Pompey Diary: Owner jets in for spare ribs

Roman Dubov
Roman Dubov
Conor Chaplin could start againsyt Plymouth. Picture: Joe Pepler

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The Sticky Fingers restaurant in Mount Pleasant has become a popular haunt for Pompey players and fans alike.

But on Tuesday night the American chain had a new customer – none other than Pompey joint-owner Roman Dubov.

The Hungarian joined David Lampitt for some spare ribs after jetting into South Carolina together for the game with Charleston Battery.

That was unbeknown to Pompey fan Paul Allen, who obliviously sat yards away from them the entire time.

Drinking in the bar, having watched baseball team Charleston RiverDogs, little did he realise how close he came to meeting the club’s newest owner.

Few people can claim to have met Dubov since his takeover on June 1.

It seems Allen, whose wife Janette had given him permission to follow the pre-season tour, could well have joined the lucky few.

n It is one of life’s unwritten rules not to mess with Hermann Hreidarsson.

Just ask club photographer Joe Pepler, who is currently sporting two massive bruises on his right arm having been playfully punched by the Iceland international.

Still, there is nothing compared to what lies in store for Charleston Courier reporter Andrew Miller when Hermann gets his hands on him.

The scribe penned an article ridiculing the veteran for throwing an American football ‘like a girl’.

That was in response to witnessing the pre-training antics of some of Pompey’s players with Greg Halford’s American football.

Halford, along with Joel Ward, David Norris and Ryan Williams, have proven to be particularly adept with their delivery.

Yet Hreidarsson, left, failed to impress the onlooking Miller.

Mind you, when Hermann finds out what has been written about him, it won’t be an American football he’ll be hurling.