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Initially results improved, but then declined again. On 4 May , Ian St. John was replaced as manager by former Portsmouth and England international player Jimmy Dickinson. They ended the —77 season only one place and one point above the Third Division's relegation zone. They were relegated at the end of the new —78 season, finishing in bottom place. In the —79 Fourth Division season , Portsmouth finished in 7th position. Jimmy Dickinson suffered a heart attack near the end of the season and after the season in May , was replaced by Frank Burrows. Under Frank Burrows new management, Portsmouth gained promotion back to the Third Division after finishing in 4th place in the —80 season.
The following —82 Third Division season , Portsmouth finished mid-table in thirteenth position. During the —83 Third Division season , former Portsmouth player, manager and England international Jimmy Dickinson died aged 57 on 8 November after suffering three heart attacks. A public memorial service was held at a packed St.
Mary's Church in Fratton, Portsmouth. Dickinson was laid to rest in Alton, Hampshire. Pompey later that season won the —83 Third Division championship title , gaining promotion back to the Second Division. In the —84 Second Division season , Portsmouth finished sixteenth place in the table.
Under Ball, Portsmouth's results markedly improved and they narrowly missed winning promotion to the First Division in the —85 Second Division season , finishing in 4th place on goal-difference. They finished in 4th place again for the following —86 season. In Ball's third season as Portsmouth manager in the —87 Second Division season , Portsmouth finished as runners-up behind Derby County, gaining promotion back to the First Division for the first time since the —59 season.
During the season, the upper tier of the Fratton End stand, built only thirty years earlier in , was closed due to structural concerns, leaving only the lower tier of the Fratton End open to fans. By the middle of the new —88 First Division season , the club was again in financial trouble. Portsmouth were relegated straight back down to the Second Division. Fratton Park was in a poor condition, with the Fratton End still half closed to fans and leaking roofs in the North and South stands.
With new chairman Jim Gregory injecting money into the club, work began in the summer of to demolishing the upper tier of the Fratton End and its roof. The North and South stands were refurbished and both received smart new blue-coloured metal sheet roofs.
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After a single disappointing season in the First Division, Portsmouth were relegated back to the Second Division for the —89 season. The entire Fratton End stand was closed during most of the season during demolition works, with only the lower tier of the stand reopening in the springtime of Portsmouth ended the season only two places above the relegation zone. Following the 15 April Hillsborough Disaster , Portsmouth removed the perimeter fences from Fratton Park for the new —90 season , except at the Milton End to separate away supporters.
Assistant manager Frank Burrows became manager for a second spell on 23 January Portsmouth finished in 12th position at the end of the season. The —91 season saw Frank Burrows resign as manager on 13 March after a string of bad results. Burrows was replaced by coach Graham Paddon until the end of the season, finishing in 17th position.
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Jim Smith 's arrival as manager at the start of the —92 season sparked a revival in the team's fortunes and that year Portsmouth reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup , meeting Liverpool at neutral ground Highbury on 5 April — the 94th Anniversary of Portsmouth Football Club. Portsmouth took the lead in extra time from a th minute Darren Anderton goal. However, Liverpool's Ronnie Whelan equalised five minutes later, and the semi-final match ended tied 1—1 after the allotted minutes. The tie was then replayed at Villa Park on 13 April and ended 0—0 after extra time. The —93 Football League season saw a major restructuring of the English football "pyramid" system , caused by all the First Division clubs resigning from the Football League and forming a new breakaway top tier FA Premier League.
The FA Premier League also had a new winners trophy made, meaning the famous old Football League First Division championship trophy became demoted in status, now acting as the new second tier "First Division" championship trophy instead. Portsmouth had a good —93 season in the new "First Division", but missed out on automatic promotion to the new first tier Premier League by virtue of scoring only one fewer goal than second placed West Ham United. In the subsequent promotion play-offs, Portsmouth lost 3—2 on aggregate over two games to Leicester City in the play-off semi-finals for the third promotion place.
During the —94 season under manager Jim Smith, Portsmouth finished 17th out of 24 in the First Division, winning 15 matches, drawing 13 and losing The team reached the quarterfinals of the League Cup and the third round of the FA Cup, in both cases being knocked out after replays. The —95 season was a disappointing one for Portsmouth and after a decline in form which left them struggling at the wrong end of the "new" First Division, Jim Smith was sacked on 1 February and was replaced by Terry Fenwick , who guided them to safety with 4 wins in their final 6 league games.
In the —96 season Fenwick's first full season in charge of Portsmouth, relegation to the Second Division was avoided on the last day of the season on goal difference when Portsmouth won away at Huddersfield Town while other results went the club's way.
In the summer of , Terry Venables arrived at Portsmouth as a consultant. Fratton Park was transformed into an all seat stadium, with new blue plastic seats fitted to the lower North terrace, Milton End, lower South terrace paddocks and also to the remnant of the Fratton End terrace. In the —97 league campaign, Portsmouth finished just short of the qualifying places for the play-offs for promotion to the Premier League.
At the end of the —97 season, the Fratton End was fully demolished in the summer of and work began to build a new Fratton End stand. In addition, a new roof extension was built over the lower tier of the North Stand and was completed before the new season started. Problems with some misorientated Fratton End rooftop floodlights caused the Fratton End of the pitch to be "shrouded in gloom on Hallowe'en" , according to the Sky Sports 3 TV commentator, causing some doubt that the live televised Division One game against Swindon Town would take place.
The game was won 0—1 by Swindon Town with an official Fratton Park attendance of only 8, As a mark of respect to the club's former player and manager, a memorial portrait of Jimmy Dickinson was incorporated into the seating of the new Fratton End stand, along with the club's crest. Terry Venables' role as coach of the Australian national team meant he was frequently absent from Portsmouth. Meanwhile, the team's results were poor. Two-thirds of the way through the —98 season , he and manager Terry Fenwick left the club, with Portsmouth on the bottom of the table, and Venables selling his shareholding back to Martin Gregory, son of former chairman Jim Gregory.
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Alan Ball then returned as manager for the second time on 26 January Relegation to the third tier was avoided on the last day of the season — by 1 point. Portsmouth's centenary season, —99 , saw a financial crisis hit the club, and in December Portsmouth went into financial administration. Alan Ball was sacked on 9 December during the — season with the club near the bottom of the table. Tony Pulis took over on 13 January and steered the club to safety at the end of the season.
In the —01 season , Pulis was put on leave and replaced by Portsmouth player, Steve Claridge in a player-manager role. On 23 February , Graham Rix took over from Claridge. Portsmouth escaped relegation on the last day of the —01 season when they won their final game and Huddersfield Town lost theirs, keeping Portsmouth up at their expense.
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A week before the new season began, year-old Portsmouth goalkeeper Aaron Flahavan was killed in a car crash near Bournemouth on 5 August In a mark of respect, Portsmouth F. Rix lost his job on 25 March , with Harry Redknapp taking over. Former Portsmouth manager Jim Smith was asked to team up with Redknapp, and while he initially turned the offer down to remain as assistant at Coventry City , he soon arrived at Portsmouth after a change of manager at Coventry saw almost all of the club's coaching staff being dismissed.
Portsmouth ended the —02 Division One season in 17th place and 4 points above relegation. In the —03 season , Portsmouth led the First Division for most of the season, with Svetoslav Todorov scoring 26 league goals, which made him the First Division's top scorer at the end of the season. Portsmouth finished top as First Division champions on 27 April , six points clear of second-placed Leicester City, gaining promotion with a game to spare to the FA Premier League, returning to the top tier of English football after an absence of fifteen seasons.
Perrin managed to secure Portsmouth's Premiership status with a few games of the season left, including a milestone South Coast Derby 4—1 win over Harry Redknapp's Southampton side,  who were eventually relegated at the end of the season. During the —06 season and after achieving only four wins from a total of 20 games as Portsmouth manager, Alain Perrin was sacked on 24 November , exactly one year to the day since Harry Redknapp left Portsmouth.
Harry Redknapp then made a surprise return to manage Portsmouth again after leaving relegated Southampton. The club survived their third season in the Premier League one place above the relegation zone in 17th position. With large amounts of money available for Redknapp to make record signings, the club finished the —07 season in the top half of the table for the first time, in ninth position, only one point short of European qualification.
The following —08 season saw Portsmouth finish eighth in the Premier League and reach the FA Cup final for the first time since They eliminated Manchester United at Old Trafford in the quarter-finals, and on 5 April , Portsmouth beat Championship side West Bromwich Albion 1—0 at Wembley Stadium in the semi-finals, coincidentally the same day that the club celebrated its th birthday. Portsmouth won 1—0, with Nwankwo Kanu scoring the only goal. It was the second time Portsmouth had won the FA Cup. Portsmouth went on to win the tie 4—2 on aggregate, progressing to the group stage.
On 25 October , Redknapp suddenly left Portsmouth for a second time, leaving his assistant Tony Adams to be promoted to the managerial role. Adams was dismissed in February Portsmouth finished the —09 Premier League season in 14th place. On 21 July , Al Fahim was appointed non-executive chairman of Portsmouth.
On 19 August , Portsmouth announced on their website that a rival consortium headed by current CEO Peter Storrie had also made a bid for the club; unknown at the time, this was backed by Ali al-Faraj. As the early stages of the —10 season progressed, the finances dried up and the club admitted on 1 October that some of their players and staff had not been paid.
On 3 October, media outlets started to report that a deal was nearing completion for Ali al-Faraj to take control of the club. Avram Grant took over at Portsmouth on 26 November ,   replacing Hart, who had been sacked by the board two days previously due to the club's position at the bottom of the league table.
In December , it was announced that the club had failed to pay the players for the second consecutive month,  and on the 31st it was announced player's wages would again be paid late, on 5 January According to common football contracts, the players then had the right to terminate their contracts and leave the club without any compensation for the club, upon giving two weeks' notice. Despite the financial difficulties, Grant's time as manager was initially successful.
He gained two wins against Burnley and Liverpool and a draw away at Sunderland from his first five games. The only losses inflicted on Portsmouth in this period were by eventual double winners Chelsea and the previous season's champions, Manchester United. This automatically incurred a nine-point penalty from the Premier League which came into effect on 17 March and consigned the team to almost certain relegation, which was mathematically confirmed on 10 April Portsmouth were relegated to the Championship the new Tier 2 level name the following day on 10 April after West Ham beat Sunderland.
On 17 June, the club's creditors voted for a company voluntary arrangement CVA , with an The case was heard by Mr Justice Mann from 3 to 5 August where, having heard submissions from both sides, he turned down HMRC's appeal on all five counts it had put forward. HMRC decided not to appeal against the verdict, leaving Portsmouth's administrators to formally agree the CVA and bring the club out of administration.
Former Notts County manager Steve Cotterill was appointed manager of relegated Portsmouth in the Championship June on a three-year contract. On 14 October , Steve Cotterill agreed a compensation package to be allowed to take the vacant Nottingham Forest manager's position. Operations in another of Antonov's banks, Latvijas Krajbanka , were suspended by Latvian authorities for similar reasons. Following Pompey's relegation to League One , the entire professional playing squad left the club,  The team were given a point deduction in December for their financial problems.
The club went on a record winless run of 23 matches, finally ending on 2 March as Portsmouth won 2—1 away at Crewe Alexandra. In November , Whittingham was sacked and a month later ex- Crawley Town manager Richie Barker was appointed Portsmouth boss, along with Steve Coppell as the director of football.
Barker was sacked after 20 games in charge, with the club in serious danger of relegation to the Football Conference , and Andy Awford was again made caretaker manager. On a historic announcement on 29 September , the club was able to declare itself debt-free after paying back all creditors and legacy payments to ex-players.
Portsmouth began the —18 season in League One , following their League Two championship win in the previous —17 season. On 15 March , Portsmouth revealed a newly redesigned club crest, featuring a new nautical compass star and an "" date, added for the founding year of the football club. The new crest will be introduced for the new —19 season. The —19 EFL League One season began in August with a run of four consecutive league wins and their best league start since — Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules.
Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. For a list of notable players and players who played for Portsmouth for more than games in a sortable-list format, see List of Portsmouth F. Portsmouth created a Hall of Fame in March , which honours former players and staff members of the club. All appearances and goals according to Soccerbase. The —14 season would also become the last season before World War I began in The first Portsmouth F. Portsmouth city council who owned the original Portsmouth city coat of arms and all rights to them, allowed the use of their moon and star motifs to Portsmouth F.
Curiously, the star of the Portsmouth F. The official Coat of Arms of the city of Portsmouth contains an eight pointed gold star and crescent moon on a blue shield, Portsmouth's adoption of the star and crescent is said to have come from when King Richard I — , who granted the city "a crescent of gold on a shade of azure, with a blazing star of eight points" which he had taken from the Byzantine Emperor 's standard of Governor Isaac Komnenos , after capturing Cyprus.
Throughout their history Portsmouth F. Between and , Portsmouth scrapped the traditional crest and replaced it with an entirely new design. This crest showed a football in front of an anchor representing the navy and a sword representing the army , with the whole design surrounded by an outer ring of ships rope. An alternative version included a circular version of the traditional star and crescent crest in place of the football.
The return of the original crest in only lasted four years when it was replaced in by an embroidered badge of the city of Portsmouth Coat of Arms. But this was unpopular with many fans who thought it was over elaborate. After only four seasons, the coat of arms badge was dropped. A new crest based on the more familiar and traditional crest was introduced in , with a simple eight pointed gold star and a golden crescent moon on a blue shield edged with a gold outer rim. At the foot of the shield, a gold ribbon with "Portsmouth F.
This new crest coincided with the rebuilding and reopening of the new Fratton End in the —98 season. In , an additional "Since " was added to the crest ribbon underneath the shield in time for the —08 season. On 6 May , a month after their th Anniversary, Portsmouth revealed a new crest which significantly updated the previous crest. The "star and moon" had a very three dimensional look, the tradition curved shield with "three points" at the top of the shield were replaced with two straightened angles. The top of the shield had "Portsmouth F. The traditional elongated crescent moon was replaced with a new circular one, which closely resembled that on the city's Coat of Arms.
The new crest had its debut in the FA Cup Final, in which Portsmouth also wore a new all-blue home strip. As part of the World War I Centennial Commemorations in the —15 season, the club opted to replace the crest on the home kit with one near identical to that used in — This was a more traditional-looking club crest featuring the traditional three points at the top of a slightly rounded shield but with a silver five-pointed star inside instead of the usual eight-pointed one.
The moon featured on the crest was also silver, both appearing on a blue background. In June , following positive feedback from supporters, Portsmouth F. Portsmouth's new crest was virtually identical in design to that which has been used for the majority of the club's history. The famous "star and moon", both silver-white on a blue background, have a slight three-dimensional appearance. The star was restored back to the familiar eight pointed design, instead of the five pointed version used in the and crests.