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Jim Powell spills his beans!

"Author of non-seller 'Walking In My Shoes' & 2UpTop's founder & Editor-in-Chief "


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Nicknames: Jimma, Tufty & 'Powell, Powell Press-On Towel'


Real Name: James Waldemar Powell

Team Supported: Portsmouth

First Game Attended & its Abiding Memory:
It was in 1979; a home game verses York City. Even though it was in the old 4th Division, the attendance was very impressive and the atmosphere at Fratton Park was electric and very intimidating. The ‘Pompey Chimes' rang out around the ground but most of the noise emanated from the Fratton End. That's the place where I wanted to be amongst it. Pompey won the game 5-2. Colin Garwood got a brace for the home side and Peter Lorimar hit a trademark screamer for a consolation goal for York. That game made my mind up that Pompey were the team for me and I literally fell in love with them that afternoon. I've never strayed since that day, though they have betrayed me on several occasions and I have been tempted myself, to play away a few times with a more glamorous model; maybe up sticks and get a cheaper season ticket at the Nou Camp. Pompey gained promotion to the third tier on the last day of that season in May79'.

Favourite Away Ground:
I like White Hart Lane; they do some nice bagels there, though I do find that the Spurs crowd can grate a bit with their continual moaning. The Hawthorns is decent ground too with the Baggies always creating a good atmosphere. I also have a soft spot for QPR's Loftus Road; a great old-fashioned football ground. Watford, Luton and Oxford's old Manor Ground are all shite!

Favourite Ever Match:
I should say when Pompey beat Southampton 4-1 in 05' but I was horrendously hungover and there was a tiny tinge of disappointment that we didn't score anymore goals in the 2nd half. So I'd probably go for when Pompey beat Rotherham Utd 3-2 at home in 03' to clinch the Championship after already gaining promotion to the Premier League the week before or when we beat Oxford Utd 2-1 at a rain-sodden Fratton Park, 3 days before Christmas 1984. Alan Biley headed 2 injury-time goals to win the promotion tussle for Pompey.
On TV I would have to say two games from the Spain82' World Cup; Italy 3 v Brazil 2 and West Germany 3 v France 3.

And then for England it would have to be the 4-1 against Holland & the 2-1 win over Scotland in Euro96. Also the 5-1 trouncing of Germany in Munich in 01' and then the 1-0 win over Argentina in the 02' World Cup

Favourite Ever Goals:
Pompey - Patrick Berger v Charlton (a) 04/05 / Others - Marco Van Basten - That volley Holland v Russia Euro88' Final and Paul Gascoigne - England v Scotland Euro 96'

Pet hate at Football Matches:
People who leave the end of a game five minutes early to avoid the traffic. I just can't understand it!? For the sake of having to sit in a traffic-jam for an extra half an hour, against seeing your side hitting a last-ditch equaliser or winner (or in Pompey's case conceding an injury-time goal) is beyond me. It's hardly a chore listening to ‘5live' or your local radio station on your way home in your car is it, and what more amazingly exciting event can they be rushing back for?; more fulfilling than having watched a footy match? Give your support for a full 90+minutes and just remember how much you paid for the privilege of watching the match in the first place!

The Good, The Bad & The Ugly of Refereeing:
I like refs like Mark Halsey, Phil Dowd and Mark Clattenburg, who always seem to officiate with common sense and don't mind talking to, and politely being spoken at by the players. I think Howard Webb is a decent referee too and on his day Steve Bennett is alright.
However I cannot stand the Premier League's youngest ever official, Stuart Attwell. The young fella is an incompetent fool. He keeps making major fuck-up after major-fuck-up but still keeps his place amongst the elite referees, when better refs than him like Uriah Rennie (arrogant) and Andy D'Urso (scared into shiteness by a snarling Roy Keane) were rightly demoted, but have served their punishment and time in the lower leagues. It's probably because he is so young that the refereeing hierarchy wants to nurture him, but the very fact that he is so young and wants to be a referee, makes him a highly suspicious character in my book. Rob Styles is a smarmy twat, though deserves respect for being a Pompey fan and Mike Reilly is bloody useless; put him in a brown overcoat and he would be a dead ringer for a paedophile!

Heroes in Football:
Jimmy Dickinson, Sir Bobby Robson, Sir Bobby Moore, Zico, Steve Claridge, Linvoy Primus, Paul Walsh, Alan Knight, Mick Tait, Johan Cruyff, Jim Smith, Alan Ball and David Beckham.     
In football journalism, Henry Winter and Andrew Jennings.

Rotters in Football:
Sepp Blatter is a massive cunt!

Fantasy X1:
Mine is from 1977 onwards:
1 - Peter Schmeichel
2 - Cafu
3 - Paulo Maldini
4 - Lothar Matthaus
5 - Ruud Kroll
6 - Franco Baresi
7 - David Beckham
8 - Kenny Dalglish
9 - Marco Van Basten
10 - Michel Platini
11 - Ronaldinho
Subs - Dino Zoff - Roberto Carlos - Thierry Henry - Ruud Gullit -
Gary Lineker - Zico - Lionel Messi
Manager - Johan Cruyff

What state do you think English Football will be in 10years time?:

I fear for the beautiful game and especially within the nation that brought football to the rest of the world.

Just plain greed from the faceless bureaucrats running the Premier League and the FA are much to blame. I also blame most clubs being run by rich foreign investors who have no real understanding or long term love of the clubs they have purchased. In the days past, clubs were ran and owned by fans of the clubs and were also residents nearby to the community, though were considerably wealthier than their neighbours and lived in mansions on the outskirts of the city/town. This might sound xenophobic but will these foreign owners be around in 10years time? We all know the fans will be, if they haven't been completely out-priced by the greedy clubs. Take the situation at Liverpool which is an absolute joke. Two gormless Yanks who have now fallen out with each other after only a couple of seasons and now childishly refuse to sit near each other in the Anfield stand (when they bother to watch a match). The complete lack of patience shown by owners and chairmen is appalling and short sighted. Some of the most successful sides over the last 15 years have been those clubs who have stuck to their managers (Ferguson/Wenger/Moyes) and have backed their judgment. The public and press cry foul when we appoint a foreign coach for the England job but our young English managers are never given a chance to have a proper go at it before they are unceremoniously sacked (Ince, Adams, Pearce, Boothroyd).

I don't envisage the England team struggling for young talent in the next 5 or so years but after that is a worry. Anyone who watches our U21, U19 & U17 sides regularly will testify that there is no lack of depth of young talent coming through in those age groups, BUT will they get a chance at their clubs? I for one would back the 5foreigner ruling in the Premier League and again I plead that I am not being anti-foreigners.

Foreign players are not to blame for England's woes over the last 10years; that's been the fault of the pampered eleven on the field under-performing on the big stage every tournament. Players of the ilk of Bergkamp, Ljungberg, Kanu, Henry, Fabregas, Cantona, Van Nistelrooy, Ronaldo, Park, Zola, Gullit, Leboeuf, Berger, Torres, Alonso, Arteta, Ginola, Asprilla, Solano, Di Canio, Okocha, Juninho, Kranjcar, Elano and the likes of the loyal Hyypia, Toure, McBride, Solksjaer, Bergsson and Mellberg, have only made our game 100 times more attractive to watch and their skills and experience can only have rubbed off on the youngsters with whom they trained with everyday of the week.

What I haven't liked is the purchasing of say a Macedonian international who is no better than some young English talent rotting in the reserves while the average foreigner is placed on the bench. I completely understand that the foreign squad player would have cost five times less than a young player from down the leagues but that option is not cheaper than developing and nurturing talent from within your own youth team. There is an argument that ‘if they're good enough they'll get in' and I can comply to that theory also. Arsene Wenger at Arsenal has appeared to not too pick young English talent in his side and has missed out on some quality young players who he has sold somewhat prematurely (Bentley, Sidwell, Upson, Pennant) but his argument is that his young English players have not had the same technical abilities than their foreign counterparts. Arsenal has an exciting new crop of extremely talented young English players coming through right now. I'm watching with baited breath whether these will make the grade in North London or be sold on to lesser rivals or finding a career path in the lower reaches of the Football League.    

So basically fuck knows but one thing I do know is that it can't go on like this!


First Single Ever Bought:
I bought for myself ‘Dance Away' by Roxy Music and ‘Are Friends Electric?' by Tubeway Army with some saved up pocket money from Subway in Fareham.

First Album Ever Bought:
‘The Pleasure Principle' by Gary Numan

Last Album Bought:
‘Ray Guns Are Not The Future' by The Bird and the Bee. 'Polite Dance Song' was a great single but disappointed with the rest.

Desert Island/Isle Of Mann Discs - What 5 Albums would you take?:
1 - Brave - Marillion
2 - OK Computer - Radiohead
3 - Dark Side Of The Moon - Pink Floyd
4 - The Joshua Tree - U2
5 - Depeche Mode - The Singles 86>98
...seen as Lukey sneaked one more onto the Island, I'm adding ‘Urban Hymns' by The Verve!...

First Gig Attended:
Gary Numan at the Portsmouth Guildhall in 83' on the Warriors Tour.

Favourite Gig Venue:
Brixton Academy in London is a fave and I love the sloping floor. I like Wedgwood Rooms and the Guildhall in Portsmouth also. In Australia I'm a big fan of The Tivoli in Brisbane.

Pet Hate at Gigs:
Apart from the obvious chatting at a gig (fuck off to a pub for a chat!); its blokes who spend most of the evening trying to take pictures of the gig on their mobile phones. I want to smash their phones into their gormless faces!

Fantasy Band:
Vocals: Steve Hogarth
Lead Guitar & Vocals: David Gilmour
Rhythm Guitar: Gem Archer
Bass Guitar: Geddy Lee
Drums: Neil Peart
Keyboards: Mark Kelly

Heroes in Music:
The two David's - Bowie & Gilmour. Also Gary Numan, Guy Garvey, Paul Weller and Noel Gallagher.

What state do you think the Music Industry will be in 10years time?:

I fear that's it's inevitable that purchasing an album from a record shop will become completely extinct, which I feel is a fucking shame. I know I'm going to sound like an old dinosaur but I love trawling through a record store and even better a ‘bargain bin', though it was definitely more fun with vinyl than CD's, but even the CD format is being slowly erased. Who can forget coming home on the bus with a new album purchased that day with your hard earned cash and hardly being able to wait until you got home, to slowly pull the vinyl out of its static sleeve and then smell that beautiful black plastic.

I'm a firm believer that the album is an art form and an actual body of art. Which is why an album should always be played in its entirety and in the track order the artist has so painstakingly deliberated on and finally chosen. I consider the album cover to be an extremely important component to the whole package and so is being able to read the lyrics. I also trawl through the credits, who wrote what, who used what and who's thanked who. My point being is that you can't do this with a downloaded album burnt to your memory stick. I used to refuse to download anything at all and still now I ridiculously refuse to download any music for free but I am now, I must admit, addicted to I-Tunes. I'd like to add however that I only buy individual tracks and not whole albums. If I like a couple of tracks by a band, I will always go out and buy that album.

The public are obviously not going out and buying the albums, but are just downloading a few tracks that they like from that album. You only have to look at the number of sales needed to get a No.1 single in the Charts and that's starting to become the case with the album form too. In this financial climate and the prices of CD's I certainly don't think there's anything wrong with listening to stuff for free and then making your mind up, but I would always like to think that I would support that artist by purchasing their album and not finding some computer software to download it for nothing. I haven't paid any attention to the singles chart for over a decade now and I don't think many people do care about them, certainly not anyone who loves their music and take it very seriously. The majority of the singles charts is utter shite and this has been the case since the 60's and two spells 1980-1983 & 1994-1997.

I think the bands who are savvier with self promotion and the internet will thrive but still the hard slog of touring is still the surefire winner in establishing your name on the music circuit and in the business, and I for one hope this will still be true in 10years time.  

Favourite Radio Show:
Living in Australia these days I listen to mainly UK podcasts, though TripleJ is a decent Aussie radio station. My favourite and most played podcasts are ‘The Football Ramble', ‘5live Football Daily', ‘606 Football phone-in', ‘5live Fighting Talk', Nicky Campbell's ‘5live News Phone-in' and Radio4's ‘Friday Night Comedy'.

First Film seen at the Cinema:
‘The Jungle Book'

Favourite Films of All-Time:
1 - This Is England
2 - Pulp Fiction
3 - The Shawshank Redemption
4 - Dead Man's Shoes
5 - Layer Cake

Favourite Actor:
This a close one between Robert De Niro and Morgan Freeman but I think I'll go with De Niro as Freeman's sincere voiceovers are starting to get on my tits a bit. I also think Brad Pitt and Leonardo De Caprio are underrated actors due to their devilish good looks.

Favourite Comedian:
Jack Dee just edges Johnny Vegas and Frank Skinner out.

Favourite Sitcoms:
I'm Alan Partridge, Only Fools & Horses, Peep Show, The Office, Extras, Gavin & Stacey, Ideal, Flight of The Conchords, The League Of Gentlemen, Spaced, Fawlty Towers, Black Adder, Phoenix Nights, Porridge, the Thick Of It, Lead Balloon, 15 Storeys High, Worst Week Of My Life, Saxondale, The IT Crowd.   

Favourite TV Show:
Apart from the obvious of Match of the Day, Soccer AM, Goals On Sunday, Football Matters and Later...with Jools Holland, my favourite ever TV programme is Auf Wiedersehen Pet.

Favourite Jokes:
Two prostitutes are stood on a street corner.
One looks at the other and asks,
"Have you ever been picked up by the fuzz?"
The other prostitute replies, "No, but I've been swung round by the tits."

Things have been bad at home with the missus. She says she is sick of me! Football, cricket, boxing, rugby, always sport on the telly.
Anyway I booked a quiet table for two last night to try and patch things up.
By 9 O'clock things were ten times worse than before!
She hadn't potted a single fucking red.......

What a result I just had. I got a new Rolex watch for my birthday from the lesbian girls next door. They must have misunderstood me, when I said "I wanna watch"......

Favourite Authors: Graham Hurley, Ian Rankin, Irvine Welsh, Nick Hornby & Frederick Forsyth.

What 5 Books will you always go back to:
1 - Birdsong - Sebastian Faulkes
2 - The Day Of The Jackal - Frederick Forsyth
3 - 1984 - George Orwell
4 - The Great Gatsby - Scott Fitzgerald
5 - For Whom The Bells Toll - Ernest Hemmingway

Heroes in Literature: George Orwell, Charles Dickens, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle & Ernest Hemmingway.

Most money won on a bet:
I won about 500 Australian Dollars in the last Cricket World Cup in 07'. I did a double on Ireland beating Pakistan and Bangladesh beating India. Lovely stuff but the edge was taken off when Bob Woolmer was murdered because of my windfall!

Favourite City:
Portsmouth, though not when I'm living there. London has so much going on and I do like Brisbane, but Barcelona is the city for me every time. The architecture, galleries, cuisine, bars and the Nou Camp are something else.


Favourite Countries Visited:

India, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Thailand and Australia


Favourite Cuisine:
Gotta be Indian though I've take a recent interest and liking of Indonesian.

Favourite Drink:
Non-alcoholic - Full Fat Milk
Alcoholic - Magners with ice, Kronenburg 1664 and Crown Lager.  

Who would you consider ‘playing away' from the missus with? (hopefully with her consent):
Naomi Campbell but I'd be off sharpish before she had one of her tantrums.

Who would you consider turning gay with? (hopefully with their consent):
I would definitely consider turning lesbian for Lindsay Lohan and Portia De Rossi. If I wasn't butch enough for them, then maybe Becks, Weller or Brian Molko. Blimey I'm getting carried away here............see the boxing last night?....GGGRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Heroes in Life:
My Dad and Granddad, Auntie Pam, Sir Winston Churchill, Field Marshal Montgomery, William Wilberforce, Lord Nelson, Mikhail Gorbachev and Gandhi.