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Pompey Mourn Malcolm Manley

Former Blues defender passes away

17 August 2020

Malcolm Manley

Pompey are mourning the death of Malcolm Manley, who has sadly passed away at the age of 70.

The Scottish centre-back signed from Leicester from £45,000 in December 1973, but a knee injury limited him to just 16 appearances.

He appeared as a substitute for the Foxes in their 1969 FA Cup final defeat to Manchester City at Wembley.

Manley also helped them secure promotion from Division Two before he was lured to Fratton Park by chairman John Deacon.

He made his Blues debut alongside fellow new defensive arrival Paul Went in a home victory over Bristol City.

Pompey soon began to climb the second tier table and also progressed in the FA up by seeing off Swindon and Orient.

But after severing a cartilage at Notts County in February 1974, Manley was able to make just one more appearance.

A testimonial match was arranged two years later and his former club Leicester were beaten 3-1 on the south coast.

The thoughts of everyone at Portsmouth Football Club are with Malcolm’s family and friends at this sad time.

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