Frogmore fracas over Cup Final tickets

THIS WEEK IN 1976: Big crowds for the big band sound

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Last week I wrote about the queue for tickets for the 1939 Cup Final and the near riot that ensured in Frogmore Road outside Fratton Park.

Fred Chandler dropped me a line saying he lived in Frogmore Road at the time and had a good view of what was going on outside his front room window.

His abiding memory of that day was of two men walking down the road waving their tickets in the air and taunting the fans still hoping to get theirs.

At the end of the war, on VE Day, there was a street party in Frogmore Road and the FA Cup took pride of place on the top table.

Fred actually managed to get his hands on it and held it aloft like a winning captain at Wembley hoping that Pompey would win it again one day.

‘We had to wait some years, but we did it in the end,’ Fred says proudly.