Memories of Portsmouth Football Club's title-winning sides of 1949 and 1950 have been curated into a new book – 'Pompey Champions of England – which is available to buy now.
It is priced at £15, with £10 from every copy sold going to the Pompey Supporters’ Trust fund to build a statue of Jimmy Dickinson – one of the stars of that team – at Fratton Park.
Jimmy’s son Andrew has also penned the foreword. For more information on the crowdfunding campaign, click here.
The 156-page paperback is liberally illustrated with specially colourised photographs, which bring the era to life.
Using the memories of fans who were there at the time, the book is the culmination of a project led by the Pompey History Society, in partnership with Portsmouth FC, The News and the University of Portsmouth. The project was also generously funded by the Heritage Fund.
Colin Farmery, chair of the Pompey History Society, said: "It has been a huge pleasure to do this project.
"I was brought up as a fan believing Pompey is a big club in the English game and having immersed myself in editing this book, it has only reinforced the sense that in the late 1940s we were not only the best team in England, but possibly Europe as well.
"The memories of the supporters, pulled together by the fantastic team of interviewers and authors I had the privilege to lead, enables fans of today to reach back in time to a unique period in the club and city’s history.
"Whether a football fan or social historian, this book has something for everyone."
The book is currently available from the following:
Pigeon Books, 1 Albert Road Southsea PO5 2SE / 07311 186312
New To You Books, 56B High Street, Cosham, PO5 3AG / 02392 321089
Petersfield Bookshop, 16a Chapel Street, Petersfield GU32 3DS / 01730 263438
Portsmouth City Museum & Art Gallery, Museum Road, Portsmouth PO1 2LJ / 02392 834779
Pompey Store, 16 Anson Road, Southsea PO4 8TB / 02394 211270
Online at the Pompey Memorabilia Store
For further information, contact Colin Farmery at 07766 305676.