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Creases on which you could cut yourself and shoes shiny enough to see your face in, the Pompey squad prepare to leave Fratton Park.
Creases on which you could cut yourself and shoes shiny enough to see your face in, the Pompey squad prepare to leave Fratton Park.
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These two Pompey pictures came from Liverpool. Joan Hanford sent them to me after going through her late husband Michael’s collection. He was 75 and a lifelong joint Everton and Pompey fan.

Mrs Hanford says: ‘We had many happy holidays in Portsmouth with our children as Michael’s father, who lived in Cosham, was 97 when he died.

‘We last visited the city two years ago to see the wonderful waterfront development.

‘Michael was a teacher and he loved Liverpool for its history and architecture, but I think at heart he was still a Hampshire lad.’

The picture on the right shows the 1948-49 Championship-winning squad preparing to leave Fratton Park for a tour of Sweden and Denmark.

From the left: Bill Spence, Jimmy Dawson, Gerry Bowler, Bill Hindmarsh, Harry Ferrier, Duggie Reid, Jimmy Scoular, Jasper Yeuell, Jack Froggatt, Bill Thompson, Ike Clarke, Ernie Butler, Bert Barlow, Bob Jackson (manager), Phil Rookes, Jimmy Easson (coach), Peter Harris, Len Phillips.

Jimmy Dickinson

Jimmy Dickinson

Thanks to Jake Payne, chairman of the Pompey Hall of Fame, for help with the names.

And there’s video here of some of that squad in action in 1949.

Joan Hanford’s second picture is of Jimmy Dickinson wearing his England cap for the May 1949 game against France in the Olympic Stadium, Colombes. England won 3-1 with goals from Johnny Morris (2) and captain Billy Wright. Dickinson won 48 caps.