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Ian Porterfield
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Birth: Feb. 11, 1946
Death: Sep. 11, 2007

John Ian Porterfield,whose goal for Sunderland against Leeds United in 1973 created arguably the greatest FA Cup Final shock,has died aged 61.The Scot subsequently enjoyed a lengthy managerial career and had guided Armenia to a marvellous 1-1 draw against Portugal only three weeks before his death.The former midfield player was diagnosed with colon cancer this year but continued in his post with Armenia,the sixth national team he had coached after Zambia Saudi Arabia,Zimbabwe,Oman and Trinidad and Tobago. His highest-profile position in England came in the early 1990s when he took charge of Chelsea. "He had his wish to die in harness," Glenda, his wife, said." I'll always remember the open training session at the stadium on the day before the game [against Portugal].The stadium was packed to see all the Portuguese stars like [Cristiano] Ronaldo,Deco and the rest,but when Ian walked out,they all stood up and shouted his name.It was very moving." Porterfield's most memorable footballing moment, though, came on that Wembley day in 1973.Leeds had just secured a fifth successive top-three placing in the old first division and their team comprised 11 internationals, Sunderland were seeking to become the first second division FA Cup winners for 42 years and had been in danger of dropping to the third tier earlier in the campaign.But Porterfield's first-half swivel and volley, with his weaker right foot, earned Sunderland victory on a day also remembered for an astonishing double save by Jim Montgomery,their goalkeeper,and a triumphant run on to the pitch by Bob Stokoe,the manager,complete with trilby hat.Born in Dunfermline,Porterfield began his playing career with Raith Rovers before appearing for Sunderland, Reading on loan,and Sheffield Wednesday.His managerial bow came with Rotherham United in 1979 and he gained promotion in his first full season in charge. He then took over at Sheffield United,where,in less than five years,he guided them from the fourth tier to seventh position in the second level. He was rewarded with the sack.He subsequently had spells with Aberdeen,as Sir Alex Ferguson's replacement,and Reading before leading Chelsea into the Premier League era. "His death so young is a tragedy for his family and for football," Ferguson said. "It isn't long ago when he was coaching in South Korea that I spoke to him with the intention of getting a few young players over to United.I played against him when he was with Raith Rovers.He was blessed with a lot of natural talent." Porterfield's dismissal by Chelsea in 1993 prompted him to further his career abroad, his first task being to rebuild the Zambia team soon after an air crash had robbed the country of many of its most talented players.His international sojourn also included a spell with Busan I'Park, the South Korean club side, where he enjoyed success,before he became coach of Armenia a little more than a year ago.







 
 
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Woking Crematorium
Woking
Woking Borough
Surrey, England
 
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Record added: Sep 11, 2007
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- K-Vernon
 Added: Nov. 30, 2011

- Carolyn
 Added: Apr. 11, 2011
you did a great job at Sheffield United: Rest in peace ' Mr Porterfield,
- Kenneth
 Added: Jul. 31, 2009
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