|Contributor Name||Portsmouth Football Club|
|Collection Date||03.04.08 3.25pm|
|Artefact Name||Lucky Black Cat|
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 Stored||Portsmouth City Museum (but currently on display at PFC – in the Victory Lounge Fratton Park)|
|Sample Taken||Loose fibres from cat’s fur / straw stuffing|
|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|
'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, it’s been expensively conserved. Portsmouth City Museum are the third owners. '|