Carlisle 2 Pompey 2: All Seeing Eye

Carlisle's Bastien Hery. Picture: Joe Pepler
Carlisle's Bastien Hery. Picture: Joe Pepler
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While Pompey’s substitutes changed the game at Brunton Park, it was benched Cumbrians midfielder’s hairstyle which caught the ALL-SEEING EYE...

BECKHAM NOT TO BLAME THIS TIME...

David Beckham can take a lot of the blame for inspiring some dodgy haircuts from fellow professional footballers over the years.

But Carlisle midfielder Bastien Hery has at least strayed from the beaten Beckham track in finding inspiration for his own unconventional mop.

The All-Seeing Eye, though, is unimpressed and frankly quite alarmed that sinister Wallace & Gromit penguin Feathers McGraw appears to be Hery’s unlikely style icon.

Forget ‘The Wrong Trousers’, the Frenchman seemingly has the wrong barber after taking his place on the Cumbrians’ bench with a bright red mohawk that also bore a striking resemblance to the Nandos chicken mascot.

Perhaps unsurprisingly t’s not the first time extroverted Hery has been in the limelight.

While at former club Rochdale he infamously branded the city ‘a dump – gloomy and grey’.

Here’s hoping his dazzling do can help to illuminate his stay in Cumbria.

GRIM UP NORTH? IT’S BEAUTIFUL

The All Seeing Eye has spoken and is happy to dispell the ‘grim up north’ stereotype as a myth.

That’s after the long trip to Carlisle on Saturday was graced by the mesmerising view of the snow-topped Pennines.

With car games and quizzes wearing thin it was a sight to behold for Pompey fans embarking on the lengthiest of League Two journeys.

BRUNTON BENEFITS

Parking, food, accomodation and internet.

No, not a checklist for booking a hotel stay, rather the four key concerns of all travelling reporters at football grounds.

The All-Seeing Eye is pleased to report – pardon the pun – that Carlisle United ticked all four boxes.

On-site parking behind Brunton Park was followed by a food and drink voucher, a sheltered press box to fight off the bitter cold and a working WiFi to complete the set.

RAFFERTY RESPECT

Carlisle and Pompey fans joined together before kick-off to show their respects to those who lost their lives in the Paris atrocities by applauding La Marseillaise as it rang out at Brunton Park.

And the two sets of fans were united again in applause when former Cumbrians and Blues striker Billy Rafferty took to the field at half-time.

Rafferty played for Carlisle in the 1970s and spent four years with Pompey in the early 1980s.

Regularly hitting the back of the net, he became a favourite with both sets of fans.

Not least on the south coast for his part in Bobby Campbell’s 1982-83 division three title-winning side. Teaming up with Alan Biley, the duo struck up a prolific partnership as the goals flowed in a memorable campaign.

Between them, they netted 40 times that season as the Blues were crowned champions on the final day at Plymouth Argyle thanks to another Biley goal.

Rafferty spent Saturday afternoon speaking to hospitality guests, sharing stories and anecdotes from his spells with both clubs.

And the esteem in which he is held by both sets of supporters was clear for all to see when he took to the field at half-time to warm applause from all.

MARSHMAN VERSUS FOOD

A 5.30am wake-up was required for The News’ sports reporters ahead of Saturday’s 700-mile, 11-hour round trip to see Pompey play Carlisle.

But with no time to shovel breakfast in, bellies were rumbling by the first scheduled service stop at 10.30am.

Some more so than others, as writer Jeff Marshman made the bold decision to have a burger for brunch.

That paved the way for an unlikely hat-trick with further burgers following at Brunton Park and on the return trip.