Delapenha passes at 89

Lindy turned down a move to Manchester United in the 1950's before the Air Munich Disaster.

Former Jamaican Footballer Lloyd Lindbergh “Lindy” Delapenha has passed away at 89 years of age. Delapenha has been having some ailments over the past few months and he lost his speech a few weeks ago. He passed at 6:00am Eastern time on January 26th.

Delapenha will be remembered for being the first Jamaican and Caribbean footballer to win the English League as he helped Portsmouth to win the League title in the 1948/49 and 1949/50 seasons. In the 1949/50 season he contributed with 1 goal and two assists in 6 appearances as a Right winger to guide Portsmouth to the title.  To date these are the only times that Portsmouth have won the league title.

In April 1950, after a successful few years with Portsmouth, he transferred to the north east and joined  Middlesbrough where his career thrived in a more advanced position.He played on the wing or inside-forward, and became Boro’s leading scorer in the 1951-52, 1953–54 and 1955–56 seasons. In total he scored 93 league and FA Cup goals in 270 appearances. Only Ricardo Fuller has scored more goals in England than Lindy Delapenha did.

After retiring from professional football in 1960, Delapenha went into Sports Punditry and Sport casting in Jamaica.


Delapenha was the first Jamaican born player to play football in Europe.

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