Date: 11th March 2008 at 8:16am
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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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15 Replies to “Cup meetings with the Baggies”

  • Fine history research eastneydave. This is a new chapter and the winner this time will be the first to play twice at Wembley and win, we will win wont we.

  • I do hope so. As long as attitude is right like at OT we should do it. I was at the 1968 game and might write a longer story nearer the day. This was a quick taster to get things moving.

  • Hey fellas – has anyone remembered we’ve got a match tomorrow night? We’re all (me included) getting so carried away we’re not focusing on that at all. I hope ‘Arry and the lads have remembered!

  • After this wkend it’s almost like a black country fetish, heck we might even understand the lingo in the end! Brum, Villa and Brom, reckon i’ll even get a twang to my accent., allroite loike

  • Excellent as always Dave.. I think you’ll also find that when Pompey won the West Brom game in ’39 a certain Mr Ike Clarke (later to become the player who secured our title win) was playing for West Brom…

  • Tracy you are right, the fringe players might get a chance to prove themselves, Pedro, Lauren and Aubey and maybe even Sean could get the chance now couldnt they.
    We need the three points to keep the season going, and we need to beat Villa on Saturday too.

  • Chix I wrote this at work in a couple of minutes yesterday lunchtime after the draw. Ike Clarke probably was in the Albion side but I had no way of checking.

  • I can’t see Kanu playing against Brum and possibly Sol having a rest to so to so there is a chance for others to come in. We will have to get used to this rotation thing next season when we have UEFA, a good run in the Carling Cup, and the defence of the cup as well as the league to think about. Jobs Vacant: more top players needed for Portsmouth for next season.

  • Yea, I think Kanu and Sol will have quite a bit of rest now. Herman can play centre half with Aubey at laft back. Milan and Defoe up front.

  • Well done – I have the programme from the West Brom clash in ’68 as I was amongst the 43, 000 in attendance. They lead 2-0 but we came right back into it and went so close to equalising. Let’s hope the better team will once again prevail as my head says it’s us.

  • kanu appeared to be limping when he came off at old trafford – someone had said he was limping during the week prior to the game too? yep he’ll be rested for a bit, we may as well give lucifer a go and as said give sol a break, hermann has been fantastic when played in the middle on a few occassions this season.

  • Rug – that was my report about Kanu limping at an Eastleigh filling station. Knew he would play though!

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