Lloyd Lindbergh Delapenha was the first black player to represent Middlesbrough, and one of the earliest in the history of the Football League.

Delapenha was born in Jamaica in May 1927 on the same day Charles Lindbergh became the first man to fly solo across the Atlantic, hence his unusual middle name. Delapenha’s own journey over the sea was less straightforward - boarding a prisoner of war ship originating from Japan and arriving in England in 1946.

The end of the Second World War saw the return of league football but after unsuccessful trials with Arsenal, National Service meant Delapenha was enlisted in the British Armed Forces.

A consummate sportsman, he had been an impressive schoolboy athlete. Small, sturdy and powerful, it would later be suggested he could run for Great Britain in the 1948 Olympics.

And during his time with the army, which saw him stationed with the Royal Fusiliers in Egypt, he would turn his hand to several sports. It was here that he once again caught the attention of English football scouts.

Arriving back on home shores, he spent time with league champions Portsmouth but found limited opportunities in a star-studded team. It was when he was persuaded by David Jack to make the move north to Middlesbrough in 1950 that his career really took off.

Indeed, he scored his first Boro goal against Arsenal, the club that had turned down the chance to tie him to a professional contract earlier in his career. He became a regular for Boro as an outside right or a winger as the club finished sixth the following season.

Famed for a rocket-like shot, he was a key Boro player for the next eight campaigns - finishing as top scorer in three of them and featuring alongside the likes of Wilf Mannion and Brian Clough.

He earned a place in the hearts of all Boro fans who saw him play in a spell which spanned three managers; David Jack, Walter Rowley and Bob Dennison.

Delapenha was entrusted with penalty duties and was denied the distinction of Boro’s first goal under floodlights at Ayresome Park when taking one against Sunderland in 1957. His typically powerful spot-kick crept under the net – sparking rumours on the terraces it had been burst by sheer power – and was subsequently ruled out by confused officials.

After leaving Boro, Delapenha also played for Mansfield Town, Hereford Town and Burton Albion.

Following retirement, he held a senior job with the Jamaican Broadcasting Corporation, co-ordinating coverage of cricket, the Commonwealth Games, and helping bring international football to Jamaica. He represented his homeland at golf, while he also had a passion for horse racing.

Delapenha passed away peacefully in Kingston in January 2017, aged 89.