Blues mourn death of former keeper

Charlie Dore starred for Pompey in the 1950s
Charlie Dore starred for Pompey in the 1950s
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Former Pompey keeper Charlie Dore has died, aged 80.

Dore made 18 appearances for the Blues in the English game’s top-flight during the 1950s.

Dore was born in Gosport and joined Pompey at the age of 20 in 1951, after playing for Fleetlands Boys in Gosport and Hampshire Youth.

After featuring for the reserves, Dore made his league debut in a top-flight game against Bolton at Fratton Park in March 1952.

His display in that match saw him keep the great Nat Lofthouse at bay, bagging a clean sheet as Pompey won 3-0.

A shut-out arrived in his next outing, too, as Pompey beat eventual champions Manchester United.

Dore played the rest of the 1951-52 campaign for Pompey, with one fixture coming at Spurs in front of a crowd of 66,988.

That campaign saw the Blues finish fourth in the old first division – behind Manchester United, Spurs and Arsenal.

Dore competed with Ernie Butler, Maurice Leather, Ron Humpston, Ted Platt and Norman Uprichard for the No1 shirt during his time at Fratton Park, before leaving for non-league Worcester City in 1954.

He later enjoyed a successful five-season period as goalkeeper for Guildford City. Dore remained in the Portsmouth area after his career finished.

He worked for the Metal Box Company in the city and then owned and ran a sports shop in Waterlooville.

Dore was also a keen fundraiser for local charities during his retirement years.