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Liverpool v Portsmouth (29/10/2008) - Double Agents
Monday, 27th October 2008
In advance of our first League meeting of the season at Anfield on Wednesday, YNWA looks at the careers of some of those who have represented both Pompey and the reds.

Current double agents
Peter Crouch joined Portsmouth from Queens Park Rangers for £1.25m in July 2001, netting nineteen times in 39 Pompey games. He left for Aston Villa in a £5m deal in March 2002 and joined the reds from his next club Southampton for £7m in July 2005, and struck 42 times in 134 games, helping us to claim the FA Cup and FA Community Shield before rejoining Pompey for a fee of up to £11m in July, and has so far netted three times in thirteen outings.

Djimi Traoré signed for Portsmouth from Charlton Athletic for £1m in January 2007, after just five months with the Addicks, and has turned out fifteen times for Pompey to date. He signed for the reds from Laval for just £550,000 in February 1999, and struck once in 141 reds games, helping us to claim the Champions League in 2005.

David James made 277 appearances after signing from Watford for £1m in July 1992, before being sold to Aston Villa for £1.7m in June 1999, helping us to claim the League Cup in 1995. He has appeared 96 times for Portsmouth, joining from Manchester City for £1.2m in August 2006.

Recent double agents
Milan Baroš struck 27 times in 108 reds games after signing from Baník Ostrava for £3.2m. He moved to Aston Villa for £6.5m in August 2005, having helped us to claim the Champions League and the Worthington Cup, and is now turning out for Galatasaray in Turkey. He joined Pompey on loan from Olympique Lyonnais in January, failing to score in sixteen outings but helping them to claim the FA Cup. His Czech mate Patrik Berger struck 35 times in 196 reds games after signing from Borussia Dortmund for £3.25m in September 1996, helping us to the FA Cup and UEFA Cup in 2001. He joined Portsmouth on a free transfer in June 2003, notching eight times in sixty games before joining Aston Villa in July 2005. Paul Walsh scored 37 goals in 112 reds games, winning a League title and the Screen Sport Super Cup in his four years at Anfield. He later had two spells with Pompey, netting 26 times in 113 games in their bid to return to the top flight.

Michael Thomas played three games for Portsmouth on loan from Arsenal in December 1986, five years prior to arriving at Anfield. He grabbed twelve goals in 163 reds games, including the opener in the 1992 FA Cup Final. Forward John Durnin only played three senior games in as many years at Anfield. Portsmouth was one of his many later clubs, where he struck 33 times in 207 games after arriving from Oxford United for £200,000 in July 1993. Jimmy Carter spent nine months in L4 after signing from Millwall for £800,000 in January 1991, and played eight times without establishing himself in the first team. He later spent three seasons at Fratton Park, overlapping for a while with Paul Walsh. Carter scored six times in eighty appearances for Pompey.

Grégory Vignal signed for the reds from Montpellier for £500,000 in September 2000 but failed to establish himself at Anfield, spending much of his time out on loan. He moved on to Portsmouth in July 2005 after only twenty appearances. He played just seventeen times for Pompey before moving to Racing Club de Lens in May 2006. David Thompson scored five times in 56 reds games before Gérard Houllier sold him for £3m to Coventry City in August 2000. He joined Pompey in July 2006 having been released by Wigan Athletic, and turned out fifteen times for them before moving to Bolton Wanderers in January 2007, although only six of these appearances were from the start.

Sander Westerveld signed from Vitesse Arnhem for £4m in June 1999, a then British record fee for a goalkeeper. He made 103 outings between our sticks, helping us to claim five trophies in 2001, before moving on to Real Sociedad for £3.49m in December 2001 after the arrival of Jerzy Dudek and Chris Kirkland. He moved to the south coast in July 2005, but only played seven times before being loaned out to Everton in February 2006. Salif Diao spent the 2005/06 season on loan at Fratton Park from Liverpool, making thirteen appearances. He arrived at Anfield for £4.7m from Sedan in August 2002, and bagged three goals in 61 reds games. He has since moved on to Stoke City, who he helped to promotion to the top flight last season.

Pompey bosses
Ian St. John managed Pompey for three seasons in the mid-1970's, although his record was poor, only leading them to 31 victories in 124 games in charge, as Portsmouth were relegated into the old Third Division, and then narrowly escaped a further descent to the League basement. He had joined the reds from Motherwell in May 1961 for a then club record fee of £37,500. He bagged 118 goals in 425 games, with his greatest contribution to reds history undoubtedly being the winning goal in the 1965 FA Cup Final, although he also won two First Division titles, the Second Division and FA Charity Shield.

One of St. John's signings for Portsmouth was reds full-back Chris Lawler in October 1975, who had struck 61 times in 549 reds appearances and won two League titles, FA Cup, UEFA Cup and FA Charity Shield while at Anfield. Lawler played forty times for Pompey. The Saint also brought John McLaughlin in on loan, who had netted three times in 55 reds games, with his best season coming in 1970/71. A lack of first-team opportunities following injury led to his switch to Fratton Park where he played five League games before he moved into non-League football.

Wing-half Bobby Campbell only made 25 appearances for the reds, and later played 61 League matches for Pompey. He returned to Fratton Park as Manager in May 1982, staying in charge for two years, with his signings including Neil Webb and Mark Hateley. He led them to the old Third Division title in his first season in charge, and kept them up the following season, but was then sacked and replaced by Alan Ball.

Shanks galore
Bill Shankly's uncle Bob Blyth was Player/Manager with Pompey in the early 1900's, before eventually becoming Chairman. Another of his uncles, Billy, also played for the South coast outfit, as did two of his older brothers Jimmy and John.

Other double agents
1980's reds midfielder John Wark worked at Fratton Park as their Chief Scout until Alan Ball was sacked. He struck an impressive 42 times in his 108 games for the reds, following his £450,000 capture from Ipswich Town in March 1984. He left Anfield in January 1988 to return to Portman Road, having won a League championship medal with us. Right-backs Archie Goldie and John Glover, and centre-forward Sam Raybould were handed a seven-month ban in 1903 for agreeing to ‘financial inducements' to sign for Portsmouth, and were banned from ever playing for Pompey. This blow helped contribute to our relegation that season.

Left-back Tom Wilkie played 64 times for us after signing from Heart Of Midlothian in January 1895, and moved on to Fratton Park four years later. Full-back Neil McBain signed from St. Johnstone in March 1928, but only made twelve reds appearances before joining Watford, whom he later managed. He had guested for Pompey during the First World War. Forward Bert Leavey failed to score in five reds games after signing from Plymouth Argyle in 1910, and spent time at Fratton Park later in his career.

Other some-time reds who have also turned out for Pompey include Dan Cunliffe, who struck seven times in eighteen reds games in 1897/98, and Richard Money, who only made seventeen first-team appearances in the early 1980's for the reds, and later played the same number of League games for Pompey before injury ended his career. Scottish forward John ‘Sailor' Hunter bagged thirteen goals in 45 reds games, later turning out for Pompey. Messina Allman only made one reds appearance, against Bristol City in March 1909, after signing from Plymouth Argyle the previous year. He moved to Grantham later in 1909. He had spent time with Pompey prior to joining the Pilgrims. Early 1970's reserves keeper Graham Lloyd played 73 League games for Portsmouth later in the decade.



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