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125 Anniversary Calendar


In April 2023, Portsmouth Football Club celebrated its 125th anniversary. To coordinate and plan the celebrations, the club teamed up with key stakeholders to mark this special occasion.

The 125 committee is chaired by Colin Farmery, who also leads Pompey History Society, and includes representatives from the club, Pompey Supporters' Trust, Pompey in the Community, the Tony Goodall Fans’ Conference, Pompey Women and other key personnel, such as former players, represented by Alan Knight, and the University of Portsmouth.

Overview of 125th anniversary events so far


February 24: The Official History of Pompey Cards & Stickers curated into a book

March 29: 'Champions Wall' unveiled in North Stand

March 30: Launch of 1978, 1987 and 1991 retro replica Pompey shirts

April 1: 125th birthday game including a parade of former players at half-time

April 1: 125 Merchandise available to buy in club store, from mugs and scarves to limited edition watches and glassware

April 10: Founders’ Day game

April 23: Ten years of community ownership celebrated with a pre-match show produced by students from University of Portsmouth

May 15: Creative writers in residence start roles for the 2023/24 season

June 5: Pompey Women brought under Tornante Ownership

July 10: 125 Pompey Lottery Scheme launched

August 1: Renovation of the Milton End at Fratton Park

August 4: 125 Anniversary salmon pink kit launched

August 5: 125 historic programme cover series begins

September 12: 125 historical friendly against Royal Artillery

September 23: Unveiling of Jimmy Dickinson statue

October 3: Launch of Portsmouth FC 125 history book

November 11: Remembrance Day Fixture – saluting the armed forces

November 24: Inclusion Day fixture – celebrating Pompey's inclusion teams and the story of Lindy Delapenha, who made his debut against Blackpool in 1948

December 10: Portsmouth FC 125th anniversary concert by the Portsmouth Philharmonic in aid of Pompey in the Community


February 5: Talk at University of Portsmouth on the production of the 125 History Book to kick off Portsmouth BookFest 2024

February 14: Atilla The Stockbroker - For the Love of Football' as part of Portsmouth BookFest 2024 

February 17: Fratton First! Celebrating Pompey's first ever league game at Fratton Park against Reading

April 1: Champions of England Day – Celebrating the 75th anniversary of Pompey's first title win

April 5: 125th Anniversary Dinner at Fratton Park, relaunching the Hall of Fame Dinner

April 6: Former players' day for the match against Shrewsbury 


To be confirmed:

April - August (dates TBC) 125 photography exhibition at the Ravelin Sports Centre, University of Portsmouth. Curated and in honour of Pete Blackman

Victory Sail Project unveiling on the Fratton End

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