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Former Swindon, So’ton, M’boro, Pompey, Torquay and Exeter player dies aged 55

It was revealed sadly yesterday that former footballer Jon Gittens at the age of 55.

Many of his ex-clubs including Middlesbrough, Portsmouth and Southampton posted a statement via either their social media accounts or a statement on their website.

Southampton, who Gittens had two spells with, wrote on Twitter: “We are extremely saddened to hear of the passing of former #SaintsFC player Jon Gittens, aged 55.

“Everyone at the club sends their condolences to Jon’s family and friends at this time.”

Middlesbrough wrote on their site: “Middlesbrough Football Club was saddened to learn of the passing of former player Jon Gittens.

“After two spells with Southampton and amassing over a century of appearances for Swindon Town, Jon joined us in 1992 on loan before making a permanent switch.

“He helped us gain promotion to the inaugural Premier League, scoring the equaliser against Wolves on the last day of the season before Paul Wilkinson scored the winner to seal our place in the top flight.

“Jon made 24 appearances for Boro, scoring once, and went on to feature for Portsmouth, Torquay, Exeter, Nuneaton and Dorchester.”

“Our thoughts and condolences are with Jon’s family and friends at this time.”

Pompey’s site read: “Pompey are mourning the death of Jon Gittens, who has passed away at the age of just 55.

“The defender played 99 matches – and scored two goals – for the Blues between 1993 and 1996.

“He signed from Middlesbrough and soon won over the Fratton faithful, despite having had two previous spells with fierce rivals Southampton.

“Gittens was a regular during his first two campaigns with Pompey, but appearances were limited when Terry Fenwick replaced Jim Smith as manager.

“Both of his goals came at Fratton Park, arriving in Division One stalemates with Stoke and Derby.

“Gittens ended his playing career with stints at Torquay, Exeter and Nuneaton, later working as coach and manager for a number of non-league sides.

“The thoughts of everyone at Portsmouth Football Club are with Jon’s family and friends at this difficult time.”

 

Football fans took to Twitter to give their reaction, their sadness, also their memories of him and what they thought of Jon – check out what they had to say on the next page.

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