Armenia national team coach, football hero Ian Porterfield has died, aged 61.
Ian Porterfield, who was in charge of Armenia for the excellent games against Kazakhstan and Poland, as well as the brilliant match against against Portugal in Yerevan on 22 August, which ended in a 1-1 draw, and seemed to have revived the football glory of Ararat’73, suffered from cancer.
[BBC Sport | Tuesday, 11 September 2007] Porterfield, who scored the Black Cats’ winning goal against Leeds United in the 1973 FA Cup final, had been suffering from cancer.
Born in Dunfermline, Porterfield also enjoyed a successful management career with Rotherham, Sheffield United, Aberdeen, Reading and Chelsea.
He went on to coach in Korea and took charge of several national teams, and his final job was as boss of Armenia.
The sorrow is great, and I share my sincere condolences with the great footballers family and fans.
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