Archive video: The dog who played in goal for Pompey

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Peterborough celebrate against Pompey. Picture: Joe Pepler

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His name has disappeared in the mists of time, but this little mutt has his own odd place in Pompey history.

The acrobatic pooch featured in a British Pathe newsreel in 1934, which spotlighted Pompey as part of Famous Footbal Clubs series.

After introducing star players at the club, including goalkeeper Jock Gilfillan, the British Pathe team filmed footage of a member of the groundstaff kicking a football for the dog to leap at in one of the goalmouths at Fratton Park.

The clipped tones of the commentater observed that the mutt was Pompey’s reserve keeper and, adding that his name was not known, said that it had been decided for the purposes of the report to christen him Oliver Twist.