Dedicated Pompey servant Alex Wilson dies aged 76

TRIBUTES have been paid to Pompey legend Alex Wilson, who was a loyal servant to the Fratton outfit for 18 years.

Wilson, who made 381 appearances for Pompey between 1949 and 1967, has died aged 76.

Hailing from Buckie, in Scotland, the solid left-back played in three divisions for the Blues.

He was part of a first-division side that finished fourth in 1952 and third in 1955, but experienced relegation to division two in 1959 and then to division three in 1961.

The following season, he was a key member in winning promotion back up to division two.

His finest moment in a Blue shirt came when he scored in the 86th minute at Northampton on the last day of the 1964-65 season to earn Pompey a 1-1 draw which saved the club from relegation.

The goal also meant Pompey star Jimmy Dickinson could retire on a high in what was his final match.

Wilson parted ways with the club in May 1967 and had a joint-testimonial with Johnny Gordon against Arsenal and Stoke City.

He remained in the Portsmouth area for many years working for various printing firms before returning to Scotland.

He had suffered ill health and passed away on July 29. His funeral was held in Inverness on August 7.

In a statement, Pompey said: 'Portsmouth Football Club passes on its deepest condolences to his family.'

Cliff Portwood, who played with Wilson at Pompey from 1963 to 1970, said: 'Alex was the nicest guy in the game, a true gentleman. And he was a very was dedicated servant to Portsmouth Football Club.'