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Battle of the birthday boys at St Mary's

6:10am Thursday 28th February 2013

Battle of the birthday boys at St Mary's

It looks like many happy returns for one manager at St Mary’s on Saturday ... while the other could have the birthday blues.

Harry Redknapp’s first return to Saints since he left the club in the Championship, and a seemingly inevitable hot reception, doesn’t seem the happiest of ways for the former Pompey manager to celebrate his 66th birthday.

But, in an amazing twist, the man in the opposite technical area, current Saints boss Mauricio Pochettino, will also be blowing out the candles as he hits 41 on Saturday.

It’s a huge game for both sides as QPR drink in last chance saloon in terms of their chances of Premier League survival. Anything other than a win at St Mary’s will surely extinguish whatever hopes they have of avoiding relegation this season.

Saints sit in a far healthier position in the table but know they need to make the most of some good form by putting more wins on the board, and they barely get more winnable than a home game against a team win just two league victories all season.

There would be nerves still jangling around St Mary’s if Saints failed to collect the three points. If they do then they will be within touching distance of the superb achievement of securing a Premier League berth for next season, however.

Success for Pochettino and woe for Redknapp – it’s the birthday most Saints fans will be wishing on the managers.

Comments(48)

Comments(48)

Winsaint says...
7:49am Thu 28 Feb 13

All that cake and candles only one stat inportant though three points.

COYR

Alicesdad says...
9:05am Thu 28 Feb 13

This story makes no mention of Morgan Schneiderlin. For heavens sake Echo you have only had five stories about him this week, all basically the same one witha different heading and then you go and miss him out of this one ... when is Morgan's birthday .. surely this deserves a mention.

Alicesdad says...
9:30am Thu 28 Feb 13

Breaking news .. Morgan Schneiderlin is backing Poch to have a happy birthday this weekend. Full story earlier this week and reported every day since.

fritzer says...
9:42am Thu 28 Feb 13

Got to wait till the 8th of November for Mogans big day, but hopefully there will be a lot more big days for him before then, a few more of those great goals like on Saturday will do us.
What a fantastic player, we all should be happy that he has signed for another four years, it's about time that we had a chant/song for him also.
"SPIDERMAN IS THE GREATEST"

insane saint says...
9:53am Thu 28 Feb 13

fritzer wrote:
Got to wait till the 8th of November for Mogans big day, but hopefully there will be a lot more big days for him before then, a few more of those great goals like on Saturday will do us.
What a fantastic player, we all should be happy that he has signed for another four years, it's about time that we had a chant/song for him also.
"SPIDERMAN IS THE GREATEST"
a song for Morgan;

short but sweet my son two years ago came up with this after watching the Simpsons.

spider man, spider man,
does does whatever a spider man does.
can he score, a goal.
yes he can 'cause he's spider man

Saintsayer II says...
9:53am Thu 28 Feb 13

Is there any cance that 'Onest 'Arry is fibbing abot his age Y know like some people fib about thier tax

St Retford says...
9:59am Thu 28 Feb 13

The Smiths have already written a song for Harry:

"I've come to wish you an unhappy birthday
Because you're evil and you lie
And if you should die
I might feel slightly sad but I won't cry"

Mush On The Beach says...
10:32am Thu 28 Feb 13

St Retford wrote:
The Smiths have already written a song for Harry:

"I've come to wish you an unhappy birthday
Because you're evil and you lie
And if you should die
I might feel slightly sad but I won't cry"
As the flames rose to his cockney nose
And his hearing aid started to melt

Bigmouth, la ... bigmouth, la ...
Bigmouth strikes again

Sally Hamilton Original says...
10:50am Thu 28 Feb 13

I fail to see how if we win we will be within touching distance! We are going to need 5 wins minimum before we can feel safe because after the game there will still be 30 points available

Manicsaintbloke says...
11:27am Thu 28 Feb 13

insane saint wrote:
fritzer wrote:
Got to wait till the 8th of November for Mogans big day, but hopefully there will be a lot more big days for him before then, a few more of those great goals like on Saturday will do us.
What a fantastic player, we all should be happy that he has signed for another four years, it's about time that we had a chant/song for him also.
"SPIDERMAN IS THE GREATEST"
a song for Morgan;

short but sweet my son two years ago came up with this after watching the Simpsons.

spider man, spider man,
does does whatever a spider man does.
can he score, a goal.
yes he can 'cause he's spider man
Can I have a go: SpiderMan SpiderMan does whatever a Spider-Man does can he score from 30 yards yes he can cause he's well ard look out here comes our SpiderMan

OSPREYSAINT says...
11:37am Thu 28 Feb 13

Sally Hamilton Original wrote:
I fail to see how if we win we will be within touching distance! We are going to need 5 wins minimum before we can feel safe because after the game there will still be 30 points available
Well 3 points is the most we can get and of course it depends on how other results go too, but getting those three points will be advantageous to our securing Premier safety and will keep us in touch, but nothing is certain until the fat lady sings. Just be positive.

Confucious says...
11:51am Thu 28 Feb 13

Saintsayer II wrote:
Is there any cance that 'Onest 'Arry is fibbing abot his age Y know like some people fib about thier tax
It's a genuine birthday and I should know as I wrote his unauthorised biography - " 'orrible 'arry " (Confucious Publishing £35.50 hardback).

At birth 'arry was so ugly that the nurse slapped his mother. He had been expected to appear at least two months before, but the unusually early contractions turned out to be little 'arry twitching in the womb. After the birth, his very excited dad ran off to tell his friends and didn't come back until 'arry left home 20 years later.

It's a good read and in fact sold even more copies than "Confucious", written by Confucious and published by Cunfucious Publishing £650.25.

Confucious says...
11:55am Thu 28 Feb 13

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
Sally Hamilton Original wrote:
I fail to see how if we win we will be within touching distance! We are going to need 5 wins minimum before we can feel safe because after the game there will still be 30 points available
Well 3 points is the most we can get and of course it depends on how other results go too, but getting those three points will be advantageous to our securing Premier safety and will keep us in touch, but nothing is certain until the fat lady sings. Just be positive.
Are you talking about the woman behind the counter at Burley Post Office who keeps accidentally stamping her t!ts?

Mush On The Beach says...
12:05pm Thu 28 Feb 13

Confucious wrote:
Saintsayer II wrote:
Is there any cance that 'Onest 'Arry is fibbing abot his age Y know like some people fib about thier tax
It's a genuine birthday and I should know as I wrote his unauthorised biography - " 'orrible 'arry " (Confucious Publishing £35.50 hardback).

At birth 'arry was so ugly that the nurse slapped his mother. He had been expected to appear at least two months before, but the unusually early contractions turned out to be little 'arry twitching in the womb. After the birth, his very excited dad ran off to tell his friends and didn't come back until 'arry left home 20 years later.

It's a good read and in fact sold even more copies than "Confucious", written by Confucious and published by Cunfucious Publishing £650.25.
I read a different version of events where he wasn’t conceived but in fact was knitted from Nanna Redknapp’s favourite pattern. On the whole a dull and uneventful read but cutely titled:
A Twitch In Time Saves Nine

Chet Rico says...
12:16pm Thu 28 Feb 13

I follow Bagpuss on Twitcher.

hates the skates says...
12:25pm Thu 28 Feb 13

Sally Hamilton Original wrote:
I fail to see how if we win we will be within touching distance! We are going to need 5 wins minimum before we can feel safe because after the game there will still be 30 points available
basically you usually survive with 40 points

Strasbourg Saint says...
1:11pm Thu 28 Feb 13

So, what we're basically saying is that they were both born on 2 March and are therefore both pisces, ergo, fish.


Bu66er!

Rising_Son says...
1:27pm Thu 28 Feb 13

Strasbourg Saint wrote:
So, what we're basically saying is that they were both born on 2 March and are therefore both pisces, ergo, fish.


Bu66er!
Ah, but one's never been a skate, and therein lies the difference.

Strasbourg Saint says...
1:39pm Thu 28 Feb 13

Rising_Son wrote:
Strasbourg Saint wrote:
So, what we're basically saying is that they were both born on 2 March and are therefore both pisces, ergo, fish.


Bu66er!
Ah, but one's never been a skate, and therein lies the difference.
True. I'd still like to know what Chinese year they were born in (a job for Confucious, methinks).

My guess is Poch was born in the year of the tiger, while 'arry was born in the year of the lying, cheating, thieving g!t.

Seedhouse the Unrepentant says...
2:34pm Thu 28 Feb 13

The News are slaggging us off again for nicking the useful kids in their area and giving them a way out of poverty and squalor:

'Awford’s warning as Premier giants try to raid Pompey"

saintkenny says...
3:04pm Thu 28 Feb 13

Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote:
The News are slaggging us off again for nicking the useful kids in their area and giving them a way out of poverty and squalor:

'Awford’s warning as Premier giants try to raid Pompey"
they have just 8 weeks to get out of admin league one wraps up 27th april

Sainty saint saint says...
3:04pm Thu 28 Feb 13

Alicesdad wrote:
This story makes no mention of Morgan Schneiderlin. For heavens sake Echo you have only had five stories about him this week, all basically the same one witha different heading and then you go and miss him out of this one ... when is Morgan's birthday .. surely this deserves a mention.
You would have thought they would have at least gone with "Morgan is Premier League's 4th Dirtiest Player" -- at least, that's according to MSN Sport...

Strasbourg Saint says...
3:23pm Thu 28 Feb 13

Sainty saint saint wrote:
Alicesdad wrote:
This story makes no mention of Morgan Schneiderlin. For heavens sake Echo you have only had five stories about him this week, all basically the same one witha different heading and then you go and miss him out of this one ... when is Morgan's birthday .. surely this deserves a mention.
You would have thought they would have at least gone with "Morgan is Premier League's 4th Dirtiest Player" -- at least, that's according to MSN Sport...
Surely, it should read, 'Morgan is PL's 4th HARDEST player'.

Seedhouse the Unrepentant says...
3:34pm Thu 28 Feb 13

saintkenny wrote:
Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote:
The News are slaggging us off again for nicking the useful kids in their area and giving them a way out of poverty and squalor:

'Awford’s warning as Premier giants try to raid Pompey"
they have just 8 weeks to get out of admin league one wraps up 27th april
They don't seem to have any sense of haste about them. They haven't even set a court date yet to value Nottarf Krap. I'm beginning to think it's PST's escape route from all this to say 'not our fault gov we ran out of time.'

saintkenny says...
3:50pm Thu 28 Feb 13

Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote:
saintkenny wrote:
Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote:
The News are slaggging us off again for nicking the useful kids in their area and giving them a way out of poverty and squalor:

'Awford’s warning as Premier giants try to raid Pompey"
they have just 8 weeks to get out of admin league one wraps up 27th april
They don't seem to have any sense of haste about them. They haven't even set a court date yet to value Nottarf Krap. I'm beginning to think it's PST's escape route from all this to say 'not our fault gov we ran out of time.'
you may have a point .they may be trying to get keith harris to join with them .he cant buy but could invest is money with them and share ,maybe that what there up .they owe 64 million after the admin .how can they pay back a council loan .they cant buy out chainey .they need kh money as back .only way out in my view

Beer Monster says...
3:57pm Thu 28 Feb 13

Pasty faced skate b@stard. 'nuff said.

Happy 41st birthday for saturday Pocho!

sabotobal says...
4:39pm Thu 28 Feb 13

I was fascinated to see Confucious writing about his £625 Book. I have enjoyed his humour so many times. The last time was in Uruquay, the home of GM. sat at a table of 6 all in tears of laughter at the Clinker tale. I really think that if the Echo was on the Ball there is a really good book to be printed here putting together some of Confucious's best and some of the other really clever humour. Well done to you all. It is fantastic to read some of your comments.

sabotobal says...
5:05pm Thu 28 Feb 13

Sorry, Make that G.R. I asked a Taxi driver if he knew of him and he jumped for joy and nerly gave us a free trip.

BracknellSaint says...
5:32pm Thu 28 Feb 13

Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote:
The News are slaggging us off again for nicking the useful kids in their area and giving them a way out of poverty and squalor:

'Awford’s warning as Premier giants try to raid Pompey"
Is it just me, but doesn't Andy Awful look like a paedo in that picture?
Like a member of Saville's gang...Not sure best person to run a youth set up.
Mind you, this is portsmuff, so maybe he is...
Love reading the small team fan comments over there-deluded is the word.

BracknellSaint says...
5:38pm Thu 28 Feb 13

Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote:
The News are slaggging us off again for nicking the useful kids in their area and giving them a way out of poverty and squalor:

'Awford’s warning as Premier giants try to raid Pompey"
Is it just me, but doesn't Andy Awful look like a paedo in that picture?
Like a member of Saville's gang...Not sure best person to run a youth set up.
Mind you, this is portsmuff, so maybe he is...
Love reading the small team fan comments over there-deluded is the word.

Seedhouse the Unrepentant says...
6:09pm Thu 28 Feb 13

BracknellSaint wrote:
Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote:
The News are slaggging us off again for nicking the useful kids in their area and giving them a way out of poverty and squalor:

'Awford’s warning as Premier giants try to raid Pompey"
Is it just me, but doesn't Andy Awful look like a paedo in that picture?
Like a member of Saville's gang...Not sure best person to run a youth set up.
Mind you, this is portsmuff, so maybe he is...
Love reading the small team fan comments over there-deluded is the word.
Unfortunately it starts at home in the pompey family.

Silly skunts.

warrens 76 says...
6:18pm Thu 28 Feb 13

Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote:
BracknellSaint wrote:
Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote:
The News are slaggging us off again for nicking the useful kids in their area and giving them a way out of poverty and squalor:

'Awford’s warning as Premier giants try to raid Pompey"
Is it just me, but doesn't Andy Awful look like a paedo in that picture?
Like a member of Saville's gang...Not sure best person to run a youth set up.
Mind you, this is portsmuff, so maybe he is...
Love reading the small team fan comments over there-deluded is the word.
Unfortunately it starts at home in the pompey family.

Silly skunts.
Border control should put a larger and deeper moat around portsea, electric fences and passport control..once in you cannot come out...

It is an infestation, a maleovant society, reminds me of the film with Kurt Russell as Snake Pliskin...'Escape from New York'..

...turn it into a giant prison, it looks like one, it smells like one, it's filthy, violent and a blott on the landscape...

It should be excommunicated, persona non gratis....in short begone foul beasts.

Confucious says...
8:03pm Thu 28 Feb 13

Strasbourg Saint wrote:
Rising_Son wrote:
Strasbourg Saint wrote:
So, what we're basically saying is that they were both born on 2 March and are therefore both pisces, ergo, fish.


Bu66er!
Ah, but one's never been a skate, and therein lies the difference.
True. I'd still like to know what Chinese year they were born in (a job for Confucious, methinks).

My guess is Poch was born in the year of the tiger, while 'arry was born in the year of the lying, cheating, thieving g!t.
I don't know what the official Chinese year was but my uncle Tian says in Guandong Province where he lived Mauricio's was The Year of The Beautiful Orchid and 'arry's was The Year Of The Really Annoying Little Bogie That Sticks Right At The Top Of Your Nose And Can't Be Blown Out Or Even Picked Out Using Your Little Finger.

Sound a bit too long to be true that, but he is getting a bit scatty. He called 999 in a panic this morning and asked for the fire brigade because he'd put his pants on the wrong way round and couldn't get his willy out.

apm1954 says...
8:42pm Thu 28 Feb 13

at last pompey confirm a tescos will be going in the car park at fratton (portsmouth news) wonder if it will be £20 to park your car when you shop

bluewhiteandred says...
9:04pm Thu 28 Feb 13

Hello Saints fans as echo only do bad news for POMPEY i will tell you the good news as you know portsmouth city Council loaned the club 1.45 million and today stuart robinson owns the land around Fratton park signed and sealed today just the court case to go now . I own my own football club with the honours that go with it ! so have a good night knowing your club is still **** . PUP

apm1954 says...
9:17pm Thu 28 Feb 13

bluewhiteandred wrote:
Hello Saints fans as echo only do bad news for POMPEY i will tell you the good news as you know portsmouth city Council loaned the club 1.45 million and today stuart robinson owns the land around Fratton park signed and sealed today just the court case to go now . I own my own football club with the honours that go with it ! so have a good night knowing your club is still **** . PUP
wont be paying my council tax then

slugger says...
9:20pm Thu 28 Feb 13

bluewhiteandred wrote:
Hello Saints fans as echo only do bad news for POMPEY i will tell you the good news as you know portsmouth city Council loaned the club 1.45 million and today stuart robinson owns the land around Fratton park signed and sealed today just the court case to go now . I own my own football club with the honours that go with it ! so have a good night knowing your club is still **** . PUP
And what exactly do you own a piece of ......... would you stake your home on it ?

abbiscuits says...
9:23pm Thu 28 Feb 13

off subject, but anyone know who is on picture 35/39 on the gallery:preparing for qpr?

http://www.saintsfc.
co.uk/news/article/t
raining-gallery-prep
aration-for-qpr-6865
30.aspx

TheSaintsMan says...
9:24pm Thu 28 Feb 13

Everybody at St Mary's on Saturday has to sing Happy Birthday for Pochettino before we kick off.

I wonder what Harry's present will be... tax evasion?

Baddesley Bill says...
9:29pm Thu 28 Feb 13

bluewhiteandred wrote:
Hello Saints fans as echo only do bad news for POMPEY i will tell you the good news as you know portsmouth city Council loaned the club 1.45 million and today stuart robinson owns the land around Fratton park signed and sealed today just the court case to go now . I own my own football club with the honours that go with it ! so have a good night knowing your club is still **** . PUP
Which bit did you get for your nifty fifty...the playing staff? ;O)

slugger says...
9:44pm Thu 28 Feb 13

I find it incredible that the Echo can run 3 stories in 1 day about Twitchy and the only reason our manager gets a mention is because his birthday is almost the same day ??????? ............. how about a non Harry related article Mr editor ?

TEBOURBA says...
9:59pm Thu 28 Feb 13

Saints have to watch crafty Harry -- he's just crafty enough to get a win.
Poch's or should it be pox's record during his time with Saints can't hold a candle to honest, respectable, heart on sleeve, Nigel's record!
I hope the shyster is having second thoughts and sleepless nights over dumping Nigel.
What goes around comes around and the shyster will get his just desserts.

Strasbourg Saint says...
10:15pm Thu 28 Feb 13

bluewhiteandred wrote:
Hello Saints fans as echo only do bad news for POMPEY i will tell you the good news as you know portsmouth city Council loaned the club 1.45 million and today stuart robinson owns the land around Fratton park signed and sealed today just the court case to go now . I own my own football club with the honours that go with it ! so have a good night knowing your club is still **** . PUP
Well done, we're all very happy for you.

Alongside you, how many others 'own' the club? It's just that, if there are others, and I guess there are one or two other mugs, then you HAVE to share it and, therefore, you don't 'own' it but 'own' only a part of it, don't you?

That may come as a bit of a disappointment to you but there is good news, it means you 'own' only a part of the debt, which should therefore save you a bob or two.

It's good to share :)

slugger says...
10:22pm Thu 28 Feb 13

TEBOURBA wrote:
Saints have to watch crafty Harry -- he's just crafty enough to get a win.
Poch's or should it be pox's record during his time with Saints can't hold a candle to honest, respectable, heart on sleeve, Nigel's record!
I hope the shyster is having second thoughts and sleepless nights over dumping Nigel.
What goes around comes around and the shyster will get his just desserts.
Yawn ...... only a Pompey fan would wish ill on our club ........ give it up , you're fooling nobody .

BracknellSaint says...
10:33pm Thu 28 Feb 13

TEBOURBA wrote:
Saints have to watch crafty Harry -- he's just crafty enough to get a win.
Poch's or should it be pox's record during his time with Saints can't hold a candle to honest, respectable, heart on sleeve, Nigel's record!
I hope the shyster is having second thoughts and sleepless nights over dumping Nigel.
What goes around comes around and the shyster will get his just desserts.
Yawn..
Go and support Poopey, or watch darts..or anything.
You've got hard proof NC is a shyster? Then back it up big man.

Otherwise,you sound just like the other jealous Skunts on here.
What are you, man or a skunt?

arm chair fan says...
10:42pm Thu 28 Feb 13

abbiscuits wrote:
off subject, but anyone know who is on picture 35/39 on the gallery:preparing for qpr?

http://www.saintsfc.

co.uk/news/article/t

raining-gallery-prep

aration-for-qpr-6865

30.aspx
it may be off subject but nice to see a post about sants and football! I think it is matt tagart ? has 23 on kit so as a left back has he stepped up for training with luke missing ? hope not bad news for saturday !

arm chair fan says...
10:53pm Thu 28 Feb 13

arm chair fan wrote:
abbiscuits wrote:
off subject, but anyone know who is on picture 35/39 on the gallery:preparing for qpr?

http://www.saintsfc.


co.uk/news/article/t


raining-gallery-prep


aration-for-qpr-6865


30.aspx
it may be off subject but nice to see a post about sants and football! I think it is matt tagart ? has 23 on kit so as a left back has he stepped up for training with luke missing ? hope not bad news for saturday !
sants ?????wtf saints

lowe esteem says...
1:47pm Fri 1 Mar 13

apm1954 wrote:
at last pompey confirm a tescos will be going in the car park at fratton (portsmouth news) wonder if it will be £20 to park your car when you shop
Latest...Poundland..
.no, hang on...the 99p shop, no, it's back to Krap Nottarf, so stop the bidding, you can't go lower than that...

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