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Tribute to John "Ian" Porterfield
« on: September 17, 2007, 03:57:28 PM »
Tribute to John "Ian" Porterfield
By Juma "JDB" Bridgewater (Warrior Nation Media)


Ian Porterfield, the former Trinidad and Tobago national team coach died on September 11th 2007. I was lucky enough to meet Mr. Porterfield back in 2000, before T&T qualified for the semi-final round group with Mexico, Canada and Panama.

I was fortunate because “Porters” agreed to an unscheduled interview even though it was between a morning and afternoon training session and despite the fact that I had no media credentials. I was literally a man off the street yet he was very accommodating and treated me with professional courtesy.

I believe that Ian Porterfield sometimes gets a bad rap from local fans, partly because he replaced Bertille St. Clair and partly because of the eventual failure in the Hex. I hope that this archived correspondence gives fans, young and old, an opportunity to get a better measure of the man.

May he Rest in Peace.


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« Last Edit: September 20, 2007, 04:11:53 PM by Tallman »
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Re: Tribute to John "Ian" Porterfield
« Reply #1 on: September 17, 2007, 04:15:23 PM »
Excellent article Juma.  Proud a yuh man!  Respeck... :applause: :applause:
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Re: Tribute to John "Ian" Porterfield
« Reply #2 on: September 17, 2007, 08:50:24 PM »
Betta that what I does read daily big up
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Re: Tribute to John "Ian" Porterfield
« Reply #3 on: September 17, 2007, 10:57:45 PM »
Well written article.   I wish I could say the same for those I have been reading in the Express, Guardian and Daily News.  Porterfield was a true gentleman.  What a pity his career with the Soc Warriors ended in such a sad manner, not on account of him but that of our the unprofessional behavior and indiscipline of our so-called "star" athletes Yorke and Latapy, when they should have been holding the hand of the coach and instilling leadership and discipline in the younger playres.
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Re: Tribute to John "Ian" Porterfield
« Reply #4 on: September 18, 2007, 12:15:35 AM »
Excellent read...and a well-deserved subject.

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Re: Tribute to John "Ian" Porterfield
« Reply #5 on: September 18, 2007, 05:33:21 AM »
Thanks for sharing JDB. I recall on this forum the man take real licks (I think it was the old forum, more so after he was in that accident) so it nice to see a tribute being paid to him.

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Re: Tribute to John "Ian" Porterfield
« Reply #6 on: September 18, 2007, 06:08:25 AM »
Good interview JDB...
I never met Porters, but I have always heard that he was a gentleman, and always accomodating.

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Re: Tribute to John "Ian" Porterfield
« Reply #7 on: September 18, 2007, 06:24:24 AM »
RIP  Porters ...!!!!!!!!!!!!! he did good with the T&T team......
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Re: Tribute to John "Ian" Porterfield
« Reply #8 on: September 18, 2007, 06:46:24 AM »
Glad you guys like it.

It was veryt easy to do because Porters was genuinely a nice fella. The work he did with Zambia was very impressive.

Also, to be fair to local papers, a version of this was previously published in the Guardian on Dec. 6th 2000
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Re: Tribute to John "Ian" Porterfield
« Reply #9 on: September 18, 2007, 07:53:51 AM »
Cool article- thanks for sharing....

I think many Trinis had an issue with Porters because he appeared to have injected a more direct style of play to our football that wasn't too pleasing to the eye. The work he did with our defensive structure was notable though...... I don't think the collapse of the team after the first round of qualifying had much to do with Porterfield's competence/lack thereof - from my memory there was issue with the strength of character of the team, and the so called public support- People were too quick to condemn players for their off-the-field activities, and criticize the players' commitment (even when we were winning games)..... and from the time we started losing games, it almost felt like people were happy when we lost just so they could say "I told you so"- and it got to the point where Latapy & Yorke in particular seemed to not even want to play. Not sure if people remember, but our dearly beloved Dwight & Latas who we worship on a daily basis today, were literally villains around the time of Porters- add that to the fact that Porters' philosophy on the game didn't result in the prettiest football and you're talking about an all time low in T&T footballing morale (which has now arguably been surpassed by the whole blacklist issue)......glad that now when the dust has settled people could sit back and appreciate what Porterfield brought- sadly he's not around to receive it.
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Re: Tribute to John "Ian" Porterfield
« Reply #10 on: September 18, 2007, 08:16:30 AM »
Thank you. He was definately a part of our football history & provided us with was exciting moments.
RIP Porters
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Re: Tribute to John "Ian" Porterfield
« Reply #11 on: September 18, 2007, 10:32:31 AM »
Quite a few people took umbrage with his opinion that T&T just didn't have enough class players due to a small population when asked to explain the failure in the Hex in 2000.

The fact is, he was right.  We really don't have too many top notch players and the size of our pool to pick from isn't large.  It wasn't the ONLY reason we lost, but when you come right down to it, it was & remains a significant factor.
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Re: Tribute to John "Ian" Porterfield
« Reply #12 on: September 18, 2007, 12:53:42 PM »
  RIP Porters
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Re: Tribute to John "Ian" Porterfield
« Reply #13 on: September 19, 2007, 07:42:33 AM »
Thanks for "pinning" this to the board Tallman.  Very classy move.

RIP "Porters".

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Re: Tribute to John "Ian" Porterfield
« Reply #14 on: September 19, 2007, 10:25:58 PM »
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Ian Porterfield: life lived in the service of football
« Reply #15 on: September 29, 2009, 10:28:24 AM »
Ian Porterfield: life lived in the service of football
By David V. (theroar.com.au)


September 10th 2009

Two years ago on Friday, football lost one of its truly dedicated servants, a legendary figure as a player and later a globetrotting manager: Ian Porterfield. The man who scored the winner for Sunderland in their sensational FA Cup win of 1973 and worked as a manager on four different continents had lost his battle with colon cancer.

Just like great Ernst Happel had, he continued working in football until right before his death: his last job had been in charge of Armenia.

Born in Dunfermline, Ian Porterfield began his career at Raith Rovers, the Kirkcaldy club that produced the immortal genius Jim Baxter of Rangers, Sunderland and Nottingham Forest fame.

And like Baxter, Porterfield was to be a cultured schemer with an accurate left foot. It was after three years playing at Raith that Porterfield would move south of the border to join Sunderland in 1967.

It wasn’t an easy beginning. Sunderland were never more than a lower half top flight side in those days, and Porterfield had the unenviable task of filling the boots of Jim Baxter who had been sold for a then substantial fee to Nottingham Forest.

But as he settled into the team, his intelligent and skillful playmaking was to shine through- and at the end of 1967-68, Sunderland’s 2-1 win at Old Trafford knocked the title out of Manchester United’s hands and into the hands of Manchester City.

Porterfield became a regular in midfield, but Sunderland were relegated two years later and took time to regroup. Two years after that, however, Bob Stokoe became manager and thus began a football fairytale- the sensational FA Cup success of 1973 in which Manchester City and Arsenal were knocked out, the Wearsiders faced one of the most powerful sides in football of the time- Don Revie’s eminently unlovable Leeds United.

Sunderland had the backing of many football fans around the country and beyond, no doubt, as they were severe underdogs on the day.

The final was a story in itself.

Ian Porterfield scored the winner with his weaker right foot. Jim Montgomery kept Leeds out with a string of heroic saves that immortalised him as yet another Cup hero. Wearside was jubilant. All of Sunderland’s players were heroes that day.

Bobby Kerr was an inspirational and courageous captain, and Porterfield was described by Kerr himself a wonderfully graceful player. Dennis Tueart would later enjoy success on the wing at Manchester City.

Sunderland narrowly missed promotion the following season in a tight race to scramble out of the Second Division. During the 1974-75 season, disaster struck when Porterfield was hurt in a car crash. Sadly he never regained his previous form.

He would wind down his career at Sheffield Wednesday, then struggling to gain promotion out of the Second Division, and that’s where his playing career ended.

He remained in Yorkshire for the next stage of his football career- no doubt, he’d won the hearts of Sheffielders for his role in defeating Leeds!

He became manage of Rotherham United and in 1981 they won the Third Division championship. However, he chose to move to Sheffield United, who were at their lowest point in history after three relegations in five years.

Porterfield built a team around winger Colin Morris and striker Keith Edwards who became a much-celebrated duo at Bramall Lane, and the Blades won the Fourth Division championship in his first season. They won promotion to the Second in 1984, with defender Paul Stancliffe and midfielders Kevin Arnott and Glenn Cockerill added to the mix.

A strong start to the 1985-86 season saw the Blades emerge as promotion contenders, but a form slump led to Porterfield’s hasty demise despite still being in the promotion mix at the time of his departure.

His next port of call was Aberdeen, where he had the thankless task of replacing Alex Ferguson.

Less successful spells at Reading and Chelsea followed- though the latter saw building blocks of the future in place- but then came one of the biggest challenges of his or indeed anyone’s football career.

Zambia had lost the cream of its domestic league talent in the 1993 plane crash off Gabon (their European-based stars were not on that flight) and Porterfield was appointed coach, carrying the hopes of a grieving nation.

Here his dedication to football showed itself- and a hastily reconstructed Zambia bravely took their 1994 qualification campaign to the last game in Morocco, and then reached the 1994 African Nations Cup Final. It was a remarkable, heartwarming achievement.

Porterfield continued to work in football, with an assistant manager position at Bolton followed by stints in Asia, Africa and Trinidad & Tobago.

He became manager of Busan I’Park in 2003 and enjoyed yet more success- winning the K-League and following up with a strong ACL run. His appointment to the Armenia job in 2006 would be his last job- and he battled on through illness, once more carrying the hopes of a nation in his hands, and managing miraculous results against Poland (1-0) and Portugal (1-1).

Not even Ronaldo’s goal would deny Armenia, and this was Porterfield’s last game in charge.

There will be few like Ian Porterfield, a man who lived live to fullest for the love of football, ever dedicated in service to the game.

As a classy footballer, an FA Cup hero and a battling manager, he was one of the truly great men of football.
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