Born: Worcester, 1972 (Age 41) Playing Career: A left-sided midfielder who later r everted to centreback, Awford started out with Non-League side Worcester City, making his debut as a 15-year-old and playing regularly thereafter. His displays attracted interest from Second Division Portsmouth,
who signed him to a professional contract at just 16 in 1987. That same year he made his debut in a match at Selhurst Park against Crystal Palace. Part of a vibrant young squad at Fratton Park, A wford was in the
side that reached the FA Cup semi-finals in 1991-92, drawing 1-1 and
0-0 with Liverpool before going out on penalties. A year later they missed out on promotion to the Premier League on goal dif ference to West Ham. Injured in 1994, Awford spent 14 months out of the game and, though never fully recovered, went on to make more than 400 appearances for Portsmouth before retiring aged 28 in 2000. He also made nine appearances for England Under -21s. Managerial Career: Following his retirement, Awford became
a scout, then reserve team manager at Portsmouth, leaving in 2005 to become Jim Smith’s assistant at Oxford United. He then spent time as assistant to Mick Jenkins at Confer ence South Bognor while training to become a teacher. In 2011, he gave up teaching to become head
of Portsmouth’s academy and in March 2014 began his fourth spell
as caretaker manager.