John Sydenham
Saints kit 1962-63

Season 1962-63

League Record

Football League Division Two

Final position: 11th

P 42, W 17, D 8, L 17, F 72, A 67, Pts 42

Most Appearances: Tony Knapp, George O'Brien & Terry Paine 42, John Sydenham 40, Cliff Huxford & Tommy Traynor 38

Leading Goalscorers: George O'Brien 22, Dave Burnside 14, George Kirby 13

Biggest Win: 6-0 Middlesbrough (h)

Biggest Home Attendance: 25,463 Portsmouth

Cup Record

FA Cup: Semi-Final 0-1 Manchester Utd (Villa Park) - League Cup: 2nd Round 2nd Replay 0-3 Scunthorpe Utd (Peterbrough)

Season in Brief

An average season in the League was more than made up for by a fantastic FA Cup run. It was generally agreed that the team froze in the Semi-Final but that shouldn't overshadow their achievement and cup fever was rife in the town.

Ted Bates had brought in three key players, George Kirby, Stuart Williams and Dave Burnside and all three made significant contributions. Another highlight was a well-deserved England debut for Terry Paine.