Further tribute following the passing of former player Syd Weatherup

Posted : 14th August 2020 at 08:16:11

Earlier this month Linfieldfc.com reported the sudden and sad passing of former player Syd Weatherup in Canada on August 3.

Linfieldfc.com can now pay further tribute to Syd with reference to the personal handwritten archives of the former chairman, the late David Crawford.

Sydney Weatherup was born on January 22, 1934 and in 1957 was living in Cregagh and later at 43 Strandburn Drive in Sydenham.

He was the son of Grace and James Weatherup and he married Joan Keery at Lambeg parish church on July 6, 1963. They had a daughter Lynda.

He played football for Strand school, Pitt St mission, Co-op Rec FC, and in season 1952/53 he was with Crusaders where he won a Steel and Sons cup medal with the reserve team of Crusaders.

He was an outside left who won junior and amateur international caps.

He was with Distillery in season 1954/55 and he had trials with Burnley and Doncaster Rovers.

Syd signed as a professional with Linfield in June 1955 and he won an Ulster cup medal with Linfield in 1955.

On October 12, 1955 Syd scored twice as Linfield defeated Coleraine 5-1 in the Ulster cup final at the Oval. The team line up was - Russell, Keith, Graham, M. Nixon, Hamill, Houston, Maguire, Richardson, Kennedy, Dickson and Weatherup.

He also won a Gold cup winners medal with Linfield in a 3-0 win against Portadown in 1955/56. On December 7, 1955 at Grosvenor Park Tommy Dickson scored twice as Linfield lined up as follows - Russell, Keith, Graham, Nixon, Hamill, Houston, Hill, Richardson, Kennedy, Dickson and Weatherup.

He also won a George Wilson cup medal.

Between 1955 and 1957 he won 6 caps for the Irish League representative side.

He was 11st 12 and 5 ft 8.

Syd was with Merthyr Tydfil in Wales in season 1957/58 before joining Glenavon for a £200 transfer fee in January 1958.

He won an Irish League winners medal with Glenavon in 1960 and he was with Ards for season 1963/64.

He later emigrated to Canada in 1966 where he passed away in Ontario earlier this month, aged 86.

The deepest sympathy of everyone at Linfield FC is extended to the family circle on account of their sad loss.

Audaces Fortuna Juvat


We are grateful to a relative David Froud in Toronto who sent us the following information and photo with regard to Syd's goalscoring appearance in a famous 5-2 win for the Irish League representative side against the English League.

This could be the best Irish League XI side ever formed

The Irish League side which defeated the Football League 5-2 at Windsor Park on April 25th 1956, the biggest ever victory against the English select.

Goalscorers: Tommy Dickson (2), Jimmy Hill, Syd Weatherup and George Eastham; For the English League Jackie Davis (Own goal) and Tommy Taylor.

Attendance: 20,000

See photo further below

BACK ROW: Rab Newberry (Ards reserve), Sam Cummings (Linesman), Tommy Hamill (Linfield), Dick Keith (Linfield), Alex Russell (Linfield), Jackie Davis (Crusaders), Paddy Corr (Glenavon), Tom Reid (Referee), Davy McKimm (Trainer), W. Strange (Linesman).


Billy McCleery (Team Manager), Jimmy Hill (Linfield), Jimmy Jones (Glenavon), Tommy Dickson (Linfield) (Captain), Wilbur Cush (Glenavon), George Eastham (Ards) and Syd Weatherup (Linfield

Obituary below

Weatherup, Richard Sydney (Syd)

Suddenly at Headwaters Health Care Centre on Monday, August 3, 2020 at the age of 86. Beloved husband of Joan (Keery) and father to Lynda. Predeceased by his parents Grace and James and his brother James of Scarborough, Ontario, Syd was born in Belfast, N. Ireland and was a well known Professional soccer player (footballer) for the teams Linfield and Glenavon. Syd immigrated to Canada in 1966. He retired from TNT in 1997 and enjoyed Golfing and coaching youth soccer. Syd will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Visitation will be held at the Dods & McNair Funeral Home, Chapel & Reception Centre, 21 First St., Orangeville on Friday, August 21, 2020 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Memorial donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family.

A tree will be planted in memory of Syd in the Dods & McNair Memorial Forest at the Island Lake Conservation Area, Orangeville. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.dodsandmcnair.com

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