PAST PORTS: Paul Evans

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Portadown Times sports editor Patrick Van Dort interviews a former Shamrock Park player:

NAME: Paul Evans

AGE: 41

POSITION: Left wing (then left-back at 32)

TIME WITH PORTS: I joined Portadown at 14 and stayed from 1988-1997 then back for a season 1999 and again 2000-01.

OTHER CLUBS: Newry City, Ballymena United, Glenavon, Banbridge Town

PORTS HIGHLIGHT: I was at the club for 13 years (one of many signed by Ports scout Jackie McReanor). From winning the Youth Cup, League Cup and league under Barry McCullough with the reserves to breaking into the firsts and winning the Irish League, Gold Cup and Irish Cup. I played for the club in Europe and we had some greats in the dressing room - people like Marty Russell, Joey Cunningham, Alfie Stewart, Brian Strain, Philip Major, Gregg Davidson and Sandy Fraser. It was amazing to break into the side at 17 years old and all down to Ronnie McFall - he filled the changing room with quality and strong characters, real winners. A great club with great fans.

BEST MATE AT PORTADOWN: Gregg, Sandy, Peter Murray and Trevor Smith.

FUNNIEST TEAM-MATE: Sandy and Gregg without a doubt - Gregg in his jockstrap or CKs dancing in front of the mirror!

HARDEST TEAM-MATE: Gary Peebles would have scared the life out of you!

TEAM-MATE WITH MOST SKILL: Marty Russell and Joey Cunningham.

PICK YOUR PFC FIVE-A-SIDE: Mickey Keenan, Joey Cunningham, Marty Russell, Alfie Stewart, Sandy Fraser.

FAVOURITE AWAY GROUND: Ards - the old pitch was amazing.

PRE-MATCH SUPERSTITIONS: None.

TOUGHEST RIVAL: Alan ‘Bap’ Dornan.

RIVAL YOU MOST RATED: Glen Little.

TEAM YOU LOVED TO BEAT: Glenavon.

MODERN LIFE: Still involved in the game with Banbridge Legends, Northern Ireland Veterans and my Soccer School business.