Tributes paid as former Pompey director dies

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FORMER Pompey director Jim Sloan has died.

A popular figure among Pompey fans, Mr Sloan, pictured, joined the board in November 1976 and experienced highs and lows with the club.

They were briefly bottom of the fourth division but also gained promotion to the first division.

While he was on the board, Pompey's managers included Jimmy Dickinson, Frank Burrows (twice), Bobby Campbell, and Ian St John.

He eventually retired from the board in 1992 after his 70th birthday. Mr Sloan was also president at Petersfield Town FC and served as president of the Pompey Supporters Club's London branch.

His real name was Samuel Winston Sloan.

He died on New Year's Day, aged 88, at Queen Alexandra Hospital, after suffering pneumonia.

For the past few years he lived with his son in Seaton Avenue, Copnor. He continued to watch matches until the final years of his life when he developed dementia. Fans at Petersfield Town FC observed a minute's silence yesterday before kick-off.

Club chairman Ian Essai said: 'He was charismatic. He loved his whiskey and he loved his football.'

See tomorrow's The News for a full obituary.