Pompey star Hillier bows out with ultimate club accolade

Gemma Hillier leads Portsmouth out at Fratton Park (Photo: Jordan Hampton)

Hillier led Portsmouth Ladies in their first ever game at Fratton Park in December 2013 (Photo: Jordan Hampton)

For a footballer who means so much to a club, Gemma Hillier’s retirement from Portsmouth, the team she has represented for more than 17 years, was a rather ill-fitting anti-climax. Continue reading

Community shares Portsmouth’s celebrations

Charley Wilson receives her fans' player of the year award from Millie Underwood (Photo: Jordan Hampton)

Fans’ player of the year Charley Wilson received her award from superfan Millie Underwood (Photo: Jordan Hampton)

It’s always nice to hold your club presentation evening in somewhere called the Victory Lounge.

And while the Victory in mind might have more to do with one of the finest competitors ever to come out of Portsmouth, the flagship that featured in Lord Nelson’s most celebrated triumph is a fine metaphor for the teamwork and spirit that now pervades that city’s football club. Continue reading

That was for you, Lauren

Lauren Murphy is carried from the pitch after Pompey's 2-1 win over Durham

Perry Northeast said the players won it for the injured Lauren Murphy, who came back out to join in the victory celebrations

Pompey joint-manager Perry Northeast said the team’s historic FA Cup victory over Super League Durham was a fitting tribute to their centre-back Lauren Murphy, who suffered a bad knee injury in the second half.

Watching Murphy carried from the field, in apparent agony, appeared to galvanise her team-mates, and they redoubled their efforts for the final 10 minutes – plus seven of injury time, during which Charley Wilson scored a memorable winner. Continue reading