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FA Cup final, April 29, 1939

Pompey surprised the football world by beating hot-favourites Wolves to win the FA Cup for the first time in front of 99,370 fans at Wembley Stadium.

As always, before any Pompey FA Cup tie that season, outside-right Freddie Worrall fastened on Jack Tinn’s famous lucky spats and then the players were entertained in the dressing room by comedian Albert Burdon.

Pompey survived one dangerous moment when HarryWalker turned a Dickie Dorsett effort round the post but, otherwise, Tinn’s men had made all the running.

The Blues took the lead on 31 minutes through Bert Barlow. Jock Anderson got above Stan Cullis and nodded the ball into the middle where Barlow brought it under control and beat Bob Scott with a fine shot.

Anderson doubled Pompey’s lead a minute before the break with a brilliant curling shot just out of Scott’s reach.

The second half began with Pompey adding a third goal through Cliff Parker before Dorsett scored from close range forWolves.

The Blues’ fourth and last goal came in the 72nd minute when Worrall’s pin-point centre was headed home by Parker.

After the match, King George VI presented the trophy to Pompey captain Jimmy Guthrie and it remained at Fratton Park throughout the Second World War.

POMPEY: Harry Walker, Lew Morgan, Bill Rochford, Jimmy Guthrie, Tommy Rowe, Guy Wharton, Freddie Worrall, Jimmy McAlinden, Jock Anderson, Bert Barlow, Cliff Parker.

WOLVES: Bob Scott, Billy Morris, Frank Taylor, Tom Galley, Stan Cullis, Joe Gardiner, Stan Burton, Alex McIntosh, Dennis Westcott, Dickie Dorsett, Teddy Maguire.