Hall of famers proved defensive stalwarts for Blues across 12 years

George Ley in action for Pompey
George Ley in action for Pompey
  • Wilson and Ley to be inducted in hall of fame
  • Ley flying in from Texas for event
  • Wilson ‘thrilled’ to become hall of famer

Pompey’s Hall of Fame will be boosted by the addition of two defensive mainstays from the 1960s and 70s.

New inductees George Ley and Billy Wilson both bolstered the Blues from the left-back position.

George Best was the pin-up boy but the girls at Pompey decided they wanted him to be best-looking footballer!

Jake Payne

And their time at Fratton Park crossed over as they delivered 12 years of service to the club between them.

Ley arrived at Pompey from Exeter for £8,000 in 1967 and his ferocious left foot and forays forward helped his side finish fifth in Division Two and advance to the fifth round of the FA Cup in his first full season.

The Devon-born man was a virtual ever-present in his five full campaigns at the club.

And there was a highly-publicised accolade off the pitch for Ley, too, when he was named the best-looking footballer in England in 1968.

Ley will be travelling from Texas for tomorrow’s induction evening.

Hall of fame committee chairman Jake Payne said: ‘George Ley was a skilful left-footed full-back.

‘George had a heck of a shot on him which was a real threat.

‘They had a poll over the best-looking player in the Football League Review, which was given away in the programme.

‘George Best was the pin-up boy but the girls at Pompey decided they wanted him to be best-looking footballer!

‘But it was his skill which really shone through.’

‘He will be coming over from Texas for the evening.

‘That’s a brilliant effort and we are delighted to be able to welcome him here. He could have quite easily said cost-wise and logistically it was out of the question.

‘But he wants to be here and that is great for us.’

Wilson arrived at Pompey in 1972 when Ron Tindall paid £15,000 to land him from Blackburn.

His versatility proved useful as he played in midfield, both full-back and wide positions as well as in the middle of defence.

Wilson clocked up 219 appearances before finishing his career at Fratton Park in 1979. He later went into the pub trade where he ran ‘The Pompey’ pub on Frogmore Road.

Payne explained he was a reliable performer.

He said: ‘Billy was Mr Consistent. He played over 200 games for the club in a load of different positions.

‘He never let anyone down and was a good pro, who was a seven out of 10 in every game he played.

‘Billy was well liked and led by example. He’s thrilled to be inducted.’

– JORDAN CROSS