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Pompey Mourn Carter And Chapman

Former Blues team-mates pass away

29 July 2019

Sammy Chapman and Brian Carter
Sammy Chapman (left) and Brian Carter

Pompey are mourning the deaths of former players Brian Carter and Sammy Chapman.

The pair – who were Fratton Park team-mates in the late 1950s and early 60s – have died at the ages of 80 and 81 respectively.

Carter arrived from Weymouth after being recommended by former Blues outside-right Freddie Forward.

He made his league debut at Luton in April 1950, with his home bow coming against Sunderland on the final day of the season a week later.

The half-back made a total of 51 appearances during his time with Pompey and later appeared for Bristol Rovers and Bath.

Belfast-born winger Chapman was signed for £8,000 from Mansfield in February 1958, with his debut coming at Leeds two days later.

He was named in Northern Ireland’s squad for the 1958 World Cup and netted 11 times in 58 games during almost four years on the south coast.

Chapman returned to Mansfield in December 1961, being named captain and leading them to promotion from Division Four, then later managed Wolves.

The thoughts of everyone at Portsmouth Football Club are with the friends and families of Brian and Sammy at this sad time.


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