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Portsmouth Football Club Crest
Full name Portsmouth Football Club
Nickname(s) Pompey
Founded 1898
Ground Fratton Park,
(Capacity: 20,224)
Owner Balram Chainrai (90%)
Al Fahim Asia Associates Limited (10%)
Chairman Balram Chainrai
Manager Avram Grant
League Premier League
2008-09 14th
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours
Current season

Portsmouth Football Club are an English football club which is based in the city of Portsmouth. The club is nicknamed Pompey,[1] sometimes called 'The Blues', with their fans known as 'The Blue Army'. They are currently playing in the Premier League for the seventh consecutive season, but are bottom of the league table and entered administration on 26 February 2010. They have played their home matches at Fratton Park since 1898.

Following their administration in February, the Premier League deducted the 9 points on 17th March 2010. They had tried to avoid the deduction, but the PL Board declared that the club had cheated with their revenues compared to other clubs and deserved the punishment.

Portsmouth have won the FA Cup twice, most recently in 2008 beating Welsh side Cardiff City 1-0 in the final. The club has also been champions of England twice, making it the most successful southern club outside of London.



Beginnings of Portsmouth FC : 1898 - 1939

12 High Street, Old Portsmouth, where the club was founded

The club was founded in the back garden of 12 High Street, Old Portsmouth on 5 April 1898 with John Brickwood, owner of the local Brickwoods Brewery as chairman, and Frank Brettell as the club's first manager. The club joined the Southern League in 1899 and their first league match was played at Chatham Town on 2 September 1899 (a 1-0 victory)[2], 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).[3] That first season was hugely 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 were promoted the next season.

Football was anti suspended during World War I, 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 2nd 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. However, despite their failings in the league, 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 Wanderers, Leicester City and Birmingham City on the way. The club was again defeated in the final, this time to Manchester City. Having established themselves in the top flight, the 1938-39 season saw Portsmouth reach their third FA Cup Final. This time the club managed to defeat the favourites, Wolves, convincingly 4-1. Bert Barlow and Jock Anderson scored whilst Cliff Parker scored twice (3rd and 4th) completed the famous victory. League football was again suspended due to World War II, meaning Pompey hold the unusual distinction of holding the FA Cup for the longest uninterrupted period as the trophy wasn't contested again until the 1945-46 season.

Post War Pompey : 1946 - 1971

League football resumed for the 1946-47 campaign. In Pompey's 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. However, Pompey crashed out of the FA Cup in the semi-final against Leicester City, but made up for it by claiming the league title in spectacular fashion. That season also saw them record a massive attendance of 52,385, a club record which still stands to this day.

In 1956 Portsmouth played the first league game under floodlight against Newcastle United on the 22nd of February.

The club powered their way to 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. Although the team finished third in 1954-55, 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 champion team 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 sixties until moving upstairs to become General Manager in April 1970.

John Deacon and Pompey: 1972 - 1988

A 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 narrowly missed winning promotion to the First Division twice before finally succeeding in 1986-87. Unfortunately, by the middle of the 1987-88 season the club was again in grave 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.

Smith, Venables and Mandarić: 1991 - 2001

Jim Smith's arrival as manager at the start of the 1991-92 season, combined with the emergence of some good young players, 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 only by virtue of having scored one less 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. 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.

Portsmouth's centenary season, 1998-99, saw a serious financial crisis hit the club, and in December 1998 Portsmouth went into financial administration. Milan Mandarić saved the club with a takeover deal in May 1999, and the new chairman immediately started investing. However the club only survived on the last day of the 2000-2001 season when they won their final game and Huddersfield Town lost theirs, keeping Portsmouth up at their expense.

Redknapp era: 2002 - 2008

Harry Redknapp took over as manager in early 2002, 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 Premier League, winning the title with a game to spare.[4]

The club finished 13th, 16th and 17th in its first three Premier League seasons. Redknapp had resigned midway through the club's second Premier League season, after a disagreement with Mandaric, and went on to manage bitter rivals Southampton, only to return just over a year later. This was because the side who had hastily sacked the French manager Alain Perrin were languishing in the relegation places. In January 2006 Portsmouth was bought by businessman Alexandre Gaydamak whose funding allowed for the club to buy practically a whole new squad mid-season. The signings included a quartet from Tottenham Hotspur and the highly rated Argentina international Andrés D'Alessandro on loan from VFL Wolfsburg.With large amounts of money available for the manager to make record signings, the club finished the 2006-07 season in the top half of the table for the first time, only one point short of European qualification.

The 2007-08 season started with Portsmouth beating Liverpool 4-2 on penalties to win the Barclays Asia Trophy after a goalless draw, with Pompey goalkeeper David James saving penalties from Yossi Benayoun and Fernando Torres. It wasn't to be the club's only success that season as, in 2008, Portsmouth reached the FA Cup Final for the first time since 1939. They had eliminated Manchester United at Old Trafford in the quarter finals with Sulley Muntari scoring the only goal from the spot past Rio Ferdinand after Tomasz Kuszczak was sent off, and the following day became the only Premier League team left in the cup, following Cardiff's surprise win over Middlesbrough. Portsmouth immediately became favourites to win the cup; in a season noted for the scalping of favourites. They beat Championship side West Bromwich Albion 1-0 on 5 April at Wembley Stadium in the semi-finals, the same day that the club celebrated its 110th birthday. Portsmouth went on to win the cup with a 1-0 win against Championship team Cardiff City. The win earned them a place in the 2008-09 UEFA Cup, the club's first time playing European football. Their first UEFA Cup match resulted in a historic 2-0 victory over Vitoria Guimaraes and went on to win the aggregate (4-2). This put Portsmouth in the group stages for the first time in its history.

Financial troubles and decline: 2008 - present

On 25 October 2008, Redknapp left Portsmouth for a second time, this time to join Tottenham Hotspur as their new manager, replacing Juande Ramos. Following his departure, Redknapp's assistant Tony Adams was promoted to the managerial role.

Adams' official tenure began with a 0-1 defeat to Liverpool on 29 October 2008. On 27 November, Portsmouth managed a historic result against Italian giants AC Milan, going 2-0 up during the game and finishing at 2-2. Ronaldinho scored a terrific free kick after a debatable decision from the referee to penalise Papa Bouba Diop for a tackle 25 yards out. However, results and performances of this ilk did not continue, and the FA Cup holders bowed out of the 2009 competition at the 4th Round stage with a 2-0 home defeat at the hands of Championship side Swansea City. Striker Jermain Defoe and midfielder Lassana Diarra departed in the January transfer window making things more difficult for Adams. Rumours of Adams' dismissal began circulating on 8 February 2009[5] and this was confirmed by the club on 9 February 2009 [6] 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; the club were not in action themselves that day, but Newcastle's defeat by Fulham made Portsmouth mathematically safe with two games remaining. Portsmouth finished the 2008-09 season in 14th place.

On 26 May 2009, Portsmouth accepted a bid from United Arab Emirates businessman Sulaiman Al Fahim to buy the club following negotiations led by Portsmouth executive chairman Peter Storrie on behalf of club owner Alexandre Gaydamak.[7] A statement released by the club read "Portsmouth Football Club can confirm that it has accepted an offer from Dr Sulaiman Al-Fahim to buy the club, and has been completed" "Executive chairman Peter Storrie concluded the deal with Dr Sulaiman Al-Fahim in Rome on Tuesday night the 26 May".

Because of the financial problems suffered by the club, Portsmouth were forced to sell several of their top players and earners including Peter Crouch, Sylvain Distin, Niko Kranjčar and Glen Johnson. On 21 July, Al Fahim was appointed Non executive Chairman of Portsmouth. On Wednesday 19 August the official Portsmouth website announced 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 Monday 5 October, a deal was agreed for Al Faraj and his associates via British Virgin Islands 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.[8][9][10] Falcondrone also agreed a deal with Gaydamak the right to buy, for £1, Miland Development (2004) Ltd, which owns various strategic pockets of land around the ground, once refinancing is complete.[11] 2 days after the Al-Faraj takeover was completed Portsmouth's former Technical Director Avram Grant returned as Director of football.[12]

On the pitch, Portsmouth's late transfer of funds called for a flurry of transfers at the end of the window, including the loan signing of Ivory Coast international Aruna Dindane who would go on to score a hat trick against Wigan Athletic. An opening run of seven defeats saw fears Hart would be sacked. However at the eighth attempt, at Molineux Stadium, Hassan Yebda another loanee, headed the first win. Portsmouth were beaten 4-2 at Fratton Park by Aston Villa in the quarter finals of the Carling Cup having beaten off Premiership high-flyers Stoke City. Yet another loanee Frédéric Piquionne was on target twice. However, because of the financial problems, The Premier League placed the club under a transfer embargo, meaning the club were not allowed to sign any players.

Paul Hart was sacked by the board on 24 November 2009, based on the poor results that left Portsmouth at the bottom of the league. Hart was offered the role of technical director responsible for players aged 18–21, but he declined it.[13] Coaches Paul Groves and Ian Woan took temporary charge of the team.[14] On 26 November 2009, Portsmouth F.C. announced on its official website that Avram Grant had been appointed as manager.[15][16]

On 3 December 2009, it was announced that the club had failed to pay the players for the second consecutive month, 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 14 days notice. Despite the financial difficulties, Grant's time as manager was initially successful, having won two of his first four games in charge (against Sunderland and Liverpool) and only narrowly missing out on a point against league leaders Chelsea.

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) filed a winding-up petition against Portsmouth at the High Court in London on 23 December 2009. Initially, the club denied the winding-up order and a statement was released via the clubs website. In the statement the club said that they expected the winding-up order to be retracted as the matter had been sorted, with the club co-operating with HMRC over all points raised in the winding-up order. The High Courts dismissed the claim, and a statement from Portsmouth said the Judge "considered any appeal to the Court of Appeal would have a 'real chance of success'".

It was announced on 5 January 2010 that the Premier League were to use Portsmouth's share of the latest installment of television broadcast monies to pay off the club's debts to other top-flight sides. Chelsea, Tottenham and Watford were all owed money by Portsmouth (as were Udinese and Lens). The Premier League split £7m between them. The action is allowed within league rules to protect clubs that are owed money from transfers.

On 26 January, The Premier League partially lifted the transfer embargo, and allowed the club to sign and register loanees, and players not registered to other clubs. Portsmouth managed to sell a few players, garnering the hope that bills and staff might get paid on time. On 28 January, the deep financial trouble of Pompey was further highlighted by the temporary closure of the Portsmouth website, after the club failed to pay their bills for its upkeep to their Bournemouth-based digital agency; Juicy.[17][18] The website was back live several hours later after Juicy announced a new financial arrangement with Portsmouth FC. [19] As of 2 February 2010, Portsmouth FC staff and players appear not to have been paid their wages on time for the fourth time in five months, causing Portsmouth's PFA representative to call for more openness from within the club.

On 4 February, Portsmouth was taken over by its fourth owner in one season: Balram Chainrai. A Nepalese businessman based in Hong Kong, Chainrai took over Portsmouth as part of a clause in a loan deal he made with the previous owners. He is thought to have given the club between £15m and £20m but the debts were not repaid.[20]

A full court hearing was held on 10 February 2010 and the club was given a 'stay-of-execution' for a further seven days with a view to securing a new buyer. If the club did not enter administration or the HMRC did not recover its money, the club could have been wound up by the Court and a Liquidator appointed.

On 26 February 2010, having not secured a new buyer before the 25 February deadline, they prepared to enter administration.[21] On the morning of 26 February, a formal announcement was made that the club had entered administration and would be docked 9 points once three directors of the Premier League board have met to agree when the points should formally be taken. The Premiere League decided to delay their decision until the Court case on March 15th decided the clubs fate, After beating Birmingham City 2 - 0 on March 6th Portsmouth once again made the FA Cup Semi finals and will face either Tottenham Hotspur or Fulham at Wembley on April 11th. On March 11th The HMRC withdrew their winding up order having contested the validity of the Administration that was implemented on February 26th They having received documentation proving its validity. On March 12th Peter Storrie stepped down as the clubs CEO though he will remain at the club in the short term as a Consultant to the Administrator. On March 15th A consortium fronted by by Rob Lloyd entered a period of exclusivity to buy Portsmouth FC, Rob Lloyd met 19 invited portsmouth fans at the Hilton Portsmouth on Sunday 14th to outline is groups plans and to answer questions from the fans.ON . .[22]

Club colours

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.[23]

The most frequent away colours used by Portsmouth have been white shirts with royal blue shorts and either royal blue or white socks. The club has had white as either the second or third choice shirt for every season since 1998-99 to date. Other colours that have appeared several times on Portsmouth change kits have been yellow (usually with blue shorts) and red (often combined with black). Portsmouth have also briefly experimented with salmon pink. The club also tried orange, navy blue and, perhaps most notably, gold change strips. From the 2006-07 season to the 2008-09 season the club has used black with a gold trim as its third choice colours. In the 2009-10 season the third kit has been black with blue trim and thin blue hoops. The away kit is 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. The home kit has been the classic red white and blue kit, with plain blue shirt, plain white shorts and plain red socks.

Club crest

The official emblem contains a gold star and crescent on a blue shield, Portsmouth's adoption of the star and crescent (usually synonymous with Islam) 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 its history Portsmouth have tried different variations of the crest before reverting back 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 the club 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 4 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. In time for the 2007 season "Since 1898" was added to the badge underneath the club's name.

On 6 May 2008 Portsmouth FC unveiled a new crest which differs significantly from the old crest. It removes the 'three points' and the 'star and moon' now have a three dimensional look. The 'moon' also has more diameter and looks quite like the city's Coat of Arms.


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

Portsmouth play their home games at Fratton Park, in Portsmouth. The ground has been home to the club throughout its entire history.

Plans for relocation were first mooted as long ago as the early 1990s, but due to various objections, the club has continued to play at Fratton Park. As of September 2008, a new stadium is planned for a site offered by the Royal Navy at Horsea Island, between Stamshaw and Port Solent. The new project is also a Herzog & De Meuron design and the plans include an adjacent 10000 capacity indoor arena. Portsmouth are hoping to have the stadium ready in 2011 although a request has not yet been made.

The FA have suggested using the proposed stadium as a venue for future World Cup bids, assisting with expanding the capacity beyond 40,000.




Portsmouth's main rivals are near neighbours Southampton. Prior to the mid/late 1960s, rivalry between Portsmouth and Southampton was largely nonexistent, 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 three seasons (1987-88, 2003-04 and 2004-05). Including Southern League games, there have been 68 games between the clubs.

Another rivalry over the years was with Plymouth Argyle. This rivalry was known as the Dockyard Derby, Naval Derby or Battle of the Ports.

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

The Pompey Chimes

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) which is sung around Fratton Park. The origins of the 'Pompey Chimes' lies with the Royal Artillery, Portsmouth's most popular and successful football team for much of the 1890s, who played many of their home games at the United Services ground in Burnaby Road. The nearby Guildhall clock would strike the quarter hours and the referees would use the clock to let them know when the match should finish at 4pm. Just before 4pm 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 FC, 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.

Portsmouth in Europe

Season Competition Round Club Score
2008-09 UEFA Cup 1st Portugal Vitória de Guimarães 2-0, 2-2 (aet)
Group Portugal Braga (A) 0-3
Group Italy Milan (H) 2-2
Group Germany Wolfsburg (A) 2-3
Group Netherlands Heerenveen (H) 3-0


As of 2 February 2010.[24]

Current squad

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

No. Position Player
1 England GK David James (captain)
3 Portugal DF Ricardo Rocha
4 South Africa MF Aaron Mokoena
5 England MF Jamie O'Hara (on loan from Tottenham Hotspur)
6 England MF Hayden Mullins
7 Iceland DF Hermann Hreiðarsson (vice-captain)
8 Senegal MF Papa Bouba Diop
9 France FW Frédéric Piquionne (on loan from Lyon)
11 England MF Michael Brown (vice-captain)
14 Ghana FW Quincy Owusu-Abeyie (on loan from Spartak Moscow)
15 Finland GK Antti Niemi
16 Republic of Ireland DF Steve Finnan
17 Nigeria FW John Utaka
18 Belgium DF Anthony Vanden Borre (on loan from Genoa)
No. Position Player
19 England FW Danny Webber
20 England FW Tommy Smith
21 England GK Jamie Ashdown
22 Scotland MF Richard Hughes
23 Germany MF Kevin-Prince Boateng
24 Côte d'Ivoire FW Aruna Dindane (on loan from Lens)
26 Israel DF Tal Ben Haim
27 Nigeria FW Nwankwo Kanu
32 Algeria MF Hassan Yebda (on loan from Benfica)
33 Greece MF Angelos Basinas
35 Republic of Ireland DF Marc Wilson
39 Algeria MF Nadir Belhadj
40 England DF Joel Ward

Out on loan

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

No. Position Player
10 England FW David Nugent (at Burnley until the end of the 2009–10 season)
41 England MF Matt Ritchie (at Swindon Town until 15 May 2010)
England FW Paris Cowan-Hall (at Grimsby Town until the end of the 2009–10 season)
England MF Marlon Pack (at Dagenham & Redbridge until 6 March 2010)

For recent transfers, see List of English football transfers summer 2009.

For information pertaining to Portsmouth FC's reserve and youth sides, see Portsmouth F.C. Reserves and Academy.

Retired numbers

  • 1 (for only the 2001-2002 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. However, the number 13 shirt is now reserved in respect for him, as this was the number he wore for the majority of his stay at the club.
  • The number 12 is also retired for the fans of Portsmouth (the 12th man).

Portsmouth Player of the Season (since 1968)

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
1978 not awarded
1979 England Peter Mellor
Year Winner
1980 England Joe Laidlaw
1981 England Keith Viney
1982 England Alan Knight
1983 England Alan Biley
1984 England Mark Hateley
1985 England Neil Webb
1986 Jamaica Noel Blake
1987 Jamaica Noel Blake
1988 Wales Barry Horne
1989 England Micky Quinn
1990 England Guy Whittingham
1991 England Martin Kuhl
Year Winner
1992 England Darren Anderton
1993 England Paul Walsh
1994 Wales Kit Symons
1995 England Alan Knight
1996 England Alan Knight
1997 England Lee Bradbury
1998 England Andy Awford
1999 England Steve Claridge
2000 England Steve Claridge
2001 England Scott Hiley
2002 England Peter Crouch
2003 England Linvoy Primus
Year Winner
2004 Netherlands Arjan de Zeeuw
2005 Serbia Dejan Stefanović
2006 England Gary O'Neil
2007 England David James
2008 England David James
2009 England Glen Johnson

Pompey players at the World Cup


England England


England England
Scotland Scotland


Northern Ireland Northern Ireland

- No Portsmouth player competed at the World Cup between 1958 and 1994 -


Republic of Ireland Republic of Ireland


Jamaica Jamaica


Croatia Croatia
Japan Japan
Slovenia Slovenia


Serbia and Montenegro Serbia and Montenegro

Portsmouth XI

At the close of the 2007-08 Premier League season the readers of The News were able to vote for the all-time best Portsmouth XI.

1 England GK David James
2 England DF Glen Johnson
3 England DF John Beresford
4 England MF Paul Merson
5 England DF Sol Campbell
6 England DF Jimmy Dickinson
7 England MF Peter Harris
8 Croatia MF Robert Prosinečki
9 Scotland FW Duggie Reid
10 England FW Guy Whittingham
11 England MF Jack Froggatt

Football team officials

Position Staff
Manager Israel Avram Grant
First Team Coach England Ian Woan
First Team Coach England Paul Groves
Goalkeeping Coach England David Coles
Development Coach England Guy Whittingham
Rehabilitation and Fitness Coach England Chris Neville
Chief Scout England Ray Clarke
Head Physiotherapist England Gary Sadler
Club Doctor England Nigel Sellars
Director of Youth Operations England Paul Smalley
Player Liaison Officer England Paul Mullaly


Executive staff

Position Staff
Administrators England Andrew Andronikou
England Peter Kubik
England Michael Kiely
Owner Hong Kong Balram Chainrai
Consultant England Peter Storrie
Club Secretary England Paul Weld
Club Ambassador England Linvoy Primus
Finance Manager England Tanya Robins



Figures correct as of 30th January 2010.
Includes all competitive matches. Caretaker managers are denoted with an asterisk (*).
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
Tony Barton* England England March 1991–May 1991 12 5 2 5 41.67
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
Keith Waldon* England England January 1998–January 1998 3 0 0 3 0
Alan Ball England England January 1998–December 1999 97 28 26 43 28.87
Bob McNab* England England December 1999–January 2000 5 0 2 3 0
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
Joe Jordan* Scotland Scotland November 2005–December 2005 2 0 0 2 0
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- 12 4 3 5 33.33

Women's football

The club's female counterpart is Portsmouth L.F.C., which currently plays in the FA Women's Premier League Southern Division.

Affiliated clubs

England England
Republic of Ireland Republic of Ireland


  • Southern League Second Division
    • Runners-up 1912
  • Southern Charity Cup
    • Winners 1903
    • Runners-up 1909
  • Southern Professional Floodlit Cup
    • Winners 1958
  • South Hants War League
    • Champions 1918
  • Hampshire Charity Cup
    • Winners 1906, 1907
  • Hampshire FA Benevolent Fund Cup
    • Joint Holders 1909
  • Hants Professional Cup
    • Winners 1935, 1982
    • Runners-up 1983
  • Hants Combination Cup
    • Winners 1933, 1941
  • Hants Benevolent Cup
    • Winners 1911
  • Pickford Cup
    • Winners 1914, 1915, 1921, 1924, 1926, 1928, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936
  • Hospital Cup
    • Winners 1924, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1929, 1930, 1933, 1934, 1935

Club records

Record signing

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. This marked the second time Crouch had been Portsmouth's most expensive player as in 2001 his £1.5m fee was a club record. Portsmouth's first million pound signing was Rory Allen in July 1999.[28]

External links


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  25. ^ http://www.portsmouthfc.co.uk/index.php?cms_ref=news&qs_article_id=844
  26. ^ http://www.portsmouthfc.co.uk/index.php?cms_ref=news&qs_article_id=25
  27. ^ a b c d Up until 1992, the top division of English football was the Football League First Division; since then, it has been the Premier League. Similarly until 1992, the Second Division was the second tier of league football, when it became the First Division, and is now known as The Championship. The third tier was the Third Division until 1992, and is now known as League One.
  28. ^ "Pompey swoop for Spurs striker". Andover Advertiser. 1999-07-15. http://archive.andoveradvertiser.co.uk/1999/7/15/90597.html. Retrieved 2007-08-27. 


  • Colin Farmery (2005). Portsmouth: the Modern Era - a Complete Record. Desert Island Books. ISBN 1-905328-08-7. 
  • Colin Farmery (1999). Portsmouth: From Tindall to Ball - A Complete Record. Desert Island Books. ISBN 1-874287-25-2. 
  • Colin Farmery (2004). Seventeen Miles From Paradise - Saints v Pompey: Passion, Pride and Prejudice. Desert Island Books. ISBN 1-874287-89-9. 
  • Cass Pennant & Rob Silvester (2004). Rolling With The 6.57 Crew - The True Story of Pompey's Legendary Football Fans. John Blake Publishing. ISBN 1-844540-72-3. 


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