All-Seeing Eye: Plymouth v Pompey

Ben Davies takes the opportunity to scare the living daylights out of a steward with a light-hearted ruffle Picture: Joe Pepler
Ben Davies takes the opportunity to scare the living daylights out of a steward with a light-hearted ruffle Picture: Joe Pepler
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Shocked burly stewards, a bizarre throw-in, and a very weird item in the bowels of Home Park. The ALL-SEEING EYE witnesses it all at Plymouth’s Home Park.

Clarke’s thrown by throw-in

Pompey have shown their organisation so far this season, but it appears there might be a little bit of work to do on their throw-ins.

Well, that certainly seemed the case after one comical attempt to restart the game on Saturday.

Enda Stevens was the man with the ball in hand and was looking for a blue shirt.

Eventually he opted to aim for Matt Clarke, but, with the bemused defender completely unaware, said ball hit him straight on the bonce and went out for a Plymouth throw.

What are stew up to?

You know what it’s like.

Your team has just scored a goal, you’re going mad in front of your delirious fans – and you see a steward appear.

Why not just give his hair a little ruffle?

Well, that was clearly the thought process of Ben Davies as he joined his team-mates after Gary Roberts had doubled Pompey’s lead from the penalty spot on Saturday.

Cue bundle at that point as the Blues players congregated deliriously in front of 1,700-plus fans.

Roberts was going bonkers and admitted afterwards he wanted to jump the advertising hoarding and join the Pompey supporters who clearly were feeling the moment, too.

The prospect of a booking made Roberts change his mind about what to do at the last minute, however.

So the celebrations with his team-mates continued on the pitch, and that presented Davies with his opportunity – and he wasn’t about to pass it up.

But it appeared the light-hearted ruffle scared the living daylights out of the burly steward!

The moment was brilliantly captured by News and Pompey club photographer Joe Pepler, who was on the spot as usual.

Variety’s the vice of life

Pompey have exerted a vice-like grip over their start to the League Two campaign.

Despite the presence of one of the most bizarre things you are ever like to see in a stand at a match, Plymouth have failed to do the same.

Normally you would expect a food kiosk or two, some toilets, and a few TV screens in a stand.

But Home Park houses a bona fide, heavy duty iron vice down on the concourse of the Grandstand. Fair play to anyone seeing a weirder item in the bowels of a stadium.

Cookie drinks it up

The All-Seeing Eye isn’t quite sure what Paul Cook is putting in his cuppa – but it’s certainly energising him.

The Pompey boss took his place in the dugout in both halves on Saturday with a tea in a polystyrene cup to keep himself well watered.

But, judging by the way the Scouser kicks every ball and contests every decision, it may be worth Fifa’s doping agency paying a visit to check for any performance-enhancing drugs.

Plymouth boss Derek Adams felt the wrath of the Pompey boss in the second half as the tackles got lively at Home Park and the fourth official was kept a busy man.

Calm was restored after the game when Cook and his team accepted an invite to join the Plymouth boss in the manager’s office.

The watering was a stronger level there, presumably.

Cook and his team spent quite a while ensconced in the room as they waited for the Pompey coach to depart.

No doubt it was a refreshing place to be...

Matt’s meander

Jayden Stockley was ready to come on as sub. Matt Tubbs didn’t need to be a genius to know it was his number going up on the fourth official’s board.

That led to the Pompey striker making a bolt for the furthest side of the Home Park pitch at the game’s next stoppage.

That created a lengthy stretch for the striker to negotiate when it was confirmed.

Tubbs, of course, took the boos in his stride and milked the acclaim of the away fans on his ambling exit.