The transfer window didn’t slam shut down at Fratton Park last Friday – it was more of gentle closure.
While the Jim White-cheerled Sky Sports frenzy was again failing to match the hype and sodden reporters were fighting off rabid teenagers intent on their five minutes of fame at windswept training grounds, things were quiet down at Frogmore Road.
As we know, things haven’t always been that sedate on deadline day down the years. So, here’s my five favourite Pompey tales.
We have our old friend Andrew Andronikou to thank for a cracker of a deadline day anecdote from 2011.
With Andronikou trying to shift anything which wasn’t nailed down at Fratton Park, The News sports editor Howard Frost had been calling the administrator for the latest news with 30 minutes to go until the 5pm deadline.
That paved the way for Andronikou to mix Frost’s number with a certain David Nugent and call back on a particularly poor line, with the conversation unfolding thus:
‘Hi David, it’s Andrew.’
‘No Andrew it’s Howard Frost, sports editor at The News.’
‘Sorry David, I’m driving and it’s a bad line.’
‘Andrew it’s Howard...’
‘Look, David, I know this will come as a shock but we’ve decided to loan you to Blackpool.’
‘No, Andrew this is The News’ sports editor you are speaking to!’
Line goes dead.....
Much movement was expected in the January window back in 2012.
A player fire-sale was on the cards with the club about to go in to administration, hit with a winding-up petition over unpaid tax and failing to pay players’ wages.
But chief executive David Lampitt spiced things up by declaring he was going for a curry.
Southsea’s Albert Road was his destination with Aubergine his curry house of choice.
That led to a member of staff being detailed to ferry him the paperwork to sign off Ryan Williams’ move to Fulham.
In the event, the deal went to the wire and Lampitt got his grub before returning to the club.
With the use of social media beginning to gather pace, transfer deadline day in August 2011 provided one of the first chances to keep Pompey fans up to date with the action via Twitter.
So, after being sent to Fratton Park to keep an eye on developments, the remit was to tweet all the action to The News’ live deadline day blog.
Problem was, nothing happened – apart from my car battery being left flat trying to stay warm.
That led to a call to the AA and as a result becoming the subject of ridicule from the club’s official Twitter account.
It’s a classic Pompey deadline day tale but the day Benjani’s move to Manchester City nearly fell apart is favourite.
The Zimbabwe striker almost wrecked the deal by falling asleep at Eastleigh airport and missing not one but two flights north!
Meanwhile Jermain Defoe was waiting to complete his move at Fratton Park, with club cameraman Jason Broomfield turning up on Sky Sports making a late-night Kentucky Fried Chicken dash.
Harry Redknapp thought he’d managed to keep Benji AND land Defoe at one stage much to his delight but both deals were eventually sealed.
There are plenty of tales of players who got away from down the years.
But Tony Adams perhaps can feel hardest done by after what happened in January 2009.
Adams had a midfielder called Yaya Toure lined up to arrive along with a promising Bosnian called Edin Dzeko.
In the end, Hayden Mullins joined with a Portuguese midfielder by the name of Vitor Hugo Gomez Passos, or Pele, who didn’t play at all for Pompey.