125 Anniversary Programme

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125th Anniversary Calendar

Timeline of events to celebrate milestone year of Portsmouth Football Club


In April 2023, Portsmouth Football Club celebrated its 125th anniversary.

To coordinate and plan the celebrations, the club teamed up with key stakeholders to mark this special occasion.

The 125 committee is chaired by Colin Farmery, who also leads Pompey History Society, and includes representatives from the club, Pompey Supporters' Trust, Pompey in the Community, the Tony Goodall Fans’ Conference, Pompey Women and other key personnel, such as former players, represented by Alan Knight, and the University of Portsmouth.

Overview of 125th anniversary events so far


February 24: The Official History of Pompey Cards & Stickers curated into a book

March 29: 'Champions Wall' unveiled in North Stand

March 30: Launch of 1978, 1987 and 1991 retro replica Pompey shirts

April 1: 125th birthday game including a parade of former players at half-time

April 1: 125 merchandise available to buy in club store, from mugs and scarves to limited edition watches and glassware

April 10: Founders’ Day game

April 23: Ten years of community ownership celebrated with a pre-match show produced by students from University of Portsmouth

May 15: Creative writers in residence start roles for the 2023/24 season

June 5: Pompey Women brought under Tornante Ownership

July 10: 125 Pompey Lottery Scheme launched

August 1: Renovation of the Milton End at Fratton Park

August 4: 125 anniversary salmon pink kit launched

August 5: 125 historic programme cover series begins

September 12: 125 historical friendly against Royal Artillery

September 23: Unveiling of Jimmy Dickinson statue

October 3: Launch of Portsmouth FC 125 history book

Still to come...

November 11: Remembrance Day Fixture – saluting the armed forces

November 25: Inclusion Day fixture – celebrating Pompey's inclusion teams and the story of Lindy Delapenha, who made his debut against Blackpool in 1948

December 10: Portsmouth FC 125th anniversary concert by the Portsmouth Philharmonic in aid of Pompey in the Community


The Great Pompey 125 Quiz Night in the Victory Lounge

Creative writing workshops at the Portsmouth Literary Festival

125 photography exhibition at the Ravelin Sports Centre, University of Portsmouth. Curated by Pete Blackman

Fratton First! Celebrating Pompey's first ever league game at Fratton Park against Reading

Relaunch of the Hall of Fame dinner

Former players' day Event

Twice Champions of England – Celebrating the 75th anniversary of Pompey's first title win

Celebrating Pompey Women – fixture at Fratton Park