List of Portsmouth F.C. seasons

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This is a list of seasons played by Portsmouth Football Club in English and European football, from 1899 (the year of the club's first FA Cup entry and elected straight into the first division of the Southern League) to the most recent completed season. Football was played in Portsmouth from the 1850s and was popular for sailors and dockers to play in the city. The current club was founded in 1898 with John Brickwood, owner of the local brewery, as chairman, and Frank Brettell as the club's first manager.

A common myth is that the club's first goalkeeper was Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. While Conan Doyle did play as AC Smith for an amateur side, Portsmouth Athletic Football Club, that flourished from 1882 to 1894, the first goalkeeper of the professional era was Matt Reilly who previously played for the successful Royal Artillery team.

Portsmouth was formed to replace the defunct Royal Artillery Portsmouth club, and elected straight into the first division of the Southern League. The club's first league match was played at Chatham Town on 2 September 1899 (a 1-0 victory), followed three days later by the first match at Fratton Park against local rivals Southampton. That first season was hugely successful, with the club winning 20 out of 28 league matches, earning them runners-up spot in the Southern League. The league was won for the first time in the 1901-02 season, by which time Brettell had been replaced by club captain Bob Blyth as manager.

The 1906-07 season was highlighted by the visit of Manchester United to Fratton Park in the FA Cup, which generated a record attendance of 24,329. A 2-2 draw meant a replay in Manchester, and Portsmouth recorded a famous 2-1 win. However, this record attendance was surpassed two seasons later when Sheffield Wednesday visited Fratton for the second round of the new FA Cup.

1910-11 saw Portsmouth relegated, but with the recruitment of Robert Brown as manager the team were promoted the next season.

The club has won the League Championship twice, the FA Cup twice, never won the League Cup, the Charity Shield once (shared).

This list details the club's achievements in all major competitions, and the top scorers for each season. Top scorers in bold were also the top scorers in the English league that season. Records of competitions such as the Hampshire Senior Cup are not included due to them being considered of less importance than the FA Cup and the League Cup.

Non-Football League era[edit]

Season League FA Cup Top Goalscorer
Division P W D L F A Pts Pos Name Goals
1899–1900 SL Div 1 28 20 1 7 58 27 41 2nd R1
1900–01 SL Div 1 28 17 4 7 56 32 38 3rd INT
1901–02 SL Div 1 30 20 7 3 67 24 47 1st QF
1902–03 SL Div 1 30 17 7 6 69 32 41 3rd R1
1903–04 SL Div 1 34 17 8 9 41 38 42 4th R1
1904–05 SL Div 1 34 16 4 14 61 56 36 8th R2
1905–06 SL Div 1 34 17 9 8 61 35 43 3rd R1
1906–07 SL Div 1 38 22 7 9 64 36 51 2nd R2
1907–08 SL Div 1 38 17 6 15 63 52 40 9th R3
1908–09 SL Div 1 40 18 10 12 68 60 46 4th R2
1909–10 SL Div 1 42 20 7 15 70 63 47 6th R2
1910–11 SL Div 1 38 8 11 19 34 53 27 20th R1
1911–12 SL Div 2 26 19 3 4 73 20 41 2nd R2
1912–13 SL Div 1 38 14 8 16 41 49 36 11th R1
1913–14 SL Div 1 38 14 12 12 57 48 40 9th R1
1914–15 SL Div 1 38 16 10 12 54 42 42 7th R1
No competitive football was played between 1915 and 1919 due to the First World War
1919–20 SL Div 1 42 23 12 7 73 27 58 1st R1

Non-Football League era (Western League)[edit]

Season League Top Goalscorer
Division P W D L F A Pts Pos Name Goals
1900–01 Division 1 16 11 2 3 26 22 24 1st
1901–02 Division 1 16 13 1 2 53 16 27 1st
1902–03 Division 1 16 10 4 2 34 14 24 1st
1903–04 Division 1 16 7 2 7 24 22 16 4th
1904–05 Division 1 20 10 3 7 29 30 23 4th
1905–06 Division 1 20 6 7 7 26 29 19 7th
1906–07 Division 1 'B' 10 4 2 4 16 19 10 3rd
1907–08 Division 1 'A' 12 7 1 4 25 13 1 2nd
1908–09 Division 1 'B' 12 5 2 5 21 21 12 4th

Football League era[edit]

Season League FA Cup League
Cup
Charity
Shield
[1]
Europe
Other
Top Goalscorer
Division P W D L F A Pts Pos Name Goals
1920–21
Details
Div 3 42 12 15 15 46 48 49 12th R1 Frank Stringfellow 13
1921–22
Details
Div 3(S) 42 18 17 7 62 39 53 3rd R4 Percy Cherrett 22
1922–23
Details
42 19 8 15 58 52 46 7th R1 Jerry Mackie 10
1923–24
Details
42 24 11 7 87 30 59 1st R2 Willie Haines 28
1924–25
Details
Div 2 42 15 18 9 58 50 48 4th R2 Willie Haines
Jerry Mackie
17
1925–26
Details
42 17 10 15 79 74 44 11th R3 Willie Haines 20
1926–27
Details
42 23 8 11 87 49 54 2nd R4 Willie Haines 40
1927–28
Details
Div 1 42 16 7 19 66 90 39 20th R3 Willie Haines
Jack Smith
11
1928–29
Details
42 15 6 21 56 80 36 20th R/U Jack Smith 9
1929–30
Details
42 15 10 17 66 62 47 13th R4 Jack Weddle 21
1930–31
Details
42 18 13 11 84 64 49 4th R5 Jimmy Easson 29
1931–32
Details
42 19 7 16 62 62 45 8th R5 Jack Weddle 22
1932–33
Details
42 18 7 17 74 76 43 9th R3 Jack Weddle 20
1933–34
Details
42 15 12 15 52 55 42 10th R/U Jack Weddle 17
1934–35
Details
42 15 10 17 71 72 40 14th R4 Jack Weddle 24
1935–36
Details
42 17 8 17 54 67 42 10th R3 Jack Weddle 16
1936–37
Details
42 17 10 15 62 66 44 9th R3 Cliff Parker 12
1937–38
Details
42 13 12 17 62 68 38 19th R4 Jimmy Beattie 21
1938–39
Details
42 12 13 17 47 70 37 17th W Jock Anderson 10
1939–40[2]
Details
3 1 0 2 3 5 2 18th [3] [4] N/A N/A
No competitive football was played between 1939 and 1946 due to the Second World War
1945–46 n/a[5] R3
1946–47
Details
Div 1 42 16 9 17 66 60 41 12th R4 Duggie Reid 29
1947–48
Details
42 19 7 16 68 50 45 8th R4 15
1948–49
Details
42 25 8 9 84 42 58 1st SF Peter Harris 22
1949–50
Details
42 22 9 11 74 38 53 1st R5 Shared[6] Ike Clarke 20
1950–51
Details
42 16 15 11 71 68 47 7th R3 [7] Ike Clarke
Len Phillips
11
1951–52
Details
42 20 8 14 68 58 48 4th QF Duggie Reid 18
1952–53
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42 14 10 18 74 83 38 15th R3 Peter Harris 23
1953–54
Details
42 14 11 17 81 89 39 14th R5 24
1954–55
Details
42 18 12 12 74 62 48 3rd R3 23
1955–56
Details
42 16 9 17 78 85 41 12th R4 24
1956–57
Details
42 10 13 19 62 92 33 19th R4 Johnny Gordon
Peter Harris
13
1957–58
Details
42 12 8 22 73 88 32 20th R4 Peter Harris 18
1958–59
Details
42 6 9 27 64 112 21 22nd R5 Ron Saunders 24
1959–60
Details
Div 2 42 10 12 20 59 77 32 20th R3 17
1960–61[8]
Details
42 11 11 20 64 91 33 21st R5 QF[9] 23
1961–62
Details
Div 3 46 27 11 8 87 47 65 1st R1 R3 26
1962–63
Details
Div 2 42 13 11 18 63 79 37 16th R4 R4 29
1963–64
Details
42 16 11 15 79 70 43 9th R3 R4 34
1964–65
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42 12 10 20 56 77 34 20th R3 R3 Cliff Portwood 12
1965–66
Details
42 16 8 18 74 78 40 12th R3 R3 Albert McCann 13
1966–67
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42 13 13 16 59 70 39 14th R4 R2 14
1967–68
Details
42 18 13 11 68 55 49 5th R5 R3 16
1968–69
Details
42 12 14 16 58 58 38 15th R4 R2 Ray Hiron 17
1969–70
Details
42 13 9 20 66 80 35 17th R3 R1 18
1970–71
Details
46 10 14 18 46 61 34 16th R4 R3 14
1971–72
Details
46 12 13 17 59 68 37 16th R5 R1 Richie Reynolds 11
1972–73
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42 12 11 19 42 59 35 17th R3 R2 Ray Hiron 10
1973–74
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42 14 12 16 45 62 40 15th R5 R2 Ron Davies 16
1974–75
Details
42 12 13 17 44 54 37 17th R3 R2 Mick Mellows 8
1975–76
Details
42 9 7 26 32 61 25 22nd R4 R2 Norman Piper 12
1976–77
Details
Div 3 46 11 14 21 53 70 36 20th R3 R1 David Kemp 17
1977–78
Details
42 7 17 22 41 75 31 24th R2 R3 21
1978–79
Details
Div 4 46 20 12 14 62 48 52 7th R2 R1 Jeff Hemmerman 16
1979–80
Details
46 24 12 10 91 49 60 4th R3 R1 Colin Garwood 27[10]
1980–81
Details
Div 3 46 22 9 15 55 47 53 6th R1 R4 David Gregory 15
1981–82
Details
46 14 19 13 56 51 61[11] 13th R1 R2 Billy Rafferty 19
1982–83
Details
46 27 10 9 74 41 91 1st R2 R1 Alan Biley 27
1983–84
Details
Div 2 42 14 7 21 73 64 49 16th R4 R2 Mark Hateley 25
1984–85
Details
42 20 14 8 69 50 74 4th R3 R2 Neil Webb 18
1985–86
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42 22 7 13 69 41 73 4th R3 QF FMC GS Nicky Morgan 15
1986–87
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42 23 9 10 53 28 78 2nd R4 R3 FMC QF Micky Quinn 28
1987–88
Details
Div 1 42 7 14 19 36 66 35 19th QF R2 FMC R1 11
1988–89
Details
Div 2 46 13 12 21 45 56 40 20th R3 R2 FMC R2 21
1989–90
Details
46 15 16 15 62 65 61 12th R3 R2 FMC R2 Guy Whittingham 25
1990–91
Details
46 14 11 21 58 70 53 17th R5 R3 FMC R2 20
1991–92
Details
46 19 12 15 65 51 69 9th SF R3 FMC R1 13
1992–93
Details
Div 1[12] 46 26 10 10 80 46 88 3rd[13] R3 R3 AIC GS 47[14]
1993–94
Details
46 15 13 18 52 58 58 17th R3 QF AIC GS Gerry Creaney
Alan McLoughlin
11
1994–95
Details
46 15 13 18 53 63 58 18th R4 R3 Gerry Creaney 22
1995–96
Details
46 13 13 20 61 69 52 21st R3 R1 Paul Hall
Alan McLoughlin
10
1996–97
Details
46 20 8 18 59 53 68 7th QF R2 Lee Bradbury 17
1997–98
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46 13 10 21 51 63 49 20th R3 R1 John Aloisi 12
1998–99
Details
46 11 14 21 57 73 47 19th R4 R2 17
1999–2000
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46 13 12 21 55 66 51 18th R3 R2 Steve Claridge 14
2000–01
Details
46 10 19 17 47 59 49 20th R3 R2 Lee Bradbury
Steve Claridge
11
2001–02
Details
46 13 14 19 60 72 53 17th R3 R1 Peter Crouch 19
2002–03
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46 29 11 6 97 45 98 1st R3 R2 [15] Svetoslav Todorov 26
2003–04
Details
Prem 38 12 9 17 47 54 45 13th QF R4 Yakubu Aiyegbeni 19
2004–05
Details
38 10 9 19 43 59 39 16th R4 QF 17
2005–06
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38 10 8 20 37 62 38 17th R4 R2 Lomana LuaLua
Gary O'Neil
Matthew Taylor
7
2006–07
Details
38 14 12 12 45 42 54 9th R4 R3 Nwankwo Kanu 12
2007–08
Details
38 19 9 13 48 40 57 8th W R4 Benjani Mwaruwari 12
2008–09
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38 10 11 17 38 57 41 14th R4 R3 R/U UC GS Peter Crouch 18
2009–10
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38 7 7 24 34 66 19[16] 20th R/U QF Frédéric Piquionne 10
2010–11
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Champ 46 15 13 18 53 60 58 16th R3 R3 David Nugent 14
2011–12
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46 13 11 22 50 59 40[17] 22nd R3 R1 David Norris 8
2012–13
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Lg1 46 10 12 24 51 69 32[18] 24th R1 R1 FLT R2 Izale McLeod 11
2013–14
Details
Lg2 46 14 17 15 56 66 59 13th R1 R1 FLT QF Jed Wallace 7
2014–15
Details

Key[edit]

Champions Runners-up Promoted Relegated

Note: bold text indicates a competition won.
Note 2: Where fields are left blank, the club did not participate in a competition that season.

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ The Charity/Community Shield was founded in 1908.
  2. ^ The 1939–40 season was abandoned in early September and all results annulled.
  3. ^ Held The FA Cup the longest because of World War II and beat Sheffield United's record of 5 years because of World War I
  4. ^ They didn't play the match because War broke out soon after the FA Cup final and the Charity Shield was never played
  5. ^ The FA Cup was contested in 1945–46 but the Football League did not resume until the following season. They had the Football League South
  6. ^ From 1939 to 1993, in the event of a draw, the Charity Shield would be shared between the two competing teams, with each team having possession of the trophy for six months. Shared with Wolverhampton Wanderers after drawing 1–1 at Highbury
  7. ^ Should have played Arsenal because they won the FA Cup. However the match was contested between an England World Cup XI and the FA Canadian Touring Team
  8. ^ The League Cup.
  9. ^ First time in the League Cup.
  10. ^ Played for Aldershot Town and Pompey in the same season but scored 10 Goals for Aldershot and 17 Goals for Pompey
  11. ^ The 1981–82 season saw the introduction of three points for a win.
  12. ^ The Four Divisions Changed name Level 1 was called the Premier League
    Level 2 was called Division 1
    Level 3 was called Division 2
    Level 4 was called Division 3
  13. ^ Lost 3-2 on Aggregate to Leicester City in the Play-off Semi Final
  14. ^ Pompey goalscoring record.
  15. ^ The Charity Shield is renamed the Community Shield.
  16. ^ Deducted 9 points for entering administration
  17. ^ Deducted 10 points for entering administration
  18. ^ Deducted 10 points for exiting administration