Portadown Times sports editor Patrick Van Dort talks to a former player about his Shamrock Park career:
NAME: Neil Ogden
AGE: The big 40!
POSITION: Anywhere Ronnie decided...
TIME WITH PORTS: 2000-2003
CLUBS BEFORE PORTADOWN: Wigan Athletic, Spar AmaZulu, Sligo Rovers, Shelbourne, Galway United
CLUBS AFTER PORTADOWN: Larne
HIGHLIGHT AS A PORTADOWN PLAYER: Winning the league in 2002 - especially after surviving relegation the previous season by the skin of our teeth
BEST MATE AT PORTADOWN: The title-winning lads were a good bunch, with Gary Hamilton and Kyle Neill especially two great guys. You could not do anything but respect people like Vinny Arkins and Philip Major
FUNNIEST TEAM-MATE: Gary Hamilton
HARDEST TEAM-MATE: Mickey Collins had the reputation, with Philip Major a proper honest hard man, plus Scotty (Steven) Douglas would tackle a brick wall
TEAM-MATE WITH MOST SKILL: Vinny Arkins was the most clinical finisher I’ve ever been on a pitch with and Gary Hamilton could be unplayable
PICK YOUR PFC FIVE-A-SIDE TEAM: Mickey Keenan, Dean Fitzgerald, Vinny Arkins, Gary Hamilton and me!
FAVOURITE AWAY GROUND: Mourneview Park, The Oval or Windsor Park
PRE-MATCH SUPERSTITIONS: None
TOUGHEST RIVAL PLAYER: Anyone with pace!
RIVAL PLAYER YOU MOST RATED: Glenn Ferguson
TEAM YOU LOVED TO BEAT: Glentoran - I still remember scoring a 35-yard wonder goal to win the match...then the escort out of the ground
MODERN LIFE: Knee problems forced me to retire at 29 years old after scoring for Larne against Portadown in the 2005 Irish Cup final. I now work in the Acquired Brain Injury Field helping with the rehab process.