The Pompey History Society looks back on what was making the headlines in the Sports Mail on November 3, 2007
Newcastle United lost their unbeaten home record as they were torn to shreds by Pompey before 51,490 at St James’ Park.
Noe Pamarot sent a screaming 25-yard shot past Steve Harper in the eighth minute, and within 180 seconds Benjani and John Utaka had both found the net.
Sol Campbell put through his own goal on the quarter-of-an-hour mark, but by then many of the Toon supporters had left for home.
David James, in the Pompey goal, was rarely troubled, although he had to get down well to save Steven Taylor’s drive.
Pompey had chances to extend the lead, before a Niko Kranjcar free-kick on 78 minutes made the final score 4-1.
Newcastle: Steve Harper, Steven Taylor, Abdoulaye Faye, Claudio Cacapa (David Rozehnal), Jose Enrique (Obafemi Martins), Charles N’Zogbia, Nicky Butt, Joey Barton, James Milner (Emra), Alan Smith, Michael Owen.
Pompey: David James, Noe Pamarot, Sol Campbell, Sylvain Distin, Glen Johnson, Sean Davis, Sulley Muntari (Pedro Mendes), Papa Bouba Diop, John Utaka, Niko Kranjcar, Benjani Mwaruwari (Kanu).
Pompey Youth lost 3-0 away to Charlton Athletic.
Danny O’Shea put the home side firmly in the driving seat with two goals, and then Danny Uchechi made it 3-0 while clearly in an offside position.
Elsewhere, William Gallas, who had earlier scored an own goal, grabbed an injury-time equaliser as leaders Arsenal denied Manchester United top spot in the Premier League.
Chelsea’s revival under manager Avram Grant continued as they beat Wigan Athletic 2-0 at the JJB Stadium.
Frank Lampard and Juliano Belletti were the Blues’ goalscorers.
Watford, who started the day six points clear at the top of the Championship, were beaten 3-0 at home by West Bromwich Albion.
Also in the Championship, Chris Iwelumo struck in the last minute to give Charlton Athletic a 1-0 win at Southampton.
Carlisle United’s 3-1 home victory over Leeds United kept the Cumbrians top of League One, while MK Dons drew 1-1 away to Wycombe Wanderers to stay a point clear of Chester at the top of League Two.
In the Wessex League premier division, Simon Stone’s two goals were not enough for Fareham, who lost 3- 2 at home to Horndean.
Lloyd Webber, Dave Birmingham and Danny Gibbons were the scorers in Gosport’s 3-2 victory at home to the Metropolitan Police in the FA Carlsberg Trophy.
In Conference South, Luke Nightingale scored for Bognor in a 1-1 draw away to St Albans and Havant lost 3-0 to Hampton & Richmond at West Leigh Park.
- ROGER HOLMES