Sad passing of former Linfield player

Posted : 13th January 2021 at 11:23:33

Linfield FC records with sadness the passing of former player David Minford yesterday.

The following anecdotes are taken from the handwritten archives of the former chairman the late David Crawford.

David Minford was born on December 22, 1929 and he grew up on Belfast’s Shankill Rd.

He was a half back whose early football career started with Albert Foundry (1948/49), Ballyclare Comrades (1949-51) and Portadown (July 1950).

He was with the 93rd Old Boys and had a one year amateur spell with Leeds United.

He also had a season with Banbridge Town and was with Ballymena United in 1955.

He signed for Linfield on May 22, 1951. He was signed by Harry Midgley and Joe Mackie in his own home.

He made his Linfield debut in a 0-0 draw with Glenavon on August 21, 1951.

He made the following Linfield appearances

1951/52 - 30 appearances and 11 goals

1952/53 - 10 appearances and 1 goal

He also made the following Linfield Swifts appearances

1951/52 - 13 appearances and 2 goals

1952/53 - 16 appearances and 5 goals

1953/54 - 6 appearances and 1 goal

He was employed by J. Mackie and sons and later at Short Brothers and Harland. He was the proprietor of a fish and chip shop.

He was a physical training instructor in a gym at John White Congregational church.

He married his wife in Cregagh Presbyterian church in September 1953.

He earned the following honours

B Division Championship medal with Linfield Swifts - 1951/52

2 Junior international caps - one v Scotland in 1950

One Inter league cap v Western command on April 14, 1952.

He was the son of Robert and he lived at various Belfast addresses - 28 Dundee St, 32 Blenheim Drive and 101 Castlemore Avenue.

David is pictured below at a Jumna St players reunion (3rd from the right)

The deepest sympathy of everyone at Linfield FC is extended to the family circle at this very sad time.

Audaces Fortuna Juvat

From funeral

Died 12th January 2021 (peacefully). Much loved husband of the late Tyrinna, devoted father of Gary.

House Private

Funeral service will be held on Thursday 14th January 2021 in Orangefield Presbyterian Church, 464 Castlereagh Road, Belfast at 11am followed by committal in Roselawn cemetery. Service restricted to 25 people by invitation only due to the current circumstances.

No flowers please. Donations in lieu if desired to Alzheimer's Society (cheques only please made payable to above charity) C/o Willowfield Private Funeral Home, 440 Woodstock Road, Cregagh, BT6 9DR

David will be very sadly missed by his family and friends.

Peace, perfect peace
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