Date: 12th September 2007 at 11:08am
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Vital Aberdeen is sad to bring you the news that the man who succeeded Alex Ferguson as manager of Aberdeen FC died yesterday aged just 61.

Porterfield had a long and far traveled career in the game which took him from his native Dunfermline to Raith Rovers, Sunderland, Reading, Sheffield Wednesday as a player and Rotherham United, Sheffield United, Aberdeen, Reading, Chelsea, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Oman, Trinidad and Tobago, Busan I’Park and Armenia as a manager.

There have been no shortage of people wishing to pay their respect to man whose life was football although his wife knew him differently.

Glenda Porterfield said ‘He may have been a football man all his life, but I know him best as a wonderful human being who was liked by everyone he came in contact with.’

Sir Alex Ferguson said ‘His death so young is a tragedy for his family and for football.

It isn’t long ago when he was coaching in Korea that I spoke with him with the intention of getting a few young players over to United.

I played against him when he was with Raith Rovers. He was an exceptional footballer, blessed with a lot of natural talent.’

underland Chairman Niall Quinn spoke of the man he knew as a Black Cats hero, ‘The word legend can be very much over-used in the modern era of football, but Ian is what I would call a true legend of the game.

He is part of what can only be described as an institution in the long and proud history of Sunderland AFC – the famous FA Cup-winning team of 1973.

Our respects to Ian`s wife and family.