Pompey’s Demolition Derby Heroes: Where are they now?

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The Pompey team that played in the Demolition Derby ten years ago today etched its place in the club’s proud history.

But what happened to the players who achieved the famous 4-1 win over Saints at Fratton Park on April 24, 2005?

Jamie Ashdown: The goalkeeper who turned out more than 100 times for Pompey moved to Leeds United in 2012 and is now on the books of Oxford United. Despite having left Fratton, he was a keen supporter of the fans’ buy-out of Pompey.

Andy Griffin: Griffin joined Pompey on the advice of former Newcastle team mate Lomana LuaLua. He moved to Derby in 2007 and retired from football last year after spending his last playing days at Chester.

Dejan Stefanovic: The Serbian international played 112 games for Pompey and made a handful of appearances for Fulham and Norwich after leaving Fratton Park.

Arjan De Zeeuw: The Dutchman, who played for Wigan and Coventry after leaving Pompey, was a great crowd favourite. He retired in 2009, and now works as a forensic detective in Holland.

Matt Taylor: Taylor was one of the stars who won promotion to the Premiership for Pompey and played 179 times before leaving for Bolton. He is still a Premier League player, with Burnley.

Steve Stone: The former England international left Pompey for Leeds United in 2005. He has been part of the coaching staff at Newcastle United since 2010.

Gary O’Neil: O’Neil, who made his Portsmouth debut as a 16-year-old at home to Barnsley in 2000, is now on the books of Norwich City.

Richard Hughes: Hughes played 131 times for Pompey before returning to his first club, Bournemouth. He now works on recruitment for Eddie Howe’s side and is also in the restaurant trade and does stints as a media pundit.

Patrik Berger: Berger, who scored the winner in Pompey’s first-ever Premiership as the Blues overcame Aston Villa 2-1, moved to the Midlands club when he left Fratton before turning to his native Czech Republis where he saw out his playing days with Sparta Prague before knee problems forced his retirement.

Lomana Lualua: The flying winger, who scored twice in the Demolition Derby and famously celebrated with his acrobatic back flips, notched 15 goals in 72 games for Pompey before leaving for Olympiacos in 2007. He is now on the books of Turkish Super League club Akhisar Belediyespor.

Yakubu: Nigerian international Yakubu was a prolific scorer in his Pompey career. He is now on the books of Reading and scored his first goal for the Royals with the winner in a 2–1 defeat of Derby County in the FA Cup 5th round this year.