Feature by Keith Allman
Updated Tuesday, 14th September 2004
After the Twenties, Pompey began to develop into a force of English football. This was confirmed by the FA Cup win in 1939.1930-1931: Fratton Park returfed. Pompey finish the season 4th in Division One.
1933-1934: Once again, Pompey reach Wembley for an FA Cup Final. Once again, they are defeated - this time, Manchester City leave London with the trophy, after a 2-1 win.
1935-1936: Pompey fail to arrive at Brentford, and the match is postponed.
1939: Pompey reach the FA Cup Final for the third time in a decade, against a much fancied Wolves side containing household names such as Cullis. But in front of 99,370 spectators, it is Portsmouth who win 4-1; Barlow and Anderson scoring in the first half and with a Parker second half double to ensure the cup returns to the city.
Sep-Oct 1939: With the outbreak of war, fixtures are suspended. The FA Cup is stowed away in the basement of the Guildhall until 1945, which allows Pompey fans to this day to lay claim to having held the trophy for the longest period of time.