Tributes for former goalkeeper Joe Kincaid

Joe Kincaid
Joe Kincaid

Former Glenavon goalkeeper Joe Kincaid has passed away, aged 81.

Joe arrived at Mourneview Park in 1960 after spells with Larne and Linfield.

He was the hero of Glenavon’s 1961 Irish Cup win over Linfield and also had the honour of playing in the European Cup - his opposite number being England’s Gordon Banks.

Joe made over 100 appearances before retiring in 1966. He returned to manage the club in 1968 for a short spell following the resignation of Ted Smyth.

“Joe was a real gentleman of the game,” said Glenavon chairman Adrian Teer. “He was the hero of our Irish Cup final win in 1961. Linfield threw everything at us in the opening 20 minutes and Joe kept us in the game. He made a number of outstanding saves and thanks to his heroics we went on to win the cup 5-1.

“He was without doubt one of the best goalkeepers of his era in the Irish League.”

Joe also helped nuture young talent by forming the highly successful Belfast youth side St. Andrews after returning from the 1986 World Cup in Mexico. It was to prove an amazing success story with the likes of Keith Gillespie, Stuart Elliott, Stephen Craigan, Steve Davis, Chris Brunt and Linfield manager Warren Feeney progressing under his stewardship and giving them a shop window to display their talents and fulfil their ambitions in football.

That famous night on September 7, 2005 when Northern Ireland beat England 1-0 in a World Cup qualifier at Windsor Park the team contained no less than six of his former St. Andrews players.

Joe was born on May 27, 1933. From Dunmurry, he signed for Linfield as an amateur from Distillery in August 1952 and he made his Linfield debut in a 1-1 Ulster Cup draw against Distillery on August 16, 1952.

He signed for Larne in 1958 and he played there until 1960 when he signed for Glenavon. He was appointed manager of Ards in 1978.

Joe was married in 1955 and his wife Dorothy predeceased him in 2001.

Away from football, Joe’s other great passion was badminton and he was honoured to manage the Northern Ireland Commonwealth Games badminton teams.