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Pompey Mourn John Mortimore

Former Blues manager passes away

27 January 2021

John Mortimore

Pompey are mourning the death of John Mortimore, who has passed away at the age of 86.

The former Chelsea centre-back was in charge at Fratton Park between May 1973 and September 1974.

After making 279 appearances for the Londoners – and later having a short spell with QPR – he began his managerial career in Greece.

Hampshire-born Mortimore was then appointed Blues boss to replace Ron Tindall and guided the club to 15th position in Division Two at the end of the 1973/74 campaign.

But he left the club just four games into the following season, having won 19 of his 55 matches at the helm.

Mortimore later had two spells at Portuguese giants Benfica and led them to the top-flight title on each occasion.

He also worked at Betis and Belenenses, then coached at Pompey’s south coast rivals Southampton and was their president.

The thoughts of everyone at Portsmouth Football Club are with John’s wife Mary, and all their family and friends at this sad time.


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