Pompey mourn former captain Jim Storrie

Fomer Pompey captain Jim Storrie, far right.
Fomer Pompey captain Jim Storrie, far right.
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Pompey are mourning the death of former captain Jim Storrie, who passed away yesterday at the age of 74.

Born in Kirkintilloch, Scotland, Storrie began his career with Airdrie in 1957, before he moved south to Leeds United and was part of a Whites side who claimed second-division honours in 1964 and were runners up in both the FA Cup and top flight the following season.

Moves to Aberdeen and Rotherham followed a five-year stay at Elland Road, before Blues boss George Smith paid the Millers £5,000 to bring Storrie to Fratton Park in December 1969.

The striker made his club debut at home to Leicester (3-2) and a week later scored in the first minute of a 3-0 victory over Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park.

He finished the 1969-70 season with 10 goals from 19 outings - a fine return for such a nominal fee.

The summer of 1970 brought a managerial change on the south coast, with Ron Tindall taking over responsibility for team affairs and Storrie was appointed captain.

Unfortunately, the forward couldn’t recapture the goalscoring form of the previous campaign and after an ever-present run of appearances up to mid-November, only represented the club on a handful of occasions over the next 18 months.

In the summer of 1972, Storrie moved to St Mirren but soon returned to the south coast to become player/manager of non-league Waterlooville.

After his playing days were over, Storrie enjoyed a three-year stint in charge of St Johnstone between 1976-78.