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Cyril Rutter

Cyril Rutter

Clubs played for: Portsmouth




Biography: A tough Centre-half who had only switched from rugby to football after he left school. He was working as an apprentice at the dockyard when he was offered the chance to become a Pompey player. For the next decade he did his best to prevent the club's slide down the league and never gave less than 100%. Became director of coaching for the US Forces based in Germany and took over as player/manager of Salisbury City upon his return home. As well as running a bike shop in Southsea, at one time he owned a restaurant in Hayling Island with former team-mate Peter Harris. Cyril continued to play for the ex-Pros XI lived in Portsmouth until his death in September 2020.

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Rutter, Cyril An apprentice and a pro at Pompey, 1961-1965, then three at Gillingham and eight in the US with the Dallas Tornado, I remember Cyril very well. An always positive 100 percenter, encourager and overall nice man!!

I visited him in October 2019, a Sunday. He was alone, and not able to communicate well, but managed to. We sat down, and he got the message across to me that he didn’t remember. I nodded and he nodded and he knew that I understood. It could have been an awkward 20 or so minutes, but it wasn’t. Cyril made me welcome. He showed me his on the wall family pictures. I shook his hand as I left, Cyril waving at me as I walked away.

Thanks for the memories, Cyril…
13-09-20Bobby Moffat

Rutter, Cyril He drove a few of the younger Portsmouth players to Lilleshall, myself included, for coaching. Halfway there the brakes began to fail, and he considered stopping. But we urged him on, he drove using the handbrake, and we made it safely. As I remember it was a Sunday, so the roads weren’t as busy.

He worked for the U.S. Armed Forces for awhile, after he retired. On his return he was interviewed on TV, and he spoke quite poshly. Which surprised us. A couple of days later, he turned up at the park in a very long Mercedes. We shouted out to him, “Hey, Cyril. How you doing?” “Fine boys, Fine,” he replied with no accent. The old Cyril was back!

His 100 percent effort and honest competitiveness.

His good humour, on and off the field of play.

Bobby Moffat, Allen, Texas, USA.
13-09-20Bobby Moffat

Rutter, Cyril Hello. I have heard your name mentioned so many times when i was growing up I think we are related , please can we speak? Victoria Bristow
20-01-19Victoria Bristow

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