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We've had high scoring games with Fulham too!

We've had high scoring games with Fulham too!
Everyone (old enough) thinks back to the 4-4 draw but not too long before that there had been an even higher scoring game.

First let us remember the infamous 4-4 draw.

The setting
Pompey were having a very good season and approaching Christmas were in the promotion places. The Saturday before the Christmas was the remarkable Oxford United game where Alan Biley scored the winner in 'Santa Time', added on for a pitch invasion by a fan dressed in a red suit. The next two away games produced only a point and coming to the New Years Day game against Fulham, Pompey were desperate to get back to winning ways against a Cottagers side far from pulling up trees in the division.

The weather
The wind was blowing at gale force from the west throughout the game and after heavy rain the pitch was unusually heavy for a Dougie Reid surface. Believe or not I was having coffee with Dougie's granddaughter this morning!!

The teams
Pompey: Knight, Stanley, Tait, Dillon, Blake, Waldron, Doyle, Kennedy, Webb, Biley, Hilaire. Sub. Francis.
Fulham: Stannard, Parker, Carr, Marshall, Hopkins, Lock, Rosenior, Wilson (Barnett), Coney, Hughton, Lewington.

Referee B Stevens (Stonehouse)

Interesting names in the Fulham team included Paul Parker who went on to fame at Manchester United, Leroy Rosenior who has the claim to fame as being the shortest serving manager when sacked by Torquay after 10 minutes in charge and Ray Lewington former manager of Fulham, Brentford and Watford and currently back at Craven Cottage as assistant manager.

The match
Pompey kicked off towards the Milton End - they always did in those days - with the gale at their backs and it soon became obvious how much the weather would affect the game.

Pompey took the lead as early as the 16th minute when goalkeeper Jim Stannard dropped a free kick allowing Malcolm Waldron a simple tap in. It was Waldron's first goal since joining from Southampton. Another goof by the keeper allowed Alan Biley to head Pompey 2-0 up in the 18th minute.

Then came the first unusual event of the game when referee Brian Stevens limped of to be replaced by linesman Carter. Stevens will always be remembered as the man who allowed our 1983 game against Lincoln to finish despite thick fog with the blues leading 4-1. He said the visibility was fine but I could only see the edge of the penalty area from the Fratton End.

The goals continued to flow though when Neil Webb playing as a striker took advantage of a defensive mix up to score direct from an Alan Knight clearance and six minutes before half time Biley added his second when a clearance hit him and ballooned over the hapless Stannard.

Half time Pompey 4 Fulham 0

The second half began with Noel Blake making a hash of a through ball Dean Coney pulled one back. The half wore on with most of the play in the Milton End half of the ground but it was not until the 74th minute that Fulham scored again when a Mick Tait (playing at left back today) error allowed Rosenior to net and then substitute Gary Barnett headed in to make it 4-3.

Pompey fought hard in an attempt to keep their three points but with the crowd screaming for the final whistle Blake lunged at full back Cliff Carr and Kevin Lock knocked home the resultant penalty.

Full Time Pompey 4 Fulham 4

Attendance 17,636

So Pompey let to crucial points slip in a never to be forgotten game for those there. How crucial those points would be was not evident until the end of the season when the blues missed promotion on goal difference!

But there was a higher scoring game between the two sides in my memory and that took place in October 1971 again at Fratton Park. This time with the score 2-1 at half time we were not to know what mayhem would break out in the second half - sound familiar. Goals flowed at either end and Pompey ran out 6-3 winners in front of a 14,172 crowd. Fans of that time might remember the game because Fred Smith the diminutive full back signed from Burnley scored his only goal for the club. Pompey's other goal scorers were Nicky Jennings (2), Ritchie Reynolds, Mike Trebilcock and Eoin Hand.

Later that same season Pompey crashed by the same score at Birmingham City.

My first visit to Craven Cottage was in February 1968 FA Cup fourth round. The score, you guessed it, 0-0!!

Written by eastneydave.

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Date:Friday October 5 2007
Time: 11:35AM


fantastic account of a most amazing game dave - brilliant as always, fellas this is well worth a read...
05/10/2007 11:38:00
ive got the 1984/85 season review book - my old man got it for me when i was younger and the fulham 4-4 match is a page that i often go to first if i look at it, i was fascinated by this review - what makes it all the more special for me is that is has about 20 autographs in it too!
05/10/2007 11:41:00
Yes I have that review too and used it to remind me of certain facts - like the name of the replacement referee!
05/10/2007 12:11:00
Dave, thanks once again for the memories although I shudder at the fact that it was twenty two years ago, (makes me feel really old) I remember the 4-4 draw really well, which as you know is somewhat unusual for me as I struggle to remember me own name most of the time ! We (my bro & I) went up the park with our new brother-in-law an Irish Stoke City fan if ever there was such a thing ! Who at half time delighted in winding us up by telling us in a very logical fashion that if Pompey could score four in the first half then Fulham could do the same in the second. We were having none of it of course and being four nil up and having (I think) three disallowed as well 'we' were talking double figures - Needless to say the inevitable happened exactly as you describe (except I think Lock was a Kevin not a Gary ??).... and we had to endure a long walk back to North End with Irish mutterings of 'wil bouys, I told ya so, so I did'
05/10/2007 12:52:00
Chix - you are right it was Kevin Lock not sure why I typed Gary!! Blake certainly had a goal disallowed and we had a couple of good shout for pens as well.
05/10/2007 13:08:00
Talking of disallowed goals I remember we were playing Birmingham as the Park (Trevor Francis was in the team and only 16 at the time) and we won 1-0. We had five goals disallowed and a friend of mine playing cricket at nearby St James Hospital who I saw later that night thought we had won 6-0!!
05/10/2007 13:11:00
OH MY GOD Lawro's predicting a pompey loss.... wota fakin libertdy.... i not only thought we were going to win , and i have backed my faith up with money
05/10/2007 13:45:00
amendment made fellas...
05/10/2007 13:59:00
what does lawro know, he only thought we would win 2-0 last week :) i too have my money on another pompey win, also got some on papa smurf to score...
05/10/2007 14:00:00
ironically although i am niot a fan of his i put some on Davis, he should have had one last time but did his traditional blast into the stand
05/10/2007 19:14:00
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