All-Seeing Eye: Pompey 3 Crawley 0

Jon Ashton, wearing number 16
Jon Ashton, wearing number 16

THIS WEEK IN 1980: Fratton boycotted by Plymouth fans

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Footballers pretending they’re wrestlers, players giving

hints over their futures, Sonny Bradley’s return and a

team-sheet crime – the ALL-SEEING EYE watches on...

Davies in a pin

Anyone remember old WWF wrestler Earthquake?

Crawley’s Simon Walton clearly does after his first-half clash with Ben Davies on Saturday.

A tussle with Walton and Davies ended with the Crawley midfielder sprawled across the Pompey man in front of the Fratton End and North Stand.

The erm, slightly rotund midfielder, then mimicked a wrestling referee by pinning Davies for the three count.

Cue much hilarity as Walton earned banter bonus points.

Sonny shines

It was a Fratton Park return to forget for Sonny Bradley on Saturday.

After his season with Pompey, the defender moved on to Crawley where he is now skipper.

The home crowd reminded the 24-year-old ‘they’d seen him before’ as is the way when old boys come to PO4 these days.

Bradley then had to take a load more stick while, in fairness, keeping the score down against Paul Cook’s rampant side.

The former Hull trainee would have been forgiven for wanting to keep a pretty low profile after a disappointing day.

To his credit, however, Bradley fronted up and made a point of saying hello to Pompey staff and assembled press following the game.

Bradley then took to social media to tweet: A pleasure to play back at Fratton! Good luck for the rest of the season @officialpompey.

It was nice touch from a lad who’s clearly maturing.

Sparky winks he’s staying

Paul Cook was keeping shtum on the future of his loan players after Saturday’s games.

Jayden Stockley was more forthcoming as he gave his farewell when making his way from the game. Ipswich boss, Mick McCarthy, has stated Matt Clarke will remain, too.

Marc McNulty said he was waiting for some news in the coming days, during his official press duties.

But he couldn’t help but give a wink and say ‘I’ll see you next weekend’ as he walked off...

‘Team sheet one’ exonerated

First there was the Guildford Four and then Birmingham Six.

Now, Pompey media manager, Neil Weld, joins the list of famous miscarriages of justice as the ‘Team Sheet One ‘after Saturday’s clash with Crawley Town.

Weld stood accused of the heinous crime of making a mistake on Pompey’s official matchday team sheet at Saturday’s game.

Crawley’s subs clearly showed Jon Ashton as wearing number 15 and Shamir Fenelon number 16. Well, sickening, outrageously it’s, in fact, the other way around. Disgusting, I know...

A bit of a stickler for detail, being guilty of this error was just about the worst thing you could level at Weld.

The All-Seeing Eye was preparing to don his black and pass the death sentence.

But just then a crucial new piece of evidence came to light.

That came in the form of the team sheet handed in by Crawley – which showed it was a member of their coaching staff who’d incorrectly filled out the sheet.

That led to Weld being exonerated just as he was about to be hung from the South Stand...

We’re playing Crawley

The 567 travelling Crawley Town fans did self-effacing quite well on Saturday.

The chant was Pompey must be a, erm, pretty poor team because ‘you’re playing Crawley’.

It was sight more humble than Plymouth who announced their team before the game as that of ‘League Two-leaving Plymouth’. Quite possibly true, but a bit of a cocky statement, the All-Seeing Eye felt.

Turned out they’d meant to tweet ‘League Two-leading’ or so they claimed...