Former Blues star passes away
Pompey are mourning the death of former player Jack Mansell, who passed away on Saturday evening at the age of 88.
The Salford-born left-back joined the Blues from Cardiff in 1953, with manager Eddie Lever paying £14,000 to bring him to Fratton Park.
His attacking mentality – which would not look out of place in the modern game – ensured that he quickly became a crowd favourite.
Mansell spent five years on the south coast and scored eight goals in 144 appearances, during which time he also won two England ‘B’ caps and appeared in a Football League representative side.
The former Manchester United amateur – who also featured for Brighton – played in every league match of the 1954/55 campaign when Pompey finished third in the top-flight and missed just one game the following season.
His career came to an end at the age of 30 and he went on to have spells as manager at Rotherham and Reading.
Portsmouth Football Club would like to send their deepest condolences to Jack’s friends and family and we will hold a minute’s applause in his memory before the Notts County game on Good Friday.