PAST PORTS: Johnny Topley

Shamrock Park
Shamrock Park

Portadown Times sports editor Patrick Van Dort chats to a former Ports player about his career at Shamrock Park:

NAME: Jonny Topley

AGE: 35

POSITION: Left or centre midfield

TIME WITH PORTS: 2007-2010

CLUBS BEFORE THE PORTS: Too many to list

CLUBS AFTER THE PORTS: Dungannon Swifts

HIGHLIGHTS AS A PORTS PLAYER: The end of the 2008-09 season when we secured promotion from the Championship back into the Irish Premier League.

Nobody at the club - from the staff, players and supporters - was particularly looking forward to the season ahead but, with winning the league and the Co-operative Insurance Cup, it ended up as a pretty decent season

BEST MATE AT PORTS: Trevor Williamson and Wesley Boyle

FUNNIEST TEAM-MATE: Ryan McCluskey

TEAM-MATE WITH MOST SKILL: Kevin Braniff (sorry Boyler!)

MY PORTS FIVE-A-SIDE TEAM: David Miskelly and four Trevor Williamsons.

Trevor had it all, the complete player - fierce in the tackle, two great feet, fast and superb header (the Luis Figo of the Irish League).

In fact, I’m sure manager Ronnie McFall thought about bringing Trevor out of retirement a few times after his performances in training

FAVOURITE AWAY GROUND: Windsor Park

PRE-MATCH SUPERSTITIONS: None

TOUGHEST RIVAL PLAYER: I think I struggled with most opponents to be honest!

RIVAL PLAYER YOU MOST RATED: Gary Hamilton has scored a lot of goals in Irish League football but had so much more to his game than just goals. Gary is a great all-round player

TEAM YOU LOVED TO BEAT: Glenavon

MODERN LIFE: Since I stopped playing football I have been playing a lot of golf. I also have two young kids, Joey (5) and Lucy (2), so have plenty to keep me busy!