Portsmouth FC is a professional association football club from Portsmouth, Hampshire. They are known as Pompey, the same nickname used by the host city and the His Majesty’s Naval Base, Portsmouth. Their home ground at Fratton Park has a capacity of more than 20,000. Aside from having blue as their main home kit colour, Portsmouth do not have an affiliation to a particular design, allowing their kit suppliers to mix things up on that front.
Portsmouth 23/24 Kits
Portsmouth 23/24 Home Shirt
Pompey wore their traditional royal blue colour for their 2023/24 Nike home shirt. The kit had white accents courtesy of the round collar, sleeve cuffs and lateral trims. Using a darker shade, the front side displayed an abstract striping graphic that other Nike B-Teams like Huesca and Salzburg had received on their kits last season. The graphic also looked similar to the one on the sleeves of the Nike Academy Teamwear shirts.
Portsmouth Home Kits
2022/23 Portsmouth Home Shirt
For 2022/23, Portsmouth’s home was a lot like its previous primary shirt. It had a blue solid fill on the body and the sleeves were raglan-styled. The change was made on the design on the sleeves, which in this case carried a ragged ribbed visual texture as dictated by the Academy teamwear template. In this Portsmouth shirt, the said Academy sleeve design was applied in white.
2021/22 Portsmouth Home Shirt
Pompey ran with a Nike home shirt for the 2021/22 season. The predominantly blue shirt flashes eye-catching raglan sleeves courtesy of the Swoosh’s template ‘DNA’ graphic. A simple round collar caps off the look of this Portsmouth shirt. All-in-all, the shirt contained all the design elements of the Nike teamwear template Strike II.
2020/21 Portsmouth Home Shirt
Portsmouth 2020-21 home kit fell under the collection of teams using the Nike Nike Trophy IV and, as such, shared a striking similarity with that of the Birmingham home kit. Elements like the polo collar, jacquard print, lateral panels, and sleeves with front standard cut and back raglan cut were incorporated. Like the Birmingham shirt, the Portsmouth home also had a blue body and white collar and sleeves. The difference was that Portsmouth’s side body panels were red and the sleeves were also blue. White shorts and red socks completed the new home strip.
Portsmouth Away Kits
2022/23 Portsmouth Away Shirt
Pompey wore a Nike away shirt in 2022/23 that had a black body and gold raglan sleeves. Because of the dark backdrop, the white stakeholder logos, including the branding part of the sponsor’s combination mark, had been given visibility. The sleeves carried out a ribbed, kind of jarring slinky-like look as it was based on the Nike Academy teamwear design.
2021/22 Portsmouth Away Shirt
The Portsmouth Nike away shirt for 2021/22 was another outfit taken straight from the Swoosh brand’s templates, just like the home. While the club’s primary kit took the Strike II configuration, the away jersey went for the Park Derby III. In this case, the base colour of the body was white with a singular gold stripe on each side, and sleeves with shoulder drapings in black and claret, respectively. Completing the look was the v-collar, also in black.
2020/21 Portsmouth Away Shirt
Portsmouth’s Nike 2020-21 away shirt was raglan-styled, white-based shirt that had a deep and white v neckline with an exposed internal liner, and relatively broad sleeve cuffs. The front and back of the body displayed a two-toned diagonal stripe pattern. The Nike swoosh and monochrome Portsmouth crest on the right and left chest were black. The combination mark of the University of Portsmouth was on the central front side while that of Total AV was on the upper backside. As the shirt was based on the Nike Challenge III template, a diagonal jacquard stripe pattern on the body completed the jersey.
Portsmouth Football Club were formed in 1898 by John Brickwood of Brickwood’s Brewery. Ever since then, the team has been playing in Fratton Park as their homeground. Prior to the club’s foundation, the city of Portsmouth already had multiple football teams that for various reasons, did not last long. Prominent of these were the Portsmouth AFC, Portsmouth Town FC and the Royal Artillery (Portsmouth) F.C.
Recent Pompey history was unfortunately marked by the 2010 administration, which forced the club to sell key players like Peter Crouch, Sylvain Distin, Glen Johnson and Niko Kranjcar. Portsmouth incurred a nine-point deduction because of that administration and, as they were playing in the Premier League at that time, made it apparent that the club was heading out of the English top-flight.
Pompey have throughout their history had a strong rivalry with near neighbours Southampton, even when they have not been in the same league. Portsmouth also have a reputation for developing players and not spending vast sums in the market to ensure their survival.