I’m joining hall of fame? About time!

Kevin Dillon
Kevin Dillon
  • Dillon and AE Knight to join hall of fame
  • Midfielder delivers light-hearted response to inclusion
  • Knight served his country on pitch and in battlefield

It’s about time Kevin Dillon was inducted into the Pompey Hall of Fame.

That was the Blues midfielder’s light-hearted response to joining the pantheon of Fratton greats.

Dillon will tonight be honoured alongside fellow heroes David James, George Ley, Ike Clarke, Billy Wilson and Arthur Egerton Knight at Fratton Park.

Deadeye, as he was known due to his unerring penalty accuracy, was the perfect blend of silk and steel in the middle of the park.

A decent range of passing and eye for the spectacular was mixed with a no-nonsense edge.

Pompey Hall of Fame committee chairman Jake Payne explained Dillon’s response to being inducted summed up his renowned sense of humour.

When I text Kevin to say he’d been inducted, he replied: About time!

Jake Payne

Payne said: ‘Kev was a passionate and skilful player, who didn’t mind putting a tackle in.

‘When I text Kevin to say he’d been inducted, he replied: About time!

‘He was popular at the club and spent more time at Pompey than any other side.’

Dillon is joined in the Hall of Fame by an England international in Knight.

He picked up two full caps for his country as well as 28 at amateur level – along with an Olympic gold medal for Great Britain in 1912.

Knight made 210 Pompey appearances and is a poignant inductee after last year’s 100-year anniversary of the start of the First World War.

The left-back enlisted in the 6th Battalion, Hampshire Regiment – and later sustained injury at the Battle of Passchendaele.