Bolton Wanderers 1 Pompey 2

Ike Clarke got the crucial second goal for Pompey
Ike Clarke got the crucial second goal for Pompey
Picture: Joe Pepler

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Division one, April 23, 1949

Pompey were crowned Football League champions following a 2-1 win away at Bolton – their first-ever victory at Burnden Park.

Second-placed Newcastle United, who drew 1-1 at Liverpool, were five points behind Pompey with two matches left, while the Blues still had three games remaining.

Peter Harris gave Pompey a dream start with a goal after four minutes – and Bolton goalkeeper Reg Elvy just managed to gather the ball before Harris was able to touch home a second.

The outside-right then supplied the cross for Ike Clarke to double the lead with a firm header in the 25th minute.

Pompey found the going much tougher in the second half, with Jimmy Dickinson playing on despite suffering a gashed head, and the defence deserved praise for keeping shots on goal down to a minimum.

Eight minutes from time, John Roberts pulled a goal back to set up a frantic finish but Pompey held out to claim the points and the title.

The Blues players travelled by train to London and celebrated with a meal in the capital before being brought home to Portsmouth in a coach during the early hours of the Sunday morning.

BOLTON WANDERERS: Reg Elvy, John Roberts, Tommy Banks, Don Howe, Malcolm Barrass, Danny Murphy, Willie Moir, Vince Dillon, Nat Lofthouse, Jack Bradley, Harry McShane.

POMPEY: Ernie Butler, Bill Hindmarsh, Harry Ferrier, Jimmy Scoular, Reg Flewin, Jimmy Dickinson, Peter Harris, Duggie Reid, Ike Clarke, Len Phillips, Jack Froggatt.