Well, after teasing readers for a few days, we can now reveal that our latest new member is former Sky Blue and current Pompey midfielder Adam Barton.
CCFPA’s Frank Pritchard had a long wait to ‘get his man’ after 90 minutes of full time and 30 minutes extra time of Portsmouth’s League Cup tie at the Ricoh against the Sky Blues on Tuesday 9th August. The Sky Blues eventually ran out 3-2 winners to proceed through to the next round against Norwich City after a poor 1st half but entertaining subsequent 75 minutes. Frank takes up the story:-
“Arrived at the Ricoh early just in time to miss the traffic chaos on the A444 and around the Arena. I’d managed to get in touch with Carl Baker during the day, who kindly passed on my details to Adam. The Portsmouth team were at the Hilton Doubletree Ricoh Arena so caught up with Paul Cook, Carl and Michael Doyle having a snack in the Mill Bar and Brasserie before escorting them down to the dressing room about an hour and a quarter before kick-off. I’d already explained to Paul that I was unable to ‘wish him all the best’ and he laughed and said he quite understood.
So to the match and talk about a game of two halves, we didn’t turn-up in the first half but whatever Tony Mowbray said during the break definitely had the desired effect, helped by the introduction of substitute Jodi Jones. Following Ryan Haynes cool finish it looked as though the Sky Blues had won the tie when Vladimir Gahdzev slotted home but extra-time loomed when Pompey equalised with a stunning free-kick. Andy Rose’s tap-in clinched the victory for the Sky Blues which means we progress to the second round for the first time since 2012!
On the whistle I managed to catch ‘Cookie’s’ eye and after waiting for him to complete his media duties he took me down to the Portsmouth dressing room and introduce me to Adam Barton who was more than happy to sign-up to CCFPA after we’d chatted about his conversion into a centre-half!”
Adam therefore joins Pompey’s manager Paul Cook, defender Michael Doyle and forward Carl Baker as former Sky Blues exiles on the South Coast. We hope to see some or all of them back at the Ricoh during the season as Association guests when playing commitments allow.
Frank tells us there’s another signing on the way. Keep checking back for another teaser before a big reveal!!