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Pompey Mourn Fred Smith

Former Blues right-back passes away

6 April 2020

Fred Smith

Pompey are mourning the death of Fred Smith, who passed away recently at the age of 77.

The diminutive right-back made 96 appearances for the club between 1970 and 1973 after arriving from Burnley.

He signed alongside Colin Blant and made his debut in a 1-1 Division Two draw at Norwich on the opening day of the 1970/71 campaign.

Smith recovered from injury to become a regular member of the side and memorably provided the cross for Mike Trebilcock to score a famous FA Cup equaliser against Arsenal.

He was ever-present during his second season on the south coast and scored his only goal in a Blues shirt.

Smith managed to spring the offside trap before lobbing the keeper in an impressive 6-3 victory over Fulham at Fratton Park.

He ended his career with brief spells at Dallas Tornado and Halifax, later becoming a milkman and running a newsagents and restaurant.

Everyone at Portsmouth Football Club sends their deepest condolences to Fred’s family and friends at this sad time.


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