PAST PORTS: A look into the Shamrock Park archives

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Portadown Football Club historian Trevor Clydesdale takes a look into the Shamrock Park archives:

Bobby Carlisle kept a clean sheet during his one cap for Northern Ireland in the 1971-72 Amateur Home International Championships.

The Ports goalkeeper played his part in a 1-0 win for Northern Ireland against Scotland in Paisley.

Northern Ireland lifted the title thanks to defeats of Wales and England.

Carlisle is now familiar to football fans thanks to work with BBC Radio Ulster but lined out for the Ports in the 1970s, with medals from the Gold Cup and Texaco All-Ireland Cup triumphs. He was also runner-up in the Irish League and Irish Cup.

The closure of the January transfer window had fans looking back to August 1964 and the triple deal by Billy Cush that led to Bobby Gilbert, Dave McArdle and Joe Boyce joining the club.

Gilbert enjoyed the biggest impact with 12 goals in 27 games before moving to Derry City. Boyce, a winger, lined out 24 times with the Ports and McArdle made seven appearances.

Last week’s Past Ports featured a chat with Brian Morrison on his days with the club.

That 1964-65 season featured promising young players such as Morrison’s brother, Ronnie, Vic Fleming and Ronnie McFall. They helped Portadown win the Mid-Ulster Cup, battling back from 2-0 down to defeat Banbridge Town by 3-2.

To close this week’s column, we will come full circle with another look at the amateur international scene and Brian Morrison’s selection in 1970-71 for Northern Ireland.

Portadown’s Trevor Anderson was also included in the squad, with Morrison coming on as a second-half substitute against Scotland then scoring the equaliser. Anderson was on target in a 4-1 defeat by England.

E-mail patrickvan.dort@portadowntimes.co.uk or contact Trevor Clydesdale at Shamrock Park with any suggestions for future Past Ports articles.