Swept up in what he calls the ‘euphoria’ sweeping Fratton Park thanks to high-flying Pompey, Bob Prowting sent me these two team pictures.
They come from the era when these lads would have been inspired by the championship-winning Pompey sides.
The photo above shows the league champions from Cottage Grove Primary School, Southsea, in the 1948/49 season. The other shows the lads from St Luke’s School, Southsea, who look as though they might have won the Division One title four years later.
While we’re on the subject of Fratton Park, we see a marvellous programme from March 1946 for a match between Medicos and The Church.
It comes from George Warren, a St John’s College, Southsea, old boy, who points out that no fewer than four of the ecclesiastical team came from The Brothers at St John’s.
Other members of that side, who wore blue ‘knickers’, came from Drayton Methodist Church; St John’s, Rudmore; HMS Cleopatra and HMS Daedalus.
Opposing them and also wearing blue knickers were medics from St Mary’s and St James’s hospitals as well as the Red Cross.
A note on the back of the programme says trial matches were held for both teams and ‘for the next few weeks the doctors groaned louder than their patients as they bent to examine them and the clergy moaned as they limped through their daily round’.