Ian Darke’s Top 10 Pompey Matches

There’s been plenty of great Pompey occasions over the years. BT Sport commentator and Blues fan Ian Darke picks his top ten.

10. Pompey 2 AC Milan 2
27 November 2008, Europa League

A surreal night as Pompey outplayed the seven time European champions until Ronaldinho and Inzaghi scored late on.

9. Pompey 1 Stockport 0
17 February 1998, Division Two

Wall of Noise – a non-stop chant of “Alan Ball’s Blue and White Army” lifted a Pompey team stranded at the bottom of the table to a 1-0 win over Stockport which sparked a remarkable escape.

8. Pompey 5 Aston Villa 2
3 September 1958, Division One

I was just a little boy, but old enough to marvel at the brilliance of Peter Harris – a wonderful right winger as he hit all five in a 5-2 hammering of Aston Villa.

7. Spurs 0 Pompey 2
20 April 2010, FA Cup Semi-Final

Redknapp Revenge. The club Harry left behind came back to haunt him at Wembley, shocking his Spurs team 2-0 in an FA Cup semi-final. Ricardo Rocha’s finest provider.

6. Leyton Orient 3 Pompey 6
26 October 1963, Division Two

An extraordinary day in London watching behind the goal as Pompey came from 2-0 down with five goals in 12 minutes either side of half-time. Ron Saunders scored a hat-trick.

5. Pompey 1 Arsenal 1
23 January 1971, FA Cup Round 4

Mike Trebilcock’s dramatic last minute equaliser in a wildly exciting 1971 FA Cup tie against double winners Arsenal produced a roar you could hear on Hayling Island.

4. Liverpool 4 Pompey 1
28 October 1980, League Cup Round 4

13,000 Pompey fans turned up at Anfield for a midweek League Cup game. The Kop couldn’t believe a third division team could attract support like that. The ticker tape welcome was amazing.

3. Pompey 6 Cheltenham Town 1
6 May 2017, Division Four

Promotion. After the club’s near-death experience and four years in the basement, this was very emotional. Like an escape from intensive care.

2. Pompey 1 Burnley 0
15 April 2003, Division Two

Promotion to the Premier League. We were 33-1 outsiders before the season, but blitzed it. Wearing snazzy gold, 5-0 winners Pompey even got clapped off the pitch at Millwall.

1. Cardiff City 0 Pompey 1
17 May 2008, FA Cup Final

Seeing Pompey win a FA Cup Final was always a dream which I never thought could become reality. So when Sol Campbell went up to lift the FA Cup, there were tears in my eyes.

Ian Darke’s Top 10 was originally published in the programme for the Life & Chimes October 2017 event in aid of Pompey In The Community and the Oakley Waterman Caravan Foundation.

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