Pompey mourn death of Dickinson replacment Radcliffe

Vince Radcliffe
Vince Radcliffe

Former Pompey player Vince Radcliffe has died at the age of 68.

A central defender, he made 14 appearances for the Blues, initially as Jimmy Dickinson’s understudy.

After being given a free transfer at the end of the 1966-67 season he later emigrated to Australia.

And on Monday, Radcliffe died at his home in Perth, Western Australia, following a long illness.

Born in Manchester, he made his Pompey debut in September 1963 against Derby County.

Replacing the rested Dickinson, Radcliffe helped the Blues to a 3-2 League Cup victory.

It was his only appearance of the season and he played twice more in the 1964-65 campaign, both coming in the absence of Dickinson.

Following a 2-2 draw at Watford in the League Cup, he turned out in the 
Football League for the first time in the penultimate game.

Pompey lost 3-1 at Norwich in that League Two encounter, Dennis Edwards getting the consolation goal.

Dickinson announced his retirement that summer, opening the door for Radcliffe to appear on a more regular basis.

Sure enough, he started the season in the centre of defence until misfortune struck just three games in.

A heavy challenge from Southampton’s Cliff Huxford left him with a double fracture of the right leg, sidelining him for 16 months.

Radcliffe returned in the 1966-67 campaign, making eight appearances, his final game coming as a substitute against Cardiff in March 1967.

He joined Peterborough that summer and also played for Rochdale and Kings Lynn before emigrating in the 1970s.

Radcliffe is survived by wife Eileen, son Mark, daughter-in-law Kerry and grandchildren Grace and Ruby.