It was an FA Cup afternoon of drama at Portman Road on Saturday, with plenty unfolding on and off the pitch.
As ever, the ALL-SEEING EYE doesn’t miss a trick...
NOT SO BOOTIFUL
Four whites, three oranges, two blues and a purple.
No, it’s not the colour of the leftover Christmas sweets the All Seeing Eye’s consumed while writing this feature.
It is, in fact, the visual kaleidoscope you were greeted with when looking at Pompey’s players’ boots at Ipswich.
It seems the days of a good ol’ pair of Adidas World Cups or Puma Kings are long gone.
Thankfully, Danny Hollands is still flying the flag for the old school with his black and white offering on Saturday.
OUR RAY’S THE GREATEST
He may be Pompey ‘til he dies, but there’s no doubt he’s also Tractor Boys royalty.
You only need to take a walk around Portman Road to realise what an Ipswich legend Ray Crawford is.
To a new generation he may be the much-loved figure who whoops his way through commentaries on Express FM, but, of course, he is a footballing great.
Ipswich are a proper club, who act in the right way, no doubt about that. And one of the things they do best is embrace their history – with Crawford at its heart.
Walk through the bowels of the ground around the boardroom and you’ll find walls littered with newspaper cuttings and memorabilia from Ipswich’s glory days.
They celebrate the club’s First Division title in 1962 and FA Cup win in 1978 among other successes.
‘The greatest player to wear an Ipswich shirt and one of the most prolific scorers of the post-war years,’ is the assessment of our Ray.
THE PAC-TOR BOYS
The sight of mascots at a football match is nothing new.
These figures tend to have an association with the clubs they represent and add a little jovial banter at games.
So what the heck was Pacman doing at Ipswich on Saturday?
The All Seeing Eye was unaware of the video game legend’s association with the Tractor Boys.
Maybe there was a maze full of pac-dots and ghosts we didn’t notice outside Portman Road...
A DOG’S LIFE FOR TUBBS
Pompey’s missing players took to social media ahead of Saturday’s game.
Christian Burgess threw his support behind his team-mates as he recovers from injury, tweeting: Come on lads!!! #PUP
Meanwhile, Matt Tubbs tweeted a picture of him out walking his dog by the sea.
He said: ‘Windy and wet dog walk this morning and now gym time!’
A suitably uncontroversial statement, of course, but one which highlighted the fit-again striker is out of favour.
THE NAME’S LEAM...
His name is Richardson, Leam Richardson.
Yet, it seems some people had a little bit of an issue getting their heads around that following Saturday’s clash at Ipswich.
Paul Cook decided to restrict his post-match duties to the local media pitchside at Portman Road.
That left Richardson, to deal with the national press in the confines of an official conference at the ground’s auditorium.
One or two members of the written press took umbrage at Cook’s no-show as the Pompey boss searched for post-match refreshment.
This disapproval was voiced to the assistant manager, who, ever the gentleman, refused to take offence and maintained his dignity.
Richardson proceeded to give his thoughts on the afternoon’s events with patience and consideration.
Then came the toe-curling moment of Richardson being asked who he was as he left the room.
‘Lee Richardson you say?’ said one unprepared hack.
‘Leam Richardson,’ came the response, with admirable restraint.