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All I Want For Christmas...

Pompey players relive their favourite festive gifts

25 December 2023

The Pompey squad looking festive

All I Want For Christmas...

Pompey players relive their favourite festive gifts

25 December 2023

Members of the Pompey squad reveal their best ever presents and what they would like to receive under the tree this year.

Alex Robertson
When I was younger, I got a lot of football stuff like boots and shirts. I had Portugal, Netherlands, Argentina, England and lots of Manchester United kits. The older I got, the more gadgets I wanted – like PlayStation games and remote-controlled cars. My dream present this year would just be another goal!

Abu Kamara
It would probably have just been a pair of football boots – that was always the biggest thing for me when I was younger. I remember that I used to like the F50s back in the day and remember getting a pair of orange and black ones. I’m not really too fussed about presents now – it’s more about spending some time with my family.

Ryan Schofield
I got a PlayStation 2 when it first came out – that’s the first ‘big’ Christmas present I can remember getting. I think I would have got a FIFA game with it as well. I don’t need a lot these days and it’s hard to know what to ask for, but I could do with a new pair of boots – along with three points on Boxing Day of course.

Conor Shaughnessy
I can remember getting a mountain bike – that’s one that really stands out for me. It wasn’t wrapped, but it was brought out as a bit of a surprise. The only thing I’m asking for this year is a win on Boxing Day!

Anthony Scully
The best thing I did was make a trip to Lapland on Christmas Eve, which was great. We saw the Northern Lights, met Santa, flew back, went to bed and then woke up on Christmas morning. That’s a fantastic memory. Getting promoted is what I want this year.

Terry Devlin
I was normally just happy with a pair of boots from my mum and dad every year – I liked the Nike Tiempos. I got a nice black and green pair one year. Three points at Bristol Rovers on Boxing Day is what I want this year.

Ryley Towler
I think that my best ever present probably would have been a mountain bike, but I think they sacked the wrapping off! The thing I want most this year is for us to go on and win promotion to the Championship.

Christian Saydee
I can’t remember how old I was, but my brother had an Xbox and I really wanted one. Then my sister turned up with one for me, so that was special. But every present you get means something, especially when you’re a kid. The dream present this year would be promotion – although we might have to wait a bit longer before opening that one – and a Pompey Christmas jumper.

Will Norris
My brother and I got matching bikes one year and so that was probably up there for me in terms of the best Christmas present. What do I want this year? Three points on Boxing Day would be great!

Paddy Lane
We got Wii Sports when I was around seven and I remember playing Mario Kart – we used to love that. What would I like under the tree this year? It’s a tough question, but I’ll say some new socks because someone in the changing room keeps cutting mine.

Gavin Whyte
I got a puppy when I was about 10 and that’s probably my favourite present. It was a little Yorkshire terrier and my brother brought it around. We called him Max. This year it’s got to be promotion – it’s everyone’s dream to get this club back where it belongs.

Ben Stevenson
I think it was probably a BMX I got when I was around 10. My mate who lived around the corner also got one and so we spent the whole of Christmas Day just riding them around. I can’t really think what I want this year, so I’ll just say promotion – and I always need boxers.

This feature first appeared in the Pompey v Fleetwood matchday magazine.

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