Reg Flewin

Reg Flewin in action 1949
Reg Flewin in action 1949
Paul Cook. Pic by Joe Pepler.

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Reg Flewin was Pompey’s legendary captain during their successive league championships in 1949 and 1950.

He became the first local lad to play league football for Pompey and formed part of the great half-back line alongside Jimmy Scoular and Jimmy Dickinson.

Upon leaving school at the age of 15, Flewin signed amateur forms with Pompey whilst he worked for the Danish Bacon Company in the city, playing for Ryde Sports before progressing to the reserves and the first team either side of serving for the Royal Marines in the Second World War.

By the time the war was over and the football had fully resumed, Flewin took over the captaincy from Guy Wharton in the 1946-47 season.

As a leader, he became a key part of the Pompey side’s make up and while he was noted as a fine positional player and solid on the ground, his real asset was his aerial ability.

In the 1948-49 Championship success, he missed just three games but when Pompey retained the title the following season, he had missed much of the campaign through injury, although he did return in time for the final game of the season and a 5-1 win over Aston Villa to seal the trophy.

His loyalty to the club was also legendary as he turned down a £16,000 move to Sunderland and passed up the opportunity to manager local rivals Southampton in 1951.

After retiring in 1954, he joined the coaching staff at Fratton Park before trying his hand at management with Stockport County in 1960.

Flewin then had stints with Bournemouth  and Hastings but then quit football to manage a holiday camp on the Isle of Wight. 

He then spent his latter years on the Isle of Wight before his death in May 2008, aged 87, a week after Pompey won the FA Cup at Wembley.

Reg Flewin

Born: Portsmouth, November 28, 1920

Position: Centre half

Appearances: 173