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March 1-6: The End Of Clothes Rationing Is In Sight As Pompey Beat Villa To stay Top

Wednesday 2:  Pompey's scheduled First Division match at Arsenal on 26th March will have to be re-arranged. The Blues will certainly be in action at Highbury that day - but it will be in the semi-final of the FA Cup against Leicester City! 

From tonight's Evening News. The impatience of these Pompey supporters could well cost them the chance of buying a cup semi-final ticket.

Pompey's players are today taking a well-earned break from football. They have gone to Worthing for a day's golf.

After publication of the findings of the public inquiry into the Bolton disaster, which resulted in 33 football fans being crushed to death, the FA are asking clubs what they are doing to ensure the safety of spectators.

Thursday 3:  Tonight's Evening News helpfully clarifies the location of the Pompey "A" team's new ground. 

Pompey supporters will be sorry to learn that one of the club's directors, Mr Stephen Cribb, is suffering from a rather troublesome ailment and is currently in a Southsea nursing home. 

Mr Stephen Cribb (pic) has been a director of Portsmouth Football Club since 1919, and was chairman in 1945/46. Mr Cribb is a professional photographer of national repute. 

Thursday 4:  Mr Starr of Westbourne suggests there should be a separate enclosure for boys at Fratton Park. 

Pompey will be looking to reinforce their position at the top of the First Division table when they entertain an improving Aston Villa side at Fratton Park tomorrow afternoon (3pm).

Jasper Yeuell has recovered from the foot injury he picked up last week and Pompey will therefore be unchanged. Pompey: Butler, Yeuell, Ferrier, Scoular, Flewin, Dickinson, Harris, Barlow, Clarke, Phillips, Froggatt.

Pompey Reserves go to Southend United tomorrow in the Combination Cup. Pompey Reserves: Humpston, Rookes, Drummond, Elder, Bowler, Thompson, Gordon, Brown, Asher, Beale, Parker. 

Pirelli-General visit the Victory Ground, Wych Lane, to play Portsmouth "A" in Hampshire League Division Two tomorrow.

Hampshire are due to meet London Federation in the National Boys Clubs semi-final at Andover tomorrow. Included in the county side are E Slide, R Pearson, R Jones and B Mansell, all of Hillside Youth Centre, Portsmouth. 

Saturday 5:  An important announcement by British Railways. 

Pompey took another step towards that elusive league and cup "double" when they beat Aston Villa 3-0 at Fratton Park this afternoon. The win keeps them three points clear at the top of the Division One table.

An early strike by Peter Harris was ruled offside, but Pompey took the lead on 35 minutes when Ferrier's free kick came off the crossbar and Len Phillips followed up to head home.

Phillips scored again in the 63rd minute, and what a tremendous goal it was. Collecting a Froggatt throw-in, he spun through 180 degrees and crashed an unstoppable shot into the roof of the net from fully 30 yards. 

Pompey's third and final goal came three minutes from time when Jack Froggatt got his head to Scoular's lob into the goal area. 

Pompey manager Mr Bob Jackson and two directors missed this afternoon's match at Fratton Park. They were at an undisclosed Football League ground running the rule over a player they are keen on singing. Match Summary: Portsmouth 3, Aston Villa 0

A young Pompey Reserves side went down 1-0 at Southend United in a Combination Cup group match this afternoon. Match Summary: Southend United 1, Portsmouth Reserves 0

Goals from Hunt and Wood (2) gave Pompey "A" a 3-2 victory over Pirelli General at Bridgemary this afternoon.

Today's Bury v Plymouth Argyle and Tranmere Rover v Chester matches were both abandoned at half-time because of heavy snow. 

Sunday 6:  Pompey's 3-0 win against Aston Villa brought a "thumbs up" from the sailor in last night's Football Mail. 

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