Footballers were a tough old breed

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We are always hearing how super-fit today’s footballers are but as soon as they have to play two games in four days the poor loves are suffering from fatigue and stress.

It was somewhat different back then.

For instance, over the Christmas period of 1950 Pompey played three games in four days including Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

On Saturday, December 23, 1950, they played Huddersfield at Fratton Park winning 1-0 with Len Phillips scoring the winner.

On the following Monday, Christmas Day, they played Chelsea also at home but went down 3-1.

The next day, Boxing Day, they again played the Pensioners up at Stamford Bridge with a complete reversal by winning 0-4.

Duggie Reid scored a hat-trick that day.

This was in the days of big boots and shinguards, heavy pitches and an even heavier ball.

No-one seems to have complained about having time off between games let alone playing on the two Christmas festivity days.

There were also good attendances at all games as trains ran on Christmas Day and Boxing Day albeit a reduced service.

Did you attend any of these games?

I’d like to hear from you.