Pompey Legend Passes Away

Last updated : 10 July 2007 By Jim Bonner
Pompey defender Phil Gunter sadly passed away today after a battle with stomach cancer. He was 75-years-old.

Gunter signed as a professional in 1949, during the glory years of the club and made 357 appearances in the Royal Blue during a 13 year period after making his debut as a 19-year-old in 1951. He stuck with Pompey when they were relegated from both the first and second division and then helped the club achieve promotion from the third division before moving to Aldershot in 1964.

Gunter could play anywhere in defence but was often utilised as a right back. He made appearances for the England B squad and at Under-23 level but didn't break into the first team as many Pompey fans thought he would.

Phil also had a spell as club captain and remained fond of Pompey when he retired, following the progress of the club from his home in Australia.

Fratton Faithful wishes to express its condolences to Gwen, his wife, and the rest of Phil's family.