On this day: Dodson at the double for Portsmouth against Walsall

Pompey Hall-of-Famer Ron Saunders
Pompey Hall-of-Famer Ron Saunders
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The Portsmouth History Society looks back on what was making the front of the Sports Mail on Saturday, December 15, 1962.

Pompey came from behind to beat Walsall in an eight-goal thriller before a crowd of 8,825 at Fellows Park.

Ron Saunders struck the bar early on, but it was Walsall who went ahead through Jimmy O’Neill on 13 minutes.

Pompey stormed back and by half-time had established a 3-1 lead following goals from Albert McCann, Saunders and Dave Dodson.

Strikes by O’Neill and Colin Taylor brought the Saddlers level, and O’Neill almost completed his hat-trick before Dodson regained Pompey’s lead with a minute to go.

Tony Barton completed an amazing afternoon’s entertainment by scoring with the last kick of the game.

Walsall: Alan Boswell, Ken Hill, Frank Gregg, Jimmy Dudley, Albert McPherson, Charlie Rawlings, George Meek, Ken Hodgkisson, Jimmy O’Neill, Tony Richards, Colin Taylor.

Pompey: John Milkins, Phil Gunter, Alex Wilson, Harry Harris, Brian Snowdon, Jimmy Dickinson, Tony Barton, Johnny Gordon, Ron Saunders, Albert McCann, Dave Dodson.

Pompey ‘A’ were beaten 3-1 by Southampton ‘A’.

Trailing 2-0 at half-time, the Blues pulled a goal back through Ralph Harben.

But Martin Chivers sealed the win for Saints.

First Division leaders Everton beat Burnley 3-1 at Goodison Park, while second-placed Tottenham Hotspur claimed a 2-0 victory at Birmingham.

Leyton Orient were left rooted at the bottom of the first division table following their 2-0 defeat by Arsenal at Highbury.

Chelsea went four points clear at the top of Division Two after defeating Rotherham United at Stamford Bridge.

Sunderland remained in second place following a 3-3 draw away to Middlesbrough.

Don Weston, Leeds United’s new signing from Rotherham, scored two goals in three minutes against Stoke City.

Leeds won the match 3-1.

Southampton drew 1-1 with Scunthorpe United at The Dell.

Ken Wimshurst’s diving header gave Saints a half-time lead, but Ken Hodgosn equalised for the Irons after the break.

In Division Three, Bournemouth were beaten 3-0 by leaders Peterborough United at London Road, while Brighton played out a 2-2 draw with Queens Park Rangers.

Aldershot lost their fourth division home clash with Darlington 3-2.

Oldham Athletic’s 3-1 win at Bradford City kept them at the top of the Division Four table.

Pompey manager George Smith denied reports that the club were about to sell centre-forward Ron Saunders.

The fact that Saunders had recently been dropped led to the speculation, with Chelsea among the clubs reported to be interested.

Havant Schools were dismissed from the English Schools’ Football Shield as they were beaten 4-0 on their visit to Swindon.