR's , Loving every second !! Buddy SFC
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4:22pm Mon 10 Dec 12

SaintBen says...

It wouldn't surprise me if Roy Hodgson was having a sneaky look at our Jase....??? ;-)

The boy has done brilliantly for the latter stages of last season and taken the Premier League by storm - My Player of the season to date - KEEP IT UP!!

Come on you Reds!!
It wouldn't surprise me if Roy Hodgson was having a sneaky look at our Jase....??? ;-) The boy has done brilliantly for the latter stages of last season and taken the Premier League by storm - My Player of the season to date - KEEP IT UP!! Come on you Reds!! SaintBen
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4:23pm Mon 10 Dec 12

mustard says...

Rocket 1 wrote:
Surely the Echo have got a more recent photo of Punch.That is so last year!!!
that's this season at Wet Spam.....
[quote][p][bold]Rocket 1[/bold] wrote: Surely the Echo have got a more recent photo of Punch.That is so last year!!![/p][/quote]that's this season at Wet Spam..... mustard
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4:25pm Mon 10 Dec 12

MGRA says...

Jason is one of our key players. If he stays fit, focused and motivated we will easily stay in the division for next season....
Jason is one of our key players. If he stays fit, focused and motivated we will easily stay in the division for next season.... MGRA
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5:05pm Mon 10 Dec 12

mack chinnon says...

Dont let theBorer know that Nicola is a "man of his word".
Dont let theBorer know that Nicola is a "man of his word". mack chinnon
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5:12pm Mon 10 Dec 12

Baddesley Bill says...

It's great to see a player turn things around so positively...he's won most of the fans over.

Can't wait to see Guly do the same! COYR
It's great to see a player turn things around so positively...he's won most of the fans over. Can't wait to see Guly do the same! COYR Baddesley Bill
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5:13pm Mon 10 Dec 12

right back in the bar says...

I believe we are about to enter a golden era with this side because so much of what we see resonates with great Saints sides of the past. I spoke on these pages last week about how the Shaw lad can go on and emulate one of the greatest Saints players of all time, Mark Dennis. Punch reminds me of either of the Wallace brothers. We had 3 or 4 regular scorers in the teams they played in - Armstrong, Moran, Worthington in Danny's time and Matt, Paul Rideout, and Shearer who all played together under Chris Nicol - and we have four again. RL might not get 20 this season but the great man can share 50-60 with Punch, Gaston, AL.
I believe we are about to enter a golden era with this side because so much of what we see resonates with great Saints sides of the past. I spoke on these pages last week about how the Shaw lad can go on and emulate one of the greatest Saints players of all time, Mark Dennis. Punch reminds me of either of the Wallace brothers. We had 3 or 4 regular scorers in the teams they played in - Armstrong, Moran, Worthington in Danny's time and Matt, Paul Rideout, and Shearer who all played together under Chris Nicol - and we have four again. RL might not get 20 this season but the great man can share 50-60 with Punch, Gaston, AL. right back in the bar
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5:25pm Mon 10 Dec 12

SFCSaint says...

we need him to do it against the big teams now we only play west ham and QPR at home out of the teams in the bottom half the rest of our home games are against top half teams meaning we have to play all the top teams around us away. Our position might look good now but weve had the easy games we have to improve our away form and start picking up points if we are to survive
we need him to do it against the big teams now we only play west ham and QPR at home out of the teams in the bottom half the rest of our home games are against top half teams meaning we have to play all the top teams around us away. Our position might look good now but weve had the easy games we have to improve our away form and start picking up points if we are to survive SFCSaint
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5:27pm Mon 10 Dec 12

Velleity says...

Doesn't Punchy's contract come up at the end of this season? Must be true, I read it on here.

He's shown himself to be deeply ambitious so I reckon he's a real possibility to go. Hate to say it but that's how I see it.

I also wonder how much of his drastic recent improvement is in the knowledge that he can start to talk to other teams come January...

Cynical? Moi?
Doesn't Punchy's contract come up at the end of this season? Must be true, I read it on here. He's shown himself to be deeply ambitious so I reckon he's a real possibility to go. Hate to say it but that's how I see it. I also wonder how much of his drastic recent improvement is in the knowledge that he can start to talk to other teams come January... Cynical? Moi? Velleity
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6:06pm Mon 10 Dec 12

Rob The Saint NOT in NZ says...

Velleity wrote:
Doesn't Punchy's contract come up at the end of this season? Must be true, I read it on here.

He's shown himself to be deeply ambitious so I reckon he's a real possibility to go. Hate to say it but that's how I see it.

I also wonder how much of his drastic recent improvement is in the knowledge that he can start to talk to other teams come January...

Cynical? Moi?
I see where you are coming from, but my hope is that now we are in the Prem & he is a first team regular that his wander **** may have faded?

Mind you I am always a glass-half-full person so may be looking at the situation too optimistically.

In the meantime I will just carry on enjoying the season!

COYR!
[quote][p][bold]Velleity[/bold] wrote: Doesn't Punchy's contract come up at the end of this season? Must be true, I read it on here. He's shown himself to be deeply ambitious so I reckon he's a real possibility to go. Hate to say it but that's how I see it. I also wonder how much of his drastic recent improvement is in the knowledge that he can start to talk to other teams come January... Cynical? Moi?[/p][/quote]I see where you are coming from, but my hope is that now we are in the Prem & he is a first team regular that his wander **** may have faded? Mind you I am always a glass-half-full person so may be looking at the situation too optimistically. In the meantime I will just carry on enjoying the season! COYR! Rob The Saint NOT in NZ
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6:10pm Mon 10 Dec 12

Rob The Saint NOT in NZ says...

I only said "lu5t" - how can that be censored?
I only said "lu5t" - how can that be censored? Rob The Saint NOT in NZ
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6:13pm Mon 10 Dec 12

Rob The Saint NOT in NZ says...

Especially when you consider some of the inane, pointless t1t-for-tat abuse that does get through!

I'll shut up now......
Especially when you consider some of the inane, pointless t1t-for-tat abuse that does get through! I'll shut up now...... Rob The Saint NOT in NZ
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6:41pm Mon 10 Dec 12

Maine Lobster says...

Both the player and the club need credit here. Puncheon was rightly left out when his mind was not right and his performances lacked focus and effort. The loans spells seem to have worked well for us and his rejuvenation is plain to see. The club also need to be applauded for offering him the opportunity to restate his claim for a regular place in the side & he has earned that now.
I was not a fan when he had allowed his discontent to show and would have gladly seen the back of him, but I now have to eat those words and give him the credit he deserves.
Both the player and the club need credit here. Puncheon was rightly left out when his mind was not right and his performances lacked focus and effort. The loans spells seem to have worked well for us and his rejuvenation is plain to see. The club also need to be applauded for offering him the opportunity to restate his claim for a regular place in the side & he has earned that now. I was not a fan when he had allowed his discontent to show and would have gladly seen the back of him, but I now have to eat those words and give him the credit he deserves. Maine Lobster
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7:26pm Mon 10 Dec 12

City Saint says...

SaintBen wrote:
It wouldn't surprise me if Roy Hodgson was having a sneaky look at our Jase....??? ;-) The boy has done brilliantly for the latter stages of last season and taken the Premier League by storm - My Player of the season to date - KEEP IT UP!! Come on you Reds!!
I was just saying on Saturday that Jason is also my player of the season so far.

A great role model to others who are out of favour, too.
[quote][p][bold]SaintBen[/bold] wrote: It wouldn't surprise me if Roy Hodgson was having a sneaky look at our Jase....??? ;-) The boy has done brilliantly for the latter stages of last season and taken the Premier League by storm - My Player of the season to date - KEEP IT UP!! Come on you Reds!![/p][/quote]I was just saying on Saturday that Jason is also my player of the season so far. A great role model to others who are out of favour, too. City Saint
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7:38pm Mon 10 Dec 12

Thornhill Saint says...

Listening to his interview he is still unashamedly Puncheon centric. "i am playing the premiersh so that is alright etc".

Not exactly Saints legend material, but hey, he has been here long enough despite his best efforts, and should it continue he might just make that status by sheer coincidence.

I like the way he at least shows respect to the team, the manager and the chairman and comaraderie with his teammates. He is unashamedly conditional in his loyaly but he is honest. Most importantly he has spiced up is wheatabix, and is on fire!! Long may the resurgence of the Punch continue as long as we will have each other!
Listening to his interview he is still unashamedly Puncheon centric. "i am playing the premiersh so that is alright etc". Not exactly Saints legend material, but hey, he has been here long enough despite his best efforts, and should it continue he might just make that status by sheer coincidence. I like the way he at least shows respect to the team, the manager and the chairman and comaraderie with his teammates. He is unashamedly conditional in his loyaly but he is honest. Most importantly he has spiced up is wheatabix, and is on fire!! Long may the resurgence of the Punch continue as long as we will have each other! Thornhill Saint
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8:17pm Mon 10 Dec 12

GX Saint says...

Velleity wrote:
Doesn't Punchy's contract come up at the end of this season? Must be true, I read it on here. He's shown himself to be deeply ambitious so I reckon he's a real possibility to go. Hate to say it but that's how I see it. I also wonder how much of his drastic recent improvement is in the knowledge that he can start to talk to other teams come January... Cynical? Moi?
Hmm, good point. But we'll still have had one good season out of him (keeping us up) which is one more than most of us would have predicted this time last year.
I would hope NC is manouvring behind the scenes - Punch appears to do best when he believes he's wanted and NC seems to have got his trust. So maybe he'll be working on an extension with a get out option if we did get relegated.

But to be honest, there are so many worse sides in the Premier than us and over the course of 38 games, we should rise high enough to stay up comfortably. 14th or 15th I reckon.

NC has played a blinder with JP and he probably hasn't had the recognition for it on here. I would be surprised if he hasn't worked out the next move too.
[quote][p][bold]Velleity[/bold] wrote: Doesn't Punchy's contract come up at the end of this season? Must be true, I read it on here. He's shown himself to be deeply ambitious so I reckon he's a real possibility to go. Hate to say it but that's how I see it. I also wonder how much of his drastic recent improvement is in the knowledge that he can start to talk to other teams come January... Cynical? Moi?[/p][/quote]Hmm, good point. But we'll still have had one good season out of him (keeping us up) which is one more than most of us would have predicted this time last year. I would hope NC is manouvring behind the scenes - Punch appears to do best when he believes he's wanted and NC seems to have got his trust. So maybe he'll be working on an extension with a get out option if we did get relegated. But to be honest, there are so many worse sides in the Premier than us and over the course of 38 games, we should rise high enough to stay up comfortably. 14th or 15th I reckon. NC has played a blinder with JP and he probably hasn't had the recognition for it on here. I would be surprised if he hasn't worked out the next move too. GX Saint
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8:19pm Mon 10 Dec 12

Confucious says...

Thornhill Saint wrote:
Listening to his interview he is still unashamedly Puncheon centric. "i am playing the premiersh so that is alright etc".

Not exactly Saints legend material, but hey, he has been here long enough despite his best efforts, and should it continue he might just make that status by sheer coincidence.

I like the way he at least shows respect to the team, the manager and the chairman and comaraderie with his teammates. He is unashamedly conditional in his loyaly but he is honest. Most importantly he has spiced up is wheatabix, and is on fire!! Long may the resurgence of the Punch continue as long as we will have each other!
Sometimes achievement needs to be measured not so much by how far someone gets but how far they had to travel to get there.

Punch has spent plenty of time in the lower leagues, a lot on the periphery of squads and indeed quite a lot frozen ouit all together. He seems to have sorted himself out and is emerging as a major player in the Prem. Credit due.

Rickie's made it too after a very long journey, as indeed has Nigel - from lower league physio to Prem manager.

I think that says a lot about our club right now and the spirit of the people in it.
[quote][p][bold]Thornhill Saint[/bold] wrote: Listening to his interview he is still unashamedly Puncheon centric. "i am playing the premiersh so that is alright etc". Not exactly Saints legend material, but hey, he has been here long enough despite his best efforts, and should it continue he might just make that status by sheer coincidence. I like the way he at least shows respect to the team, the manager and the chairman and comaraderie with his teammates. He is unashamedly conditional in his loyaly but he is honest. Most importantly he has spiced up is wheatabix, and is on fire!! Long may the resurgence of the Punch continue as long as we will have each other![/p][/quote]Sometimes achievement needs to be measured not so much by how far someone gets but how far they had to travel to get there. Punch has spent plenty of time in the lower leagues, a lot on the periphery of squads and indeed quite a lot frozen ouit all together. He seems to have sorted himself out and is emerging as a major player in the Prem. Credit due. Rickie's made it too after a very long journey, as indeed has Nigel - from lower league physio to Prem manager. I think that says a lot about our club right now and the spirit of the people in it. Confucious
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8:24pm Mon 10 Dec 12

GX Saint says...

Confucious wrote:
Thornhill Saint wrote: Listening to his interview he is still unashamedly Puncheon centric. "i am playing the premiersh so that is alright etc". Not exactly Saints legend material, but hey, he has been here long enough despite his best efforts, and should it continue he might just make that status by sheer coincidence. I like the way he at least shows respect to the team, the manager and the chairman and comaraderie with his teammates. He is unashamedly conditional in his loyaly but he is honest. Most importantly he has spiced up is wheatabix, and is on fire!! Long may the resurgence of the Punch continue as long as we will have each other!
Sometimes achievement needs to be measured not so much by how far someone gets but how far they had to travel to get there. Punch has spent plenty of time in the lower leagues, a lot on the periphery of squads and indeed quite a lot frozen ouit all together. He seems to have sorted himself out and is emerging as a major player in the Prem. Credit due. Rickie's made it too after a very long journey, as indeed has Nigel - from lower league physio to Prem manager. I think that says a lot about our club right now and the spirit of the people in it.
Agree. And I won't now stoop to making the Maya, Tad and Gaston long journeys gag.
[quote][p][bold]Confucious[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Thornhill Saint[/bold] wrote: Listening to his interview he is still unashamedly Puncheon centric. "i am playing the premiersh so that is alright etc". Not exactly Saints legend material, but hey, he has been here long enough despite his best efforts, and should it continue he might just make that status by sheer coincidence. I like the way he at least shows respect to the team, the manager and the chairman and comaraderie with his teammates. He is unashamedly conditional in his loyaly but he is honest. Most importantly he has spiced up is wheatabix, and is on fire!! Long may the resurgence of the Punch continue as long as we will have each other![/p][/quote]Sometimes achievement needs to be measured not so much by how far someone gets but how far they had to travel to get there. Punch has spent plenty of time in the lower leagues, a lot on the periphery of squads and indeed quite a lot frozen ouit all together. He seems to have sorted himself out and is emerging as a major player in the Prem. Credit due. Rickie's made it too after a very long journey, as indeed has Nigel - from lower league physio to Prem manager. I think that says a lot about our club right now and the spirit of the people in it.[/p][/quote]Agree. And I won't now stoop to making the Maya, Tad and Gaston long journeys gag. GX Saint
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8:32pm Mon 10 Dec 12

Optimist says...

He'a been brilliant, then he's been siht.
He looked good at Blackpool, he barely got a game with QPR.
Right now, he does look like a mature Premiership attacking mid, week in week out he is consistently excellent, good on him, proved me wrong as well as most Saints fans & long may it continue.

Merry Christmas Jason Puncheon :)
He'a been brilliant, then he's been siht. He looked good at Blackpool, he barely got a game with QPR. Right now, he does look like a mature Premiership attacking mid, week in week out he is consistently excellent, good on him, proved me wrong as well as most Saints fans & long may it continue. Merry Christmas Jason Puncheon :) Optimist
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8:51pm Mon 10 Dec 12

WECOMING4U says...

Just shows you what happens when you give people a second chance!
Just shows you what happens when you give people a second chance! WECOMING4U
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9:01pm Mon 10 Dec 12

Seedhouse the Unrepentant says...

Fulham 1 Newcastle 0 HT. We need a draw there. They're both on 15 points before tonight. 13th place looks like a sensible target for us, get there and defend it.

I always did rate JP - apart from shooting, that's the massive difference. It went wrong when he was booed.

We do need a new rival. It would be very undignified for a club of Premiership status to be singing songs about a Conference South club.
Fulham 1 Newcastle 0 HT. We need a draw there. They're both on 15 points before tonight. 13th place looks like a sensible target for us, get there and defend it. I always did rate JP - apart from shooting, that's the massive difference. It went wrong when he was booed. We do need a new rival. It would be very undignified for a club of Premiership status to be singing songs about a Conference South club. Seedhouse the Unrepentant
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9:14pm Mon 10 Dec 12

saintkenny says...

Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote:
Fulham 1 Newcastle 0 HT. We need a draw there. They're both on 15 points before tonight. 13th place looks like a sensible target for us, get there and defend it.

I always did rate JP - apart from shooting, that's the massive difference. It went wrong when he was booed.

We do need a new rival. It would be very undignified for a club of Premiership status to be singing songs about a Conference South club.
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[quote][p][bold]Seedhouse the Unrepentant[/bold] wrote: Fulham 1 Newcastle 0 HT. We need a draw there. They're both on 15 points before tonight. 13th place looks like a sensible target for us, get there and defend it. I always did rate JP - apart from shooting, that's the massive difference. It went wrong when he was booed. We do need a new rival. It would be very undignified for a club of Premiership status to be singing songs about a Conference South club.[/p][/quote]1 1 saintkenny
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9:21pm Mon 10 Dec 12

saintkenny says...

2 1 roddy
2 1 roddy saintkenny
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9:28pm Mon 10 Dec 12

saints fan #1 says...

check this out.
.....i wanna be the first in! whats in store?

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reply"like"if understand my joke`s about the **** little club from down the sea

What is the similarity between Portsmouth Football Club and an Essex Girl?........


They are both dead certs to go down.


1 out of five pompey fans say they have a problem with incest in their families.

The other 4 don't consider it a problem...


What do Pompey and a worn out old bra have in common ?.......

No cups and very little support.

answer my question; options are given. (for answer put your chosen option as 1,2,3,4... and reply)

Where will Pompey finish next season?

Out of business, filthy skates(1)

24th(2)

Who Gives a Sh8t!?(3)

Administration courts(4)

Who r pompey ?(5)

Inside their sisters aaanuss(6)



Sixteen years ago, my mate told me about "a nice stadium in Portsmouth called Fratton Park".

To this day I have searched every single corner of Portsmouth and have still only found one stadium called Fratton Park!





Two jews go to the pompey ticket office and ask for season tickets. The woman asks, "are you circumcised" the jews reply, "of course" the woman says, "im sorry, you have to be a complete knob to be a pompey fan!"

A Pompey fan was walking down the street so I gave him a triangle, well it was the only way he'd find out what it was like to have 3 points!!! :D

I'm wondering if I actually need to make jokes about Pompey since they're laughable enough without my input at the moment!
check this out. .....i wanna be the first in! whats in store? http://www.facebook. com/photo.php?fbid=1 0150569333283732&set =o.120413791332569&t ype=1&relevant_count =1 reply"like"if understand my joke`s about the **** little club from down the sea What is the similarity between Portsmouth Football Club and an Essex Girl?........ They are both dead certs to go down. 1 out of five pompey fans say they have a problem with incest in their families. The other 4 don't consider it a problem... What do Pompey and a worn out old bra have in common ?....... No cups and very little support. answer my question; options are given. (for answer put your chosen option as 1,2,3,4... and reply) Where will Pompey finish next season? Out of business, filthy skates(1) 24th(2) Who Gives a Sh8t!?(3) Administration courts(4) Who r pompey ?(5) Inside their sisters aaanuss(6) Sixteen years ago, my mate told me about "a nice stadium in Portsmouth called Fratton Park". To this day I have searched every single corner of Portsmouth and have still only found one stadium called Fratton Park! Two jews go to the pompey ticket office and ask for season tickets. The woman asks, "are you circumcised" the jews reply, "of course" the woman says, "im sorry, you have to be a complete knob to be a pompey fan!" A Pompey fan was walking down the street so I gave him a triangle, well it was the only way he'd find out what it was like to have 3 points!!! :D I'm wondering if I actually need to make jokes about Pompey since they're laughable enough without my input at the moment! saints fan #1
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9:30pm Mon 10 Dec 12

Tirau Dan says...

Punch is doing well..at a rising trot perhaps he just needs a good Judy to spur him on to a gallop. Any jockey Judy's out there fancy him? Get in there Girls do your duty for the club.
Punch is doing well..at a rising trot perhaps he just needs a good Judy to spur him on to a gallop. Any jockey Judy's out there fancy him? Get in there Girls do your duty for the club. Tirau Dan
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12:37am Tue 11 Dec 12

SaintinCanada says...

I read that a few times -and still say

"WELL SAID THAT MAN"
I read that a few times -and still say "WELL SAID THAT MAN" SaintinCanada
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3:47am Tue 11 Dec 12

batesieboy says...

GX Saint wrote:
Velleity wrote:
Doesn't Punchy's contract come up at the end of this season? Must be true, I read it on here. He's shown himself to be deeply ambitious so I reckon he's a real possibility to go. Hate to say it but that's how I see it. I also wonder how much of his drastic recent improvement is in the knowledge that he can start to talk to other teams come January... Cynical? Moi?
Hmm, good point. But we'll still have had one good season out of him (keeping us up) which is one more than most of us would have predicted this time last year.
I would hope NC is manouvring behind the scenes - Punch appears to do best when he believes he's wanted and NC seems to have got his trust. So maybe he'll be working on an extension with a get out option if we did get relegated.

But to be honest, there are so many worse sides in the Premier than us and over the course of 38 games, we should rise high enough to stay up comfortably. 14th or 15th I reckon.

NC has played a blinder with JP and he probably hasn't had the recognition for it on here. I would be surprised if he hasn't worked out the next move too.
There are only "so many worse sides" when they have been beaten, and three of them are left below us after the 38 games. The Bookies have moved us up one place to a predicted 3rd from bottom, but still relegated. We need to prove them wrong, not just think it!! COYS
[quote][p][bold]GX Saint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Velleity[/bold] wrote: Doesn't Punchy's contract come up at the end of this season? Must be true, I read it on here. He's shown himself to be deeply ambitious so I reckon he's a real possibility to go. Hate to say it but that's how I see it. I also wonder how much of his drastic recent improvement is in the knowledge that he can start to talk to other teams come January... Cynical? Moi?[/p][/quote]Hmm, good point. But we'll still have had one good season out of him (keeping us up) which is one more than most of us would have predicted this time last year. I would hope NC is manouvring behind the scenes - Punch appears to do best when he believes he's wanted and NC seems to have got his trust. So maybe he'll be working on an extension with a get out option if we did get relegated. But to be honest, there are so many worse sides in the Premier than us and over the course of 38 games, we should rise high enough to stay up comfortably. 14th or 15th I reckon. NC has played a blinder with JP and he probably hasn't had the recognition for it on here. I would be surprised if he hasn't worked out the next move too.[/p][/quote]There are only "so many worse sides" when they have been beaten, and three of them are left below us after the 38 games. The Bookies have moved us up one place to a predicted 3rd from bottom, but still relegated. We need to prove them wrong, not just think it!! COYS batesieboy
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8:29am Tue 11 Dec 12

GX Saint says...

batesieboy wrote:
GX Saint wrote:
Velleity wrote: Doesn't Punchy's contract come up at the end of this season? Must be true, I read it on here. He's shown himself to be deeply ambitious so I reckon he's a real possibility to go. Hate to say it but that's how I see it. I also wonder how much of his drastic recent improvement is in the knowledge that he can start to talk to other teams come January... Cynical? Moi?
Hmm, good point. But we'll still have had one good season out of him (keeping us up) which is one more than most of us would have predicted this time last year. I would hope NC is manouvring behind the scenes - Punch appears to do best when he believes he's wanted and NC seems to have got his trust. So maybe he'll be working on an extension with a get out option if we did get relegated. But to be honest, there are so many worse sides in the Premier than us and over the course of 38 games, we should rise high enough to stay up comfortably. 14th or 15th I reckon. NC has played a blinder with JP and he probably hasn't had the recognition for it on here. I would be surprised if he hasn't worked out the next move too.
There are only "so many worse sides" when they have been beaten, and three of them are left below us after the 38 games. The Bookies have moved us up one place to a predicted 3rd from bottom, but still relegated. We need to prove them wrong, not just think it!! COYS
OK then let me name 4 of them. Villa, QPR, Newcastle, Reading. Soon to add Sunderland. That will be 5 that are worse than us and that we have beaten. I'd take 15th now.
[quote][p][bold]batesieboy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]GX Saint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Velleity[/bold] wrote: Doesn't Punchy's contract come up at the end of this season? Must be true, I read it on here. He's shown himself to be deeply ambitious so I reckon he's a real possibility to go. Hate to say it but that's how I see it. I also wonder how much of his drastic recent improvement is in the knowledge that he can start to talk to other teams come January... Cynical? Moi?[/p][/quote]Hmm, good point. But we'll still have had one good season out of him (keeping us up) which is one more than most of us would have predicted this time last year. I would hope NC is manouvring behind the scenes - Punch appears to do best when he believes he's wanted and NC seems to have got his trust. So maybe he'll be working on an extension with a get out option if we did get relegated. But to be honest, there are so many worse sides in the Premier than us and over the course of 38 games, we should rise high enough to stay up comfortably. 14th or 15th I reckon. NC has played a blinder with JP and he probably hasn't had the recognition for it on here. I would be surprised if he hasn't worked out the next move too.[/p][/quote]There are only "so many worse sides" when they have been beaten, and three of them are left below us after the 38 games. The Bookies have moved us up one place to a predicted 3rd from bottom, but still relegated. We need to prove them wrong, not just think it!! COYS[/p][/quote]OK then let me name 4 of them. Villa, QPR, Newcastle, Reading. Soon to add Sunderland. That will be 5 that are worse than us and that we have beaten. I'd take 15th now. GX Saint
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8:49am Tue 11 Dec 12

Little Hitler says...

"Worse than us" is so negative. How about 'not as good as us' ;-)
"Worse than us" is so negative. How about 'not as good as us' ;-) Little Hitler
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9:02am Tue 11 Dec 12

GX Saint says...

Little Hitler wrote:
"Worse than us" is so negative. How about 'not as good as us' ;-)
Yes, good point. I think we are better than Wigan too, though we haven't past the 'beating them' test yet having flunked our first attempt.
[quote][p][bold]Little Hitler[/bold] wrote: "Worse than us" is so negative. How about 'not as good as us' ;-)[/p][/quote]Yes, good point. I think we are better than Wigan too, though we haven't past the 'beating them' test yet having flunked our first attempt. GX Saint
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9:25am Tue 11 Dec 12

Alicesdad says...

I congratulate Puncheon and Cortese for settling their differences. You seldom see this these days.

I think its time to move on from regurgitating all the bad history on him though. He has moved on from the twitter incident and so has Nicola. So should we.

I am a little worried about the position of those players who are not getting pitch time and may want to move on...e.g Lee, Mayuka, .. and those in our squad who are now prime targets for so called bigger clubs.

January will not just be about players coming in ... there will be various departures too, some to balance the books and maybe others where they are looking to be at a club where the get in the team.

Nigel and Nicola will show their mettle in January I am sure. We need to keep a strong squad with good depth.
Interesting times ...
I congratulate Puncheon and Cortese for settling their differences. You seldom see this these days. I think its time to move on from regurgitating all the bad history on him though. He has moved on from the twitter incident and so has Nicola. So should we. I am a little worried about the position of those players who are not getting pitch time and may want to move on...e.g Lee, Mayuka, .. and those in our squad who are now prime targets for so called bigger clubs. January will not just be about players coming in ... there will be various departures too, some to balance the books and maybe others where they are looking to be at a club where the get in the team. Nigel and Nicola will show their mettle in January I am sure. We need to keep a strong squad with good depth. Interesting times ... Alicesdad
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11:02am Tue 11 Dec 12

saintmac says...

Agree with all you say,Alicesdad.
I have said this before - Saints need a
couple of older players - a goalie and
a defender - to bring their experience
and help our young,talented team to
realise their full potential. Mistakes are
being made because we are lacking in
experience and the Club must
buy in Jan otherwise we will struggle to
avoid relegation.
A class goalkeeper would certainly
help Paulo who I think is a great
prospect for the future.
Agree with all you say,Alicesdad. I have said this before - Saints need a couple of older players - a goalie and a defender - to bring their experience and help our young,talented team to realise their full potential. Mistakes are being made because we are lacking in experience and the Club must buy in Jan otherwise we will struggle to avoid relegation. A class goalkeeper would certainly help Paulo who I think is a great prospect for the future. saintmac
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4:00pm Tue 11 Dec 12

Stafford Saint says...

" he can start to talk to other teams come January..."

Is he limited to talking to foreign clubs from January (like McManaman?) or is that only 'signing' from January?

Puncheon has been good recently. However he still needs to look up for passes more. The highlights (at 41mins) shows a moment he failed to lay it off for Lambert in the corner of the box, but he did at least win a corner with going it alone. Also, ideally he will be reliably good from now on. If not we have a wasted space on the pitch and manager has to spot it then deal with it - that can take time, think of all the other times we have seen a player get 5 game more than they deserved to turn it around.
" he can start to talk to other teams come January..." Is he limited to talking to foreign clubs from January (like McManaman?) or is that only 'signing' from January? Puncheon has been good recently. However he still needs to look up for passes more. The highlights (at 41mins) shows a moment he failed to lay it off for Lambert in the corner of the box, but he did at least win a corner with going it alone. Also, ideally he will be reliably good from now on. If not we have a wasted space on the pitch and manager has to spot it then deal with it - that can take time, think of all the other times we have seen a player get 5 game more than they deserved to turn it around. Stafford Saint
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