Written by on January 30, 2017

Jamaica’s first professional footballer has passed away.

Lindberg “Lindy” Delapenha was one of the first black men and first Jamaican to play professional football in England, before becoming one of Jamaica’s most beloved veteran journalists.

An old by of Munro College and Wolmer’s Boys School – where he was a stellar athlete, Lindy went on to win a league championship medal with Portsmouth in 1948.

During his English career, Lindy also spent 4 seasons as the leading scorer for Middlesbrough, with 93 league and FA Cup goals in 270 appearances. He also played for Mansfield Town, Hereford United, and Burton Albion.

Retiring from league football in 1960, Lindy returned to Jamaica and played cricket for a short time and football, taking Boys’ Town football from Division 3 up to Division 1.

Lindy went on to became director of sports at the Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation (JBC) for more than 30 years, where he played a major role in bringing international football to Jamaica.

Of himself, Lindy once said “I spent my life trying to make myself more proficient as a sportsman. I had very little interest outside of sports.”

Lindberg Delapenha suffered several strokes over the last 2 weeks, causing him to lose his speech. He passed away at his daughter’s home in the early morning of Thursday January 26. He was 89 years old.

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