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Portadown FC dedicate press-box in tribute to top writer Victor Gordon


By Adam McKendry

The late journalist Victor Gordon has been honoured by his beloved Portadown Football Club after they officially renamed the press box at Shamrock Park in his honour.

Gordon, who sadly passed away at the age of 75 after being diagnosed with cancer for the second time, was a reporter for The Portadown Times for 46 years and was a lifelong supporter of the club.

As a mark of respect, the club placed a plaque inside the press box at the stadium and officially renamed it The Victor Gordon Press Box ahead of their Mid-Ulster Cup semi-final defeat to Glenavon.

Victor, who had a quadruple by-pass after surviving two heart attacks, had also beaten prostate cancer after undergoing 37 radiotherapy sessions - which didn't stop him writing.

He was an uncle of former Stormont spin doctor and Nolan Show editor David Gordon, who called him a "tenacious and inspirational legend who had a mischievous glint in his eye and never worried about who he annoyed in pursuit of a good story".

Victor's route into journalism was unusual - via a park bench.

After leaving school he spent four years as a quantity surveyor but disliked the job and retrained as a teacher, working with children with learning difficulties.

He became a social worker but he also supplied rugby notes and football reports for the Portadown Times, whose editor David Armstrong offered him a full-time job in 1970 after an 'interview' conducted on a park bench.

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