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Ex-Portsmouth Striker Pointer Dies Aged 79

Former Burnley, Portsmouth and England striker Ray Pointer has died at the age of 79.

Born in Northumberland in 1936, Pointer joined Burnley in 1955 and went on to become the club’s’ second-highest scorer of all time.

Pointer, an integral part of the Clarets’ title-winning side in 1960, made a total of 270 appearances for Burnley and scored 132 goals, which was only bettered by George Beel’s 178.

Spells at Bury, Coventry and Portsmouth followed before he finished his playing career at Havant & Waterlooville.

Pointer’s time at Fratton Park saw the striker make 152 appearances, scoring 31 goals in the process.

Pointer, who died peacefully at Blackpool Victoria Hospital, was also capped three times by England, scoring twice.

A statement on Burnley’s official club website read: “All of us at Burnley Football Club extend our sympathies to Ray’s family and friends at this very sad time.”

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