Date: 11th September 2007 at 9:57pm
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Rotherham United fans have heard the sad news tonight of ex manager, Ian Porterfield’s death. He had been suffering from colon cancer and died in a Surrey hospital.

Porterfield was brought in as Rotherham manager by then chairman Anton Johnson on New Years Eve 1979 and guided The Millers away from relegation before leading them to the Third Division Championship the following season.

He also enjoyed a successful management career with Sheffield United, Aberdeen, Reading and Chelsea before coaching several international teams including Saudia Arabia and Zambia. His latest job was manager of Armenia.

The Scot, who played for Raith Rovers and Sunderland, will probably best be remembered for his winning goal in the FA Cup Final for Sunderland against the favourites Leeds United in 1973.

Sunderland chairman, Niall Quinn, has told their Official Site, ‘it’s a very, very sad day for the football club.

‘The word legend can be very over used in modern day football but Ian was what I would call a true legend.’

Ian’s wife Glenda said, ‘He may have been a football man all his life but I knew him best as a wonderful human being who was liked by everyone he came in contact with.’

Our thoughts are with his family at this sad time.