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As with every football club currently playing professional football in England, Portsmouth odds have increased in popularity in betting circles over recent years. Currently playing in League One, Portsmouth betting odds can be difficult to judge because of the division’s well deserved reputation for being an unpredictable league. Teams challenging to get promoted one season can be struggling against relegation the next and as such Portsmouth relegation odds can be just as commonly bet on as odds on Portsmouth to get promoted.

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History

Portsmouth are a professional football club located in the city of Portsmouth in the county of Hampshire. The club have spent at least one season in all four of the top English divisions, winning the top flight twice. Portsmouth currently play in the third tier of English football, League One.

The history of Portsmouth Football Club begins in 1898. The owner of the local brewery John Brickwood became chairman of the club, and a year later Portsmouth joined the Southern League. In 1900, the club also entered the Western League, with a Portsmouth side playing in both division until 1909.

The club became founding members of the Football League Third Division in 1920, and success soon followed. Winning the Third Division South title in the 1923/1924 season, Portsmouth were rewarded with a place in the Second Division. 

The club continued to improve, and in the 1926/1927 campaign Portsmouth earned promotion again. A second place finish in the Second Division saw the club promoted to the First Division for the first time in Portsmouth history.

Initially, Portsmouth struggled in the top flight, finishing in 20th place in the first two seasons. However, the club enjoyed an excellent FA Cup run in the 1928/1929 season, reaching the Final, only to be beaten by Bolton Wanderers.

Following this runners-up position in the Cup, the club’s league form began to improve. A series of mid table finishes followed, and Portsmouth reached another FA Cup Final, though again the club were beaten, this time by Manchester City in the 1934 FA Cup.

The club finally got their hands on the FA Cup in the 1938/1939 season. Facing Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Final, Portsmouth won the game convincingly 4-1 to lift the cup for the first time in the club’s history. The following season, the Football League was postponed due to the outbreak of the Second World War, meaning that Portsmouth are inadvertently the club who has held the FA Cup for the longest uninterrupted time.

The years after the Football League schedule recommenced was one of the most successful eras in Portsmouth history. In the 1948/1949 season, the club won the First Division title. The season after, Portsmouth successfully defended their First Division champions status, and currently stand as one of only five teams who have won back-to-back top tier titles since the end of the Second World War.

After their title wins, the club began to falter. Over the next nine seasons, Portsmouth finished in the bottom half of the table on five occasions, and finally lost their First Division place in the 1958/1959 campaign finishing in 22nd place.

Worse was to follow for Portsmouth Football Club. In the 1960/1961 season, the club became the first former First Division title winners to be relegated to the Third Division. However, the club won an instant return to the second tier, winning the Third Division title.

The club spent the next 14 seasons playing Second Division football. Most of Portsmouth’s time in the second tier was spent trying to avoid relegation, a fight the club ultimately lost in the 1975/1976 campaign. Serious financial problems had hit the club, resulting in the sale of some of the club’s best players and with no money to buy adequate replacements, Portsmouth struggled.

Again, worse was to follow for Portsmouth and the club suffered a further relegation two seasons later. This resulted in the club playing in the Fourth Division for the first time in Portsmouth history.

Two seasons after the club’s relegation, though, and Portsmouth earned promotion. The 1979/1980 season saw fourth place enough to regain their third tier status, and only eight years later Portsmouth were back in the First Division. A runner up position in the 1986/1987 campaign earned the club promotion, but their time back in the top flight was short lived. After just one season in the First Division, Portsmouth were relegated once again.

Portsmouth spent 15 years in the Second Division, which became known as Division One in 1992. The introduction of the Premier League in 1992 saw the Football League divisions renamed - as such the Second Division became Division One, the Third Division Division Two and the Fourth Division Division Three.

The club came close to a Premier League place in the 1992/1993 season. After qualifying for the playoffs, Portsmouth came up against Leicester City in the semi final, but were defeated 3-2 on aggregate. Instead, the club had to wait until the 2002/2003 season to regain their top flight status, winning the Division One title in the process.

The club struggled initially in their first few years of Premier League football, with three lower table finishes. Portsmouth then enjoyed finishes in the top half of the table for two successive seasons. In the 2007/2008 campaign, the club won the FA Cup. Facing Cardiff City in the Final, Portsmouth won 1-0 to win the Cup and also qualify for the UEFA Cup, the first time in Portsmouth history the club had entered a European competition.

Financial problems, which had hit the club previously, had started to take their toll after the FA Cup win. Portsmouth had undergone numerous changes in ownership, which led to the club being issued a winding up petition. With liquidation looming, the then Portsmouth owner Balram Chainrai entered the club into administration, and the nine point penalty imposed upon the club confirmed Portsmouth’s relegation from the Premier League in 2010.

After one season in the newly named Championship (in 2004 the Football League divisions were again rebranded, with Division One becoming the Championship, Division Two League One and Division Three League Two) the club suffered two consecutive relegations. A 22nd place finish in the 2011/2012 seasons and finishing bottom of League One the following season, the club started the 2013/2014 campaign in League Two. 

Their spell in League Two was uneventful, with the side spending three seasons in the bottom half of the table. However, that all changed in the 16/17 season when Portsmouth stormed to the League Two title and with it earned a place back in the third tier.

Crest

The official Portsmouth crest features a gold crescent and a gold star set inside a blue shield shape. This crest underwent a series of slight alterations during Portsmouth’s crest history. 

In the 1980’s, the Portsmouth football badge was changed. This new Portsmouth badge featured an anchor and a sword, representing the navy and the army, with an image of a football located above.

The original Portsmouth football crest was then brought back, before being replaced by the city of Portsmouth’s coat of arms. This design lasted for just four years, before the original crest was once again reinstated.

In 2018, two new Portsmouth badges were unveiled. The first, used predominantly on the team's shirts, features the club shield, with the second showing the shield encased in a circle, with the club name around it. 

Colours

The current Portsmouth colours feature a dark blue shirt, worn with white shorts and red socks. These Portsmouth kit colours have been worn since consistently since the 1976/1977 season, save for their 2008/2009 campaign when the Portsmouth players wore an all blue strip with a gold trim.

The first Portsmouth kit featured a ‘salmon’ pink shirt, worn with white shorts and black socks. These Portsmouth kit colours were worn until 1909.

From 1909 to 1912, the Portsmouth colours consisted of a white shirt, worn with dark blue shorts and dark blue socks, after which blue shirts became the staple shirt colour for Portsmouth Football Club.

From 1912 to 1947, the Portsmouth kit consisted of blue shirts, worn with white shorts and black socks. 1947 saw the introduction of red socks, which were worn with the same Portsmouth kit colours. The socks alternated between red, blue and white, until 1976 since when blue shirts white shorts and red socks have become the staple Portsmouth Football Club colours.

Portsmouth Stadium

The Portsmouth stadium is called Fratton Park. Fratton Park has been home to Portsmouth Football Club since the club were formed in 1898. The Portsmouth stadium capacity currently stands at 21,100, making it one of the largest stadiums in the Football League.

The Portsmouth stadium layout features four main all seater stands. These are the Fratton End, which underwent reconstruction in 2007, the North Stand and the South Stand, which are both two-tiered stands, and the Milton End. The Milton End is the smallest stand at Fratton Park, and is usually taken up by away fans.

There have been a variety of Portsmouth stadium reconstruction over recent years, and plans to move to a new stadium, though financial worries at the club has put these plans on hold.

Supporters

The majority of Portsmouth supporters hail from the city of Portsmouth and other parts of the county of Hampshire. There are a variety of Portsmouth supporters clubs up and down the country, including the Pompey Supporters’ Trust, who have become the majority shareholders of Portsmouth Football Club.

Portsmouth supporters enjoy a rivalry with neighbours Southampton. There have been few meetings between the two during the club’s history, with most seasons spent in separate divisions, yet Southampton remain Portsmouth’s biggest rival. When the two club’s meet, the occasion is known as the South Coast derby.

Portsmouth supporters also have a rivalry with Plymouth Argyle. When these two clubs meet, they take part in what is known as the Dockyard derby, or the Battle of the Ports.

The most famous Portsmouth supporters song is Play Up Pompey, regularly sung at grounds home and away.

Ownership

The current Portsmouth owners is The Tornante Company. Owned by Michael Eisner, The Tornante Company bought out previous owners the Pompey Supporters Trust in 2017. The PST were formed in 2009 following the serious financial problems Portsmouth Football Club were experiencing at that time that almost cost them their existence.

In 2012, the PST came to an agreement with the Portsmouth administrators to purchase the football club. The takeover finally went through in 2013, with the Pompey Supporter’s Trust making the club debt free in 2014.

Stats

The list of Portsmouth stats begin with the club’s all time leading appearance maker. That honour goes to Jimmy Dickenson. Dickenson made an incredible 834 appearances for Portsmouth between 1946 and 1965.

Dickenson also holds the record for most appearances made at international level whilst playing his club football at Portsmouth, playing 48 times for England during his Portsmouth career.

The club’s all time leading goalscorer is Peter Harris. Harris scored 211 goals for Portsmouth between 11946 and 1960. Harris is also the club’s leading league goalscorer, with 194 of his goals coming in the Football League.

Guy Whittingham holds the Portsmouth record for scoring the most goals in a single season. Whittingham scored 42 goals for the club in the 1992/1993 campaign.

Portsmouth’s all time record transfer signing is Peter Crouch. Crouch cost the club a fee of £11 million from Liverpool in 2008. The highest transfer fee Portsmouth have ever received for a player is £18 million, a fee paid by Real Madrid for Lassana Diarra.

Portsmouth’s record win is 9-1. The club beat Notts County by this scoreline in the Second Division in 1927. Portsmouth’s record loss is 10-0, with Leicester City inflicting this defeat on the club in the First Division in 1928.

The club’s all time record attendance is 51,385, an attendance figure reached in 1949 for Portsmouth v Derby County in the FA Cup.

Portsmouth Players

The current Portsmouth players list consists of 27 members of the first team squad, supported by the Portsmouth FC Reserves and Academy squads.

The current Portsmouth player of the year is Matt Clarke. Since 1968, four Portsmouth players have won this award twice. Those players are Noel Blake (1986 and 1987); Alan Knight (1995 and 1996); Steve Claridge (1999 and 2000); and David James (2007 and 2008).

Notable ex Portsmouth players include the 39 players who have been inducted into the Portsmouth Hall of Fame. These include Linvoy Primus, Paul Walsh, Norman Piper, Ron Saunders, Kit Symons, Nicky Jennings and Harry Harris.

Portsmouth Manager

The current Portsmouth manager is Kenny Jackett. Jackett took over the Portsmouth managerial reins in June 2017, replacing Paul Cook.

In terms of matches managed, the club’s longest serving manager is Jack Tinn. Tinn managed the club for 586 matches between 1927 and 1947.

In terms of win percentage, the most successful Portsmouth manager is the club’s first ever manager Frank Brettell. Brettell managed the club 88 times, winning 56 of those games, giving Brettell a win percentage of 63.64.

Nine men in Portsmouth manager history have taken charge of over 200 games. These are Harry Redknapp, Alan Ball, George Smith, Eddie Lever, Bob Jackson, Jack Tinn, John McCartney, Robert Brown and Richard Bonney.

Honours

The Portsmouth Football Club honours list consists of two top tier titles (1948/1949 and 1949/1950); one second tier title (2002/2003); three third tier titles (1923/1924, 1961/1962 and 1982/1983); one fourth tier title (2016/2017); two FA Cup wins (1939 and 2008); and one FA Charity Shield (1949).

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