2008 FA Cup Final

The 2008 FA Cup Final was a football match held at Wembley Stadium on 17 May 2008 and was the final match of the 2007–08 FA Cup competition.[1] The match was the 127th FA Cup Final, and the second to be held at the new Wembley Stadium since its redevelopment. The match was contested by Portsmouth and Cardiff City, with Portsmouth winning 1–0. This was the first time that the two sides have ever met in the competition. Both teams were aiming to win the FA Cup for the second time, Cardiff having won it in 1927 and Portsmouth in 1939.[2] Had Cardiff won, they would have been the first club from outside the top division of English football to have won the competition since West Ham United in 1980. The match had an attendance of 89,874, a record which still stands as the largest ever for an FA Cup Final at the new Wembley Stadium.

For winning the competition, Portsmouth received £1 million in prize money,[3] as well as qualification to the 2008–09 UEFA Cup, their first foray into European football. It was suggested prior to the game that Cardiff City would not have been allowed to compete in the UEFA Cup had they beaten Portsmouth, as Football Association (FA) regulations previously meant Welsh clubs were ineligible for European competitions even if they won the FA Cup or League Cup, prompting UEFA to offer the possibility of Cardiff filling a wild-card slot in the UEFA Cup.[4] However, the FA later issued a statement saying they would give their permission for Cardiff to participate in the UEFA Cup as one of England's representatives in the competition.[5] As in the preceding few years, the players voted Player of the Round in every round from the First Qualifying Round to the Semi-finals were present and given VIP hospitality for themselves and a guest.[6]

The FA announced that, before the game began, the Welsh national anthem, "Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau", would be played, along with the traditional "God Save the Queen" and "Abide with Me".[5] The Welsh anthem was sung by Katherine Jenkins, while Lesley Garrett sang "God Save the Queen" and the two duetted on "Abide with Me".[7]

2008 FA Cup Final
2008 FA Cup Final programme
Event2007–08 FA Cup
Cardiff City Portsmouth
Wales England
0 1
Date17 May 2008
VenueWembley Stadium, London
Man of the MatchNwankwo Kanu (Portsmouth)
RefereeMike Dean (Cheshire)

Route to the final

The FA Cup is English football's primary cup competition. Clubs in the Premier League and the Football League Championship enter the FA Cup in the third round and are drawn randomly out of a hat with the remaining clubs. If a match is drawn, a replay comes into force, ordinarily at the ground of the team who were away for the first game. As with league fixtures, FA Cup matches are subject to change in the event of games being selected for television coverage and this often can be influenced by clashes with other competitions.[8]

Cardiff City

Round Opposition Score
3rd Chasetown (h) 3–1
4th Hereford United (a) 1–2
5th Wolverhampton Wanderers (h) 2–0
6th Middlesbrough (a) 0–2
Semi-final Barnsley (n) 1–0
Key: (h) = Home venue; (a) = Away venue; (n) = Neutral venue.

Cardiff City entered the competition in the third round, receiving a bye as a Football League Championship club. Their opening match was a 3–1 home win against Southern League Division One Midlands side Chasetown. An own goal by defender Kevin McNaughton from a cross by Ben Steane gave Chasetown the lead in the 17th minute. Midfielder Peter Whittingham scored a first half injury time equaliser for Cardiff. Whittingham's teammate Aaron Ramsey (who was making his first appearance in a FA Cup match) put Cardiff ahead with a close-range header and winger Paul Parry hit the ball through Chasetown goalkeeper Lee Evans' legs to ensure progression to the fourth round.[9] Cardiff were drawn away to League Two side Hereford United at Edgar Street. McNaughton opened the scoreline with his first goal for Cardiff with a volley from the edge of the Hereford penalty area during first-half injury time. They extended their lead when striker Steven Thompson scored a penalty after McNaughton was felled by Clint Easton. Hereford scored in the 77th minute through striker Theo Robinson, but they were unable to achieve an equaliser and Cardiff won the match 2–1 to go through to the fifth round.[10] This was the first time since 1994 that Cardiff had progressed into the fifth round of the FA Cup.[11]

Cardiff City's fifth round match was home to fellow Championship club Wolverhampton Wanderers. Whittingham opened the scoreline for Cardiff after 90 seconds as he converted a flick-on from striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink. Hasselbaink extended Cardiff's advantage nine minutes later by side-stepping the ball into the top-left hand corner of the Wanderers goal net. Wanderers were unable to respond in the remainder of the match, despite centre forward Kevin Kyle taking advantage of a mistake by centre-back Glenn Loovens after the second half kicked off, only for Loovens to get back to clear off the line.[12] In the sixth round, Cardiff was drawn away to Premier League side Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium. An early goal by Whittingham and a second by defender Roger Johnson from a Whittingham free-kick in the 23rd minute was enough to take Cardiff into the semi-finals.[13] In the semi-final held at the Wembley Stadium against Barnsley, central midfielder Joe Ledley scored the winning goal from a volley off his left foot to help Cardiff reach their first FA Cup final since 1927.[14]


Round Opposition Score
3rd Ipswich Town (a) 0–1
4th Plymouth Argyle (h) 2–1
5th Preston North End (a) 0–1
6th Manchester United (a) 0–1
Semi-final West Bromwich Albion (n) 1–0
Key: (h) = Home venue; (a) = Away venue; (n) = Neutral venue.

Like Cardiff City, but as a Premier League club, Portsmouth received a bye into the third round. Their opening match was a 1–0 away win against Championship side Ipswich Town at Portman Road on 4 January 2008. Striker David Nugent, who started the match as a substitute, scored the winning goal in the 51st minute (and his first goal since September 2007), allowing Portsmouth to progress into the next round.[15] There, they were drawn against another Championship club Plymouth Argyle. The match held at Portsmouth's home ground, Fratton Park, saw the visitors take the lead early in the first half when striker Chris Clark scored his first goal for Plymouth, which came from a deflection off Hermann Hreiðarsson. Portsmouth responded with their recently signed midfielder Lassana Diarra converting a corner kick pass from midfielder Pedro Mendes in the 34th minute. A goal by Niko Kranjčar from an eight-yard pass from right back Glen Johnson gave Portsmouth a 2–1 victory and progression to the next round of the FA Cup.[16]

The club faced Preston North End away at Deepdale in the fifth round. In the final seconds of the match, Preston midfielder Darren Carter attempted to clear a corner kick from Kranjčar but struck the ball into his own net.[17] In the sixth round, Portsmouth were drawn away to fellow Premier League club Manchester United at Old Trafford. Portsmouth took a 1–0 victory after midfielder Sulley Muntari converted a penalty following a foul by United reserve goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak on striker Milan Baroš which prompted Kuszczak's dismissal, with the referee showing him a red card. This ended the chances of Manchester United replicating their success of the 1998–99 season.[18] Championship side West Bromwich Albion were the opposition in the semi-final, which was also held at the neutral Wembley Stadium, on 5 April 2008. Striker Nwankwo Kanu side-footed the winning goal of the match, which meant Portsmouth had secured a place in the final for the first time since 1939.[19]

Team news

The Wembley scoreboard at the final whistle.

Cardiff decided to leave veteran striker Robbie Fowler out of the squad as he had only just recovered from injury. Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink started on his own up-front, supported by winger Paul Parry. Aaron Ramsey became the second youngest player, at 17 years and 143 days, to appear in an FA Cup Final when he came off the bench to replace Peter Whittingham on the hour mark, only 24 days older than Curtis Weston was for Millwall in 2004.[20]

Jermain Defoe was cup-tied for Portsmouth, having played in the third and fourth rounds for Tottenham Hotspur in January. Consequently, Nwankwo Kanu played as a lone striker, with support from a five-man midfield of Niko Kranjčar, John Utaka, Pedro Mendes, Lassana Diarra and Sulley Muntari. Sol Campbell, Glen Johnson and David James were the only three English players in the starting line-up, with Campbell and former Arsenal teammate Kanu both looking to win the FA Cup for the third time, having won the competition twice with Arsenal.

Match details

Cardiff City Wales0–1England Portsmouth
Report Kanu Goal 37'
Cardiff City
GK 1 Finland Peter Enckelman
RB 2 Scotland Kevin McNaughton
CB 12 England Roger Johnson
CB 6 Netherlands Glenn Loovens
LB 3 Northern Ireland Tony Capaldi
RM 16 Wales Joe Ledley
CM 4 Scotland Gavin Rae Substituted off 86'
CM 10 Republic of Ireland Stephen McPhail (c)
LM 7 England Peter Whittingham Substituted off 61'
CF 36 Netherlands Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink Substituted off 70'
CF 11 Wales Paul Parry
GK 13 England Michael Oakes
DF 5 England Darren Purse
MF 18 England Trevor Sinclair Substituted in 86'
MF 30 Wales Aaron Ramsey Substituted in 61'
FW 20 Scotland Steven Thompson Substituted in 70'
England Dave Jones
Cardiff vs Portsmouth 2008-05-17
GK 1 England David James
RB 5 England Glen Johnson
CB 23 England Sol Campbell (c)
CB 15 France Sylvain Distin
LB 7 Iceland Hermann Hreiðarsson Yellow card 45+1'
DM 6 France Lassana Diarra Yellow card 90+3'
RM 17 Nigeria John Utaka Substituted off 69'
CM 30 Portugal Pedro Mendes Substituted off 78'
CM 19 Croatia Niko Kranjčar Yellow card 54'
LM 11 Ghana Sulley Muntari
CF 27 Nigeria Nwankwo Kanu Substituted off 87'
GK 21 England Jamie Ashdown
DF 16 France Noé Pamarot
MF 8 Senegal Papa Bouba Diop Substituted in 78'
FW 9 Czech Republic Milan Baroš Substituted in 87'
FW 10 England David Nugent Substituted in 69'
England Harry Redknapp

Man of the match

Match officials

Match rules

  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary.
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level.
  • Five named substitutes.
  • Maximum of three substitutions.


Cardiff Portsmouth
Total shots 9 11
Shots on target 3 5
Ball possession 51% 49%
Corner kicks 7 6
Fouls committed 9 22
Offsides 2 4
Yellow cards 0 3
Red cards 0 0

Source: ESPN[22]

See also


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  2. ^ "Portsmouth 1–0 Cardiff". BBC News. 17 May 2008. Archived from the original on 17 January 2010. Retrieved 22 April 2010.
  3. ^ "FA Cup Payments to clubs". TheFA.com. 25 June 2007. Archived from the original on 22 March 2008. Retrieved 5 January 2008.
  4. ^ "Uefa offers Cardiff Euro lifeline". BBC Sport. 7 April 2008. Retrieved 21 August 2017.
  5. ^ a b "FA approves Cardiff for Uefa Cup". BBC Sport. 24 April 2008. Retrieved 24 April 2008.
  6. ^ "Player of the Round". TheFA.com. 25 September 2007. Archived from the original on 16 February 2008. Retrieved 5 January 2008.
  7. ^ "Today's Events". Cardiff City v Portsmouth – The FA Cup sponsored by e.on 2008 Final – Official Matchday Programme. Haymarket Network: 13. 17 May 2008.
  8. ^ "Rules of The FA Cup Challenge Cup". TheFA.com. Archived from the original on 21 February 2004. Retrieved 9 September 2013.
  9. ^ "Chasetown 1-3 Cardiff". BBC Sport. BBC. 5 January 2008. Retrieved 31 August 2015.
  10. ^ Dulin, David (27 January 2008). "Hereford 1-2 Cardiff". BBC Sport. BBC. Retrieved 31 August 2015.
  11. ^ Morris, Michael (27 January 2008). "City in round 5 for first time in 14 years". Cardiff City Mad. Digital Sports Group. Retrieved 31 August 2015.
  12. ^ Dulin, David (16 February 2008). "Cardiff 2-0 Wolves". BBC Sport. BBC. Retrieved 31 August 2015.
  13. ^ Dulin, David (9 March 2008). "Middlesbrough 0-2 Cardiff". BBC Sport. BBC. Retrieved 31 August 2015.
  14. ^ Williams, Richard (7 April 2008). "Wheel of fortune turns for Cardiff as Odejayi fails to repeat heroics". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. Retrieved 31 August 2015.
  15. ^ Lewis, Aimee (5 January 2008). "Ipswich 0-1 Portsmouth". BBC Sport. BBC. Retrieved 31 August 2015.
  16. ^ Holt, Sarah (26 January 2008). "Portsmouth 2-1 Plymouth". BBC Sport. BBC. Retrieved 31 August 2015.
  17. ^ Lewis, Aimee (17 February 2008). "Preston 0-1 Portsmouth". BBC Sport. BBC. Retrieved 31 August 2015.
  18. ^ McNulty, Phil (8 March 2008). "Man Utd 0-1 Portsmouth". BBC Sport. BBC. Retrieved 31 August 2015.
  19. ^ McKenzie, Andrew (5 April 2008). "West Brom 0-1 Portsmouth". BBC Sport. BBC. Retrieved 31 August 2015.
  20. ^ Cardiff resigned to losing Ramsay
  21. ^ "Dean gets Final spot". TheFA.com. 7 April 2008. Archived from the original on 9 April 2008. Retrieved 8 April 2008.
  22. ^ "Portsmouth; FA Cup Winners 2008". ESPNsoccernet. ESPN Inc. 17 May 2008. Retrieved 6 May 2012.

External links

1895 FA Cup Final

The 1895 FA Cup Final was contested by Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion at Crystal Palace. Aston Villa won 1–0, with Bob Chatt being credited with scoring the fastest goal in FA Cup Final history, scored after just 30 seconds. This record would stand for 114 years before being broken by Louis Saha of Everton in the 2009 FA Cup Final with a goal after 25 seconds.

1905 FA Cup Final

The 1905 FA Cup Final was contested by Aston Villa and Newcastle United at Crystal Palace. Aston Villa were victorious, winning 2–0, with Harry Hampton scoring both goals.

Aaron Ramsey

Aaron James Ramsey (born 26 December 1990) is a Welsh professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Premier League club Arsenal and the Wales national team. Ramsey mainly plays as a box-to-box midfielder, but has also been deployed on the left and right wings. He played as a schoolboy for Cardiff City, where he spent eight years in youth football, became the club's youngest ever first team player, and made 28 appearances (including loan spell) for the senior team – including the 2008 FA Cup Final.

Ramsey moved to Arsenal in 2008 in a £5 million deal, where he quickly gained first-team experience. However, his career stalled significantly after he suffered a broken leg in a match against Stoke City in February 2010. After two loan spells away from Arsenal, he returned to full fitness and re-established himself as a regular starter during the 2011–12 season. Ramsey was a key player for Arsenal in the 2013–14 season campaign, scoring 16 goals in all competitions, including the winner in the 2014 FA Cup Final against Hull City. He also played in the 2015 FA Cup Final, which Arsenal won, and scored a second FA Cup winning goal in 2017. He will join Juventus on 1 July 2019 after having signed a pre-contractual agreement.

Ramsey made his full international debut for Wales in 2008 and was part of their UEFA Euro 2016 campaign, where he helped his nation to the semi-finals and was included in the Team of the Tournament. He also represented Great Britain at the 2012 Olympics.

Bluebirds Flying High

Bluebirds Flying High is a song written by British singer-songwriter James Fox. It was recorded as Cardiff City F.C.'s official song for the 2008 FA Cup Final. It was released as a single in May 2008 and charted at a peak position of number 15 in the UK Singles Chart. The song features backing vocals from members of the Cardiff City football squad.

Cardiff City F.C.

Cardiff City Football Club (Welsh: Clwb Pêl-droed Dinas Caerdydd) is a professional association football club based in Cardiff, Wales. It competes in the Championship, the second tier of the English football league system. Founded in 1899 as Riverside A.F.C., the club changed its name to Cardiff City in 1908 and entered the Southern Football League in 1910 before joining the English Football League in 1920. The team have spent 17 seasons in the top tier of English football since, the longest period being between 1921 and 1929. Their most recent season in the top flight was the 2018–19 Premier League season.

Cardiff is the only team from outside England to have won the FA Cup, doing so in 1927. They have also reached three other cup finals in English competitions, the 1925 FA Cup Final against Sheffield United, the 2008 FA Cup Final against Portsmouth and the 2012 Football League Cup Final against Liverpool, suffering defeat on each occasion. They have won the Welsh Cup on 22 occasions, making them the second most successful team in the competition's history behind Wrexham.

With the exception of a short period this century, the team have played in home colours of blue and white since 1908, which gives them the nickname "The Bluebirds". Cardiff's first permanent ground was Ninian Park opened in 1910; it remained in use for 99 years until the club moved into the Cardiff City Stadium in 2009. Cardiff have long-standing rivalries with nearby clubs Swansea City, known as the South Wales derby and Bristol City, known as the Severnside derby. The club's record appearance holder is Billy Hardy, who made 590 appearances in a 20-year playing spell with Cardiff, and their record goalscorer is Len Davies with 179 goals.

Gavin Rae

Gavin Paul Rae (born 28 November 1977 in Aberdeen) is a Scottish football player and coach, who is currently the head coach of National Premier Leagues NSW club Hakoah Sydney City East FC. Rae started his playing career with Dundee, making over 200 league appearances for the club. He moved to Rangers in January 2004, but struggled to hold down a regular place in their team due to injury. He moved to Cardiff City in 2007 and featured regularly in the team that reached the 2008 FA Cup Final. Rae left Cardiff in 2011 and had spells later in his career with Dundee and Aberdeen. He also won 14 caps for Scotland between 2001 and 2009.

Glen Johnson

Glen McLeod Cooper Johnson (né Stephens; 23 August 1984) is an English former professional footballer who played predominantly as a right back.

Johnson began his career at West Ham United, spending time on loan at Millwall, and was signed by Chelsea for a £6 million fee after West Ham's relegation in 2003. He helped Chelsea win the 2004–05 Premier League title and the 2005 League Cup Final. In June 2006, Johnson joined Portsmouth on loan for the 2006–07 season. Following a successful season on loan at Fratton Park, Johnson joined Pompey permanently for a fee of around £4 million.

Johnson played 99 times for Portsmouth and played in the 2008 FA Cup Final as Portsmouth beat Cardiff City 1–0. Johnson moved to Liverpool in the summer of 2009 for a £17.5 million fee. Johnson spent six seasons at Anfield making 200 appearances which included victory in the 2012 League Cup Final. He joined Stoke City in July 2015 on a free transfer.

Johnson has also been capped 54 times by the England national team since 2003, and was selected in England's squads for the 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cups and UEFA Euro 2012.

He announced his retirement in January 2019.

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink

Jerrel "Jimmy" Floyd Hasselbaink (born 27 March 1972) is a Dutch former professional footballer and current manager.

A forward, he began his career with Telstar and AZ, before leaving the Netherlands for Portuguese club Campomaiorense in August 1995. He joined Boavista the following year, and won the Taça de Portugal with the club in 1997. Later that year he was signed by English side Leeds United for a £2 million fee, and went on to win the Premier League Golden Boot award in 1998–99. He was sold on to Spanish club Atlético Madrid for £10 million in 1999, and reached the final of the Copa del Rey with Atlético despite the club also suffering relegation from La Liga.

Hasselbaink returned to the Premier League with Chelsea for a club record £15 million fee in May 2000. He scored 23 league goals in his first season, which earned him a second Premier League Golden Boot. He also played in the 2002 FA Cup Final and made a career high second-place league finish in 2003–04. He moved to Middlesbrough on a free transfer in July 2004, and played in the final of the UEFA Cup in 2006. He signed with Charlton Athletic in July 2006, before joining Cardiff City in August 2007. He played on the losing side in the 2008 FA Cup Final before retiring. He also scored nine goals in 23 matches in a four-year international career for the Netherlands national team, and appeared at the 1998 FIFA World Cup.

In May 2013 he was appointed manager of Royal Antwerp in the Belgian Second Division, where he stayed for one season. In November 2014, he was hired by Burton Albion, and in his first season he led them to their first ever promotion to League One as champions of League Two. In December 2015, he was appointed manager of Queens Park Rangers in the Championship, and lasted 11 months in the job until he was dismissed in November 2016. From September 2017 to April 2018 he managed League One club Northampton Town.

Jimmy Gorman

Jimmy Gorman (3 March 1910 – 1 February 1991) was an English footballer who played for Sunderland as a full back. He was born in Liverpool, England.

Keren Barratt

Keren P. J. Barratt (born February 1946) is an English former football referee, who operated in the Football League and Premier League. He was based in Coventry, West Midlands, during his time on the List.

List of Sunderland A.F.C. managers

Sunderland Association Football Club was founded in September 1880 as Sunderland and District Teachers Association Football Club. After turning professional in 1886, the club appointed Tom Watson as their first manager, and under Watson the team won the Football League First Division three times in four seasons. The percentage of games won under Watson remains the highest of all time for a Sunderland manager. Watson left to manage Liverpool and was replaced by Robert Campbell, but the new manager failed to continue the success of his predecessor. The next three managers, Alex Mackie, Bob Kyle and Johnny Cochrane, each won the First Division title while at the club. Kyle's 817 games in charge, spread over 19 full seasons either side of the First World War, make him Sunderland's longest-serving manager. Cochrane led the club to their first FA Cup victory, beating Preston North End 3–1 in the 1937 final. The closest they had come in previous seasons was as losing finalists in 1913 under Kyle.After Cochrane, no manager won a trophy until Bob Stokoe led the team to their second FA Cup with a 1–0 win over Leeds United in the 1973 FA Cup Final. Stokoe took Sunderland into European competition for the first time in their history, but they were knocked out in the second round of the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup by Sporting Clube de Portugal. Len Ashurst led Sunderland to their first League Cup final, which they lost 1–0 to Norwich City, but relegation brought him the sack at the end of the season. Under Lawrie McMenemy, Sunderland were relegated to the Third Division for the first time in their history. Following this, Denis Smith was named as manager, and saw the club back into the Second Division.Peter Reid brought Sunderland to the Premier League for the first time in their history in the 1996–97 season, but they were relegated in their debut season. The team progressed as far as the Division One play-off final in 1998, drawing 4–4 after extra time before losing 7–6 on penalties, and went one step further the following season, winning promotion as champions with a record total, at that time, of 105 points. Still led by Reid, they went on to achieve their highest place finish in the Premier League, finishing seventh in two consecutive seasons, and narrowly missed out on a UEFA Cup place. In 2002–03, Sunderland had three different managers, with Reid, Howard Wilkinson and, towards the end of the season, Mick McCarthy; the club ended that season with a then record low total of 19 points. Under McCarthy, a third-place finish in the Championship earned Sunderland a place in the 2003–04 play-offs, only to lose to Crystal Palace in the semi-finals; in 2004–05, they were promoted as champions, clinching the title with a 2–1 win over West Ham. In March 2006, McCarthy was sacked in a season where Sunderland gained just 15 points, breaking their previous record, with former player Kevin Ball taking over as caretaker manager for the remaining games. Following a takeover of the club, incoming chairman Niall Quinn acted as manager until Roy Keane's appointment three weeks into the 2006–07 season. Keane went on to win the Championship title in his first season of management. After keeping the side in the Premier League, he resigned in December 2008 and Ricky Sbragia eventually assumed the role after a spell as caretaker. Sbragia resigned immediately after the final match of the 2008–09 season, when Sunderland had achieved survival in the Premier League. Wigan Athletic manager Steve Bruce was appointed as his successor in June 2009. Having spent two-and-a-half years as manager, Bruce was sacked on 30 November 2011. Martin O'Neill, a boyhood fan of the club, was appointed as manager on 3 December 2011. Sunderland's form soon took off, picking up 27 points in O'Neill's first 18 league games in charge, as well as reaching an FA Cup quarter-final. However, the team underperformed during the 2012–13 season, and on 30 March 2013, O'Neill was sacked. The following day on 31 March 2013, Paolo Di Canio was appointed on a ​2 1⁄2-year contract. Di Canio was sacked less than six months later with Sunderland bottom of the Premier League.

List of UK Independent Singles Chart number ones of 2008

The UK Indie Chart is a weekly chart that ranks the biggest-selling singles that are released on independent record labels in the United Kingdom. The chart is compiled by the Official Charts Company, and is based on both physical and digital single sales. During 2008, 27 singles reached number one.

The biggest-selling indie hit of the year was "Dance Wiv Me" by Dizzee Rascal & Calvin Harris, which was at the top of the UK Indie Chart for nine weeks and sold nearly 390,000 copies. The second biggest-selling indie song was "Chasing Pavements" by Adele, which was at number one for five weeks and sold over 280,000 during the year.

Four acts were able to top the indie chart with two different singles. They were: The Futureheads with "The Beginning of the Twist" and "Radio Heart", Travis with "J. Smith" and "Something Anything", The Last Shadow Puppets with "The Age of the Understatement" and "My Mistakes Were Made for You", and Oasis with "The Shock of the Lightning" and "I'm Outta Time".

Chart-topping singles from the 2008 UK Indie Chart also included "Bluebirds Flying High", written by British singer James Fox as Cardiff City F.C.'s official song for the 2008 FA Cup Final, and a new remix of the Guru Josh song "Infinity", which topped the UK Indie Chart and made number three on the UK Singles Chart.

Mike Dean (referee)

Michael Dean (born 2 June 1968) is an English professional football referee who officiates primarily in the Premier League. He is based in Heswall, Wirral, and is a member of the Cheshire County Football Association.

Since his appointment as a Select Group referee in 2000, Dean has officiated a number of notable matches, including the FA Community Shield and the finals of the FA Cup, Football League Cup and FA Trophy.

Peter Whittingham

Peter Michael Whittingham (born 8 September 1984) is an English professional footballer who is a free agent who most recently played for EFL Championship club Blackburn Rovers, being released on 31 August 2018. His primary position is as a central midfielder, although he can operate as a winger on both the left and right, as well as a second-striker.

He was part of the Aston Villa team that won the FA Youth Cup in 2002, and a year later he made his Premier League debut. Whittingham had loans at Championship clubs Burnley and Derby County in 2005. In January 2007, he signed for Cardiff City for a fee of £350,000.

In eleven seasons at Cardiff, Whittingham played 457 competitive matches and scored 96 goals, putting him seventh all-time appearances list and ninth among their goalscorers. In his time at the club, they won the Championship in 2013, and reached the 2008 FA Cup Final and 2012 Football League Cup Final. He was named three times in the Championship's PFA Team of the Year, and his 20-goal haul in 2009–10 made him the division's top scorer.

Portsmouth F.C.

Portsmouth Football Club (listen) is an English professional association football club in Portsmouth, Hampshire, which plays in EFL League One, the third tier of English football. The club was founded on 5 April 1898 and home matches are played at Fratton Park in Milton, Portsmouth.

Portsmouth have been the top tier Football League Champions of England twice consecutively in 1949 and 1950. Portsmouth have also won the FA Cup twice in 1939 and 2008, the FA Charity Shield once in 1949 and the EFL Trophy once in 2019.Portsmouth have also won the second tier division title once in 2002–03, the third tier division title three times in 1923–24 (South), 1961–62, 1982–83 and the fourth tier division title once in 2016–17. In the early twentieth century, Portsmouth were also champions of the Southern Football League in 1901–02 and 1919–20. Portsmouth were also champions of the Western Football League in 1900–01, 1901–02 and 1902–03. These, and their more recent wins, make Portsmouth southern England’s most successful club (in terms of cups, honours and titles) outside of London.

Portsmouth have played in European competition for only one season in their history, the 2008–09 UEFA Cup (now UEFA Europa League), a result of winning the 2008 FA Cup Final. In this period, the club had international footballers including England players Glen Johnson, Jermain Defoe, Peter Crouch, David James and Sol Campbell. Between 2003 and 2010 the club spent seven consecutive seasons in the Premier League. The club's fortunes declined in 2010–13 when the club entered administration twice and were relegated three times, reaching the fourth tier (EFL League Two) and their lowest point since the 1979–80 season. The club were saved from liquidation after being bought out by the fan-owned Pompey Supporters Trust (PST). This made Portsmouth the largest fan-owned football club in England until 3 August 2017, when the PST sold it to The Tornante Company, an investment company owned by former Disney CEO Michael Eisner.During the last few months of the PST's ownership, Portsmouth were promoted to EFL League One after winning the fourth tier EFL League Two divisional championship title on 6 May 2017 in the final league game of the 2016–17 season. Portsmouth then became only the fifth English football club to win all four tiers of current English professional football (after Wolves, Burnley, Preston North End and Sheffield United). In addition, Portsmouth are also one of only two English football clubs to have been champions of five professional divisions including the former regional Football League Third Division South championship in the 1923–24 season. Wolverhampton Wanderers also share this distinction, having won all four divisions, plus a Football League Third Division North title win, coincidentally in the same 1923–24 season as Portsmouth won the respective South division. They have planned to more lighting and seating in 2019.

Portsmouth F.C. in European football

Portsmouth F.C.'s record in Europe was in the 2008–09 UEFA Cup where they played Vitória Guimarães and Braga of Portugal, Italian team Milan and Heerenveen of the Netherlands. They qualified by winning the 2008 FA Cup final.

Two years later, Portsmouth were the runners-up of the 2009–10 FA Cup to Champions League-qualified Chelsea. However, Portsmouth did not obtain a UEFA licence, meaning they could not qualify for Europe. Portsmouth had appealed to UEFA, the Premier League and the English FA, but the latter two would not allow late applications for the licence. As a result, the seventh-placed team of the 2009–10 Premier League, Liverpool, claimed the Europa League spot in the third qualifying round.

Reg Flewin

Reginald Flewin (28 November 1920 – 24 May 2008) was an English footballer who played as a central defender for his hometown club Portsmouth.

Flewin signed a professional contract with Pompey on his 17th birthday in 1937, and made his senior debut for the club against Grimsby Town in April 1939. Following the outbreak of World War II, Flewin's football career came to a halt. He served in the Royal Marines during hostilities, and occasionally turned out for Portsmouth in wartime football, winning an England wartime cap against Wales on 16 September 1944.When football resumed at the end of the war, Flewin became a regular in Portsmouth's defence, and was also named the team's captain. He was a member of the Pompey sides that won consecutive league titles in 1948–49 and 1949–50. Flewin retired in 1953, having played 163 first-team matches for Portsmouth. In 1949 his Portsmouth side was tipped to become the first team to win the double but lost to Leicester City at Highbury. If Portsmouth won the Double he would have been the first skipper since John Devey to win it.

Following his playing career, Flewin moved into coaching, first taking charge of Pompey's youth team, and later became assistant to manager Eddie Lever. He remained assistant manager at Portsmouth until October 1960, when he accepted the job as manager of Stockport County. In September 1963, he moved back south to become manager at Bournemouth, where he spent two years before resigning in 1965.

After leaving football, Flewin settled on the Isle of Wight, where he managed the Fort Warden holiday camp in Totland Bay. He died in May 2008, aged 87 a week after the 2008 FA Cup Final.

Roger Johnson (footballer)

Roger Johnson (born 28 April 1983) is an English footballer who plays as a central defender and is currently a free agent.

Johnson began his career with Wycombe Wanderers, where he spent six years as a professional. He then joined Welsh side Cardiff City in 2006 for £275,000. He was part of the team that reached the 2008 FA Cup Final and was twice chosen as the club's Player of the Year in his three-year stint with the club.

He moved into the Premier League by signing for Birmingham City in 2009 for £5 million, with whom he won the 2011 League Cup. He departed Birmingham in 2011 after their relegation to join Midlands neighbours Wolverhampton Wanderers, with whom he suffered two further consecutive relegations, leading to his exclusion from first team involvement. After loan spells with Sheffield Wednesday and West Ham United, Johnson left Wolves by mutual consent, and spent the latter part of the 2014–15 season with Charlton Athletic. He played for Indian Super League club Pune City in 2015 before returning to Charlton in January 2016. Released at the end of the season, Johnson signed a short-term contract with Bromley in October 2017.

Sol Campbell

Sulzeer Jeremiah Campbell (born 18 September 1974) is an English professional football manager and former player who is the manager of League Two club Macclesfield Town. A centre back, he had a 20-year career playing in the Premier League and an 11-year international career with the England national team.

Born in east London to Jamaican parents, Campbell began his career with Tottenham Hotspur in December 1992. He spent nine years at Spurs, scoring 10 goals in 255 appearances, and captaining the team to victory in the 1999 Football League Cup Final against Leicester City. In 2001, he joined Tottenham's North London rivals Arsenal on a free transfer, and as a result has remained a deeply unpopular figure amongst Spurs supporters. In his five years and 195 appearances at Arsenal, he won two Premier League winners medals and two FA Cup winners medals, encompassing the 2001–02 league and FA Cup double, and being part of the team that became known as The Invincibles for their undefeated 2003–04 Premier League campaign. He scored Arsenal's only goal in their 2–1 defeat to Barcelona in the 2006 UEFA Champions League Final. In August 2006, he joined Portsmouth on a free transfer. His three years with the club included captaining them to victory in the 2008 FA Cup Final. At the end of the 2008–09 season, he made the surprise move of dropping down three levels of the English football pyramid to join League Two side Notts County on a free transfer. He left the club by mutual consent in September 2009, having played just one match for the club. The next year, he made a brief return to Arsenal before ending his career with Newcastle United.

Having already won caps for the England under-21s and England B team, Campbell gained his first of 73 full caps for England aged 21. In May 1998, Campbell became what was then England's second-youngest captain, after Bobby Moore, aged 23 years 248 days. In 2006, he became the only player to have represented England in six consecutive major tournaments, playing in the 1996, 2000 and 2004 UEFA European Championships; and the 1998, 2002 and 2006 FIFA World Cups. He was named in the Teams of the Tournament for the 2002 World Cup and at Euro 2004. Other honours in the game include being in the PFA Team of the Year three times, in 1999, 2003 and 2004.

In February 2015, Campbell announced his intention to run for the Conservative Party nomination for Mayor of London in the 2016 election. He was not selected as the Conservative candidate.

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