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Lloyd Delaphena

Lloyd Delaphena

Clubs played for: Portsmouth, Middlesbrough, Mansfield Town (1948-1960).

Born: 1927

Birthplace: Jamaica


Biography: The first Jamaican to play professional football in England. After 380 league games for his three clubs, Lloyd returned to Jamaica and became a popular face as a sports reporter. He worked for the Jamaican Broadcasting Service for over 30 years. Lindy suffered a stroke and died in January 2017, he was 89. Whilst at Middlesbrough, he was the only player to have a car (a Ford Anglia) and turned down a move to Manchester City because he wanted to stay close to his wife to be who was a local schoolteacher. In 1974 he was inducted into the Black Athletes Hall of Fame at a ceremony in New York.

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Delaphena I believe his name is Delaphena,and he was known as Lindy. I once saw him attack a fan who had racially abused him. I was told he had died quite recently. (Now updated - thanks for pointing out the error!)

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