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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

Ashes 2017: Joe Root stands in the way of Australian victory at Sydney

first_imgAustralia closed in on an innings victory in the fifth Test as England totter on 93/4 at stumps on day four at the Sydney Cricket Ground. (Scorecard)England still need 210 runs to force their hosts to bat again and a 4-0 drubbing in the Ashes 2017-18 series, despite Alastair Cook becoming the sixth batsman to score 12,000 runs in Test cricket.ALSO WATCH: SPORTS TODAY Earlier in the day, brothers Shaun and Mitchell Marsh both scored centuries on a scorching morning at the Sydney Cricket Ground to put Australia in a position where they could declare on 649-7 in the second session.England, already 3-0 down in the series with the urn relinquished, had toiled in the field in temperatures in excess of 40 degrees Celsius with little success and their luck did not change when they came out to bat.Openers Alastair Cook and Mark Stoneman went cheaply inside the first six overs of their second innings with James Vince (18) and Dawid Malan (five) following in the final session.Wow, that is a stunning delivery by the �?�� Nathan Lyon! #Ashes pic.twitter.com/PlfWdN498L- cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) January 7, 2018Skipper Joe Root, who made an unbeaten 42 despite playing with an injured finger, and Jonny Bairstow (17 not out) will take England’s fight to save the test into the final day.The Marsh brothers had earlier joined the Chappell siblings Ian and Greg (1972) and the Waugh twins Mark and Steve (2001) in scoring centuries in the same innings in an Ashes test.Shaun Marsh made 156 from 291 balls before being run out by a Stoneman direct hit just after lunch, with Mitchell having departed for 101 on the delivery after securing his second century when Tom Curran took out his off stump.advertisementThat was HUGE from Mitch Starc! #Ashes pic.twitter.com/t21ORIyLw0- cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) January 7, 2018The brothers both scored their second centuries of the series in a brilliant 169-run partnership that built on the mammoth 171 Usman Khawaja scored on Saturday.It would have been a particularly sweet partnership given Shaun was a controversial selection for the series, his eighth recall to the test line-up being met with disbelief in some quarters, and Mitchell brought in for the third test in Perth.Mitchell was the second to reach the milestone about an hour into the morning with two runs past point and Shaun was in such a hurry to congratulate his little brother that he almost ran him out.Shaun, 34, had started the day on 98 with Australia 479 for four and took just five balls to secure his sixth test century by crunching Moeen Ali through the covers for one of the 18 fours he scored in his 403-minute knock.Shaun and Mitchell Marsh While Australia flourished with the bat, England continued to struggle.Cook did become the sixth batsman to score 12,000 runs in tests but the ovation had barely been completed before Stoneman was dismissed for a duck by pace spearhead Mitchell Starc, the batsman reviewing the lbw decision to no avail.Former skipper Cook was dismissed for 10 rocking back in his crease to a superb delivery from spinner Nathan Lyon that removed the bail from his off stump.Vince enjoyed a rare England success with the DRS to reverse a caught behind verdict on 15 but he made just three more runs before offering up another poor shot to a Pat Cummins delivery which caught a nick which Steve Smith juggled to take at slip.Root needed lengthy treatment on his right index finger after taking a rap on the digit from a Starc delivery before Malan was trapped lbw on his back foot by Lyon for five, the review system again failing England.last_img read more