Pompey Fan Eleven #30

Pompey Fan Eleven #30

Following a cruel snub, sports journalist Dave Clark drops Benjani to the bench and adopts a 4-2-3-1 formation

Formation

David James

Hands-down the best keeper Pompey has had in my lifetime. Pips Alan Knight purely for that smile when Alan Wiley disallowed Peter Crouch's equaliser in the 2010 FA Cup semi-final against Spurs. 

Joel Ward

Joel was the first local lad that I can remember properly establishing himself in the team. Maintained our unbeaten record against Scumhampton with his equaliser at Fratton and scored an under-rated wonder goal at Doncaster. Delighted he's gone on to succeed in the Prem.

Linvoy Primus

An absolute colossus from the moment he arrived. Played a huge role in getting us to the Premier League and then keeping us there. Hero.

Ricardo Rocha

Impeccable in the 2010 semi-final win over Spurs. Slapped Adam Lallana. Still loves the club even though we didn't make him director of football.

Andy Awford

Portsmouth didn't have that many good players while I was growing up but Awford was a real Rolls Royce of a defender who would have played at a much higher level but for injury.

Gary O'Neil

Man-of-the-match aged 17 in the 3-0 win against Barnsley that sealed Championship survival and banged in an outrageous volley to silence the Millwall fans in the Milton End the following year before going on to do the business in the top flight.

Jamie O'Hara

Arrived for a good time rather than a long time but is included for his outstanding efforts in a desperate cause in 2010, as well as his star turn in the 4-1 win at St Mary's. Sad that his career never took off after leaving.

Paul Hall

The most exciting player to watch when I first started going to Fratton and nearly always had the opposition full-back on toast. Great that him and Fitzroy Simpson got to play at France 98 with Jamaica.

Robert Prosinecki

He was the first name on the team-sheet. His hat-trick in the 4-4 draw with Barnsley the greatest individual performance I've ever seen. My grandad, who saw the great teams of the 30s and 40s, said he'd never seen a player like him.

Matty Taylor

Was like having two players in one shirt on the left the way he got up and down the line. Enjoyed having goal-of-the-season contests with himself.

Peter Crouch

He was brilliant in both spells with us and, along with Lassana Diarra, the talisman of a memorable UEFA Cup campaign. Best Twitter banter of any professional footballer.

Subs

Alan Knight, Matt Clarke, Ben Davies, Pedro Mendes, Preki, Alan McLoughlin and Benjani (latter dropped for snubbing me a post-match handshake after the win at Wigan that sealed Premier League survival in 2006).