a MAN who was connected with football in Pendle for more than 70 years and who was awarded the MBE for his services to the game in 2006 has died at the age of 97.
Syd Parkinson was for many years the physiotherapist with Colne Dynamoes, including their FA Vase triumph at Wembley in 1988, and went on to fill a similar role with Barnoldswick Town when the Dynamoes folded.
Mr Parkinson was praised by none other than Sir Alex Ferguson when he was awarded the MBE, with Sam Allardyce, then manager at Bolton Wanderers and now at West Ham United, paying tribute.
Mr Parkinson moved from Pendle to be closer to his family in Devon three years ago and died yesterday after a short illness.
A full obituary will appear in Friday’s Leader-Times.