Portsmouth officially eclipse Millwall and Southampton to set another Wembley attendance record after surpassing 50,000 ticket landmark

It’s official – Pompey have set the record to become the biggest single fanbase present for a domestic fixture at new Wembley as a neutral venue.

Sunday, 8th March 2020, 1:32 pm
Updated Sunday, 8th March 2020, 1:52 pm

More than 50,000 tickets have now been snapped up for the Blues’ the Leasing.com Trophy final against Salford on Sunday, April 5.

After going on general sale on Friday, the Fratton faithful have eagerly continued to secure their seats.

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According to the Lions’ official website, 49,661 fans were present for Kenny Jackett’s side’s 3-2 defeat.

Other reports claim Southampton presently own the record, following their March 2010 clash with Carlisle in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final.

On that occasion, 44,000 Southampton seats were sold, although there were objections when further tickets were not made available.

Pompey fans at Wembley last season. Picture: Joe Pepler

There’s unlikely to be anything stopping the FA giving the green light for more tickets to be given to boost the growing show of force at the national stadium.

Salford have taken a 3,000 allocation for the final and segregation will have to be considered, but that is not expected to provide an obstacle to Pompey boosting their number.

Pompey sold around 42,000 seats for last season’s Checkatrade Trophy final against Sunderland, which they claimed on penalties following a 2-2 draw after extra-time.

The Blues still also hold the record for new Wembley’s largest football crowd since its reopening 13 years ago.

There were 89,874 present when Harry Redknapp’s side beat Cardiff City 1-0 in the 2008 FA Cup final.