6 FEBRUARY 1948, Page 17


Stm,—Mr. Mallalieu's amusing reminiscences of Cup-tie football in your issue of January 30th contain an inaccuracy which I should like to correct. Describing the Cup Final of 1939, he writes: " Portsmouth went straight out on the field, scored three goals before half-time, and won the match 4-1." I remember the game well, for I watched it, and reported it in your columns. In fact, the score at half-time was 2-0, and Portsmouth's third goal came within a minute of the re-start. It was a dreadful moment for Wolverhampton and their supporters when that goal was scored, and its moral effect was much stronger than it would have been if it had been scored, as Mr. Mallalieu supposes, before half-time.—