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I remember Sheffield United signing Bill Punton. I was 13 at the time. All the Wednesdayites ( they're the people who now support the pub team in Sheffield!!) thought it was hilarious. He was bald and not the youngest of players but was a quick left winger and was a great asset to the team....he was an even bigger asset when he hit the winner against Wednesday in the derby at Bramall Lane. All went quiet at the other end of Sheffield for some while. If you read this Bill it was a pleasure watching you
Like Tommy Heron, Bill is remembered with much affection at Portadown. He was an outstanding winger and his career, after leaving Portadown, was followed with much interest. Whenever football is mentioned in Portadown, Bill is remembered as one of the club's best ever players. He and Tommy Heron would be mentioned in the same breath as the great Davy Cochrane(Leeds Utd) who was regarded as the town's best ever player
Further to my previous comment, Bill Punton scored for Portadown in the 1953 Gold Cup final win over Linfield. The other goal was scored by Scottish full-back Frank Mennie and the team, from memory, was - McCann, Doherty, Mennie, Mulvaney, Shaw, Buchanan, Widdup, Dobbin, Harris, Boyd and Punton.
Bill and I did our National Service at the same time in Royal Signals 7th. Training Regt at Catterick Camp now Garrison, North Yorks, in the mid-1950's. Bill was a P.T.I. Physical Training Instructor to new recruits.
I played in many a 5 a side recreational game with him. He was an outstanding dribbler of the ball. He would get leave when required to play for his team Newcastle Utd but unfortunately could not command a regular place as the 'Geordies' main idol at outside left was the Scottish international Bobby Mitchell.
31-03-20Richard (Pancho) Owen