Registered: Mar 2004
Local time: 04:20 AM
Location: The Historic City of Portsmouth, England
Portsmouth was today mourning the loss of the last surviving member of the historic 1939 F.A. Cup winning side, Center-half Tommy Rowe.
Rowe passed away this week at the age of 92. He played a pivotal role in 1939 as Pompey turned their third trip to Wembley into a monumental upset ober the much favored Wolves.
Rowe played in all the cup rounds that year and the team, led by Jimmy Guthrie, returned as heroes to the south coast, with a place in Pompey folklore assured.
Rowe's commanding presence (He was the tallest player on the pitch that day) helped the Blues to a defining moment in the clubs F.A. Cup history which, to this day, remains unmatched.
The win promted feverish celebrations and thousands gathered at Guildhall square to welcome Rowe and the players home.
The F.A. Cup was Pompey's throughout the duration of the second world war. Rowe served in the War as a bomber pilot and recieved the Distinguished Flying Cross.
Signed from Poole Town in 1934, Rowe made 87 appearances for Pompey over five seasons, scoring eight goals.
He was a true Pompey legend, a status confirmed by the rousing reception he recieved during a visit to Fratton Park, for the 4-1 F.A. Cup sixth-round defeat to eventual cup winners Chelsea in 1997.