Revealed: Are fans going to see the return of Portsmouth's famous pub?

Supporters are dreaming of the return of the Pompey pub with work to restore original features being carried out at Fratton Park.

Friday, 5th June 2020, 5:00 pm

And The News understands that could one day be a reality as part of the Eisners’ vision to rejuvenate the Blues’ home.

Work has been carried out on the exterior of what was the famous public house to bring its mosaic tiling to the fore once again.

Modern branding has been stripped away to restore the one-time Brickwoods pub to its former glory.

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Work is also being carried out to the interior of the building, which now hosts the clubs offices.

The plan is for the space to one day be able to converted to a pub and made available to supporters.

That would be dependent on Pompey being given the green light to continue the phased redevelopment of Fratton Park.

The key would be the extension of the North Stand further down the line, which would then house the club’s new offices.

The Pompey in 1983

That would then pave the way for the Pompey pub to one day open its doors to supporters once again.

The pub was built at the turn of the 20th century by Portsmouth architect Arthur Cogswell and served its last pint in 1988.

In that time it was the site of many famous celebrations in the club’s history.

One of the most prominent in the modern era was after Alan Ball’s Gremlin’s took Pompey back to the English top flight after a 28-year absence in 1987.

Oldham’s mid-week defeat to Shrewsbury meant Ball’s side were up without kicking a ball - leading to memorable scenes at the pub over the following days.

Brickwoods was the largest brewery across the Portsmouth area until 1983 and the buildings which once housed their pubs are still prominent across the city.