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POMPEY MOURN NICK JENNINGS

6 June 2016

Former Blues winger passes away

Pompey are mourning the loss of former star Nick Jennings, who has passed away at the age of 70.

The Hall of Fame inductee represented the Blues for almost seven years after signing from Plymouth in 1967.

A diminutive – but skilful – left-winger, he netted on his debut in a 3-2 victory over Rotherham at Fratton Park, going on to score 50 goals in 227 appearances.

Among his accolades was the Player of the Year trophy in 1970, thanks to a number of stirring performances for an underachieving side.
 
Jennings’ second season at Pompey saw them top the Division Two table ahead of a clash with fellow high-fliers Blackpool in December.

He broke his ankle in that match and was out of action for seven weeks, during which time results took a turn for the worse and the club ended up in fifth spot.

That was the nearest Jennings came to glory with the Blues, who suffered more than a decade of mid-table mediocrity.

In the summer of 1973, new chairman John Deacon backed up his pledge of promotion to the first division by making a number of big money signings.

The arrival of Peter Marinello ultimately signalled the end of Jennings’ Pompey career and he soon became a regular for the reserves.

He made his way back to Devon the following summer, signing for Exeter and netting 15 times in 124 games.

Portsmouth Football Club send their sincere condolences to Nick’s family and friends. His funeral will be held at Bournemouth crematorium from 11am on June 20. 

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