HISTORY

United Services Portsmouth FC

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United Services Portsmouth FC began their life as Portsmouth Royal Navy, formed in 1962 to bring competitive football to naval services.

Royal Navy sides have played a part in Hampshire football since early 1900’s. The Hampshire FA records are sprinkled with famous names such as HMS Victory, Royal Navy Depot, and HMS Fisgard.

Dennis Probee formed Portsmouth Royal Navy FC (PRNFC) in 1962 with the intention of providing competitive soccer at the highest level possible for all serving Navy players to bridge the gap between the United Services Football League and the Royal Navy Representative Side.

PRNFC played in the Hants League from its formation until 1985/86 when PRNFC became one of the seventeen founder members of the inaugural Wessex Lge.

In 1981, the youth side won the Dallas Cup in the USA as a Royal Navy side. At that time ‘Victory Stadium’ at nearby Pitt Street was closed & the club relocated to the present ‘Victory Stadium’ at Burnaby Road. The Burnaby Road Sports Complex has evolved with Victory Stadium the centre piece, boasting a 500 seated covered stand & a top drawer playing surface adjacent to Victory Stadium are two 4G Astro pitches for Football & Rugby with our clubhouse the ‘Sportsmans Arms’ close by!

 

PRNFC's most successful season in the Wessex League was 96/97 finishing 10th, PRNFC have reached the semi final stage of the Wessex League Cup, 94/95 and again in 95/96. In 2002 PRNFC introduced a Youth Section, this has now evolved into one of the strongest Youth Club’s in Hampshire with teams playing in the Hampshire County, South Hants Glass & Mid-Solent Youth League’s, also achieving the FA Charted Standard. PRNFC were relegated in 2002 to the Hants Premier League, in season 03/04 finishing 6th & reaching the Qtr.-Final in the Hants FA Senior Cup.

Season 04/05 saw PRNFC re-elected to the Wessex League and being renamed United Services Portsmouth FC. Season 06/07 saw the introduction of Mini-Soccer to USPFC Youth.

The first success as United Services Portsmouth FC came in 2012 when the first team won the Portsmouth Senior Cup at Fratton Park in front of nearly 500 people, beating Moneyfields 4-3. Although before this the PRNFC side won the Hampshire League 2004 League Cup in 2011 after an impressive season. In recent years the youth set up has expanded and had endless success. Most notably the Hampshire Youth Cup u18 win in 2014 and at u16 level in 2012.

In recent times USPFC has becoming involved in Womens football with the creation of a number of ladies teams.

The first and reserve sides continue to play in the Sydenhams Wessex league and Wyvern Leagues. Each have secured high finishing positions in their respective leagues, in the 17/18 season the first team missed out on promotion by one place. 

The outcome of Season 19 – 20 from a USPFC was very disappointing, all teams were top of their respective leagues, all statistics for all teams were looking to be new USPFC records with USPFC 1st at the top of the Points-Per Game (PPG) table for all teams at Level 6 in Hampshire but the season was curtailed unsatisfactorily in the end!!

For Season 20 – 21 we have managed to retain most of our playing base as well each management team with Glenn Turnbull, Fraser Quirk, Paul Barton & now Marlon Day in place to manage the 1st team, Lee Mould, Simon Hayes supported by Tom Grice in place for the Reserves, Charlie Smith, Georgie Hoban & Nina Page managing and coaching the Ladies with Danny Knights, Neil Scammel and Marc Hopwood managing & coaching the u18s, we have further coaching support from Robbie Johns and Dave Ferrat. We are looking to surpass Season 19 – 20, thus all teams are hoping to be very competitive week in week out.

United Services Portsmouth FC & Portsmouth Royal Navy FC Honours

 

  • Hampshire League Division 2 Winners — 1968, 1978 & 1981

  • Portsmouth Senior Cup Winners — 1968 & 2012 

  • Russell Cotes Cup Winners — 1968 

  • Hampshire League 2004 League Cup Winners —2011

  • Hampshire Youth Cup u16 Winners — 2012

  • Hampshire Youth Cup u18 Winners — 2014

  • FA Vase Semi Finalists- 2020/21

Recent League Finishes

Sydenhams Wessex league One

  • 04/05  19th

  • 05/06  10th

  • 06/07  10th

  • 07/08  9th

  • 08/09  3rd

  • 09/10  9th

  • 10/11  5th

  • 11/12  13th

  • 12/13  12th

  • 13/14  7th

  • 14/15  5th

  • 15/16  4th

  • 16/17  9th

  • 17/18  4th

  • 18/19  5th

  • 19/20 - 20/21 (Seasons curtailed by Covid)

  • Gained Promotion to Wessex Premier Division 20/21

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