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Published: 2017/07/19
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Highlights: Portsmouth 6-1 Cheltenham Town
Published: 2017/05/07
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Sky Bet Meets Portsmouth: Up Pompey!
Published: 2015/03/26
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Published: 2017/05/10
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Portsmouth FC - FA Cup Winners - The Official Season Review 2007-08
Published: 2014/07/15
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Published: 2016/09/25
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Published: 2014/08/20
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Top 10 Portsmouth FC Goals | 2016/17
Top 10 Portsmouth FC Goals | 2016/17
Published: 2017/05/08
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Top 10 Portsmouth FC Goals | 2015-16
Top 10 Portsmouth FC Goals | 2015-16
Published: 2016/05/20
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The Official History of Portsmouth Football Club 1898 - 1998 (Part 1)
Published: 2014/07/19
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Published: 2017/05/07
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Published: 2017/04/17
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Published: 2014/07/15
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Published: 2015/01/29
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Published: 2013/03/09
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Published: 2017/03/24
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Published: 2017/03/19
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Published: 2009/09/13
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Published: 2015/02/04
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Published: 2017/04/18
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Published: 2017/05/22
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Full name Portsmouth Football Club
Nickname(s) Pompey
Founded 5 April 1898; 119 years ago (1898-04-05)
Ground Fratton Park
Ground Capacity 20,620 full capacity. 18,600 reduced capacity until H&S is sorted.
Owner Pompey Supporters Trust[1]
Chairman Iain McInnes
Manager Kenny Jackett
League League One
2016–17 League Two, 1st (promoted)
Website Club home page
Current season

Portsmouth Football Club /ˈpɔərtsməθ/ is a professional football club in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, which will play in League One, the third tier of English football, following their promotion from League Two in the 2016–17 season. Home matches have been played at Fratton Park since the club's formation in 1898. Portsmouth have been champions of England twice, in 1949 and 1950, and won the FA Cup twice, in 1939 and 2008.

Portsmouth first qualified for European competition, playing in the 2008–09 UEFA Cup. In this period, the club had international footballers including England players Glen Johnson, Jermain Defoe, Peter Crouch, David James and Sol Campbell. Financial problems, however, soon set in and Portsmouth were relegated to the Football League Championship in 2010. In 2012, they were again relegated, to League One, and again, in 2013, to League Two. They began the 2013–14 season in the fourth tier of the English football league system for the first time since the late 1970s.

Portsmouth became the largest fan-owned football club in England, after the Pompey Supporters Trust (PST) successfully gained possession of Fratton Park in April 2013.[1][2] After winning the League Two title in the final game of the 2016–17 season, Portsmouth became the 5th club to win all four top tiers of professional English football (after Wolves, Burnley, Preston and Sheffield United).



Portsmouth Football Club are nicknamed 'Pompey', a name which it shares with the English port city of Portsmouth and its historic naval base. The 'Pompey' nickname is thought most likely to originate from the historic nautical location known as Portsmouth Point, which is commonly abbreviated to 'Po'm. P.' when written in shortened form into a ships logbook.

During the first early seasons of Portsmouth FC, the football team wore salmon pink shirts with maroon collars and cuffs, white shorts and maroon stockings, which gave rise to the alternative nickname, 'The Shrimpers'. 'The Shrimpers' went out of common usage after 1909 when Portsmouth FC began playing in white shirts, navy blue shorts and navy blue stockings. After 1911, Portsmouth began playing in their now familiar royal blue shirts.

Coincidentally,'The Shrimpers' is also the nickname of Southend United F.C.[3]


1898–1939: Beginnings of Portsmouth F.C.[edit]

The club was founded in 1898 with John Brickwood — owner of the local Brickwoods Brewery — as chairman, This group consisted of John Brickwood of Brickwoods Brewery, A.H. Bone (a local architect), John Peters (a wine importer), William Wiggington (a government contractor and former Royal Engineers Warrant Officer), George Lewin Oliver (founder and headmaster of Mile End School) and Alderman John E. Pink (a solicitor, employed by John Brickwood). A blue plaque on the wall of 12 High Street Portsmouth (Alderman John E. Pink's solicitors office building) commemorates the founding on 5 April 1898.

Frank Brettell was the club's first team manager.[4] The club joined the Southern League in 1899, with their first league match being played at Chatham Town on 2 September 1899 (a 1–0 victory),[5] followed three days later by the first match at Fratton Park; a friendly against local rivals Southampton, which was won 2–0, with goals from Dan Cunliffe (formerly with Liverpool) and Harold Clarke (formerly with Everton).[6] That first season was successful, with the club winning 20 out of 28 league matches, earning them the runner-up spot in the league. 1910–11 saw Portsmouth relegated, but with the recruitment of Robert Brown as manager, the team was promoted the following season.

Chart of table positions for Portsmouth since joining the Football League.

League football was suspended during First World War, but following the resumption of matches Portsmouth won the Southern League for the second time. Continuing success saw them in the Third Division for the 1920–21 season. They finished 12th that year, but won the division in the 1923–24 season. The club continued to perform well in the Second Division, winning promotion by finishing second in the 1926–27 season, gaining a record 9–1 win over Notts County along the way.

Portsmouth's debut season in the First Division was a struggle. The next season they continued to falter, losing 10–0 to Leicester City, still a club record defeat. Despite their failings in the league, however, that season also saw Portsmouth reach the FA Cup final for the first time, which they lost to Bolton Wanderers. Portsmouth managed to survive relegation, and their fortunes began to change. The 1933–34 season saw Portsmouth again reach the FA Cup final, beating Manchester United, Bolton, Leicester and Birmingham City on the way. The club was again defeated in the final, this time to Manchester City.

1939: First FA Cup triumph[edit]

Having established themselves in the top flight, the 1938–39 season saw Portsmouth reach the FA Cup final, the third time they had done so. This time, Portsmouth managed to defeat favourites Wolverhampton Wanderers 4–1. Bert Barlow and Jock Anderson scored, whilst Cliff Parker scored twice (third and fourth). League football was again suspended due to World War II, meaning Portsmouth hold the distinction of holding the FA Cup for the longest uninterrupted period as the trophy was not contested again until the 1945–46 season.

1948–49 and 1949–50: Champions of England[edit]

League football resumed for the 1946–47 campaign after five years and Portsmouth continued in the First Division. Portsmouth capitalised on the footballers called up to serve in the Royal Navy and Royal Marines in the war years and recruited some of them. In this way, Portsmouth had the pick of some of the best. In their "Golden Jubilee" season of 1948–49, the club were tipped to be the first team of the 20th century to win the Football League and FA Cup double, lost in the FA Cup semi-final against Leicester City. That season also saw them record an attendance of 51,385, a club record which still stands to this day. The club won the title the following year, beating Aston Villa 5–1 on the last day of the season, and are thus one of only five English teams to have won back-to-back titles since World War II.

1954–1970: The Years to follow[edit]

Portsmouth finished third in 1954–55 and on 22 February 1956, they played the first Football League game under floodlights against Newcastle United.[7][8] Subsequent seasons saw Portsmouth struggle and they were relegated to the Second Division in 1959. Portsmouth went down to the Third Division in 1961 (the first former English League champions to do so) but were promoted back to the Second Division at the first time of asking under the guidance of George Smith. Despite limited financial means, Smith maintained Portsmouth's Second Division status throughout the 1960s until moving upstairs to become general manager in April 1970.

1972–1988: Deacon to Gregory[edit]

The cash injection that accompanied the arrival of John Deacon as chairman in 1972 failed to improve Portsmouth's league position. With Deacon unable to continue bankrolling the club on the same scale, Portsmouth were relegated to the Third Division in 1976.

In November 1976, the club found itself needing to raise £25,000 to pay off debts and so avoid bankruptcy. With players having to be sold to ease the club's financial situation, and no money available for replacements, Portsmouth were forced to rely on an untried manager, Ian St John, and inexperienced young players. Consequently, they were relegated to the Fourth Division in 1978.

Portsmouth were promoted back to Division Three in 1980, and in the 1982–83 season they won the Third Division championship, gaining promotion back to the Second Division. Under Alan Ball's management, Portsmouth missed winning promotion to the First Division twice before finally succeeding in 1986–87. By the middle of the 1987–88 season, the club was again in financial trouble and Portsmouth were relegated straight back to the Second Division. The summer of 1988 saw Deacon sell the club to London-based businessman and former Queens Park Rangers chairman, Jim Gregory.

1991–1997: Smith, Venables[edit]

Jim Smith's arrival as manager at the start of the 1991–92 season sparked a revival in the team's fortunes and that year Portsmouth reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup, losing on penalties to eventual winners Liverpool after a replay. Portsmouth missed out on promotion to the FA Premier League in 1992–93 by virtue of having scored one fewer goal than West Ham United.

In the summer of 1996, Terry Venables arrived at Portsmouth as a consultant, later taking over as chairman after buying the club for £1 in February 1997.[9] The team enjoyed a run to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup in 1996–97, beating FA Premier League side Leeds United en route, but finished just short of the qualifying places for the play-offs for promotion to the Premier League.

The old terraced Fratton End stand – half demolished since the late 1980's for safety reasons – was finally fully demolished. A new modern replacement Fratton End stand was opened in 1997, along with other stadium improvements. As a mark of respect to the club's player and manager, a huge portrait of Jimmy Dickinson was incorporated into the seating of the new Fratton End stand, along with the club's crest.

1997–98 Season ('Division One')[edit]

Terry Venables's role as coach of the Australian national team meant he was frequently absent from Portsmouth. Meanwhile, the team's results were poor. Two-thirds of the way through the season, he and manager Terry Fenwick left the club, Venables selling his shareholding back to Martin Gregory, son of former chairman Jim Gregory, while Alan Ball returned as manager. Relegation was again avoided on the last day of the season.

1998–99 Season ('Division One') Portsmouth's Centenary Season[edit]

Portsmouth's centenary season, 1998–99, saw a financial crisis hit the club, and in December 1998 Portsmouth went into financial administration.[10] Serbian-born US businessman Milan Mandarić saved the club with a takeover deal in May 1999, and the new chairman immediately started investing.

1999–2000 Season ('Division One')[edit]

Alan Ball was sacked on 9 December 1999 with the club near the bottom of the table. Tony Pulis took over in January 2000 and steered the club to safety at the end of the season.

2000–01 Season ('Division One')[edit]

Tony Pulis was put on 'gardening leave' and was eventually sacked. Pulis was replaced by Portsmouth player, Steve Claridge in a player-manager role. Claridge was initially successful, with talk of promotion to the Premier League, but a run of defeats set in after the new year. In March 2001, Graham Rix took over from player-manager Steve Claridge, with Claridge being retained as a Portsmouth player until the end of the season. Portsmouth escaped relegation on the last day of the 2000–01 season when they won their final game and Huddersfield Town lost theirs, keeping Portsmouth up at their expense.[11]

2001–02 Season ('Division One')[edit]

Japanese international goalkeeper Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi moved to Portsmouth,[12] signing for a (then) club record £1.8m.[13]. Kawaguchi lost his place to veteran Dave Beasant after being held responsible for Portsmouth's 4–1 home defeat to Leyton Orient in the FA Cup.

Over the summer, former West Ham United manager Harry Redknapp had been appointed director of football. Rix lost his job in early 2002, with Redknapp taking over. Former manager Jim Smith was asked to team up with Redknapp, and while he initially turned the offer down to remain as assistant at Coventry City, he soon arrived at Portsmouth after a change of manager at Coventry saw almost all of the club's coaching staff being dismissed.

2002–03 Season ('Division One')[edit]

Harry Redknapp took over as manager in early 2002 from Graham Rix, with Jim Smith returning to the club as assistant manager. Redknapp was able to make the most of Mandarić's willingness to invest in players at a time when competitors were struggling after the collapse of ITV Digital's television deal with the Football League. Just over a year later, Portsmouth were celebrating winning the Division One Championship and promotion to the FA Premier League, winning the title with a game to spare.[14]

After a season of playing reserve team football, Japanese goalkeeper Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi made his final appearance for Portsmouth in the final game of the 2002–03 Football League First Division championship winning season, coming on at half time to a standing ovation in the 5–0 win against Bradford City. He moved on to Nordsjælland.

2003–04 Season (Premier League)[edit]

The club finished 13th in their first FA Premier League season under Harry Redknapp's management.

2004–05 Season (Premier League)[edit]

Harry Redknapp resigned midway through the season, after a disagreement with Chairman Milan Mandarić,[15] and went on to manage rivals Southampton.

Velimir Zajec, who had been brought in by Mandarić as an executive director, initially replaced Redknapp on a caretaker manager basis, but was made permanent manager on 21 December 2004.

Velimir Zajec was replaced by Alain Perrin in April 2005, and reverted back to his original executive role. He succeeded in keeping Portsmouth in the top flight. Portsmouth finished 16th at the end of their second FA Premier League season.

2005–06 Season (Premier League)[edit]

Velimir Zajec resigned from his executive position at Fratton Park on 10 October 2005 due to 'personal reasons'[16]. After achieving four wins from 20 games, Portsmouth manager Alain Perrin was sacked on 24 November 2005, exactly one year since Harry Redknapp had resigned from Portsmouth.

Harry Redknapp returned to manage Portsmouth again on 7 December 2005 with the club threatened by relegation, although not yet in the relegation zone. In January 2006, Portsmouth were sold by Milan Mandarić and bought by businessman Alexandre Gaydamak. New signings included a quartet from Tottenham Hotspur, then record signing Benjani and Argentine international Andrés D'Alessandro on loan from VfL Wolfsburg. The club survived their third season in the Premier League one place above the relegation zone in 17th position.

2006–07 Season (Premier League)[edit]

With large amounts of money available for Harry Redknapp to make record signings, the club finished the 2006–07 season in the top half of the table for the first time, in ninth position, only one point short of European qualification.

2007–08 Season (Premier League)[edit]

The scoreboard at the end of the 2008 FA Cup Final, in which Portsmouth beat Cardiff City 1–0

The 2007–08 season saw Portsmouth finish eighth in the Premier League and reach the FA Cup final for the first time since 1939. They eliminated Manchester United at Old Trafford in the quarter-finals, and on 5 April 2008, Portsmouth beat Championship side West Bromwich Albion 1–0 at Wembley Stadium in the semi-finals, coincidentally the same day that the club celebrated its 110th birthday.

On 17 May 2008, Portsmouth won the 2008 FA Cup Final with a 1–0 win over Cardiff City, with Nwankwo Kanu scoring the only goal. It was the second time Portsmouth had won the FA Cup, since the earlier 1939 FA Cup Final.

2008–09 Season (Premier League)[edit]

International strikers Peter Crouch and Nwankwo Kanu kick off for Portsmouth in their UEFA Cup match against Milan

The FA Cup win had earned Portsmouth a place in the 2008–09 UEFA Cup (now 'Europa Cup'), the club's first time playing European football. Their first European match was a 2–0 victory over Vitória de Guimarães in the first round on 18 September. Portsmouth went on to win the tie 4–2 on aggregate, progressing to the group stage.

On 25 October 2008, Harry Redknapp suddenly left Portsmouth for a second time, leaving his assistant Tony Adams to be promoted to the managerial role. On 27 November 2008, Portsmouth drew 2–2 Milan, going 2–0 up through goals from Younès Kaboul and Nwankwo Kanu, but conceding two goals later in the game. Performances were not consistently good, however, and the team were eliminated from the 2008–09 FA Cup in the fourth round, losing 2–0 at home to Championship side Swansea City. Adams was dismissed in February 2009.[17].

Youth team coach Paul Hart took over as manager until the end of the season, with Brian Kidd assisting him, and oversaw an upturn in form that resulted in Portsmouth being guaranteed Premier League safety on 16 May 2009. Portsmouth finished the 2008–09 Premier League season in 14th place. On 26 May, Portsmouth accepted a bid from Emirati businessman Sulaiman Al Fahim to purchase the club.[18]

2009–10 Season (Premier League)[edit]

Because of the financial problems suffered by the club, Portsmouth were forced to sell several of their top players and high earners, including Peter Crouch, Sylvain Distin, Glen Johnson and Niko Kranjčar. On 21 July, Al Fahim was appointed non-executive chairman of Portsmouth. On 19 August, Portsmouth announced on their website that a rival consortium headed by current CEO Peter Storrie had also made a bid for the club; unknown at the time, this was backed by Ali al-Faraj. Despite this, Al Fahim completed the takeover on 26 August; al Faraj moved to review a takeover of West Ham United.

As the early stages of the 2009–10 season progressed, the finances dried up and the club admitted on 1 October that some of their players and staff had not been paid. On 3 October, media outlets started to report that a deal was nearing completion for Ali al-Faraj to take control of the club. On 5 October, a deal was agreed for al-Faraj and his associates, via BVI-registered company Falcondrone, to hold a 90% majority holding, with Al-Fahim retaining 10% stake and the title of non-executive chairman for two years.[19][20][21] Falcondrone also agreed a deal with Alexandre Gaydamak the right to buy, for £1, Miland Development (2004) Ltd., which owns various strategic pockets of land around the ground, once refinancing was complete.[22] Two days after the al-Faraj takeover was completed, Portsmouth's former technical director Avram Grant returned as director of football.[23] Because of the financial problems, however, the Premier League placed the club under a transfer embargo, meaning the club were not allowed to sign any players.

Avram Grant took over at Portsmouth on 26 November 2009,[24][25] replacing former manager Paul Hart, who had been sacked by the board two days previously due to the club's position at the bottom of the league table.[26]

In December 2009, it was announced that the club had failed to pay the players for the second consecutive month,[27] and on the 31st it was announced player's wages would again be paid late, on 5 January 2010. According to common football contracts, the players then had the right to terminate their contracts and leave the club without any compensation for the club, upon giving two weeks' notice. Despite the financial difficulties, Grant's time as manager was initially successful. He gained two wins (against Burnley and Liverpool) and a draw away at Sunderland from his first five games. The only losses inflicted on Portsmouth in this period were by eventual double winners Chelsea and the previous season's champions, Manchester United. HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) filed a winding-up petition against Portsmouth at the High Court of Justice in London on 23 December 2009.[28] In March 2010, this winding-up petition was dropped,[29] leaving Portsmouth with a nine-point penalty for entering administration.[30] During the 2009–10 season, it had become apparent to the club's new owner Balram Chainrai that Portsmouth were approximately £135 million in debt[31] so to protect the club from liquidation, Chainrai placed the club into administration on 26 February 2010, and the club appointed Andrew Andronikou, Peter Kubik and Michael Kiely of accountancy firm UHY Hacker Young as administrators. This automatically incurred a nine-point penalty from the Premier League which came into effect on 17 March and consigned the team to almost certain relegation, which was mathematically confirmed on 10 April.[32]


On 9 April, it was announced David Lampitt would be joining Portsmouth as their new CEO after he had worked a period of notice at the FA, his current employer. Portsmouth were relegated to the Championship the following day after West Ham beat Sunderland. Portsmouth won their FA Cup semi-final match against Tottenham 2–0 after extra-time the next day, with goals from Frédéric Piquionne and Kevin-Prince Boateng winning the match. They faced Chelsea in the final at Wembley on 15 May and lost 1–0 to a goal from Didier Drogba. Despite being the FA Cup finalists, the club were denied a licence to play European football the following season in the UEFA Europa League.[33] In May, Grant resigned as Portsmouth manager. On 17 June, the club's creditors voted for a company voluntary arrangement (CVA), with an 81.3% majority;[34] HMRC, Paul Hart and the agent of Portsmouth midfielder Tommy Smith were the only ones to reject it, but HMRC appealed against the CVA due to the reduction of its considerable debt.[35] On 15 July 2010, HMRC appealed against the proposed CVA on the last day before it would be formally agreed,[36] the case was originally going to take place in October 2010, but after an appeal from the administrators at the club it was set for 3 August at the High Court in London. The case was heard by Mr Justice Mann from 3 to 5 August where, having heard submissions from both sides, he turned down HMRC's appeal on all five counts it had put forward. HMRC decided not to appeal against the verdict, leaving Portsmouth's administrators to formally agree the CVA and bring the club out of administration.[37] On 17 August, Balram Chainrai completed his takeover of the club and passed the owners' and directors' fit and proper person test.

2010–11 Season (The Championship)[edit]

Former Notts County manager Steve Cotterill was appointed manager of relegated Portsmouth in June 2010 on a three-year contract.[38] During the 2010 summer transfer window, Marc Wilson, who had only recently been named captain, signed for Stoke City on transfer deadline day, with Stoke players Dave Kitson and Liam Lawrence moving to Fratton Park as part of the deal.[39] After a poor start had left Portsmouth rooted to the bottom of the league in September, they went on a seven-match unbeaten run, which helped lift them to mid-table by the end of October.[40] After achieving 19 points from seven matches in October, Cotterill was nominated for the October Manager of the Month award. Lawrence, with six goals under his belt, also received a nomination for Player of the Month.

On 22 October, Portsmouth issued a statement saying, "It appears likely that the club will now be closed down and liquidated by the administrators,"[41] but key creditor Alexandre Gaydamak announced the next day that he had reached an agreement which could save their future.[42] It was revealed just hours later that Portsmouth had finally come out of administration, with Balram Chainrai regaining control of the company.[43]

Later in the season, Portsmouth's form started to falter and they were in 18th place by January 2011. During this time, the size of the squad depleted further by contract complications with players Richard Hughes and Michael Brown as a clause written into their contracts would trigger new agreements with higher wages. Another seven-match unbeaten run was recorded, picking up 17 points from a possible 21. In March, Portsmouth recorded a 1–0 win over Leicester City with a first-half David Nugent strike splitting the teams apart. Portsmouth finished the season with an eight-game winless run and ended up 16th with 58 points.

On 1 June 2011, Convers Sports Initiatives (CSI) owned by Russian Vladimir Antonov completed its takeover of the club.[44] On 15 June, the club announced their first summer signing, David Norris from Ipswich Town on a free transfer; this was followed by the signings of Jason Pearce (strangely the first transfer with available money since January 2010),[45] Luke Varney, Stephen Henderson and Greg Halford.[46]

2011–12 Season (The Championship)[edit]

On 13 August, prior to kick-off against Reading at Fratton Park, it was announced that Portsmouth had re-signed forward Benjani, who had previously left the club in 2008. On 14 October, Steve Cotterill agreed a compensation package to be allowed to take the vacant Nottingham Forest manager's position.[47] Later that day, it was announced that first team coaches Stuart Gray and Guy Whittingham would take over management duties, Cotterill's departure allowed several omitted players a return to the first team, such as Dave Kitson and Ricardo Rocha in a 2–0 home win against Barnsley.

Following Cotterill's departure, Michael Appleton was announced as the new manager on 10 November 2011.[48] His first match in charge was a 2–0 defeat at Watford, only Appleton's second match as a first-team manager.[clarification needed]

Administration again[edit]

On 23 November 2011, a Europe-wide arrest warrant was issued for Portsmouth owner Vladimir Antonov by Lithuanian prosecutors as part of an investigation into alleged asset stripping at Lithuanian bank Bankas Snoras, which was 68% owned by Antonov and had gone into temporary administration the previous week. Operations in another of Antonov's banks, Latvijas Krajbanka, were suspended by Latvian authorities on 22 November 2011 for similar reasons.[49] Antonov was subsequently arrested at his offices in London on 24 November and was bailed.[50]

CSI released a statement which said, "In the light of the recent events at Snoras Bank, Convers Sports Initiatives (CSI) would like to reassure its companies, staff, and the fans of its teams and events, that it remains very much business as usual." The statement added that "CSI has been solely financed through the private wealth of its owners. Snoras Bank has never provided funding for the purchase of a CSI organisation, nor has it lent any money to these businesses after they have been acquired".[51] Lithuanian prosecutors, however, added that they would be taking "all the necessary steps" to freeze assets belonging to Antonov and his business partner.[50] On 29 November 2011, Antonov resigned as chairman of Portsmouth after parent company CSI entered administration.[52] On 24 January 2012, Portsmouth were issued with a winding up petition by HMRC for over £1.6 million in unpaid taxes, which was heard on 20 February.[53]

On 17 February, Portsmouth went into administration for the second time in two years, bringing them an automatic 10-point deduction.[54][55] Administrator Trevor Birch admitted that the financial situation was "worse than we first feared" and that Portsmouth were "struggling to make the end of the season".[56] On 11 April 2012, reports from administrators PKF revealed that Portsmouth owed £58 million with £38 million being owed to UHY Hacker Young, £10.5 million investment made by Vladimir Antonov's CSI remained outstanding, players were due £3.5 million in wages and bonuses for the last two seasons, while £2.3 million was owed to HMRC and, additionally, £3.7 million was owed for general trade.[57] On 21 April, Portsmouth were relegated from the Championship after a 2–1 loss to Derby County, the first time in 30 years that the club had played at that level.

2012–13 Season (League One)[edit]

Following Pompey's relegation, the entire professional playing squad left the club, with the final player, Liam Lawrence, leaving on 10 August 2012.[58] Portsmouth were due to start the 2012–13 season on minus 10 points after being told by the Football League that they were allowed into League One with strict financial controls, which administrator Trevor Birch described as "unjustified".[59] Despite the penalty not being immediately applied, it was confirmed in December 2012.[60]

On 7 November 2012, it was announced that Michael Appleton had left Portsmouth to become the manager of Blackpool. The club confirmed that Guy Whittingham would take over as caretaker manager.[61] On 9 November 2012, Chanrai halted his attempt to buy the club.[62] Six days later, the Pompey Supporters Trust signed a conditional agreement with PFK to buy the club.[63] Portsmouth were unable to find a manager on a long-term basis due to their financial state. The club went on a record winless run, playing their 20th game without a win in February 2013,[64] the streak stretching back to October 2012 when the club defeated Shrewsbury Town.[65] The winless streak lasted a total of 23 matches, finally ending on 2 March 2013 as Portsmouth won 2–1 away at Crewe Alexandra.[66] On 10 April 2013, a deal with administrators was reached,[67] although the Pompey Supporters' Trust had not yet finalised the purchase.[68] Portsmouth were relegated to League Two at the end of the season.[69].

Pompey Supporter's Trust[edit]

On 19 April 2013, Portsmouth exited administration when the Pompey Supporters' Trust (PST) deal to buy the club was completed.[70] Following Pompey's second successive relegation, Guy Whittingham was appointed manager on a permanent basis with a one-year contract.[71] Portsmouth sold over 10,000 season tickets for the 2013–14 season, a record for any League Two club.[72]

2013–14 Season (League Two)[edit]

In November 2013, with Pompey 18th in League Two and having lost their last four competitive games, manager Guy Whittingham was sacked after just over a year in charge. Andy Awford took over as caretaker manager with Alan McLoughlin and David Connolly assisting.[73]

After only 12 days, on 9 December 2013 ex-Crawley Town manager Richie Barker was appointed Portsmouth boss, along with Steve Coppell as the director of football, similar to the set-up used at Crawley Town. Barker was sacked after 20 games in charge, with the club in serious danger of relegation to the Football Conference, and Awford was again made caretaker manager.[74]

Since Awford's appointment, he won five games out of five played, becoming longest winning run for over three years, and guaranteeing Pompey's survival in League Two.[75] On 1 May 2014, Awford was appointed Pompey's permanent manager, signing a one-year contract.[76]

2014–15 Season (League Two)[edit]

On a historic announcement on 29 September 2014, the club was able to declare itself debt-free after paying back all creditors and legacy payments to ex-players.[77] The news came 18 months after the PST took control of the club.

Following an unsuccessful 2014–15 campaign, Paul Cook was appointed new manager of Portsmouth on 12 May 2015[78]. This resulted in back room staff and players departing the club, with Dan Butler, Joe Devera, Wes Fogden, Danny East, Nicky Shorey, Ben Chorley and Tom Craddock all amongst the players to leave the club on 18 May 2015.

2015–16 Season (League Two)[edit]

On 8 August 2015, Paul Cook managed his first game as Portsmouth manager with a 3–0 win over Dagenham & Redbridge at home. Portsmouth secured a play-off spot after a 2–0 away win at Hartlepool United on 30 April 2016,[79] but lost to Plymouth in the semi-final.[80]

2016–17 Season (League Two)[edit]

On 17 April 2017, Cook's side secured promotion to League One with a 3–1 win away at Notts County. Substitute Jamal Lowe scored two goals in the last 15 minutes to seal promotion after Luton failed to beat Mansfield. Some 4366 Pompey fans travelled to see the team win promotion.[81] On 6 May, following the 6-1 home win against Cheltenham, Portsmouth were crowned champions of League Two.[82]

Paul Cook resigned from League Two champions Portsmouth in late May, to join Wigan Athletic[83].

Takeover (Proposed takeover as of 22 June 2017)[edit]

On 21 May 2017 The Pompey Supporters' Trust (PST) voted in favour[84] of a proposed bid by The Tornante Company, headed by former Disney chief executive Michael Eisner[85], to takeover Portsmouth FC.[86][87]

2017–18 Season (League One)[edit]

On 2 June 2017, it was announced Kenny Jackett had signed a two year contract to become Portsmouth FC manager[88]. On 8 June 2017, it was announced Joe Gallen had signed a two year contract as Portsmouth FC assistant manager[89]. Joe Gallen and new manager Kenny Jackett had previously worked together at Millwall FC (2007–2013) and at Wolverhampton Wanderers (2013–2016)[90].

On 22 June 2017, Nathan Thompson became the first player signed for Portsmouth FC under Kenny Jackett's management. Thompson joined Pompey on a two-year deal from Swindon Town FC.[91]


Current squad[edit]

As of 18 July 2017[92]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
2 England DF Tom Davies
4 England MF Danny Rose
5 England DF Matt Clarke
6 England DF Christian Burgess
7 England MF Carl Baker
9 England FW Michael Smith
10 Slovakia MF Milan Lalkovič
11 England MF Gary Roberts
14 England FW Curtis Main
15 England FW Nicke Kabamba
16 England DF Jack Whatmough
18 England MF Jamal Lowe
19 England FW Conor Chaplin
22 Scotland MF Kal Naismith
No. Position Player
23 England MF Kyle Bennett
25 England DF Drew Talbot
26 England MF Gareth Evans (vice-captain)
30 England MF Adam May
32 England MF Christian Oxlade-Chamberlain
33 England MF Ben Close
35 England GK Alex Bass
38 England DF Brandon Haunstrup
England GK Luke McGee
England DF Tareiq Holmes-Dennis (on loan from Huddersfield Town)
England DF Nathan Thompson
England MF Jez Bedford
England MF Theo Widdrington
Jersey FW Brett Pitman (captain)

Reserves and Academy[edit]

Notable players[edit]

For a list of notable players and players who played for Portsmouth for more than 100 games in a sortable-list format, see List of Portsmouth F.C. players.

Retired and reserved numbers[edit]

  • Number 1 was temporarily retired for the 2001–02 season in respect to goalkeeper Aaron Flahavan, who died in a car crash in August 2001, days after being handed the squad number 1 for the first time. Since the 2003–04 season, number 13 shirt was reserved in respect for him, as this was the number he wore for the majority of his stay at the club.[93] Ten years after his death, however, the number 13 was again used, first by Stephen Henderson, then by Simon Eastwood and Johnny Ertl respectively.
  • Number 12 is reserved for the fans (often referred to as the 12th man).[citation needed]

Portsmouth Player of the Season (since 1968)[edit]

Year Winner
1968 England Ray Pointer
1969 England John Milkins
1970 England Nicky Jennings
1971 England David Munks
1972 England Richie Reynolds
1973 Not awarded
1974 England Paul Went
1975 England Mick Mellows
1976 England Paul Cahill
1977 Not awarded
Year Winner
1978 England Tim Stratten
1979 England Peter Mellor
1980 England Joe Laidlaw
1981 Not awarded
1982 England Alan Knight
1983 England Alan Biley
1984 England Mark Hateley
1985 England Neil Webb
1986 Jamaica Noel Blake
1987 Jamaica Noel Blake
Year Winner
1988 Wales Barry Horne
1989 England Micky Quinn
1990 England Guy Whittingham
1991 England Martin Kuhl
1992 England Darren Anderton
1993 England Paul Walsh
1994 Wales Kit Symons
1995 England Alan Knight
1996 England Alan Knight
1997 England Lee Bradbury
Year Winner
1998 England Andy Awford
1999 England Steve Claridge
2000 England Steve Claridge
2001 England Scott Hiley
2002 England Peter Crouch
2003 England Linvoy Primus
2004 Netherlands Arjan de Zeeuw
2005 Serbia and Montenegro Dejan Stefanović
2006 England Gary O'Neil
2007 England David James
Year Winner
2008 England David James
2009 England Glen Johnson
2010 England Jamie O'Hara
2011 England Hayden Mullins
2012 Portugal Ricardo Rocha
2013 Austria Johannes Ertl
2014 England Ricky Holmes
2015 England Jed Wallace
2016 Republic of Ireland Michael Doyle
2017 Republic of Ireland Enda Stevens

Portsmouth FC Hall of Fame[edit]

Portsmouth created a Hall of Fame in March 2009, which honours former players and staff members of the club.[94] At a year-by-year ceremony, the club holds a day to announce the year's inducted to the list, and also has a dinner for the people present.

The following players have been inducted into the Portsmouth Football Club Hall of Fame:

All appearances and goals according to Soccerbase.

Inducted Name Nat. Position
or role
Playing career Managerial
2009[95] Jimmy Dickinson England LH 1946–65 1977–79 828 10
Peter Harris England OF 1946–60 515 211
Ray Hiron England FW 1964–75 364 117
Alan Knight England GK 1978–2000/2003–04 801 0
Guy Whittingham England ST 1992–94 2012–13 249 112
2010[96] Len Phillips England IF 1946–56 271 55
John Milkins England GK 1961–74 389 0
Mick Tait England FW 1980–87 280 32
Andy Awford England CB 1989–2000 2014–15 341 3
Duggie Reid Scotland IF 1946–56 323 134
2010[97] Jack Froggatt England LH 1946–54 279 65
Johnny Gordon England IF 1949–58/1961–67 489 106
Alan McLoughlin Republic of Ireland CM 1992–99 309 54
Linvoy Primus England CB 2000–09 219 6
Paul Walsh England ST 1992–94/1995–96 113 26
2011[98] Reg Flewin England CB 1937–53 167 0
Norman Piper England LW 1970–78 356 57
Alan Biley England FW 1982–84 115 57
Steve Claridge England ST 1998/1998–2001 2000–01 124 37
2012[99] Micky Quinn England ST 1985–88 137 68
Jimmy Scoular Scotland WH 1945–53 268 8
Ron Saunders England ST 1958–64 259 156
Eoin Hand Republic of Ireland U 1968–76/1977–79 307 14
Kit Symons England DF 1992–94 220 11
2013[94] Ernie Butler England GK 1946–53 240 0
Arjan de Zeeuw Netherlands CB 2002–05 118 5
Billy Gilbert England CB 1984–89 159 0
Harry Harris Wales WH/IF 1958–70 403 49
Nicky Jennings England LW 1967–74 227 50
2014[100] Ike Clarke England ST 1947–53 129 58
David James England GK 2006–10 157 0
Kevin Dillon England CM 1983–89 249 56
George Ley England LB/LW 1967–72 204 11
Billy Wilson England SB 1972–79 216 6
Arthur Egerton Knight England LB 1908–22 206 0
2015[101] Svetoslav Todorov Bulgaria ST 2001–07 83 33
Noel Blake Jamaica CB 1984–88 173 14
Dave Kemp England ST 1976–78 74 48
Billy Haines England FW 1922–28 164 119
2016[102] Paul Merson England MF 2002–03 44 12
Colin Garwood England ST 1978–80 71 34
Cliff Parker England OL 1933–51 242 57
Vince Hilaire England MF 1984–88 146 25


GK = Goalkeeper CB = Centre-back LB = Left back RB = Right back SB = Full back LH = Left half RH = Right half WH = Wing half
CM = Centre midfielder LW = Left winger RW = Right winger OF = Outside forward IF = Inside-forward FW = Forward ST = Striker U = Utility player

Club personnel[edit]

Position Staff
Chairman Iain McInnes
Board Ashley Brown
Mike Dyer
John Kimbell
John Kirk
Christopher Moth
Mark Trapani
Chief Executive Mark Catlin
Manager Kenny Jackett
Assistant Manager Joe Gallen
First Team Coach Robbie Blake
Goalkeeping coach John Keeley
Kit Manager Kev McCormack
Club Ambassador Alan Knight MBE
Academy Manager Mark Kelly



Figures correct as of 7 May 2017
Includes all competitive matches.
Name Nat Managerial Tenure P W D L Win %
Frank Brettell England England August 1898 – May 1901 88 56 9 23 63.64
Bob Blyth England England August 1901 – May 1904 142 84 29 29 59.15
Richard Bonney England England August 1904 – May 1908 206 99 39 68 48.06
Robert Brown England England August 1911 – May 1920 220 100 48 72 45.45
John McCartney Scotland Scotland May 1920 – May 1927 308 129 93 86 41.88
Jack Tinn England England May 1927 – May 1947 586 229 131 226 39.08
Bob Jackson England England May 1947 – June 1952 234 114 51 69 48.72
Eddie Lever England England August 1952 – April 1958 261 88 67 106 33.72
Freddie Cox England England August 1958 – February 1961 120 28 29 63 23.33
George Smith England England April 1961 – April 1970 410 149 110 151 36.34
Ron Tindall England England April 1970 – May 1973 130 34 40 56 26.15
John Mortimore England England May 1973 – September 1974 47 16 13 18 34.04
Ian St. John Scotland Scotland September 1974 – May 1977 124 31 33 60 25
Jimmy Dickinson England England May 1977 – May 1979 91 27 29 35 29.67
Frank Burrows Scotland Scotland May 1979 – May 1982 138 61 39 38 44.2
Bobby Campbell England England May 1982 – May 1984 88 40 17 31 45.45
Alan Ball England England May 1984 – January 1989 222 94 58 70 42.34
John Gregory England England January 1989 – January 1990 50 10 15 25 20
Frank Burrows Scotland Scotland January 1990 – March 1991 60 20 17 23 33.33
Jim Smith England England June 1991 – February 1995 199 81 54 64 40.7
Terry Fenwick England England August 1995 – January 1998 131 43 29 59 32.82
Alan Ball England England January 1998 – December 1999 97 28 26 43 28.87
Tony Pulis Wales Wales January 2000 – October 2000 35 11 10 14 31.43
Steve Claridge England England October 2000 – February 2001 23 5 10 8 21.74
Graham Rix England England February 2001 – March 2002 56 16 17 23 28.57
Harry Redknapp England England March 2002 – November 2004 116 54 26 36 46.55
Velimir Zajec Croatia Croatia November 2004 – April 2005 21 5 4 12 23.81
Alain Perrin France France April 2005 – November 2005 21 4 6 11 19.05
Harry Redknapp England England December 2005 – October 2008 128 54 29 45 42.19
Tony Adams England England October 2008 – February 2009 22 4 7 11 18.18
Paul Hart England England February 2009 – November 2009 30 9 6 15 30
Avram Grant Israel Israel November 2009 – May 2010 33 10 7 16 30.3
Steve Cotterill England England June 2010 – October 2011 61 18 17 26 29.51
Michael Appleton England England November 2011 – November 2012 51 13 11 27 25.49
Guy Whittingham England England November 2012 – November 2013 51 11 15 25 21.57
Richie Barker England England December 2013 – March 2014 20 4 8 8 20
Andy Awford England England March 2014 – April 2015 55 20 17 18 36.36
Paul Cook England England May 2015 – May 2017 107 52 27 28 48.6
Kenny Jackett Wales Wales June 2017 – Present 0 0 0 0 0

Caretaker managers[edit]

Figures correct as of 18 April 2015
Includes all competitive matches.
Name Nat Managerial Tenure P W D L Win %
Ron Tindall England England September 1974 2 0 0 2 0
Tony Barton England England March 1991 – May 1991 12 5 2 5 41.67
Keith Waldon England England January 1998 – January 1998 3 0 0 3 0
Bob McNab England England December 1999 – January 2000 5 0 2 3 0
Joe Jordan Scotland Scotland November 2005 – December 2005 2 0 0 2 0
Stuart Gray England England October 2011 – November 2011 6 3 1 2 50
Andy Awford England England November 2013 – December 2013 3 0 2 1 0
Gary Waddock England England April 2015 – 2 May 2015 4 1 1 2 25

Colours and crest[edit]

Portsmouth's first ever kit had a shirt that was salmon pink in colour with white shorts and maroon socks. This kit lasted until 1909 when they changed to white shirts with royal blue shorts and socks. This kit lasted just two years before it was changed for blue shirts, white shorts and black socks. This was Portsmouth's home strip up until 1947 when the socks were changed to red; this coincided with the club's most successful period and has remained the favoured colours for the majority of the time since. Yellow and – more recently – gold have also been used as secondary colours on the club's home shirts.[104]

The most frequent away colours used by Portsmouth have been white shirts with royal or navy blue shorts and either blue or white socks.[citation needed] The club has had white as either the second or third choice shirt for every season since 1998–99 to date.[citation needed] Other colours that have appeared several times on Portsmouth change kits have been yellow (usually with blue shorts) and red (often combined with black).[citation needed] From the 2006–07 season to the 2008–09 season the club have used black with a gold trim as their third choice colours.[citation needed] In the 2009–10 season the third kit was black with blue trim and thin blue hoops.[citation needed] The away kit was white with two navy blue vertical lines running the whole way down the side of the shirt, with the badge superimposed on top of them.[citation needed] The home kit has been the classic red white and blue kit, with plain blue shirt, plain white shorts and plain red socks.[citation needed] For the 2010 FA Cup Final, Portsmouth wore a change kit of white shirts, burgundy shorts and burgundy socks.[105] For 2010–11, the away kit was a white shirt, with maroon shorts and socks. In 2011–12, the away kit was a black shirt, with black shorts and socks; the club also announced a third one, with a divided shirt half-black and half-red; shorts and socks were red. For 2012–13, the club returned with a white shirt as an away kit, and turned into an orange-type third kit, with black shorts and orange socks.

The official emblem contains a gold star and crescent on a blue shield, Portsmouth's adoption of the star and crescent is said to have come from when King Richard I, granted the city "a crescent of gold on a shade of azure, with a blazing star of eight points" which he had taken from the Byzantine Emperor's standard of Governor Isaac Komnenos, after capturing Cyprus. Throughout their history the club have tried different variations of the crest before reverting to the basic gold star and crescent. In the 1950s and 1960s, the traditional crest was emblazoned on the shirt in white rather than gold but this was due to white being a cheaper alternative.

Between 1980 and 1989, Portsmouth scrapped the original crest and replaced it with a new design. This crest showed a football on top of an anchor (representing the navy) and a sword (representing the army). An interchangeable version included a circular version of the star and crescent crest in place of the football. The return of the original crest in 1989 only lasted four years when it was replaced by the city's coat of arms in 1993. This design was based around the basic star and crescent but was unpopular with many fans who thought it was over elaborate. After only four seasons the original crest was again reinstated. "Since 1898" was added to the badge underneath the club's name in time for the 2007 season. On 6 May 2008, Portsmouth unveiled a new crest which differed significantly from the old crest. The "star and moon" had a three dimensional look and the "three points" at the top of the shield were removed to be replaced with two corners. The "moon" also had more diameter and overall bore more resemblance to that of the city's Coat of Arms. As part of the WW1 Centennial Commemorations in the 2014–15 season, the club opted to replace the crest on the home kit with that which was used back in 1914. This was a more traditional-looking club crest featuring three points at the top of a slightly rounded shield but with a silver five-pointed star inside instead of the usual eight-pointed one. The moon featured on the crest was also silver, both appearing on a blue background.

Following positive feedback from supporters, in June 2015 the club decided to permanently change the official club crest back to a more familiar and traditional design. Today the crest is virtually identical in design to that which has been used for the majority of the club's history. The famous "star and moon" are both silver on a blue background and have a slight three-dimensional appearance. The crest's shield retains the three points at the top but is in a more traditional shape. No words or lettering features on the club crest just like that which was used on home shirts the previous season.

Kit history[edit]

Traditional home

Manufacturers and sponsors[edit]

Years Manufacturers Sponsors
1976–1977 Umbro No sponsors
1978–1980 Admiral
1980–1983 Gola
1983–1984 Le Coq Sportif
1985–1987 Umbro
1987–1989 Admiral Fiat
1989–1991 Scoreline Goodmans
1991–1993 Influence
1993–1995 Asics
1995–1997 Portsmouth News
1997–1999 Admiral KJC Mobile Phones
1999–2000 Pompey Sport1 The Pompey Centre
2000–2002 Bishop's Printers
2002–2005 TY Europe
2005–2007 Jako OKI
2007–2009 Canterbury
2009–2010 Jobsite
2010–2013 Kappa
2013– Sondico

1 Portsmouth's own manufacturer.


The entrance to Fratton Park's South Stand, with its mock Tudor facade

Portsmouth FC play their home games at Fratton Park, in Portsmouth. The stadium has been home to the club throughout its entire history since the club formed in 1898.

Plans for relocation were first mooted in the early 1990's, but due to various objections and financial obstacles, the club has continued to play at Fratton Park. Most recently, plans for relocation have included new stadia on a site offered by the Royal Navy at Horsea Island, between Stamshaw and Port Solent, and on reclaimed land in Portsmouth Harbour beside the existing naval base. The former was mooted as a possible 2018 FIFA World Cup venue as part of England's bid process. However, the cost to the city's taxpayers to join the bid was deemed too great a risk to take.[106] A third, oft returned-to option, is to build a new stadium on the site of the existing Fratton Park.

Following Portsmouth F.C.'s financial troubles, subsequent relegation from the Premier League, and the failure of the England 2018 bid, as of May 2017 there are no active plans for a new club stadium.

For a more detailed and complete history, please follow the Fratton Park link.

Supporters and rivalries[edit]

Portsmouth fans at Wembley Stadium for the 2007–08 FA Cup semi-final with West Bromwich Albion

Portsmouth's main rivals are Southampton, who are 19.8 miles (31.8km) away.

Prior to the mid/late 1960s, rivalry between Portsmouth and Southampton was largely non-existent, as a consequence of their disparity in league status. This derby match has been sporadic. Since 1977, the teams have only played league games against each other in four seasons (1987–88, 2003–04, 2004–05 and 2011–12). Including Southern League games, there have been 64 league games between the clubs, but they have also met five times in the FA Cup, Portsmouth beating their rivals 4–1 at St Mary's Stadium in their last meeting in 2010.

Another rivalry over the years, colloquially known as the "Dockyard Derby", is with Plymouth Argyle.[107][108] This rivalry is also known as the Battle of the Ports.[109]

'Play Up Pompey'[edit]

The best known chant sung by Portsmouth supporters is the "Pompey Chimes" ("Play up Pompey, Pompey play up", sung to the tune of the "Westminster Chimes"). It is regarded as football's oldest chant still in use today.[110][111] The origins of the "Pompey Chimes" lies with Royal Artillery F.C., the city of Portsmouth's most popular and successful football team for much of the 1890's, who played many of their home games at the United Services ground in Burnaby Road. The nearby Guildhall clock, completed in 1890, would strike the quarter hours and the referees would use the clock to let them know when the match should finish at 4 pm. Just before 4 pm the crowd would lilt in unison with the chimes of the hour to encourage the referee to blow the whistle signifying full-time. The original words to 'The Chimes', as printed in the 1900–01 Official Handbook of Portsmouth F.C., were:

Play up Pompey,
Just one more goal!
Make tracks! What ho!
Hallo! Hallo!!

With the demise of Royal Artillery after their expulsion from the 1898–99 FA Amateur Cup for alleged professionalism, many of Royal Artillery's supporters transferred their allegiance to the newly formed Portsmouth F.C. and brought the Chimes chant with them from Burnaby Road to Fratton Park.

Portsmouth in Europe[edit]

Portsmouth made their European debut in the 2008–09 UEFA Cup. After a home victory against Vitória de Guimarães and a home draw against Milan, Portsmouth were knocked out at the group stages after a 3–2 away loss to VfL Wolfsburg.

Women's football[edit]

The club's female counterpart is Portsmouth F.C. Ladies, which was founded in 1987. The team currently plays in the FA Women's Premier League National Division, after having won the FA Women's Premier League Southern Division in 2012. Pompey are the current holders of the Hampshire Cup. Following the take over of Portsmouth FC by the Portsmouth Supporters Trust, it was announced that there would be closer ties between the men's and women's clubs.

Affiliated clubs[edit]

Portsmouth have had a long-standing relationship with Havant & Waterlooville, with regular pre-season friendlies organised between the two clubs. Portsmouth have also previously used West Leigh Park, Havant & Waterlooville's home stadium, for reserve team matches. Previous links with Belgian side Zulte Waregem[112] and Irish academy Home Farm[113] have been cancelled.

Portsmouth have developed a relationship with Gosport Borough after their promotion to the Conference South. Portsmouth fans were encouraged to support Gosport in their FA Trophy final match at Wembley in March 2014.[114] They also play friendlies and loan out players to the side.

Club Honours[edit]


Football League First Division / Premier League
Football League Second Division / EFL Championship
  • Champions: (1) 2002–03
  • Runners-up: (2) 1926-27, 1986-87
Football League Third Division / EFL League One
Football League Fourth Division / EFL League Two
FA Cup
FA Community Shield
  • Winners: (1) 1949
  • Runners-up: (1) 2008

Club records[edit]

Record signing[edit]

On 11 July 2008, Portsmouth completed the club-record signing – thought to be around £11 million – of England striker Peter Crouch in a four-year deal from Liverpool.[116] This marked the second time Crouch had been Portsmouth's most expensive player as in 2001 his £1.5 million fee was a club record. Portsmouth's first million-pound signing was Rory Allen in July 1999.[117] The highest fee received was £18 million for midfielder Lassana Diarra to Real Madrid.[118]


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  • Farmery, Colin (2005). Portsmouth: the Modern Era – a Complete Record. Desert Island Books. ISBN 1-905328-08-7. 
  • Farmery, Colin (1999). Portsmouth: From Tindall to Ball – A Complete Record. Desert Island Books. ISBN 1-874287-25-2. 
  • Farmery, Colin (2004). Seventeen Miles From Paradise – Saints v Pompey: Passion, Pride and Prejudice. Desert Island Books. ISBN 1-874287-89-9. 
  • Pennant, Cass; Silvester, Rob (2004). Rolling with the 6.57 Crew – The True Story of Pompey's Legendary Football Fans. John Blake Publishing. ISBN 1-84454-072-3. 


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