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Ian Porterfield

Rotherham United fans have heard the sad news tonight of ex manager, Ian Porterfield's death. He had been suffering from colon cancer and died in a Surrey hospital.

Porterfield was brought in as Rotherham manager by then chairman Anton Johnson on New Years Eve 1979 and guided The Millers away from relegation before leading them to the Third Division Championship the following season.

He also enjoyed a successful management career with Sheffield United, Aberdeen, Reading and Chelsea before coaching several international teams including Saudia Arabia and Zambia. His latest job was manager of Armenia.

The Scot, who played for Raith Rovers and Sunderland, will probably best be remembered for his winning goal in the FA Cup Final for Sunderland against the favourites Leeds United in 1973.

Sunderland chairman, Niall Quinn, has told their Official Site, 'it's a very, very sad day for the football club.

'The word legend can be very over used in modern day football but Ian was what I would call a true legend.'

Ian's wife Glenda said, 'He may have been a football man all his life but I knew him best as a wonderful human being who was liked by everyone he came in contact with.'

Our thoughts are with his family at this sad time.



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Writer:Herringthorpe
Date:Tuesday September 11 2007
Time: 9:56PM

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When he was manager and we won the Third Division Championship we only let 8 goals in at Millmoor in the 23 games - I believe the record is still unbeaten today
herringthorpe
11/09/2007 22:04:00
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anyone that has seen the footage or indeed watched it first hand of the sunderland, leeds 73 cup final, will always remember Ian.
VanMan
11/09/2007 22:20:00
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a sad day for the memory of RUFC
Mexbro miller
11/09/2007 22:22:00
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Only the second FA Cup Final i ever watched, but it will stick in my mind forever....Ian became an household name that day and it's obviously very tragic that he died at such a relatively young age. My thoughts are with his family. Of course a lot of my friends on here will have their own special memories of him during his time at Millmoor...cherish them.
zipadeedoodah
11/09/2007 22:57:00
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Very sad news
Johnny Kipper
12/09/2007 08:50:00
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Miller4Life wants to send his condolences to Ian Porterfield's family and friends and that my thoughts are with them at this very unhappy time
herringthorpe
12/09/2007 10:12:00
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