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Cliff Portwood - Portsmouth FC - 1963 - 1969

Blues mourn former hero Cliff Portwood

Cliff Portwood

Cliff Portwood


Former Pompey striker Cliff Portwood has died, aged 74.

The inside-forward, who made more than 100 appearances for the Blues between 1963-1969, died in the early hours of Tuesday morning, January 10, 2012

Portwood began his professional career with Preston, before going on to play for Port Vale, Grimsby and finally Pompey.

Cliff was signed by George Smith for a £4,000 fee, in the second tier. He had scored 35 goals in 92 league games for Grimsby in a two-year spell. Legendary striker Ron Saunders left the club in 1964, after scoring 33 goals in 1963–64. This left Portsmouth short of goals, and Portwood was the club's top scorer in the 1964–65 season with 12 goals, helping Pompey to avoid relegation by just one point. Portwood scored a total of 30 goals in 106 league and cup games at Portsmouth. After leaving Pompey in 1970 he went to South Africa, playing and coaching with Durban United. Whilst in Durban, he entered a singing competition on the radio and won a recording contract in Australia. He later became a successful singer and television personality in Australia.

In his later life, Portwood compared his style to that of Cristiano Ronaldo – "on the ball, twinkly-toed, turn on a sixpence, turn in the box, sharp

Maniacs Cricket Team, 1965

 For those who you don't know in the cricket picture Cliff Portwood in crouching left with Brian Lewis playing the fool as usual behind him. Harry Harris is wearing pads and bat front right.

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