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FRATTON RETURN FOR VINEY

28 January 2017

Ex-Blues and Grecians defender at today's game

Former Pompey and Exeter defender Keith Viney will be presented to the crowd at half-time when the two sides meet at Fratton Park today.

Portsmouth-born Viney appeared 166 times for his hometown club, scoring three goals. He was voted Player of Season in 1980/81.

The left-back even played in goal for the club twice, including deputising at half-time for the injured Alan Knight during a game at Exeter in 1982. 

Viney made a late finger-tip save to preserve a point in a 3-3 draw. Click here to read more about this game on www.pompeyvoices.co.uk

The first time he filled in between the posts was when Grahame Lloyd got injured during a game against Preston at Fratton Park in 1976, keeping a clean sheet for the final four minutes.

Now 59, Viney joined Pompey’s youth set up in 1974 and was a contemporary of players such as future England international Steve Foster and Peter Denyer, who himself made a flying visit to the club from Australia for the last home game.

In the summer of 1982, he joined Exeter on a free transfer and went onto play 270 times for the Grecians, scoring eight goals. He had a short spell afterwards at Bristol Rovers.

Viney said: “I’m really looking forward to the match and being introduced to the crowd. I think it will be a tough one for both sides. It should be a really good game.

“The game where I went in goal against Exeter proves I’m a better keeper than Knightsie. He let in two in a half and I only let in one!

“I have fond memories of both clubs – I was Player of the Season twice at Exeter and I think I am the only Portsmouth-born player to have been Player of the Season here.”

After his playing career ended in 1989, Viney managed non-league Torrington and he now works in the financial services industry for Best Practice.

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