PAST PORTS: Robert Casey

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Portadown Times sports editor Patrick Van Dort turns the spotlight on a former Ports player:

NAME: Robert Casey

AGE: 42

POSITION: All of them! The centre of midfield was my favourite.

TIME WITH PORTS: 1991/92-1998/99 (I should never have left).

CLUBS BEFORE PORTADOWN: Newry Celtic.

CLUBS AFTER PORTADOWN: Newry Town, Armagh City, Distillery.

HIGHLIGHT AS A PORTADOWN PLAYER: Winning the Irish League.

BEST MATE AT PORTADOWN: Raymond Byrne.

FUNNIEST TEAM-MATE: Gregg Davidson

HARDEST TEAM-MATE: Davy Mills

TEAM-MATE WITH MOST SKILL: Philip Major or Joey Cunningham. I think Joey just beats Philip with his pace, physique, balance and all-round ability (Philip had none of those!)

PICK YOUR PFC FIVE-A-SIDE TEAM: Joey Cunningham, Martin Russell, Peter Kennedy, Vinny Arkins and Robbie Casey.

FAVOURITE AWAY GROUND: The Oval.

PRE-MATCH SUPERSTITIONS: I always had to put in my socks when getting on my boots.

RIVAL PLAYER YOU MOST RATED: Glenn Dunlop was always a tough opponent.

TEAM YOU LOVED TO BEAT: Glenavon (of course).

MODERN LIFE: I’m working for Vodafone now and raising my family. I have two girls and a boy. My young lad is a keen footballer and really wants to see the Ports play this season - maybe I can get him to the semi-final!

REUNION

Players from Portadown reserves’ 1965 Mid-Ulster Cup-winning side have been invited to this weekend’s pre-match lunch to celebrate the 50th anniversary.

Anyone interested in attending the meal before kick-off against Dungannon Swifts can pick up a ticket for £30 - with the price inclusive of match entry, lunch, a seat in the Directors’ Box and half-time hospitality.

Contact Peter Hunniford (07812981165) or Bill Emerson (07729804542).