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Portsmouth Football Club has had a pretty rough time of things over the last three or four years or so, but today we continue our series of archive videos of the clubs of Football League One with the Fratton Park club, and six videos from the history of a club which has won both the FA Cup and the English championship on two occasions. We kick off with two matches from the years before the outbreak of the Second World War, an FA Cup semi-final against Leicester City from 1934 and the 1939 FA Cup final against Wolverhampton Wanderers.
The club’s most successful years came in the immediate post war period, winning the Football League championship in 1949 and 1950. Years of decline followed, and our third match is a complete episode of Match Of The Day from February 1967 featuring Portsmouth play Wolves at Fratton Park. Our next video is a compilation – which cuts out just before the end, but there we go – of the club’s matches from the years between 1982 and 1992, and we follow this with a quite extraordinary trip to The Manor Ground to play Oxford United in November 1992. Our final match sees Portsmouth travel north to Elland Road to play Leeds United – then, of course, a Premier League powerhouse – in the Fifth Round of the FA Cup.
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Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.