Delapenha hailed as Ja’s greatest ever football

first_imgLloyd Lindberg ‘Lindy’ Delapenha was described as an outstanding sportsman following news of his passing yesterday morning.Delapenha, the first Jamaican footballer to play professionally in England, died at 6 a.m. at the home of his daughter Marie Claire. He was 89.Former national football striker and Allie McNab said Delapenha was by far Jamaica’s greatest footballer.”Lindy’s life was more than being a footballer. He was a sportsman and a personality,” McNab told The Gleaner yesterday.”The black people in England owe Lindy great gratitude for breaking the black barrier. He was the least paid at the time but one of the best. He received a lot of accolades. He was not only a great footballer but also cricketer and golfer and track and field athlete. He chose football over cricket as a career,” McNab added.Clyde Jureidini, general manager of Harbour View FC, also described Delapenha as a great footballer.”He broke barriers. I worked with him at JBC and he always shared his knowledge. It was a honour to know Lindy as he set standards. He will be greatly missed,” Jureidini disclosed.Minister of Sport Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange expressed sadness at the death of the allround sports personality.”It is with deep sadness that I learnt this morning of the passing of the outstanding Jamaican sportsman Lloyd Lindberg ‘Lindy’ Delapenha,” Grange said in a release.”His exploits on the football field earned him induction into the American Black Caucus Hall of Fame. Lindy was also a fine golfer who represented Jamaica for many years in the Hoerman Cup Caribbean competition,” she added.Delapenha who attended both Munro College and Wolmer’s Boys School was an outstanding schoolboy athlete who played almost every sport.It was while serving with the British armed forces following World War II that he was spotted by an English football scout playing football for the army.This gained him a trial with Arsenal but he did not sign for the club, and in April 1948 he joined Portsmouth. It was there that he became the first Jamaican to play professional football in England.He went on to win a league championship medal with Portsmouth in 1948. In April 1950, after a successful time with Portsmouth, he went to Middlesbrough where his career took off. Lindy who was at his best on the wing or centre forward, was ‘Bo leading scorer in the 1951-52, 1953-54 and 1955-56 seasons. Overall he slammed in 93 league and FA Cup goals in 270 appearances.He moved to Mansfield Town in June 1958 where he was also a prolific scorer in his two years there before retiring from League football in 1960. He then went to non-league football for three years before moving back to Jamaica and a job as director of sports at the Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation.Professional football careern 1948-50 Portsmouthn 1950-58 Middlesbroughn 1958-60 Mansfield Townn 1960 Hereford Unitedn 1964 Burton Albionlast_img read more

$250,000 increase in Guineas purses

first_imgPurses for this year’s 1000 and 2000 Guineas have been increased by new promoting company, Supreme Ventures Racing and Entertainment Limited (SVREL). SVREL’s Chief Operating Officer, Brando Hayden announced the increases at a press launch for the 43-year-old race day at the winners’ enclosure at Caymanas Park on Tuesday. Both races will see a $250,000 increase from $3.25 million to $3.5 million. The Jamaica 1000 Guineas will feature native-bred 3-year-old fillies while the Jamaica 2000 will feature native-bred 3-year-old colts and geldings. Hayden thanked this year’s major sponsors of the race day, Cash Pot, who have put $2.5 million on the table as part of their ongoing Cash Pot Mega Ball promotion. “We are appreciative of the support of the Cash Pot Mega Ball promotion, which will assist us in making this the best and most well-staged Jamaica 1000 & 2000 Guineas in its 43-year history,” Hayden said. The increase in purses for the April 8 Jamaica 1000 & 2000 Guineas Classic is part of a move by SVREL to increase the overall purse structure for this racing year by $100 million, effective April 1. The increase is part of a promise made by SVREL to horseracing stakeholders prior to the official March 7 takeover.last_img read more