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October 17-23: Charity Shield Is Drawn But Pompey Keep The Cup First Before Losing To West Brom

Monday 17:  League Champions Pompey will next be in action the day after tomorrow when they meet FA Cup holders Wolverhampton Wanderers at Highbury in the annual FA Charity Shield match. 

Tuesday 18:  Pompey take on Wolves in the Charity Shield at Highbury tomorrow without the services of Len Phillips, who has 'flu. The Pompey team will be: Butler, Hindmarsh, Ferrier, Scoular, Thompson, Dickinson, Harris, Reid, Clarke, Barlow, Froggatt.

When Bert Barlow lines up for Pompey against Wolves at Highbury tomorrow he will be making his first appearance since the ill-fated FA Cup semi-final against Leicester City on the same ground nearly seven months ago. 

Advance ticket sales suggest that Wolves fans will be outnumbered by their Pompey counterparts by about four or five to one at Highbury tomorrow afternoon. The FA admits that ticket sales generally have been disappointing.

Pompey Reserves are at home to Bristol City Reserves in the Combination League tomorrow (3pm). Maurice Leather gets another chance in goal, and Lindy Delapenha returns after injury. 

The full Pompey Reserves side to face Bristol City Reserves tomorrow is: Leather, Turner, Rookes, Spence, Cairney, Elder, Dawson, Delapenha, Honey, Gordon, Bennett. 

Pompey's Midweek League side travel to Brentford tomorrow. Team: Weaver, Voysey, Mansell, Edwards, Field, Andrews, Wood, Wilson, Bramhall, Beale, MacDonald.

Wednesday 19:  Today's Charity Shield fixture between Pompey and Wolves is the latest in the series begun in 1908 when the FA decided that a charity match be played annually the object being that charity should benefit by receiving the receipts of these matches. 

The first Charity Shield match, in 1908, was between Manchester United and Queens Park Rangers. The two teams were respectively champions of the Football League and the Southern League.

On six occasions the Charity Shield fixture has been contested by teams made up of Amateurs v Professionals.

A variation on the Amateurs v Professionals Charity Shield theme came in 1927 when Cardiff City, as FA Cup holders, played Corinthians. 

There are just 15 minutes until kick off in the Charity Shield fixture between Pompey and Wolves but Highbury is little more than a third full. Several thousand Portsmouth supporters are present but Wolves appear to have a fairly sparse following.

The final whistle has sounded at Highbury and it has ended all square in the FA Charity Shield match.

Result: Pompey 1 - 1 Wolverhampton Wanderers Pompey scorer: Duggie Reid Attendance: 25,000

Pompey and Wolves will share the Charity Shield after the sides drew 1-1 at Highbury this afternoon. Duggie Reid's 32nd minute goal put the Blues ahead, but Johhny Hancocks equalised for Wolves with a controversially awarded penalty after 62 mins. 

Pompey were unlucky not to win a match in which they played some excellent football. Although the atmosphere was somewhat subdued the crowd of 25,000 will have been thoroughly entertained. 

Pompey and Wolves have tossed a coin for first "custody" of the Charity Shield. Pompey won the toss and will be taking the trophy home with them tonight. They will keep it for six months before passing it on to the Wolves.

Match Summary: Portsmouth 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1

Pompey Reserves drew 1-1 with Bristol City Reserves at Fratton Park this afternoon. Ron Bennett put Pompey ahead on 32 minutes, but City drew level through Brewster two minutes later. 

Portsmouth Reserves 1, Bristol City Reserves 1

Brentford Reserves 2, Portsmouth Reserves 1 (Mid Week League)

Thursday 20:  "Classic Football By Both Sides" - Ranger's reflections on the Charity Shield match (from tonight's Evening News)

Pompey goalkeeper Ernie Butler claims the ball off the head of Wolves inside-right Sammy Smyth in the FA Charity Shield match at Highbury yesterday. The sides drew 1-1 to share the trophy.

Ernie Butler stoops to save from Wolves centre-forward Pye in yesterday's Charity Shield match. Pompey captain Harry Ferrier keeps a watching brief.

Pompey's Jack Froggatt takes a tumble after a tackle from Bill Shorthouse of Wolves in the Charity Shield match at Highbury yesterday. 

Friday 21:  Illness and injury force Pompey into making wholesale changes to the forward line for tomorrow's First Division match against West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns. Peter Harris, Duggie Reid, Ike Clarke and Len Phillips are all unfit.

Reserve winger Jimmy Dawson is called up for his Pompey first-team debut against West Bromwich Albion tomorrow. Reg Pickett will make just his second appearance. Veterans Bert Barlow and Cliff Parker also make a return to league action for Pompey. 

Jack Froggatt is moved from outside left to centre-forward as Pompey seek to fill the gaps left by an outbreak of flu ahead of their match at West Bromwich Albion tomorrow.

The full Pompey side to face West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns tomorrow will be: Butler, Hindmarsh, Ferrier, Scoular, Thompson, Dickinson, Dawson, Pickett, Froggatt, Barlow, Parker. 

Pompey"A" team's fixture against East Cowes Vics tomorrow has been postponed.

Saturday 22:  With 10 minutes until kick-off in the West Bromwich Albion v Portsmouth match The Hawthorns is filling up nicely. A large contingent of Pompey fans arrived by special train earlier today and their banner is displayed opposite the players' tunnel.

The final whistle has sounded at The Hawthorns and it has been a disappointing afternoon for Pompey. Result: West Bromwich Albion 3 - 0 Pompey Attendance: 40,808

Patched-up Pompey crashed to a 3-0 defeat at West Bromwich Albion this afternoon. Inwood and Williams gave the Throstles a 2-0 interval lead. Billy Elliott added a third after 62 minutes. Scoular went close for Pompey late on. 

Wolves top the First Division table after this afternoon's matches, with 21 points from 13 games. Liverpool have 19 points from 13 games, Manchester United 18 from 13, and Arsenal 17 from 14. Pompey are fifth, with 15 points from 13 games. 

Match Summary: West Bromwich Albion 3, Portsmouth 0

Pompey Reserves drew 1-1 with Swindon Town Reserves in atrocious conditions at Fratton Park this afternoon. Lindy Delapenha scored for Pompey, forcing home a rebound after his penalty kick had been saved. 

Portsmouth 1, Swindon Town Reserves 1

Unfamiliar Attack Fails At The Hawthorns -Ranger's report on Pompey's dismal afternoon at West Bromwich Albion. (From tonight's Football Mail)

Sunday 23:  "Froggatt The Lone Raider" - a report on Pompey's 3-0 defeat at West Bromwich Albion yesterday (from one of today's Sunday papers).

"Reserves Fail Pompey" - more from today's Sunday papers.

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