Former Portsmouth player Ron Newman dies

The late Ron Newman, right, with his son Guy Newman, who he coached during his time in Fort Lauderdale, Miami and San Diego.
The late Ron Newman, right, with his son Guy Newman, who he coached during his time in Fort Lauderdale, Miami and San Diego.
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Ron Newman has died at the age of 82.

The former Pompey player passed away in Florida earlier today.

Newman, who hailed from Fareham and attended St John’s College, played for the Blues between 1955-1961.

The outside-left was signed from non-league Woking by manager Eddie Lever, making 118 appearances and scoring 25 goals.

He was sold to Leyton Orient for £100,000 in January 1961 before having stints at Crystal Palace and Gillingham.

Newman then moved to America to represent Atlanta Chiefs and Dallas Tornado, serving as a player-manager at the latter for a period before retiring from football in 1975.

He went on to manage Los Angeles Skyhawks, Fort Lauderdale Strikers, Miami Americans, San Diego Sockers, Arizona Sandsharks and Kansas City Wizards. 

Newman was inducted to the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 1992. 

Read Neil Allen’s Big Interview with the late Ron Newman from 2015 by clicking here