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Thanks from Cliff Portwood's family

The sad news that Cliff Portwood had passed away recently was covered with a fitting tribute from eastneydave earlier this week.

Cliff Portwood - Mr Twinkle Toes (here).

This tribute has seen Cliff's son-in-law, Corin Pegden, contact Vital Pompey Towers with an email of thanks, which he has asked us to share with you.

Here it is...

Dear Dave,

I am Cliff Portwood's son in law.

I would like to thank you on behalf of Cliffs 3 children and 3 grandchildren for the wonderful article you have written about Cliff and his life.

Of the many touching tributes from Cliffs old clubs and on related forums, it is by far the most accurate, well researched and personal.

Whilst it brought a tear to the eye of his children, it also raised many smiles and happy memories at this difficult time for them.

I would also like to thank you personally myself. I worked extensively with Cliff in 2010, trying to promote the World Cup song he had made many years ago with members of the 1966 world cup winning squad.

In hindsight, we should have got people like Sir Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters on board with us first, to ensure maximum media coverage. However, it was great to see a sparkle back in Cliff when he did the numerous interviews on radio and TV. People were truly fascinated by what he had achieved in his career.

He was a natural who loved to entertain for sure, but sadly had struggled with mobility recently, due to his lung problems.

Can I also ask you to please post details of Cliff's funeral on your forums and also let the Pompey supporters know where you can.

It will be held on Friday 20th Jan at 1.45pm at St Lawrence church, Alton, Hants, GU34 2BW.

Family and close friends will then make a brief visit to Aldershot crematorium.
The wake will take place at The Queens Head, Alton, Hants, GU34 4EG.

All will be welcome.


Cliff's eldest Grandson Josh Pegden is playing for Portsmouth Academy under 16's against the old enemy, Southampton, at Eastleigh on Saturday am. He too is a winger with lightening pace and Cliff was very proud of Josh and last managed to see him play against Fulham last October. He watched in a wheelchair and it was a struggle for him, but we are so glad he did.

The academy teams take it in turns to go to Fratton Park and coincidently, it is his age groups turn on Saturday for the West Ham game.

Therefore Cliff's daughter Lucy and two of his Grandchildren will be at Fratton Park for the game Saturday. I hope that Cliffs son Andy will also come, as he is watching Josh play.

Best regards and many thanks.

Corin Pegden


There you have it from a sad loss comes something positive.

Well done Dave - and those that helped you to compile the article - in helping bring some happiness to the Portwood family following their sad loss.

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Writer: Corin Pegden Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday January 13 2012

Time: 2:40PM

Your Comments

I am speechless after that!! I try and write the Vital Pompey obituaries with passion which of course is easier if you have 1) seen him play and 2) met him. With Cliff of course I had done both.

It is a pleasure to have been of service to the family and many thanks for the above. I am just sorry I had to write it this soon.
eastneydave
Nice touch by the family Dave and I know what it'll mean to you personally to receive such thanks..
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