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April 1-3: Pompey Beat Liverpool And Even Saints Fans Are Right Behind Us

Friday 1:  This huge boiler being transported from Portsmouth dockyard cleared the trolley-bus wires in Twyford Avenue with only inches to spare. 

Pompey will be hoping to put their disappointing FA Cup semi-final defeat behind them when they take on Liverpool in a First Division fixture at Fratton Park tomorrow (3pm). Duggie Reid has been recalled in place of Bert Barlow at inside-right. 

The full Pompey side to face Liverpool tomorrow will be: Butler, Yeuell, Ferrier, Scoular, Flewin, Dickinson, Harris, Reid, Clarke, Phillips, Froggatt. 

Pompey Reserves have a formidable task before them tomorrow when they meet Arsenal Reserves in a Combination Cup game at Highbury. 

The Pompey Reserves team to play Arsenal Reserves at Highbury tomorrow will be: Humpston, Hall, Drummond, Elder, Bowler, Thompson, Parker, Neave, Asher, Pickett, Anderson.

Two friendly matches have been arranged for Pompey's youngsters tomorrow. One side will face will face Gosport Trades Club at Bridgemary, the other will take on St John's College at Paulsgrove. 

Saturday 2:  An injury to Jasper Yeuell has forced Pompey into making a late change to the side that will face Liverpool at Fratton Park this afternoon. Bill Hindmarsh will now occupy the right-back berth. 

Pompey are a step closer to the Division One title after beating Liverpool 3-2 in front of a crowd of 35,013 at Fratton Park this afternoon, but they had to survive the scare of seeing their 3-0 lead trimmed by the visitors. 

Pompey started strongly, showing no signs of a hangover from their shock exit from the FA Cup last week. They took the lead after 22 minutes with a glancing header from Ike Clarke. 

Within three minutes Peter Harris doubled Pompey's lead, beating goalkeeper Sidlow to the ball and forcing it home.

Liverpool looked a well-beaten side when Len Phillips made it 3-0 with a brilliant left-foot shot three minutes after the interval. 

Liverpool pulled a goal back through Stubbins in the 55th minute, and shocked the Fratton Park crowd when Bob Paisley added a second for the visitors just three minutes later. 

For a while Pompey were rocked back on their heels, but they hung on to claim another two vital points in their pursuit of league glory in their golden jubilee season. Match Summary: Portsmouth 3, Liverpool 2

Tonight Pompey lead the First Division with 48 points from 33 matches. Newcastle are second with 45 points from 34 matches. Derby County are third with 40 points from 33 matches, and Charlton are fourth with 40 points from 35 matches.

Pompey's next match is a crucial top of the table clash at Newcastle on Wednesday. 

A young Pompey Reserves side went down 5-1 at Highbury this afternoon against Arsenal Reserves. Cliff Parker scored the Pompey goal from the penalty spot. Match Summary: Arsenal Reserves 5, Portsmouth Reserves 1

Sunday 3:  It was a tighter finish than it should have been but the points were Pompey's. Last night's Football Mail told the story of the Blues' vital win against Liverpool at Fratton Park.

The Saints and their supporters are right behind Pompey, according to this letter in last night's Evening News. 

A man has been arrested following an incident on the pitch at the end of yesterday's Pompey v Liverpool match at Fratton Park, when the visitors' goalkeeper appeared to be attacked.

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