Former Pompey striker dies

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Former Pompey striker Ron Davies has died at the age of 70 – a day short of his 71st birthday.

After starting his career at Chester, Davies had spells at Luton and Norwich before a prolific career at Southampton, where he scored 153 goals in seven years.

The Welsh international then joined Pompey in April 1973 for a fee of £38,000 – scoring 21 goals in 69 games.

Davies netted 16 times in his first full season at Fratton Park, despite playing in a struggling second division side under John Mortimore.

The following campaign, he struck five goals before Mortimore was sacked and replaced by Ian St John.

Davies was then sold to Manchester United – at that time a second division club – with George Graham arriving in part exchange.

He eventually emigrated to USA where he stayed for his retirement.

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