Portsmouth's finest home winning streak for 33 years - but still Alan Ball reigns supreme

Fratton Park is basking in its greatest winning streak for 33 years.

Wednesday, 26th February 2020, 5:00 pm

But Kenny Jackett’s men still have a sizeable distance to travel before emulating Alan Ball’s remarkable haul of 16 consecutive home victories.

Tuesday night’s 3-1 success over MK Dons lifted the Blues into League One’s fifth spot .

In the process, they have now registered nine successive wins in all competitions at Fratton Park.

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It’s a run stretching back to December 21, with a 1-0 triumph over Ipswich, and now consists of six league matches, two Leasing.com Trophy games and one FA Cup fixture.

Not since Ball’s Division Two promotion-winning side of 1986-87 has a Pompey side enjoyed such a sustained period of success on home territory.

The previous best since then was recorded during the 1992-93 campaign, when Jim Smith’s side lost in the Division Two play-offs.

From March 3 to May 8, 1993, the Blues rolled off eight-straight wins at Fratton Park, all arriving in league action during a blistering end to the season.

Marcus Harness celebrates with Ronan Curtis as Pompey registered a ninth consecutive Fratton Park triumph on Tuesday night. Picture: Joe Pepler

However, it was brought to a halt in the second leg of the play-off semi-final against Leicester, with a 2-2 draw.

Harry Redknapp’s team which reached the Premier League through promotion in 2002-03 also established a Fratton fortress.

From the opening day of the campaign against Nottingham Forest, they recorded seven successive triumphs, with six in Division One.

That spell was ended on October 1, following a 3-1 home defeat to Wimbledon.

During Jackett’s first season at the Blues helm in 2017-18, he wracked up six-straight Fratton Park victories.

From November 18, 2017 until December 20, 2017, his team won five times in League One, plus a Checkatrade Trophy tie with Northampton.

Of course, nothing comes close to Ball’s feat.

The Blues won 16 consecutive matches at Fratton Park from September 13, 1986 until February 28, 1987.

That included 14 in Division Two action alone, with further success in the Littlewoods Cup against Wrexham and Blackburn in the FA Cup.

Jackett’s current crop have the opportunity to reach double figures when Rochdale visit of Friday.

If so, they will still be six victories adrift of Ball’s outstanding team.