Numerous great players have put on the famous royal blue Pompey shirt, which is what makes this list deciding who the greatest 20 are extremely difficult and controversial.
17. Noel Blake
Blake had a successful time on the south coast, especially as he won promotion to the top flight with Pompey, after helping them finish runners up in the 1986-87 division 2 season.
The Jamaican defender made 150+ appearances for the Blues and is one of the clubs greatest ever centre backs. He won the Player of the Season award in both the 1985-86 season and also the promotion winning season of 1986-87.
Blake described his time while playing for Portsmouth as: ‘The greatest four years of his career.’
16. Linvoy Primus
A very likeable man, Primus was a good centre back for Pompey but it was the efforts he made off the pitch, what made him into a true Pompey legend. After his testimonial in 2010, the Milton End was renamed the ‘Linvoy Primus community stand’, in honour of his outstanding services to the club.
On the pitch, Primus made just under 200 appearances for the Blues. He helped guide Pompey to the Division 1 title in 2003, and was rewarded with the Fans Player of the Season award, as well as the PFA Player of the Year in Division 1 award. He then was a key member of Pompey’s Premier League campaign, putting in consistently stellar performances throughout, however, he was also unfortunate with injury.
Off the pitch, Primus is a club ambassador for Pompey and is apart of numerous different global and local charities. When the players could not be paid due to financial issues, Primus never once complained unlike many and this was because he loved the club so much that he gave his all no matter what and helped Portsmouth get back on its feet.
15. Sulley Muntari
Unfortunately, Muntari was only with the Blues for just one season, but what a season he had on the south coast. He appeared 29 times, scoring four goals in the 2007-08 season. His man of the match performance away against Aston Villa, will be remembered fondly because of the two wonder strikes he scored, in a 3-1 win.
Muntari was also a key man in Pompey’s successful 2008 FA Cup campaign, in which he scored the winner away at Manchester United in the quarter-final, to set Pompey on there way to Wembley. He also started the final against Cardiff, putting in an excellent display.
At the end of the season, he was snapped up by Italian giants Inter Milan for a fee believed to be €14 million.