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Pompey Mourn Ron Newman

Former Blues star passes away

28 August 2018

Ron Newman

Pompey are mourning the death of Ron Newman, who passed away on Monday at the age of 84.

Born in Fareham, the former Blues forward netted 25 goals in 118 appearances during his eight years with the club.

He was the kind of performer that was highly appreciated by the Fratton faithful, comfortable with either foot and willing to chase the ball for 90 minutes.

In 1967 – and having also turned out for Fareham, Newport IW, Woking, Orient, Crystal Palace and Gillingham – Ron moved across the pond to become one of the pioneers of American soccer.

He would return to Fratton Park as manager of the Dallas Tornado in 1970, later bringing another Stateside outfit to his former home when in charge of Fort Lauderdale.

Newman became a naturalised US citizen in 1992, the same year he was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame.

Holder of coaching badges in both England and America, he was also a fully-qualified cricket and tennis coach.

Everyone at Portsmouth Football Club would like to send their deepest condolences to Ron’s family and friends.

Pompey fans will be able to pay tribute to Ron with a minute's applause before Saturday's match against Plymouth.


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