The Pompey History Society looks back on what was making the headlines in the Sports Mail on Saturday,October 27, 1951.
Three brilliant goals in seven second-half minutes gave Pompey victory over Newcastle United in a thrilling tussle at Fratton Park, watched by 39,944.
Pompey’s Jack Froggatt went close to scoring in the first half when his lob struck the woodwork, while Newcastle’s Jackie Milburn hit the bar early in the second half.
Duggie Reid nodded in his 100th Pompey goal in the 74th minute and five minutes later Len Phillips beat Ron Simpson with a grand shot.
Reid grabbed his second from close quarters in the 81st minute and Milburn broke through to score a consolation goal for the Magpies with six minutes to go.
Pompey: Ernie Butler, Phil Gunter, Harry Ferrier, Jimmy Scoular, Jack Froggatt, Jimmy Dickinson, Peter Harris, Duggie Reid, Ike Clarke, Len Phillips, Marcel Gaillard.
Newcastle: Ron Simpson, Bobby Cowell, Alf McMichael, Joe Harvey, Frank Brennan, Ted Robledo, Billy Foulkes, George Robledo, Jackie Milburn, George Hannah, Bobby Mitchell.
Before the match, Pompey Juniors beat Chelsea Juniors 3-1 to consolidate their position at the top of the Middlesex Youth Invitation Cup competition.
Pompey Reserves went down 4-0 away to Charlton Athletic.
They lined up as follows: Maurice Leather, Jasper Yeuell, Edwards, Johnny Beale, Bill Thompson, Alex Wilson, Terry Ryder, Albert Mundy, Duggie Reid, Reg Pickett, Ron Bennett.
Pompey ‘A’ went three points clear at the top of Hampshire League division one.after they thrashed Havant Rovers 7-0.
The goalscoreres were Bill Spence (2), Ken Ames (2), Johnny Gordon, Stan Earl and Mike
First Division leaders Bolton Wanderers beat Chelsea 3-1 at Stamford Bridge, while second-placed Arsenal – one point behind the Trotters – edged a seven-goal thriller against Fulham at Highbury.
Huddersfield Town’s 2-0 defeat at home to Stoke City left them at the bottom of the table.
Sheffield United extended their lead at the top of the Second Division with a 4-2 victory over Birmingham City at Bramall Lane.
Also in Division Two, Southampton won 4-3 away to Notts County, with Jack Edwards and Eddie Brown scoring two apiece for Saints.
In Division Three (South), Bournemouth’s clash with Watford ended goalless, Brighton secured a 1-0 victory at home to Shrewsbury Town, and Aldershot lost 3-2 at Millwall.
Leaders Norwich City drew 1-1 against Reading at Elm Park.
Division Three (North) leaders Gateshead were held to a 1-1 draw by mid-table Grimsby Town.
Meanwhile, Pompey were confident that floodlights would be installed at Fratton Park by Christmas, although it was unlikely that there would be any floodlit football before February or March.