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January 23-31: Pompey Canter To The Fifth Round Of The Cup And Will Play United

Monday 23:  Len Phillips will miss some of Pompey's training sessions this week. When the inside-left returned to the dressing room after the match against Huddersfield on Saturday he was handed a telegram informing him that his mother had died in London. 

Wednesday 25:  Pompey’s players have been enjoying a round of golf at Hurstpierrepoint today, ahead of their FA Cup meeting with Grimsby Town at Fratton Park on Saturday.

Grimsby Town have returned a number of stand tickets for Saturday's FA Cup tie. Pompey will be making an announcement tomorrow about the sale of these tickets.

Queens Park Rangers Reserves 5, Portsmouth Reserves 0 (Mid Week League)

Thursday 26:  Grimsby Town (pic), Pompey's opponents in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Saturday, arrived at their Southsea hotel this afternoon. This evening Pompey sold the 250 stand tickets returned by Grimsby in just 10 minutes. 

Friday 27:  Pompey have a clean bill of health and for tomorrow's big FA Cup tie against Grimsby Town they will rely on the same eleven players who beat Huddersfield Town so comprehensively last week. 

The full Pompey side on duty against Grimsby Town tomorrow will therefore be: Butler, Hindmarsh, Ferrier, Scoular, Flewin, Dickinson, Harris, Reid, Clarke, Phillips, Froggatt.

Tomorrow morning the Lord Mayor (Ald. John Privett), a Pompey director, is entertaining the directors of both Pompey and Grimsby at the Council Chambers. 

Tom Dawson, the Grimsby trainer, visited the RN Barracks this morning to enquire if there was a suitable ground for his players to train on. He was offered Pitt Street, but, on inspection, decided that the ground was too hard.

If Pompey and Grimsby Town should draw their FA Cup fourth-round tie at Fratton Park tomorrow the replay will take place at Blundell Park next Wednesday afternoon.

Saturday 28:  This morning 11 special trains conveyed 8,000 Newcastle and Sunderland supporters to London for their FA Cup matches at Chelsea and Tottenham respectively. Thirteen specials from Wales carried Swansea and Cardiff supporters to Arsenal and Charlton.

Pompey have been dealt a blow ahead of their FA Cup fourth-round match against Grimsby Town at Fratton Park this afternoon. Peter Harris reported sick this morning and his place at outside-right will be taken by veteran Cliff Parker. 

The revised Pompey team is therefore: Butler, Hindmarsh, Ferrier, Scoular, Flewin, Dickinson, Parker, Reid, Clarke, Phillips, Froggatt. Kick-off is at 2.45pm.

Harold and Frank Longbottom cycled from Grimsby to see their team play Pompey in the FA Cup at Fratton Park this afternoon. 

There is half an hour until kick-off in Pompey's cup tie with Grimsby Town this afternoon, and Fratton Park is filling up nicely. 

The final whistle has sounded at Fratton Park and Pompey have crushed Grimsby Town to cruise into the fifth round of the FA Cup.

Result: Pompey 5 - 0 Grimsby Town Goalscorers: Jack Froggatt (2), Ike Clarke (2), Len Phillips Attendance: 39,364

Pompey kept themselves on course for the league and cup "double" by hammering Grimsby Town 5-0 in front of an excited crowd of 39,364 at Fratton Park this afternoon. 

from the moment Jack Froggatt nodded Pompey in front from Parker’s cross on ten minutes it was clear that it would be a long afternoon for the gallant but hard-pressed visitors. 

Pompey doubled their lead through Ike Clarke In the eighteenth minute. 

After the break Clarke scored again from close quarters before Froggatt also grabbed his second with a first-time drive.

With less than a minute to go Clarke sent Len Phillps away and the inside-left completed the rout by drilling an angled shot past the Grimsby 'keeper. 

The inclusion of 36-year-old Parker was more than justified. What he lacked in pace he made up for with his ability to drop the ball on a sixpence, and he laid on four of the goals! 

The receipts from this afternoon's Fratton Park crowd of 39,364 amounted to £3,718-9s-9d. 

Match Summary: Portsmouth 5, Grimsby Town 0

"Pompey Won in A Canter" - by Ranger. 

Sunday 29:  Action from Pompey's 5-0 win against Grimsby Town in the Cup yesterday.

Ike Clarke lashes in a shot and his effort sails past Grimsby 'keeper Bircham (pic).

Pompey goalkeeper Ernie Butler leaps to punch clear during a rare Grimsby attack at Fratton Park yesterday. Harry Ferrier (left) and Reg Flewin (right) await the outcome (pic). 

Monday 30:  The draw for the fifth round of the FA Cup has just been made and Pompey face a trip to play Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday 11th February.

Tuesday 31:  Pompey’s FA Cup fifth round tie against  Manchester United at Old Trafford is to be an all-ticket affair. United directors made the decision at a meeting this morning. Pompey have requested their maximum allocation of tickets.

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