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Portsmouth Win the 1939 FA Cup Final


Pompey win the FA Cup!

29th of April is a momentous day in Portsmouth FC's History


Jack Tinn claimed it was his "Lucky Spats", but whatever it was behind perhaps the biggest upset in Cup history so far, it meant Portsmouth claimed the FA Cup at the third attempt and went on to hold it for the following 7 years due to the outbreak of the 2nd World War.

 

The Victorious Pompey Team pose with the Cup.....



Pompey Team for the day: 1 Harry Walker 2 Lew Morgan 3 Bill Rochford 4 Jimmie Guthrie (c) 5 Tommy Rowe 6 Guy Wharton 7 Fred Worrall 8 Jimmy McAlinden 9 John Anderson 10 Bert Barlow 11 Cliff Parker
 
Wolves came to Wembley the hottest favourites for the Cup since Huddersfield faced Blackburn in 1928. Built round their great centre half Stan Cullis, they were a brilliant and youthful side. Wolves were lying second in the League, whereas Portsmouth were struggling in the relegation danger zone.

Perhaps the label of favourites was too much of a burden for the young Wolves team, for they flopped badly in the Final. Barlow, who had actually begun the season as a Wolves player, scored Portsmouth's first goal and was their ace in the pack after that. Anderson added a second before half time after McAlinden's chip from the right had left the advancing Scott in no‑man's land.
Immediately after the interval Scott fumbled a shot on the goal line and had to stretch out an arm and place a hand on the ball to keep it in play. Parker, dashing in from the left wing, audaciously kicked the ball from under Scott's hand and into the net, something that would probably be penalised today.
 
Portsmouth were now home and dry with a three goal lead. Dorsett got one back for Wolves, but Worrall, with a lucky sixpence in his boot, capped a great exhibition of wing play by centering perfectly for Parker to run in and head home Portsmouth's fourth.
 
 

A Programme and Ticket stub from the day, The ticket was one of 99,370 at Wembley that day.......
 
Following the War, Jack Tinn resumed his duties as Portsmouth Manager, but sadly Portsmouth's defence of the Cup ended in the 3rd round in 1946.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Match Video highlights:  Portsmouth 4 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1

 

 

 

FA Cup Semi-Final at Highbury 25th March 1939 - Huddersfield Town 1 Portsmouth 2

Huddersfield Town vs. Portsmouth

Football Association Challenge Cup
Semi-Final Round
25th March, 1939
Highbury Stadium, London

FA Cup semi-final between Huddersfield Town and Portsmouth at Highbury, London. Portsmouth win the game by two goals to one.
L/S's of crowd congestion which cause people to faint at Old Trafford Manchester. Several shots of the match between Wolverhampton Wanderers (Wolves) and Grimsby Town. The Wolves thrash Grimsby by five goals to nil.

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