As Pompey prepare to find out who they’ll face in the first round of this year’s FA Cup, trainee reporter Jack Williams takes a look back at some of the Blues’ biggest victories in the competition.
Pompey 10-0 Ryde
September 30, 1899
Pompey’s biggest win in the FA Cup came in the preliminary round back in 1899.
With the sun and wind in their faces, Pompey managed four goals in the first half and six unanswered strikes after the break to earn themselves an impressive 10-0 victory.
The goalscorers were Brown (3), Smith (4), Marshall (2) and Cunliffe.
Pompey 7-0 Stockport
January 8, 1949
Back in 1949, a Pompey side which would go on to be crowned champions of England, made easy work of a plucky Stockport County side at Fratton Park.
A hat-trick from record scorer Peter Harris, inset, plus two each from Len Phillips and Ike Clarke, sealed a comfortable third-round win for the Blues, who went on to reach the semi-finals of the competition that season.
Pompey 5-0 Barnet
January 5, 1991
The Blues’ biggest ever away victory in the FA Cup came in the third round of the 1991 competition at Barnet’s old home – The Underhill Stadium.
Colin Clarke and Warren Aspinall grabbed themselves a goal apiece for Frank Burrows’ men, but it was a hat-trick from Guy Whittingham that really but Barnet to the sword.
Pompey 5-1 Bournemouth
January 26, 1991
Another five-star display, and another hat-trick for Whittingham came just a round later when Bournemouth visited Fratton Park.
Colin Clarke once again got himself on the scoresheet with the opener, before Whittingham stole the headlines by firing four past Harry Redknapp’s side.
That took his tally for the season to a remarkable 16 goals in just 19 games.
A 20-yard effort from substitute Wayne Fereday was as good as it got for the Cherries on a day that belonged to Whittingham and Pompey.