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Full Name: Neil John Ayrton
Born: 11 February 1962, Lewisham
Nationality: British
Transferred from: Maidstone United, December 1979
Previous Clubs: None
Pompey Debut: 06 September 1980 v Brentford (L 0-2)
First Pompey Goal: n/a
Games: 2 (League)
Final Game: 29 March 1981 v Oxford Utd (D 1-1)
Transferred to: Released
Subsequent Clubs: Maidstone United

Profile:
Highly rated 17 year old winger Neil Ayrton signed for 4th Division Portsmouth from Alliance Premier League Club Maidstone United in December 1979 but had to wait until Pompey had gained promotion to the 3rd Division before making his debut (replacing Terry Brisley) in a 2-0 defeat v Brentford at Fratton Park the following September.

Opportunities with high flying Pompey were few and far between and over six months passed before a one match absence by Alan Rogers allowed manager Frank Burrows to provide Ayrton with his full debut as Pompey drew 1-1 with Oxford United in a sodden Sunday afternoon fixture at Fratton Park.

As it transpired that match accounted for Ayrton's one and only start as a Pompey player and his substitution during the game (replaced by Jeff Hemmerman) also marked the end of his brief spell as a professional footballer, as having struggled to make the grade he was released at the end of the season and returned to Maidstone United.

Having retired from non-league football Ayrton converted to Athletics where he is now an established veteran runner with Blackheath & Bromley Harriers Athletic Club


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Season by season games played via PompeyRama

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Statistics provided by: PompeyRama.com
Additional resources: Portsmouth: A Complete Record - C. Farmery
Date: May 2009

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Writer:Chix
Date:Wednesday May 6 2009
Time: 8:59PM

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Well I have to admit this one nearly had me beaten fellas. The fact that Maidstone United reformed and I can not find any relevant accurate stats relating to the 'old' team made this a really tough one to research. Still I managed to get something post Pompey even if I had to resort to the tracking down the AAA.. Does anybody remember him .. I don't and I was at the games when he played .. apparently !
Chix
06/05/2009 21:10:00
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I too was there and he has left an indelible blank on my memory. And I think I would have remembered if Jeff Hemmerman was on the bench.
hammersmithblue
06/05/2009 21:41:00
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I remember him and saw both of his games. Overshadowed by Alan Rogers sadly and never made it. Well done Chixy.
eastneydave
06/05/2009 22:00:00
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Paul Sugrue next Chix?
paultsmouth
07/05/2009 06:37:00
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Guess what Chix - It's another player I have never heard of. Guessing by your reactions though, not many people have! lol
sneakay
07/05/2009 09:07:00
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Remember the name - but couldn't put a face to it.
NorfolknBlue
07/05/2009 10:07:00
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New one on me but I actually remember teh game with Brentford when we lost 2-0 back in 1980. Sad really why I should but I do.
storagematt
07/05/2009 11:29:00
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another fine read chixy, helped me learn something more about someone that i knew little about!
pompeyrug
07/05/2009 12:49:00
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Thanks as always for your comments fellas I promise to do a more 'well known' player in the next few weeks ... Well once the season has finished and I've had my holiday... but I reckon I'm gonna try and pick up the gaunlett of Paul Sugrue next week ... Just for Paultsmouth
Chix
07/05/2009 19:00:00
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Ah now Paul Sugrue - I saw all his games too!!
eastneydave
07/05/2009 20:34:00
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