A True Legend

Last updated : 08 November 2007 By Jim Bonner
Milan Mandaric once said that the word "legend" is over-used. You see Pompey fans describe players like Paul Merson, Lomana LuaLua and Pedro Mendes as Pompey legends but I believe the term should be saved for people more deserving.

People like Alan Knight and perhaps, in time, Harry Redknapp.

But there is one name that stands out above all the rest. A name that became synonymous with Portsmouth Football Club throughout the 40's and all the way until his passing away 25 years ago this day.

Jimmy Dickinson MBE made 845 appearances for Pompey and played in a position that was known as a "wing half" back in those days. His final appearance for the club was in a 1-1 draw with Northampton in 1965 which saved us from dropping into the old fourth division and he later went on to manage the club.

Jimmy was also capped 48 times for England and never once received a yellow card in any game he played in which earned him the nickname "Gentleman Jim".

The face you see on the Fratton End is an image of a true football legend, and I can only be envious of anyone who saw him play. Jimmy's legacy at Pompey will be one that will probably never be eclipsed and I'm sure if he were alive today, he would be enjoying our current situation more than anyone else.

Jim, we salute you and it's an honour to share my name with you.