Dream Teams: Portsmouth

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The most successful provincial English club south of Birmingham and the only one with Premier League status, or at least until a few days ago.

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Few clubs have experienced such extremes of success and failure as Pompey. After reaching the top flight in 1927, the club was one of the major forces in the English game for more than three decades, holding the FA Cup during World War Two, winning consecutive league titles in 1949 and 1950 and finishing third in 1955.

After relegation in 1959, a bizarre policy of scrapping the youth and reserve teams contributed to Pompey's fall downwards, reaching the Fourth Division in 1978, the first former League Champions to sink so low. They climbed back to the top division in 1987 but lasted just one season and it was only after Harry Redknapp managed the team to the Championship title in 2003 that Pompey re-established themselves at football's top table, winning the FA Cup again in 2008.

This is my Pompey Dream Team - if you feel there are Fratton favourites with a greater claim to a place in the line-up, join the debate below.

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