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November 1-7: Pompey In Profit But Lose at Liverpool

Monday 1: Portsmouth have announced a net profit of £12,361 18s 10d for the year ended 31st May 1948. 

The Portsmouth accounts show that total income for the year ended 31st May 1948 was £74,435, up from £67,362 the previous year. 

Players wages for the year ended 31st May 1948 totalled £17,364, up from £12,197 last year. 

Trainers' and groundsmen's wages rose from £1,665 to £2,535 during the year ended 31st May 1948, according to the Portsmouth accounts published today. 

Manager's, secretary's and office salaries, telephones and postages fell from £3,944 to £2,303, although the previous year's figure included an ex gratia payment of £2,000 made to the former manager Mr Jack Tinn. 

Hotel and travelling expenses jumped from £4,897 to £7,547 during the year ended 31st May 1948. 

Net transfer fees cost £8,150, as against £2,950.

Gate receipts from league matches totalled £46,878 for the year ended 31st May 1948, compared to £45, 059 the previous year. £6,317 had to be paid to other clubs as their share of gate receipts. 

Gate receipts from Football Combination matches dropped from £5,361 to £4,600 in the year ended 31st May 1948.

Friday 5: Second in the table Pompey take on Liverpool at Anfield tomorrow (2.45pm). The Pompey team is expected to be: Butler, Rookes, Ferrier, Scoular, Flewin, Dickinson, Harris, Phillips, Reid, Barlow, Froggatt. 

Now the clocks have gone back the Portsmouth Reserves v Fulham Reserves fixture at Fratton Park tomorrow will kick off at 2.45pm. Pompey Reserves: Humpston, Hindmarsh, Yeuell, Neave, Bowler, Thompson, Brown, Delapenha, Clarke, Elder, Parker. 

Portsmouth "A" take on East Cowes Vics in a Hampshire League match at the Warings Ground, Portchester, tomorrow. Pompey "A": Aslett, Spence, Field, Edwards, Duggins, McDonald, Gordon, Beale, Asher, Lawler, Evans. 

Jimmy Guthrie, Pompey's FA Cup-winning captain in 1939 has been re-appointed as paid Chairman and Organizer of the Players' Union for another year. The strength of the Union is said to be 2,460. 

Saturday 6: Pompey made it three matches without a win when they were beaten 3-1 at Liverpool this afternoon. Despite a spirited second-half performance they were unable to recover from conceding two early goals, and leave Anfield empty-handed. 

Liverpool went ahead after just eight minutes. Butler had to punch away a lob into the goal area. The ball dropped to Liddell who headed it back into the net from fully 18 yards.

In the 11th minute Reid was knocked out when he collided with a low wall surrounding the pitch, but the big Scotsman was able to continue after he was revived by trainer Jimmy Easson with the aid of smelling salts and a cold sponge. 

Liverpool goalkeeper Sidlow had plenty to do, but it was the hosts who went further ahead after 18 minutes. The ball was flicked inside by Liddell after he had made ground down the left, and it fell beautifully for Balmer to tap it past Butler.

For a while Pompey were at sixes and sevens, but they reduced the arrears after 33 minutes. Harris made a brilliant run down the right before cutting inside and placing a fine shot wide of Sidlow. 

Pompey were now into their stride, and efforts by Reid and Barlow both went close to putting them on level terms at the interval. 

An edge crept into the game in the second-half, and Scoular was soon at odds with two Liverpool men who tried to “sandwich” him. Pompey continued to look the side most likely to score again, but hesitancy in front of goal let them down.

In the 77th minute Pompey paid a heavy price for their wastefulness when Done restored Liverpool’s two goal advantage, finishing off some good work by Payne. 

It may be too soon to start writing-off Pompey’s Championship chances in their Jubilee season, but they will no doubt be anxious to end their three-match lean spell when they entertain Blackpool at Fratton Park next week. 

The match programme (above) from the Liverpool v Portsmouth match at Anfield this afternoon. Liverpool won 3-1 before a crowd of 43,665.  

Match Summary: Liverpool 3, Portsmouth 1

Portsmouth Reserves gained sweet revenge for their defeat at Fulham last week with a scintillating 4-1 victory against the Cottagers at Fratton Park this afternoon. Veteran outside-left Cliff Parker (right) scored all four Pompey goals, including a penalty. 

Match Summary: Portsmouth Reserves 4, Fulham Reserves 1

Poor Finishing Costs Pompey Points.  Parker Cracks In Four For Reserves. Derby Striding Out Ahead.

It's all in tonight's Football Mail.

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