THIS WEEK IN 1983: Farewells to Pompey’s cup final star

The chairman of the Pompey Ex-Professionals Club, Len Curtis, left, arriving at the funeral service for Cliff Parker. With him are other former players, Dougie Read, back, Peter Harris, front left, and Reg Flewin

The chairman of the Pompey Ex-Professionals Club, Len Curtis, left, arriving at the funeral service for Cliff Parker. With him are other former players, Dougie Read, back, Peter Harris, front left, and Reg Flewin

Some years before the First World War and everybody is in their Sunday best waiting for ferries on Clarence Pier, Southsea.

Remember when we all dressed in our Sunday best for a day out?

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A final fitting tribute to Cliff Parker, Pompey’s two-goal star of their 1939 FA Cup final win at Wembley, was paid at his funeral.

Officiating at the Isle of Wight Crematorium, Whippingham, Canon EJ Forse told a congregation which included some of the great players from the club’s ‘golden years’: ‘We remember Cliff as a great sporting character, one who received immortality in the annals of Portsmouth FC when he scored twice in the FA Cup final against Wolves.’ (Portsmouth won 4-1).

Henry Clifford Parker, 69, was born in Coninsborough, Yorkshire. He began his career with Doncaster Rovers, and later, made 242 appearances for Pompey after joining in 1933.

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