Fans pay tribute to former Pompey director Jim Sloan

Michael Eisner. Picture: Neil Marshall

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A MINUTE’S applause rang out in memory of former Pompey director Jim Sloan before today’s home match against Leeds.

Mr Sloan, who was director at Fratton Park for 16 years between 1976 and 1992, died on January 1, aged 88.

Pompey players pay their respects to Jim Sloan during a minute's applause.

Pompey players pay their respects to Jim Sloan during a minute's applause.

His funeral was held at Portchester Crematorium yesterday and thousands of fans showed their appreciation ahead of kick-off at Fratton Park with a rousing tribute.

Pompey were criticised by some fans for not having a tribute at the first match after Mr Sloan died - Pompey versus Hull on January 3.

But the club said a tribute could not take place sooner because the timing of Mr Sloan’s death did not allow for time to get appropriate permission from his family, the football association, referee and opposing team.

Mr Sloan was also president of Petersfield Town from 1993 to the time he died and he was a popular figure across the Wessex League. He followed Petersfield home and away for well over a decade. Plenty of people connected with the Wessex Division 1 club, both past and present, have paid tribute to the Mr Sloan, who has been described as Petersfield’s ‘Gentleman Jim’.

Petersfield held a pre-match luncheon before their game against East Cowes Vics tomorrow, where more tributes were paid.

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