With news that Pompey have drawn West Bromwich Albion I have had a quick look at the previous history in the FA Cup.
Encounters between Pompey and the Baggies have not been too often but they have strange coincidences.
The first meeting was in February 1931 when in Round 5 Albion visited Fratton Park and left with a single goal victory. West Brom went on to win the final at Wembley as a Second Division Team beating neighbours Birmingham City 2-1. They were promoted the same season.
The next meeting came in January 1939 when Pompey came out on top 2-0 at Fratton Park. As we all know, Pompey went on to win the cup, surprisingly beating Wolves 4-1 at Wembley.
The next meeting was in January 1956, and the only one at the Hawthorns. Albion won 2-0.
The last meeting was at Fratton in March 1968 when 43,000 crammed into the ground. There was a great match to follow with police invading the pitch to talk to players and all sort of controversy. Albion prevailed 2-1 with Ray Hiron scoring the Pompey goal. Albion won the cup that year beating Everton in the Final – Jeff Astle scored the goal.
So we have had four games to date, in all three meetings at Fratton Park the winning team has gone on to win the cup. The last time Pompey won the cup they beat Albion on the way and the last time Albion won the cup they beat Pompey en route.
Strange but true.
Written by eastneydave.
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