Artwork : ArchiveNo00118

Lucky Black Cat 1939






Contributor Name Portsmouth Football Club
Contributor Image richard_owen_web.jpg

Location Fratton
Collection Date 03.04.08 3.25pm
Artefact Name Lucky Black Cat
Artefact Description Mascot for Portsmouth Football Club. 35cm tall approx.
Cat is in an arched pose with a shocked expression on her face! Green eyes and red lips. Worn in some areas. Stuffed with straw and hand sewn. Fair / poor condition.
Artefact Date 1939
Artefact Stored Portsmouth City Museum (but currently on display at PFC in the Victory Lounge Fratton Park)
Artefact Form

Artefact Image 00018_-_black_cat.jpg
Sample Taken Loose fibres from cats fur / straw stuffing
Sample Image

History of Artefact It was taken by fans to the 1939 FA cup final they won against Wolves (4-1 at Wembley). Pompey held the cup for the longest time until 1946 because WWII prevented the cup being played for six years.
The cat was tied to the front radiator grill on the supporter's motor coach which set forth from Portsmouth to Wembley. It has been specially made not mass produced. 50/2000 Museum number.

Historian Richard Owen / John Stedman
Previous Owners Club fan, and one other
Special Memories 'On 12 Jan 1941 the cup obtained at this final had to be dug out from rubble at Commercial Rd (it had lived in various locations around Portsmouth). The museum bought it at auction, its been expensively conserved. Portsmouth City Museum are the third owners. '
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