Division one, April 23, 1949
Pompey were crowned Football League champions following a 2-1 win away at Bolton – their ﬁrst-ever victory at Burnden Park.
Second-placed Newcastle United, who drew 1-1 at Liverpool, were ﬁve points behind Pompey with two matches left, while the Blues still had three games remaining.
Peter Harris gave Pompey a dream start with a goal after four minutes – and Bolton goalkeeper Reg Elvy just managed to gather the ball before Harris was able to touch home a second.
The outside-right then supplied the cross for Ike Clarke to double the lead with a ﬁrm header in the 25th minute.
Pompey found the going much tougher in the second half, with Jimmy Dickinson playing on despite suffering a gashed head, and the defence deserved praise for keeping shots on goal down to a minimum.
Eight minutes from time, John Roberts pulled a goal back to set up a frantic ﬁnish but Pompey held out to claim the points and the title.
The Blues players travelled by train to London and celebrated with a meal in the capital before being brought home to Portsmouth in a coach during the early hours of the Sunday morning.
BOLTON WANDERERS: Reg Elvy, John Roberts, Tommy Banks, Don Howe, Malcolm Barrass, Danny Murphy, Willie Moir, Vince Dillon, Nat Lofthouse, Jack Bradley, Harry McShane.
POMPEY: Ernie Butler, Bill Hindmarsh, Harry Ferrier, Jimmy Scoular, Reg Flewin, Jimmy Dickinson, Peter Harris, Duggie Reid, Ike Clarke, Len Phillips, Jack Froggatt.