Focus On; Norman Piper

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He joined Plymouth Argyle as an apprentice and signed professional terms in February 1965. Already an England Youth international, Piper made his debut for the Under 23 side in 1970 against Bulgaria, the year he left The Pilgrims- for whom he scored 35 goals in 221 appearances. That summer Piper had signed for Portsmouth, becoming their record signing at £50,000. Piper served Pompey with great distinction during the clubs increasingly tenuous hold on Division Two status, but eventually lost form after relegation to the third. He was dropped in February 1978. His contract was terminated the following month. Soon after his departure from Portsmouth, a move to the Fort Lauderdale Strikers followed. In 1979, Piper was the first player signed by the expansion Wichita Wings of Major Indoor Soccer League. He played for the Wings until 1982 when he was sent to the Pittsburgh Spirit.


  • Full Name: Norman John Piper
  • Position: Midfield
  • Date of Birth: 08.01.1948
  • Birthplace: North Tawton
  • Nation: England
  • Club Career: Portsmouth
    • Period: 1970-1978
    • League Games, 313
    • League Goals, 51
    • Previous Club: Plymouth Argyle
      • Transfer Fee: £ 50 000
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