My top three Pompey matches of The Sixties
As Pompey invite fans to a Memories Day at Fratton Park, here are my top three games from the 1960s.
1. December 2, 1967 - Pompey 3 v Blackpool 1
Only the second match I saw at Fratton Park and an amazing experience for a young lad squashed into the south stand terracing near the dugouts with 35,038 in the ground for the first versus second clash in the old Second Division. Even the Match of the Day cameras were there - a rare outing into the second tier for the BBC in those days. For once, Pompey didn’t disappoint in front of the cameras, with - from memory - Ray Pointer, Mick Travers and Cliff Portwood all scoring in a thrilling victory. I left the ground singing in joy, convinced that Pompey would be promoted and that I’d never see them beaten at Fratton. The innocence of youth!
2, February 10 1968 - Pompey 3 v Derby County 2
There was massive excitement at Fratton Park as the great Mike Trebilcock made his debut - and he didn’t disappoint the 26,567-strong crowd. The £40,000 capture from Everton grabbed two goals in a pulsating game. I never grew tired of watching Trebilcock - an in-and-out striker but brilliant on his day. If pushed, I’d put his last-minute equaliser against the mighty Arsenal in an FA Cup fourth round match at Fratton in 1971 as my greatest-ever Pompey moment.
3. April 12 1969 - Pompey 5 v Norwich City 2
Ray ‘Charlie’ Hiron was one of my Pompey heroes and he grabbed his biggest single-match tally in this end-of-season clash, netting four goals as the East Anglians were sent packing. Nicky Jennings - who set up so many goals for Hiron - scored the other Pompey goal in front of 16,259 at Fratton.