Pompey diary: Curanovic counts cost of video nasty

It was the video nasty which tragically shattered the dreams of Darjan Curanovic.

What’s more, the Slovenian keeper himself was responsible for unleashing it upon an unsuspecting world.

Curanovic had been lined-up to attend the training camp in Spain as part of a trial.

That was until members of the Pompey backroom staff saw the highlights package the 26-year-old posted on YouTube.

It was meant to contain the keeper’s best bits during a number of matches.

Instead, it portrayed a player uncomfortably dealing with bouncing balls and some questionable positioning.

That was enough to prompt Pompey to swiftly pull the plug on their arrangement with the unfortunate fellow.

Judge for yourself at www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1nqdqC_DJE

The footballs were briefly put away as the Pompey touring party gathered for a Question of Sport.

Thankfully, class came through as the backroom team, accompanied by yours truly, romped home to victory.

Along the way were inevitable complaints in a highly-competitive occasion.

Michael Appleton strongly voicing that one particular question centring on a Brian Clough quote was too easy, while chuntering team-mate John Wilson – the stand-in kit man – was just a bad loser in general.

Still, Dan Butler raised a laugh in the picture round when he thought the motorcyclist was Sebastian Vettel. In fact it was Valentino Rossi.

Not that his team consisting of Ashley Harris, Adam Webster, George Colson, Sam Magri and Jed Wallace could laugh – they have never heard of Lothar Matthäus.

Elsewhere, Dan Thompson believed Simon Eastwood’s drawing of a golfer was Tim Westwood. Obviously, mixing up his Radio 1 DJs with former world number one Lee Westwood OBE.

It was left to the dream team of Steve Allen, Colin Clement, John Keeley, Nick Cornett and myself to claim the triumph in the six-round quiz put together by Chris Neville and Mark Thomas.

The wooden spoon went to Izale McLeod’s line-up, containing Lloyd Sam, Dan Thompson and Eastwood.