FOR too long Pompey’s great history was not given pride of place at the club.
But no more.
Yesterday saw the unveiling of the revamped trophy room at the offices at Fratton Park.
A stunning black and white painting on the wall features legendary players such as Jimmy Dickinson, Alan Knight and Duggie Reid.
The walls are dotted with artefacts – many of which have been retrieved from fans’ lofts.
They include the original hand-written proposal to create the club on April 5, 1898, and a photograph of the first league match at Fratton Park on September 9, 1899.
David Reid, 66, whose father Duggie was a player for 10 years from 1946 to 1956 and a grounds keeper from 1958 to 1979, brought along two of his father’s trophies to begin the collection.
David, from Fareham, said: ‘These trophies were at my house and never in the club. I am bringing them here to start things off.’
Artist Mark Kellett, 32, spent seven days painting the players on the walls and has produced more than 50 portraits of former players, including a canvas featuring a Pompey front page from The News in 1980.
He said: ‘We are trying to bring the history back and we can’t let the club die.’
Micah Hall, club engagement manager, said this was just the beginning.
He explained: ‘This is the “Reclaim Our History” project which is sponsored by the Sports Mail.
‘All of those 10ps that people give us by buying the Sports Mail will go into rebuilding our history in the club. There were no trophies and no memorabilia, nothing on the walls that signifies our great history, and most of the trophies and artefacts had been rescued by supporters and hidden away in lofts and garages – and we are going to bring all that back to make this once again a place to view our heritage.’