Keeping wicket - the Pompey player who scored a hat-trick in Palace thrashing

It would take  someone of the age of 55-plus to remember this scene along Commercial Road at the junction of Church Street.

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Older Pompey fans among you might recognise the debonair chap behind the stumps.

It’s Freddie Evans, who at 90 is the oldest member of the Ex-Portsmouth Football Club Professionals’ Reunion Club.

He is pictured in the late 1940s or early ‘50s keeping wicket to Paul Pannell, of Brompton Road, Southsea.

By then, Freddie was playing for Notts County and he went on to marry Paul’s sister Eileen.

Freddie scored a hat-trick for Pompey in a War League 9-1 thrashing of Crystal Palace.