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February 1-6: More Noise Is Called For At Fratton As Pompey Beat Man City

Tuesday 4:  "Ardent Pompeyite" wants more noise at Fratton Park, according to Ranger in today's Evening News. 

Pompey are the only Division One club unbeaten on their own ground this season. In fact they have not lost at Fratton Park for 13 months, and they will be looking to extend that record when they face Manchester City tomorrow.

Pompey right-back Phil Rookes has now returned to training following his ankle injury, but Jasper Yeuell will keep his place in the line-up for tomorrow's match against Manchester City. 

Pompey's team to face Manchester City at Fratton Park tomorrow will be: Butler, Yeuell, Ferrier, Scoular, Flewin, Dickinson, Harris, Barlow, Clarke, Phillips, Froggatt.

With the hours of daylight lengthening, the Pompey v Manchester City match at Fratton Park tomorrow will kick off at 3pm. However, next week's FA Cup tie against Huddersfield Town or Newport County will kick off at 2.30pm to allow for extra time.

Manchester City will include Andy Black in their team when they visit Fratton Park tomorrow. The inside-forward was a great Pompey favourite when he guested for the club whilst stationed at Hilsea during the war years.

Pompey Reserves will play Charlton Athletic Reserves in the Combination Cup at The Valley tomorrow. Bennett, the winger signed from Wolves last summer, will make his first appearance in a Pompey shirt having been released from his national service. 

The Pompey "A" team have a Hampshire League match away at Romsey Town tomorrow. Team: Aslett, Hall, Butler, McDonald, Field, Duggins, Wood, Beale, Asher, Henderson, Evans. 

Five Portsmouth schoolboys are included in the Hampshire team to play Dorset in the schools inter-county match at Cowes tomorrow. The lads are: Bradshaw, Edwards, Abery, Lennon and Wilkinson.

Saturday 5:  Pompey made it five straight wins in league and cup when they beat Manchester City 3-1 in their Division One fixture at Fratton Park this afternoon, but they had to come from behind and overcome some solid defending in order to take both points. 

City shocked the Fratton crowd by taking the lead after three minutes when Smith headed past Ernie Butler. Pompey looked for an early reply but City's robust approach kept them at bay until the interval. 

City were reduced to 10 men after the break when outside-left Clarke went off with a broken toe, but still Pompey couldn't find a way through. 

Twenty minutes from time the Fratton crowd struck up the Pompey Chimes - and how their side responded! Ike Clarke put Pompey level with a brilliant overhead kick.

Peter Harris gave Pompey the lead in the 77th minute, pouncing on a loose ball and crashing it into the net after City's keeper, Frank Swift, had parried an effort from Froggatt.

Pompey made sure of the points two minutes from the end. Clarke was again the scorer and it was the best goal of the match. Harris showed Westwood a clean pair of heels, cut in from the right and squared a pass for Clarke to rifle home first time. 

The attendance at Fratton Park this afternoon was 34,949. Match Summary: Portsmouth 3, Manchester City 1

There was a thrilling game at The Valley this afternoon. Pompey Reserves drew 3-3 with Charlton Athletic Reserves in the Combination Cup. Bowler and Reid (2) scored the Pompey goals.  Match Summary: Charlton Athletic Reserves 3, Portsmouth Reserves 3

Pompey "A" won 3-1 in their Hampshire League match at Romsey Town this afternoon.

Newport County produced a major FA Cup shock by beating Huddersfield Town 3-1 in their fourth-round replay at Leeds Road this afternoon. The Division Three (South) side will now visit Pompey in the fifth round next Saturday.

"CHIMES WORKED SPELL" - Tonight's Football Mail brings us all the details of Pompey's victory over Manchester City at Fratton Park this afternoon. 

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