PAST PORTS: A look into the club archives

Shamrock Park
Shamrock Park

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

“When Gary Hamilton scored six times against Omagh Town in October 2004 he set a record for the most goals scored in a single game by a Portadown player.

“Prior to this, eight players had scored five goals for the Ports in one match.

“The first to do so was Harry Johnston on March 12 1927 in the 6-1 demolition of Glentoran during the City Cup.

“Hughie Blair managed the feat in a 6-1 win against Queen’s Island in 1928 - and then repeated the trick the following year in a 5-3 defeat of Ballymena United. “Player number three to ‘go nap’ was Walter Allen, whose goals came in a famous 7-2 ‘Christmas present’ to Ports fans during an Irish League triumph over Glenavon at Mourneview Park on Christmas Day in 1950.

“Peter Gillespie scored his five goals in a 9-1 City Cup win against Derry City on October 24, 1959.

Gillespie, normally a right winger, had been switched by manager Gibby Mackenzie into the inside right position to replace Harry Robinson following the latter’s transfer to Fulham.

“One newspaper headline in January 1966 read “Derry’s Walls Came Tumbling Down” as Eamonn Gorman put Derry City to the sword in a 5-3 Irish League victory.

“Ten years were to pass before a young Billy Murray dented the Irish Cup hopes of junior outfit Dundela with all the goals in a 5-0 success at Shamrock Park. “The last two players to score five goals in a single game were part of one of the most formidable strike partnerships in Portadown’s history.

“Sandy Fraser’s five came in a 6-1 Irish League victory over Carrick Rangers at Taylor’s Avenue on November 21, 1992.

“Stevie Cowan’s arrived with a senior record victory for the Ports - 14-0 against Bessbrook United in the Mid-Ulster Cup on March 11, 1993.”