The Pompey Chimes


The Pompey Chimes derive from the bells of the Portsmouth Guildhall clock. In the second half of the nineteeth century, they were used by referees to signify the end of the match.

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The march recorded on this CD was written specially for Portsmouth Football Club in 1948 by the then Director of Music Major (later Lt Col Sir F Vivian-Dunn) He had originally intended to write it following the Club’s success in the 1939 FA Cup (Pompey 4, Wolves 1) but the war years intervened. It wasn’t until a 5th round FA Cup Tie on Sat 12th Feb 1949 that the march was premiered by the Royal Marines Band (Portsmouth Division) at Fratton Park. This was then a major event including pre-match community singing on a Wembley scale for the 50,000 crowd! This fresh recording by the RMA Concert Band was made to celebrate the Club’s success in both the 2008 FA Cup and the Premier League. Currently the club’s fortunes have taken a dip due to poor senior management. Sadly and at time of writing they’re in administration in League 1 but expecting a buyer very soon. Let’s hope that this great club can become great once again and rise from the ashes to become a Premier League Football Club once more!

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