Division three, May 14, 1983
Alan Biley’s 26th goal of the season was enough to give Pompey victory over Plymouth to make certain the Blues were crowned third division champions.
It had been seven years since Pompey had dropped out of division two but manager Bobby Campbell promised this would be the season they made their return – and as champions, for good measure.
The visitors began the afternoon at Home Park with the championship trophy virtually in their hands, and nothing but an absolute disaster would let it slip.
The all-important goal came after 59 minutes. Former Argyle winger Alan Rogers worked his way to the byline and the supporting Peter Ellis laid the ball back for Biley to crash a right-footed shot into the top corner.
Earlier, Argyle’s Lindsay Smith headed against the bar and Alan Knight saved smartly from David Phillips, but Pompey were worthy winners.
Five minutes before the end, the referee sent the players to their dressing rooms as hundreds of visiting fans spilled on to the ﬁeld.
Play later resumed but the ﬁnal whistle was blown early and the Home Park pitch was soon swamped with jubilant Pompey supporters.
PLYMOUTH ARGYLE: Geoff Crudgington, Gordon Nisbet, John Uzzell, Chris Harrison, Lindsay Smith, Leigh Cooper, Kevin Hodges, David Phillips, John Sims, Gordon Staniforth, Mark Rowe.
POMPEY: Alan Knight, Peter Ellis, Colin Sullivan, Bobby Doyle, Mick Tait, Steve Aizlewood, Neil Webb, Kevin Dillon, Billy Rafferty, Alan Biley, Alan Rogers.