Claridge heads Pompey Hall of Famers

Alan Biley
Alan Biley
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Steve Claridge is amongst the new inductees into the Pompey Hall of Fame.

The 45-year-old is one of four names who will be inaugurated in February next year. He will be joined by Reg Flewin, Norman Piper and Alan Biley after being chosen by the Hall of Fame committee.

Although Flewin is a posthumous award, the remaining three inductees have agreed to be present at the February 17, 2012, dinner at The Marriott Hotel.

Piper is flying in from San Diego to attend, along with 20 members of Pompey Stateside – the USA supporters’ club.

He was at Fratton Park from 1970-78, making 356 appearances and scoring 57 goals.

Biley became a cult hero during his three years on the south coast. The charismatic striker netted 57 goals in 115 appearances, having arrived from Everton in 1982.

Flewin captained Pompey to consecutive top-flight title triumphs in 1949 and 1950.

A Portsmouth lad, he made 173 appearances.

Finally, Titchfield-born Claridge returned to Fratton Park in 1998, 16 years after being released as an apprentice.

He went on to score 37 goals in 122 appearances and took over as player/manager when Tony Pulis was sacked in October 2000.