New Pompey Hall of Fame inductee

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Albert McCann has been inducted into the Portsmouth Football Club Hall of Fame.

The former Fratton Park favourite has become a late entry to be honoured at the 2011 event on Saturday, March 26.

Jack Froggatt, Johnny Gordon, Alan McLoughlin, Paul Walsh and Linvoy Primus have already been chosen.

Now those greats will be accompanied by McCann, who made 372 appearances and scored 98 goals during 12 years at Pompey.

And the midfielder will be present at the Hall of Fame dinner in the Victory Lounge at Fratton Park in March to receive his award.

Hall of Fame chairman Jake Payne said: ‘The names of Alan McLoughlin and Paul Walsh were put forward for induction but both had represented Pompey in the 1990s.

‘We could not choose between them so it was decided that both players should be inducted this year.

‘We had already chosen Johnny Gordon, who played in the ’50s and ’60s, but neglected a player representing the ’70s.

‘This meant a whole era of the club’s history had been missed and we now realise that we made a mistake doing this.

‘After consultation, Alby McCann was the player we decided should fill the gap.

‘I think everyone will agree he is a very worthy inductee. It was a unanimous decision.

‘It also goes to show what a tough job the committee have when choosing the players to be inducted.’

McCann joined Pompey from Coventry City in 1962 for a fee of £8,000.

An attacking midfielder, he was a crowd favourite and recognised throughout football for his infamous bow legs.

It was a mark of respect Pompey fans had for McCann when a crowd of 23,000 turned out for his testimonial match against West Ham in 1973.

The Hall of Fame night will also see an honorary induction for Jack Tinn, Pompey’s longest serving manager and the man who led the club to FA Cup glory in 1939.