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Ian Porterfield, Soccer Player, Is Dead at 61

Published: September 15, 2007

LONDON, Sept. 14 (AP) — Ian Porterfield, who scored the winning goal in one of the greatest upsets in England’s F.A. Cup and coached several national teams around the world, died Tuesday. He was 61.

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The cause was intestinal cancer. Porterfield died at a hospice in Surrey, England, his family and the Armenian soccer federation said. Porterfield, a native of Dunfermline, Scotland , had been Armenia’s coach for the last two years.

Porterfield, a midfielder, is best remembered for the goal he scored for second-division Sunderland in the 1973 Football Association Cup final at Wembley Stadium. His right-footed volley (he was primarily left-footed) in the 31st minute led to a stunning 1-0 victory against the first-division powerhouse Leeds United.

Porterfield later coached several English clubs, including Chelsea and Sheffield United, before coaching outside Britain. He coached the national teams of Zambia, Saudi Arabia, Zimbabwe, Oman, and Trinidad and Tobago, as well as the Busan club team in South Korea.

He became Armenia’s coach in 2006. Last month, the Armenian team battled to a surprising 1-1 tie against favored Portugal in a qualifying match for the 2008 European Championship.