All Seeing Eye: Wycombe 2 Pompey 2

How was that not given? Christian Burgess and Adam Webster. Picture: Joe Pepler
How was that not given? Christian Burgess and Adam Webster. Picture: Joe Pepler
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The All Seeing Eye was watching on again to take a sideways glance at the 2-2 draw at Wycombe

Flagging youngsters

For 20 lucky youngsters it represented a wonderful privilege.

Asked to form a guard of honour at Adams Park for a League Two fixture, it was truly a moment to treasure for the thrilled children.

Something to tell their school friends about and, similarly, for parents to proudly declare their immense pride.

So there they stood, decked in football kit positioned 10 each side in front of the tunnel awaiting the teams from Wycombe and Pompey to emerge.

Waving their Chairboys flags in the process, the scene was gloriously set. Except the rain fell, the wind howled and the poor youngsters were forced to endure the awful elements.

So ferocious were the gale-force conditions, several hyperactive flags were almost lifted out of the young hands wrestling to keep them in check.

At least the footballers emerged eventually to allow the plucky youngsters to subsequently seek shelter and the chance to warm up their shivering bodies.

Wycombe are next at home on December 15 against Notts County.

Hands up if you want to volunteer again. Anyone?

A Blue dot marks the spot

Martin ‘Scoop’ Hopkins doesn’t leave anywhere without his treasured map.

You see, the Pompey Worldwide Register is presently his pride and joy – and at a press box near you.

The concept has been rolled out to identify where in the world listeners to the Pompey Player/Express FM tune in.

A blue dot is put on the map to signify Pompey followers, with Somalia, Australia and Guam just some of the 104 countries featured.

Haven’t we met before?

Lady Colin Campbell has been entertaining and annoying followers of I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here in equal numbers.

Yet if the name doesn’t ring a bell, her face most likely will among Pompey followers.

For it seems the Australian jungle dweller has an uncanny similarity with a certain goalkeeper with 801 Blues appearances to his name.

The likeness has been pointed out on social media in the last week.

Although Alan Knight is clearly more cheerful.

Expensive errors

Referee Mark Haywood drew the ire of Pompey’s players when he refused to penalise Aaron Pierre’s tangle with Christian Burgess.

Yet it was his match official colleagues who really made a name for themselves – albeit unintentionally.

Most likely the 5,816 crowd gathered didn’t realise the significance of the linesmen on duty.

Although eagle-eyed Pompey head of media Neil Weld certainly spotted the quirk behind the flag-wielding duo on the Adams Park touchline.

On one side of the pitch was Anthony Da Costa from Cambridgeshire. Not a member of Blue.

On the other was Bedfordshire’s Andrew Aylott, and what a fine job the pair did.

Unquestionably they earnt their money for match-day duties, in particular having suffering such grim weather on a freezing November day.

Good job really, because according to the team sheet they DA Costa Aylott.

A slip of a lad

Shooting practice is a tried and trusted part of most team’s pre-match preparation, particularly Pompey’s.

However, it wasn’t quite the right occasion for Gareth Evans to take an unscheduled tumble as he struck the ball.

His effort on the unguarded goal ballooned over the bar, while he found himself sat on the floor after his footing had given way.

It’s a good job not many were around to see it.

Well, nobody but the 1,976 Pompey fans gathered at that end.