But it was not all heartbreak that year for Pompey and their legions of fans.
Of course, they ended that 1948-49 season as league champions.
In this picture taken at Fratton Park, captain Reg Flewin holds the trophy watched by club president Field Marshal Montgomery.
Monty had accepted an invitation to become president while on a visit to the city in March 1944.
The club retained the championship the following season.