PAST PORTS: Dave Rogers

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

NAME: Dave Rogers

AGE: 39

POSITION: Centre-back

TIME WITH PORTS: 2000-2001

CLUBS BEFORE PORTADOWN: Everton, Tranmere Rovers, Chester City, Dundee

CLUBS AFTER PORTADOWN: Carlisle United, Peterborough United, SC Cambuur, Shelbourne, St Pat’s Athletic, Derry City

HIGHLIGHT AS A PORTADOWN PLAYER: Ronnie McFall deserves his place in history and only the chance to play back in England took me away from such a great club and excellent fans. I made some fantastic friends and will never forget Ronnie Thompson - especially the one night after I scored the winner against Linfield when he took me back to his local in Tandragee. I ended up missing my flight because of the celebrations and spent the weekend in Tandragee

BEST MATE AT PORTADOWN: Neil Ogden, Gary Hamilton and Peter McCann

FUNNIEST TEAM-MATE: Dean Fitzgerald was always full of banter and pranks

HARDEST TEAM-MATE: Big Vinny Arkins - a typical old-fashioned centre-forward, a real pro and great fella

TEAM-MATE WITH MOST SKILL: Gary Hamilton wins this all day long for his first touch and awareness

PICK YOUR PFC FIVE-A-SIDE TEAM: Mickey Keenan, Neil Ogden, Peter McCann, Gary Hamilton and Vinny Arkins


PRE-MATCH SUPERSTITIONS: I always put my left boot on first and rub ointment on my chest.

TOUGHEST RIVAL PLAYER: Glenn Ferguson. I still speak to him and, like Gary Hamilton, it is great to see him doing so well in management


TEAM YOU LOVED TO BEAT: Glenavon - I remember my first Mid-Ulster derby and the passion was incredible.

MODERN LIFE: Head coach of Liverpool Football Club’s International Academy in Pune (India).