Episode 123 - Stay up Pompey?

Following yet another tumultuous season in the life of Portsmouth Football Club, Saturday March 29th 2014 could prove to be a turning point. After sacking their manager Richie Barker during the week, Pompey registered a 2-1 victory against Newport County at Rodney Parade, their first win in seven games, which lifted them five points clear of the League Two relegation zone.


 


It was a first win this time around for new caretaker (and Portsmouth academy) boss Andy Awford, but the club are by no means safe yet - especially with relegation rivals Northampton to play in a few weeks time. We get the verdict on Saturday's performance and Barker's departure from Steve Wilson, sports journalist at the Portsmouth News.


 


Meanwhile, Tranmere drew 0-0 with Carlisle at Prenton Park in League One on Saturday, a result that leaves Rovers deep in relegation trouble, with eight teams currently separated by just six points in the fight to avoid the drop. Tranmere have won just four out of their last seventeen games too, plus their manager Ronnie Moore is currently suspended - and their chairman Peter Johnson confirmed on Saturday that a proposed takeover of the club has fallen through. Plenty to discuss then with Paul Harper, sportswriter and co-host of the 'Totally Tranmere' Podcast, plus a presenter on Rover Radio, a fan run Tranmere Rovers radio station.


 


Elsewhere, we look back on glory for Peterborough in the JPT Final at Wembley, talk John Ward stepping aside for Darrell Clarke at Bristol Rovers, plus pay tribute to Russ Wilcox and Scunthorpe United as they break a 125 year old Football League record. There's also Leicester and Wolves on the brink of promotion, plus a central defensive partnership of DC and Ground Force's Tommy Walsh to discuss. All that plus Tom Byfield tells us more about his club Bristol Rovers...


 


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