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Blue Christmas

Pompey players share their favourite festive gifts

24 December 2019

Merry Christmas

We asked members of the Pompey squad to reveal their favourite Christmas presents and what they would like to see in their stocking this year...

BRANDON HAUNSTRUP
All I ever wanted when I was growing up was football boots. That’s all I’d be happy with.

I’m getting to the age now where I just ask for boxers and socks. I’m always running low, so I’d be pretty pleased to get them as a gift.

ELLIS HARRISON
My best present would probably have been a football – it’s something you never got bored of. I got a few of them.

This year I’d just be happy for us to win every game over the Christmas period!

ANDY CANNON
I’ll probably go for Call of Duty on the PlayStation, although I also got kits and the Premier League football.

My dream present this year would be to get a regular run of games in the team.

OLI HAWKINS
I had a red ‘Chopper’ bike when I was aged around 12 and nobody else had one. It only lasted me about a year, though.

My dream present this year is my son being born – nothing could be better than that.

"My dream present this year is my son being born – nothing could be better than that."

Oli Hawkins

PAUL DOWNING
I would get the Football Manager games when I was younger and play that a lot – it’s an addictive game.

It’s difficult to know what to ask for when you get older. It becomes less important – I’ll be happy with anything.

RYAN WILLIAMS
My mum brought me a big trampoline and I’d be straight on it every day after school for about three years, but my brother ruined it by stretching the mat.

I’m not sure what I’d like this year, but if I’m being unrealistic then I’d ask for a yacht and sail around the Balearic Islands.

ROSS McCRORIE
I got a big dumper truck and a tractor when I was younger – they were my favourite presents.

The best present this year – although it wouldn’t be at Christmas – is for Pompey and Rangers to both win the league.

JAMES BOLTON
I was just happy with a pair of boots when I was younger and I remember getting the F50s when they first came out – I didn’t take them off.

It’s a bit boring when you get older, but I’d be happy with a new pair of trainers.


These interviews first appeared in the Pompey v Ipswich matchday magazine.


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