Former Blues star passes away
Pompey are mourning Albert McCann following his death at the age of 72.
The midfielder – who was equally at home leading the line – was of the Blues’ more colourful characters.
Despite his stocky build and trademark bow legs, he was one of the more skilful members of the squad during his 12 years at the club.
McCann – who has been inducted into the club’s Hall of Fame – scored 98 goals in 372 games after signing from Coventry for a fee of £8,000 in 1962.
Pompey remained in the second tier of English football throughout his stay, but he lit up an underachieving side.
When they finished fifth in the 1967/68 campaign, McCann was top scorer with 16 goals – an accolade he would earn in three successive seasons
He also played a key role in that season’s FA Cup fourth round replay victory over top-flight Fulham in a tie that saw 44,050 fans flock to Fratton Park.
McCann’s place in the hearts of Pompey fans was clear when his 1973 testimonial against West Ham attracted a crowd of 22,000.
They saw a Blues side boosted by new arrivals Peter Marinello, Phil Roberts and Ron Davies run out 4-2 winners, with Albie scoring in an engaging encounter.
It had his stamp all over it for McCann, first and foremost, was an entertainer, loved by young and old fans alike.
Portsmouth Football Club would like to express their sincere condolences to McCann’s family and friends.