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.
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