May 262022

Andy Fletcher

8 July 1961 – 26 May 2022

Aged 60

Andrew Fletcher, keyboardist and founding member of British electronic band Depeche Mode, has died aged 60.

A statement issued by the band on social media said: “We are shocked and filled with overwhelming sadness with the untimely passing of our dear friend, family member, and bandmate Andy ‘Fletch’ Fletcher.”

Formed in Basildon in the late 1970s, the band has had 17 Top 10 albums in the UK, and international chart success with songs including Enjoy The Silence, Personal Jesus and Just Can’t Get Enough.

Fletcher was born in 1961 in Nottingham, and moved to Basildon where he formed the band Composition Of Sound in the late 1970s alongside Martin Gore and Vince Clarke. With the recruitment of singer Dave Gahan they changed their name to Depeche Mode, and the quartet went on to enjoy a spree of chart hits.

Jul 092021

Portsmouth FC

Paul Mariner

22 May 1953 – 9 July 2021

Aged 68

Pompey are mourning the loss of Paul Mariner, who has passed away at the age of 68.

The former England international striker scored nine goals in 66 appearances for the Blues between 1986 and 1988.He was part of the side that finished second in Division Two during the 1986/87 campaign to secure promotion to the top-flight.

Starting his career with Plymouth, Mariner is probably best remembered for his time with Ipswich and was inducted into the club’s Hall of Fame.

A member of Sir Bobby Robson’s squad that lifted the FA Cup in 1978, he also enjoyed UEFA Cup glory three years later.

He moved on to play for Arsenal before arriving at Fratton Park and later featured for clubs in Australia and America.

Mariner was capped 35 times by England – scoring 13 goals – and represented his country at the 1980 European Championship and 1982 World Cup.

After hanging up his boots in the 1990s, he moved into coaching and had a stint as manager back at Plymouth.

May 042021

Portsmouth FC

Alan McLoughlin

20 April 1967 – 4 May 2021

Aged 54

Former Republic of Ireland and Portsmouth midfielder Alan McLoughlin has passed away at the age of 54.

The Manchester-born McLoughlin, whose other clubs included Swindon Town and Southampton, revealed in March that he had cancer.

He made his Republic debut in 1990 and won 42 caps.

McLoughlin is best remembered for his equalizing goal against Northern Ireland which clinched qualification for the 1994 World Cup finals.

He was diagnosed with a kidney tumour in 2012 and had a successful operation but McLoughlin said in March that he had cancer and it spread to his kidney, chest wall and lung.

The FAI paid has paid tribute to McLoughlin, who scored two goals in a nine-year international career and was in the Republic squad for the 1990 and 1994 World Cup finals.

McLoughlin was an integral part of Jim Smiths team of the 90s appearing in the 1992 FA Cup Semi-Final

Mar 022021

Portsmouth FC

Ian St John has died aged 82.

Ian was manager during my early days of watching Portsmouth having taken over from John Mortimore, this was not a happy time for Portsmouth seemingly always in money troubles.

His greatest achievements during this time were probably the discovery of Dave Kemp and the conversion of future England International Steve Foster from an average striker to a class centre half.

He was more widely known first as a member of the Liverpool of the 60s and 70s and then later as part of the very popular TV double act with Jimmy Greaves.

RIP: Ian St John

Feb 092019

Portsmouth FC

Sad news has surfaced that Mick Kennedy, former midfielder for Portsmouth, has died aged 57.

Mick was my hero from the 80s being a central part of the Alan Ball eventual promotion-winning team in 1987 before being unceremoniously sold to Bradford City to pay off John Deacons tax bill.

He was such a big hero of mine that my daughter inherited the middle name Kennedy.

RIP: Mick Kennedy