History of the chimes

The Pompey Chimes date back as far as the 1890s.

One of Portsmouth's first football teams – the Royal Artillery Portsmouth club – played many of their home games at the United Services ground in Burnaby Road.

Referees are said to have used the chime of the nearby Guildhall clock to let them know when the match should finish at 4pm.

Just before 4pm the crowd would sing along with the chimes to encourage the referee to blow the full-time whistle.

The original words to 'The Chimes', as printed in the 1900-01 Official Handbook of Portsmouth FC, were:

Play up Pompey,

Just one more goal!

Make tracks! What ho!

Hallo! Hallo!!

Now supporters chant Play Up Pompey, Pompey Play UP.

The only time the bells stopped was during the war, until they were turned off by the city council in 2003 for urgent repair work.

The Victoria Bell is the biggest, weighing in at 3.9 tons.

Councillors will vote on a motion to name the second bell after Harry Redknapp at a full council meeting on October 7.