The Cross Word: There was an FA Cup before Sol lifted it up

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Remember the FA Cup before 2008? It seems a lot of Pompey fans have trouble doing that.

The glory of victory at Wembley seven years ago, has seen many previous successes in the famous, old competition left in the shade.

Remember the FA Cup before 2008? It seems a lot of Pompey fans have trouble doing that...

Well, not anymore. As Pompey go looking for their first win in the competition in eight attempts against Macclesfield on Saturday we recall some memorable FA Cup occasions – and remind the modern generation there was a competition before Sol went up to lift the FA Cup...

January 2, 1999

Nottingham Forest 0 Pompey 1 (Claridge)

A campaign highlight as Pompey go into administration later the same month.

The scalp of Premier League Forest is taken at the City Ground as Steve Claridge gets the only goal of the game to send Alan Ball’s boys into a fourth-round meeting with Leeds.

February 15, 1997

Leeds 2 Pompey 3 (McLoughlin, Svensson, Bradbury)

Pompey conga their way into the quarter-finals as top-flight Leeds are turned over at Elland Road.

Fitzroy Simpson misses a spot-kick, too, as a Leeds side containing the likes of Lee Bowyer, Ian Rush and Rod Wallace are second best.

January 8, 1994

Blackburn 3 Pompey 3 (McLoughlin 3)

Alan McLoughlin stuns the Premier League big spenders with just 20 seconds remaining as he completes the first hat-trick of his career.

Alan Shearer gets a meat pie in his chops after celebrating his goal in front of away fans.

February 16, 1991

Pompey 1 (Chamberlain) Spurs 2

The 26,049 who were at Fratton Park for the fifth-round clash can say they witnessed Paul Gascoigne in his majestic pomp.

Gazza runs the show the season after the World Cup in Italy.

His two goals and masterclass mean Mark Chamberlain’s opener comes to nothing.

January 20, 1988

Pompey 3 (Blake, Quinn, Connor) Bradford City 0

Mick Kennedy is sold to Bradford to pay debts and returns a month later in the Bantams’ colours – a sad sight for many Pompey fans.

Kennedy can do little to stop Alan Ball’s side cruising to the quarter-finals for the first time since 1952.

January 9, 1980

Pompey 1 (Brisley) Boro 1

Basement-division Pompey take on top-flight Boro and pull the game level through Terry Brisley.

That was after he hit the crossbar in the first half.

The linesman then rules out Jeff Hemmerman’s goal at the death for Frank Burrows’ gutsy side.

January 23, 1971

Pompey 1 (Trebilcock) Arsenal 1

A famous result as the Division One title chasers are held by Ron Tindall’s men in front of 39,659 at Fratton Park.

Mike Trebilcock gets the leveller at the death to cancel out Peter Storey’s opener.

Gutsy Pompey give the Gunners a huge fright before losing the replay 3-2 to a goal six minutes from time. Bertie Mee’s side go on to complete the double.

January 30, 1968

Pompey 1 (Trebilcock) Fulham 0.

Pompey go to Craven Cottage and bring Division One team Fulham back to Fratton Park with a 0-0 draw.

A crowd of 44,050 – the biggest at home in 16 years – see the return.

And the majority of the fans watching on are left celebrating Mike Trebilcock’s winner, which puts Pompey in the fifth round for the first time in nine years.