Personalised Portsmouth Football Books - Gift Details

So, what do you get the diehard football nut in your life? Another match-day ticket? A replica shirt? Well, of course, yes. But what we have here is something far more original – the Portsmouth Football Book, packed with your chosen club’s memorable moments using original, firsthand accounts from reporters of the time.  

Things kick-off during the early part of the 20th century before concluding at the end of last season. Consequently, the book charts your chosen club’s memorable moments using original, firsthand accounts from reporters of the time.

Beginning in 1920 and wrapping things up at the end of last season, this Portsmouth Football Book tracks all of Pompey’s successes, as well as providing coverage of all the club greats.

Getting underway in 1920, things really get interesting 19 years later when the club won their first FA Cup – the last to be held prior to World War II. Beating Wolves 4-1, this book uses reprints of original newspaper reports to cover the day in depth. It’s the same story throughout the proceeding years, including 1949 and 1950 when Pompey won back-to-back First Division titles. As you’d also expect, the most recent triumph – another FA Cup in 2008 – also features, along with all the exploits of club legends like Alan Knight, Jimmy Dickinson, Peter Harris, Duggie Reid and Jimmy Scoular.

All the articles are printed on luxury paper and independently cut and bound in a hardback book.

Now available with colour print option for coverage from 2006 onwards.

Your Gift Personalised

Personalise the Portsmouth Football Book by featuring the recipient’s Name and a Message on the certificate on the title page. The recipient’s Name can also be gold embossed on the front cover.

General Information

This personalised Football Book is 'Tabloid' size 38 x 31cm, and you can pick from a selection of smart, high-quality covers (see below). All reports in this book are taken from The Daily Mirror. Choose to have black and white pages in your book or, for an extra £5 only, you can even choose to have colour pages included in your football book. What's more, you can have their Name embossed on the cover in gold lettering for a small extra charge. Here's what you can choose from:

  • Brown Leatherette Cover – A stylish brown cover with black and white pages. The book title is beautifully embossed and also features a “Decorus Venatus” emblem, Latin for the ‘beautiful game’. Emboss the cover with the recipient’s Name for just £5
  • Brown Leatherette Cover with Colour – For an extra £5 only, you can have all of the above, but with the addition of colour pages (from 2006 onwards).
  • Luxury Leather Cover – Available in three vibrant colours; Red, Black and Blue, so you can choose a cover that best suits your team and tastes, making your gift really special and personal. Includes colour content for post-2006 coverage and free embossing of the recipient’s name.
  • Our Personalised Portsmouth Football Book contains a minimum of 31% colour pages.

Delivery Details

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Standard Royal Mail £3.99 1 - 3 Days 1-3 days
Urgent Courier £6.99 1 - 3 Days Next Day
Working Days

We operate Monday to Friday only, so weekends and holidays do not count in the production or postage timescales quoted. Orders placed before 12 midday begin production that day, while orders received after this time begin the following day. Orders placed on a Friday afternoon or over a weekend will begin production on Monday.

Production + Delivery

The majority of our gifts are made to order, so please allow time for the product to be made (produced) as well as the time for delivery. The table above outlines our production time for both standard and urgent orders, please add these to the postage lead time for an accurate idea of when you’ll receive your item(s).

International Delivery Leadtimes (where available)
European delivery is available on this gift
Delivery outside Europe (worldwide) is available on this gift
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  • Europe: 3 - 5 days
  • Rest of the World: 5 - 7 days
Urgent Lead Time from production (Fedex courier):
  • Europe: 1 -3 days
  • North America: 1 - 2 days
  • Rest of the World: 3 - 5 days
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Personalised Portsmouth Football Books

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.

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.

How our Newspaper Books are made

How the books are made

Each page is reproduced from fully licensed scans taken from the pages of original newspapers going back over 100 years.

They are individually printed to order onto a high quality thicker paper to provide greater durability.

The reproductions are then individually cut and bound in a premium quality leatherette hard back book with the option to personalise with the recipient’s name gold embossed on the front cover.

Our impressively large books are burgundy in colour and 38 x 30cm, approximately Tabloid sized.

It takes four craftsmen/women over an hour to create each book by hand.

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Personalised Portsmouth Football Books

from £ 39.99
  • The history of Portsmouth over the last century
  • Filled with news reports written at the time
  • Beautifully bound hardback book (38cm x 31cm) with new range of covers
  • Now available with colour print option - colour from 2006
  • Updated to include the 2015/2016 season
  • Luxury gift box available to complete this perfect gift
£ 39.99
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