Enjoy a Newspaper History of Pompey Football Club
Portsmouth FC was founded in 1898. The original team included many players from the local Royal Artillery side, which had been forced to disband due to a breach of amateur rules. The experience of these players proved vital and Pompey quickly grew in strength. Portsmouth reached the final of the FA Cup in 1929 and 1934 before winning the trophy in 1939. Pompey went on to win two consecutive First Division titles in 1949 and 1950, consolidating the club’s position at the top of the game. Unfortunately, the title-winning side began to break-up due to aging players. Bad management then destroyed Pompey’s form even further. Portsmouth eventually fell all the way down to the Fourth Division. After watching the team struggle for so many seasons, the club’s fans enjoyed watching Pompey begin to win again and they embraced the opportunity to visit new grounds. Portsmouth finally returned to the top flight in 1987. Pompey was promoted to the Premiership for a longer stay in 2003. More recent success has included winning the FA Cup final against Cardiff City in 2008. This victory meant that Pompey would play European football for the very first time in the following season.
Personalised Portsmouth Football Books - Inspired Gifts
A Portsmouth Gift Book can be an inspired present for a Pompey fan. It is unique, smartly presented and filled with fascinating newspaper reports on the history of the club. Being able to personalise this Portsmouth Book makes the gift even more special and shows the thought that has gone into buying it. The present will also prove to be a terrific addition to a supporter’s Portsmouth memorabilia collection.
Portsmouth Football Book Coverage
This Portsmouth Football Book opens with the club finishing as Southern League Champions in 1920. It goes on to cover a selection of great games through the decades of the 20th Century and many highlights from the present era.
Top stories in the Portsmouth Football Book include Pompey beating Preston North End 5-0 en route to becoming Division Two runners-up in 1927. The Gift Books also report on Pompey winning the First Division title in 1949, Portsmouth’s Jubilee year, and then again in 1950. The Portsmouth Books contain coverage of the FA Cup final games against Bolton Wanderers in 1929 and Manchester City in 1934. You can additionally read about Portsmouth beating Wolves 4-1 to win the FA Cup in 1939. Relive Pompey’s rapid rise from Division Three in 1983 to Division One in 1987. The Portsmouth Book also features the club’s promotion to the Premiership in 2003.
More recent coverage includes the resurgence of Portsmouth under Harry Redknapp, including the FA Cup final win over Cardiff City in 2008.
Newspaper coverage continues right up to the end of last season. This unique insight into Portsmouth’s history makes these books truly memorable gifts and a great addition for a collector of Portsmouth memorabilia.
If you are a collector of Portsmouth memorabilia or looking for other Pompey gifts, why not consider our Portsmouth Calendar or Portsmouth Diary? Each month features a newspaper headline on one of Pompey’s key games. The presents can be personalised with the recipient’s name to make them even more special and both items make great gifts for Pompey fans. Other Portsmouth presents include Framed Newspaper Reprints and unique Pompey T-Shirts.
Finally – Did You Know?
- Portsmouth’s first manager was Frank Brettell. He still holds the managerial record for the highest winning percentage of games at the club. (63.64%)
- Over the past twenty years, Pompey has fielded International players from countries such as Jamaica, Croatia, Japan, Slovenia and Serbia and Montenegro.
- Portsmouth is affiliated to Havant and Waterlooville FC.
- David James was voted Pompey’s all-time best goalkeeper in 2008.
- The number 12 shirt has been retired at Portsmouth, as the’ twelfth man’ is considered to be the fans position.