Blues stalwart Weld to step down

Paul Weld   Pic: Joe Pepler
Paul Weld Pic: Joe Pepler
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Long-serving Pompey secretary Paul Weld is to retire from his position at the club.

The 63-year-old will step down at the end of the month after almost four decades at Fratton Park.

As one of the club’s longest-serving employees, Weld is a popular and well-respected Blues figure.

Since being appointed by Jimmy Dickinson in 1973, he has worked under 19 different managers.

Weld has also worked through nine changes of ownership overseen by 10 different owners, encompassing two periods of administration.

Now, after 38 years, the Pompey stalwart is to stand aside. Being a staunch Blues fan, though, he will continue to be a regular visitor to Fratton Park.

Weld was formerly with the Football Association before the Pompey call came.

Then-secretary Dickinson employed him as his assistant in 1973.

John Mortimore was manager, while the likes of Ron Davies and Peter Marinello were a few of Pompey’s signings around that time.

The club’s centenary year of 1998 coincided with Weld’s silver anniversary of employment at the club.

During Weld’s days at Fratton Park, he has witnessed four relegations, four promotions, one FA Cup triumph, one FA Cup final defeat and a season in Europe.

Weld has also worked in all four divisions of the Football League for the club.

Even before his employment he was an active member of the Pompey London Supporters Club.

The Blues have this week advertised for a head of football administration.

That will partly encompass Weld’s duties as club secretary.

Yet, in reality, one of Pompey’s greatest and most recognisable servants can never truly be replaced.