Peter Crouch reveals navy sailors’ views on Portsmouth players dining at naval base

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Peter Crouch has been speaking about his time at Pompey in the early days of his career in his new podcast. 

The goal machine, who netted 17 times for the club during the 2001-02 season, launched his That Peter Crouch podcast last week.

Peter Crouch played for Pompey between 2001 and 2002.

Peter Crouch played for Pompey between 2001 and 2002.

The ex-England international has been reflecting on stories from across his career – including his time at Pompey. 

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In the first episode of the podcast called That Dressing Rooms Episode, Crouch recalls training at the navy base in Portsmouth. 

He said: ‘I’ve been there when the dressing rooms were terrible porta-cabins. 

‘When I first started at QPR and Portsmouth, we were in porta-cabins and now it’s gone full circle, it's like a health club. 

‘We trained at the navy base (at Portsmouth), obviously didn't have much money and we were in port-a-cabins.

'Then we would go over and go and have lunch with the navy guys and they hated us, they hated us. 

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'You could see them all marching and we were a shambles.

‘Rolling up parking in wherever and they were marching in totally orderly.

‘Footballers in general don't have much order, certainly when they are at the training ground. But it was good fun.’ 

That Peter Crouch podcast is a 12-part series from BBC 5 Live, with episodes streaming weekly.

Crouch is joined by co-hosts Tom Fordyce and Chris Stark.