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Ron Rafferty: 1934-2021

Former Pompey forward passes away

1 February 2021

Ron Rafferty

Portsmouth Football Club were saddened to learn of the recent death of Ron Rafferty at the age of 86.

The forward joined the Blues from Wycombe in 1954 and netted five goals in 23 appearances for the club.

A prolific scorer for the reserves, he was allowed to leave for Grimsby for a fee of £3,500 midway through the 1956/57 campaign.

He struck 34 times to top the Division Three goal charts during the 1961/62 season, helping the Mariners secure promotion.

They finished runners-up behind champions Pompey, although Rafferty scored at Fratton Park in a victory over his former club.

He later featured for Hull and Aldershot, being converted into a dependable centre-half by the latter.

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

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