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Club History

Pompey squad pose with the FA Cup in 1939
Portsmouth Football Club were founded in 1898 and the club have always played at Fratton Park.

The oldest stand still in use is the South Stand, built in the 1920s and designed by Archibald Leitch. It houses the dressing rooms, boardroom and offices and is the heartbeat of the stadium.

Pompey were promoted to the top-flight for the first time in 1927 and reached two FA Cup finals before winning the trophy with a 4-1 victory over Wolves in 1939.

In the 1930s the stadium was further developed with the building of the north stand, which is still in use.

Pompey enjoyed a golden post-war era, winning Division One (now the Premier League) in 1949 and 1950 – becoming one of only five clubs to win the trophy in back-to-back seasons since the war.


The club went into decline and dropped into Division Four (now League Two) but fought back, returning to the top-flight in 1987.

In 1997 the Fratton end, the home of Pompey’s noisiest section of fans, was rebuilt and a decade later a roof was put on the smaller Milton end for the first time.

By then the Blues were back in the Premier League – where they enjoyed a seven-year stay – and, in 2008, won the FA Cup with a 1-0 win over Cardiff at Wembley, qualifying for European competition for the first time in their history.

Pompey reached their fifth FA Cup final in 2010, losing 1-0 to Chelsea, and were relegated to the Championship in the same season, as a crippling financial crisis took hold.


In 2012 the Blues were relegated to League One, dropping out of the top two divisions for the first time since 1983, and fell into the bottom tier a year later.

But stability was restored by fan ownership and they started on the journey back up the leagues by securing the League Two title in May 2017. That saw Pompey become one of only five sides to win all four of the fully-professional divisions in English football.

Michael Eisner's Tornante Company became the new owners in August 2017 and a couple of years later, the Blues won their first EFL Trophy, defeating Sunderland 5-4 on penalties at Wembley Stadium following a 2-2 draw under previous boss Kenny Jackett.

Jackett would later depart Pompey in March 2021 following EFL Trophy success in 2018-19.


After almost three seasons with Pompey, Jackett would later be replaced by former Lincoln City and Huddersfield head coach Danny Cowley, alongside his brother and assistant Nicky Cowley. The pair would see out the remainder of the 2021/22 season, coming back from behind to defeat Ipswich Town at home 2-1 in their first game and overseeing six wins from the 12 remaining matches of the 2021/22 season.

Cowley started the 2022–23 season well, winning the League One Manager of the Month award for August 2022 after picking up 13 points from a possible 15. This strong start to the season fell away and following a run of over two months without a league victory, Pompey would later replace the Cowley brothers in January 2023, with the Blues sitting in 12th position.

Mousinho won his first two games in charge, marking both Portsmouth's first win since November 2022, and their first home win since September 2022. Mousinho also led Portsmouth to their largest win of the 2022/23 season with a 4–0 home victory against Cheltenham Town, marking four wins in his first eight games in charge.

The former Oxford midfielder and ex-PFA Chairman oversaw the remainder of the 2022/23 season, finishing with 10 victories, nine draws and only four defeats from 23 league matches. Mousinho and the rest of his first-team staff will now look to take this into the planning for his first full season as Blues boss in the 2023/24 season.



Football League Division One (first tier)

Champions: 1948/49, 1949/50

Football League Division One (second tier)
Champions: 2002/03

Football League Division Three (third tier)
Champions: 1923/24, 1961/62, 1982/83

Football League Two (fourth tier)
Champions: 2016/17

FA Cup
Winners: 1938/39, 2007/08
Runners-up: 1928/29, 1933/34, 2009/10

Football League Trophy
Winners: 2018/219
Runners-up: 2019/20

League Cup (best)
Quarter-finals: 1960/61, 1985/86, 1993/94, 2004/05, 2009/10

FA Charity/Community Shield
Winners: 1949 (shared)
Runners-up: 2008

Southern League
Champions: 1901/02, 1919/20

London War Cup
Runners-up: 1942

Asia Trophy
Winners: 2007

Player of the Season


The following Pompey players have won The News/Sports Mail Player of the Season award:

2022/23: Colby Bishop
2021/22: Sean Raggett
2020/21: Craig MacGillivray
2019/20: Christian Burgess
2018/19: Matt Clarke
2017/18: Matt Clarke
2016/17: Enda Stevens
2015/16: Michael Doyle
2014/15: Jed Wallace
2013/14: Ricky Holmes
2012/13: Johnny Ertl
2011/12: Jason Pearce
2010/11: Hayden Mullins
2009/10: Jamie O'Hara
2008/09: Glen Johnson
2007/08: David James
2006/07: David James
2005/06: Gary O'Neil
2004/05: Dejan Stefanovic
2003/04: Arjan de Zeeuw
2002/03: Linvoy Primus
2001/02: Peter Crouch
2000/01: Scott Hiley
1999/00: Steve Claridge
1998/99: Steve Claridge
1997/98: Andy Awford
1996/97: Lee Bradbury
1995/96: Alan Knight
1994/95: Alan Knight
1993/94: Alan McLoughlin
1992/93: Paul Walsh
1991/92: Kit Symons
1990/91: Martin Kuhl
1989/90: Guy Whittingham
1988/89: Mick Quinn
1987/88: Barry Horne
1986/87: Noel Blake
1985/86: Noel Blake
1984/85: Neil Webb
1983/84: Mark Hateley
1982/83: Alan Biley
1981/82: Alan Knight
1980/81: Keith Viney
1979/80: Joe Laidlaw
1978/79: Peter Mellor

Pompey History Society

The Blues are the most successful football club in the south of England – and the task of preserving and conserving that rich heritage falls to the Pompey History Society.

Currently chaired by Colin Farmery, the charitable organisation* was founded in 2014 with the ultimate goal of establishing a permanent club museum.

The society has a core of around 30 volunteers who are working on a number of projects, including:

- Periodic themed History Days to showcase the club’s archive.
- Memory Mornings – working with older supporters to collect and curate memories.
- The Pompey Voices website to create an online archive of memories.
- Curating the club archive.

They also accept donations and bequests, as well as gifts of memorabilia and ephemera from supporters.

If you are interested in getting involved with the society, or have material you would like to donate, please email or write to Pompey History Society, c/o Fratton Park, Frogmore Road, Portsmouth, PO4 8RA.

*Application pending with the Charity Commission.

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