Theme set for next History Day
Pompey versus the Rest of the World is the theme of the next History Day to be held at Fratton Park on Sunday, April 9 (11am-3pm).
The popular twice-yearly event – organised by the Pompey History Society – will focus on Blues matches against teams from all four corners of the globe.
These date back to the turn of the last century – when the club played a friendly in Paris in 1904 and a tour of Austria and Prussia in 1907 – right through to the more recent exploits in the UEFA Cup.
There will also be an extensive section about Pompey’s tour of South America in 1951.
The free event also hosts the club’s programme and memorabilia fair, and will take place in the Victory Lounge.
There are also chances for fans to buy a tour of Fratton Park on the day at a family-friendly price.
For the history day only, tours will cost £10 for adults with accompanied juniors (17 and under) going for free. Tours run at 11.00am, 11.30, 12.00pm, 1.00 and 1.30. They can be booked here.
Places are limited so early booking is advised. All fans who book before March 31 will be entered into a prize draw for an exclusive piece of Pompey memorabilia.
Colin Farmery, who chairs the Pompey History Society, said: “We are really excited about this exhibition we are getting together. Pompey have always been a club prepared to look beyond our shores for matches.
“We have unearthed some fascinating information about games the club played on the continent before the First World War and we have also done some research into the club’s tour of South America in 1951, which was quite eventful.
“Fans will also remember our UEFA Cup run in 2008 and there will be plenty of material devoted to those games, as well as the club first foray into European competition in 1992 in the Anglo-Italian Cup.”
The Pompey Pals charity will also be putting on a display at the event about the soldiers who left the city from 1914 to fight in the Great War, many of who enlisted at Fratton Park.