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Portadown Football club in press box tribute to late journalist Victor Gordon

By Graham Luney

Portadown Football Club have agreed to pay tribute to one of Northern Ireland’s best known journalists by naming the Shamrock Park press box in memory of Victor Gordon.

Mr Gordon, who passed away in early September at the age of 74, was a familiar face at the club, where for decades he experienced all the emotions football can generate.

During his 46 years as a reporter on the Portadown Times, Gordon was a passionate follower of the mid-Ulster men’s fortunes and he was hugely respected by his football writing colleagues across the country.

Shamrock Park was considered his second home and it’s fitting that the club should honour his long and dedicated service with this touching tribute.

On Tuesday, November 28, the official renaming and unveiling of a memorial plaque will take place at the press box at around 7.15pm before Portadown face Glenavon in a Mid-Ulster Cup semi-final.

Victor passed away following a short illness just 18 months after retiring and hundreds of people gathered in Portadown to pay their final farewells at his funeral.

His daughter Fiona said: “Victor would be delighted with this tribute and particularly appreciate it being unveiled at a game against the old enemy. He followed Portadown through thick and thin.”

This special tribute adds Victor’s name to a special roll of honour which includes other Northern Ireland football writers whose influence and passion for the game is celebrated at sports grounds.

The legendary former Sports Editor of the Belfast Telegraph, Malcolm Brodie, has a media centre named after him at Windsor Park and there is also a permanent memorial to Malcolm at the Mary Peters Track, where the press room is named in his honour.

Glenavon have also honoured the late Belfast Telegraph journalist Bill Ireland by placing a commemorative plaque at the entrance to the press box at Mourneview Park, Lurgan.

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