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On this day in history...28th September

On this day in history...28th September



A look back at this day in history, and what was happening with Pompey courtesy of our sister site PompeyRama.

Tue 28 Sep 2010
Championship Bristol City H 3-1
Utaka, Mokena, Mullins
Att:14,417
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Sun 28 Sep 2008
PL Tottenham Hotspur H 2-0
Defoe p, Crouch
Att:20,352
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Sat 28 Sep 2002
Div 1 Bradford City H 3-0
Quashie 2, Pericard
Att:18,459
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Fri 28 Sep 2001
Div 1 Barnsley A 4-1
Vincent, Crouch, Bradbury 2 (1p)
Att:11,660
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Sat 28 Sep 1996
Div 1 Oxford Utd A 0-2
Att:7,626
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Wed 28 Sep 1994
Div 1 West Bromwich Albion A 2-0
Pethick, Hall
Att:13,545
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Sat 28 Sep 1991
Div 2 Bristol City A 2-0
Beresford 2 (1p)
Att:9,830
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Sat 28 Sep 1985
Div 2 Blackburn Rovers H 3-0
Channon, Hilaire, O'Callaghan
Att:16,870
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Tue 28 Sep 1982
Div 2 Millwall H 2-0
Rafferty, Biley
Att:7,615
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Wed 28 Sep 1977
Div 3 Oxford Utd A 0-0
Att:7,769
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Sat 28 Sep 1974
Div 2 York City A 0-3
Att:6,177
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Sat 28 Sep 1968
Div 2 Crystal Palace H 3-3
Tindall, Harris, Hiron
Att:18,998
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Wed 28 Sep 1966
Div 2 Hull City A 0-2
Att:35,929
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Sat 28 Sep 1963
Div 2 Southampton H 2-0
Saunders, Lewis
Att:29,459
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Sat 28 Sep 1957
Div 1 Bolton A 0-1
Att:13,184
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Sat 28 Sep 1946
Div 1 Wolves A 1-3
Reid
Att:40,243
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So no birthdays today but a very good day in history for Pompey. I took a look back and decided that it has to be 1963 for Match of the Day and my first experience of a derby game. Now this is where it is over to my memory and it was forty eight years ago.

It was a bright sunny late September afternoon when I took my place on the Milton End. The ground was packed with the Pompey kicking off towards the Milton goal. Ron Saunders and Brian Lewis put Pompey 2-0 up very early in the game - twenty minutes or so - but in trying to prevent the second goal visiting keeper Ron Reynolds dislocated his shoulder. It was in fact an injury that would end his career.

Unfortunately for Southampton that was the final season without substitutes and it meant wing half Cliff Huxford had to go in goal and they were down to ten men. Pompey pressed forward but could not add to their tally in the hour that remained but the crowd were more than happy with the win and the two points - it was their first home league win of the season at the fifth attempt. Memory tells me that Huxford did make couple of good saves too.

A few other facts that come to mind - Saunders would score thirty three league goals that season his last before he was sold to Watford the following August. Ron Reynolds the unfortunate keeper was one of the first professional footballers to have worn contact lenses.
That game made left back Roy Lunniss a Pompey hero after the rough treatment he dealt out on England winger Terry Paine.

The next Fratton Park league win over our rivals was a long way away - March 2004 - in fact it was the only league win in a seventy eight year period stretching back to 1926! So perhaps deservedly it is the Vital Pompey game of the game.

On the strange side it is also a day when five players who had or would play for Southampton scored for Pompey - Mike Channon, John Beresford, Peter Crouch, Vincent Pericard and Nigel Quashie.

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Writer:eastneydave
Date:Wednesday September 28 2011
Time: 8:00AM

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Great read Dave. Scary how bad our record against the scum is!!! My first home game here was 1985 against Blackburn, a team that we battled against a lot in the mid 80s for promotion. The Spurs connection is very ironic in that win in 2008 when everything seemed so perfect & yet the bubble would burst within the month. The 3-0 win over Bradford in 2002 kept us on top of the championship. So 3 home games for me, 3 wins, scored 8 & conceded none. A rare stat.
storagematt
28/09/2011 12:21:00
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Great read Dave. Scary how bad our record against the scum is!!! My first home game here was 1985 against Blackburn, a team that we battled against a lot in the mid 80s for promotion. The Spurs connection is very ironic in that win in 2008 when everything seemed so perfect & yet the bubble would burst within the month. The 3-0 win over Bradford in 2002 kept us on top of the championship. So 3 home games for me, 3 wins, scored 8 & conceded none. A rare stat.
storagematt
28/09/2011 12:21:00
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