Wilfred finally gets his hands on the Irish Cup

Wilfred Livinstone with the Irish Cup.
Wilfred Livinstone with the Irish Cup.

He started playing for Glenavon in 1954, but after 60 years Wilfred Livingstone finally got his hands on the Irish Cup.

The former Lurgan Blues fullback was a special guest of the club for the game against Cliftonville on Saturday and he certainly enjoyed his visit back to Mourneview Park and the chance to get a picture with the famous trophy won by Glenavon in May.

Wilfred Livinstone in the Glenavon team back in 1954.

Wilfred Livinstone in the Glenavon team back in 1954.

Wilfred, who also had spells with Glentoran and Ballymena United, played alongside some of the Glenavon greats including Jimmy Jones, Maurice McVeigh, Jackie Denver, Paddy Corr, Wilber Cush and Billy Liggett.

Wilfred was joined at the match by his nephew Stephen Donaldson, his wife Ann and their son Reid.

Our archives show that Wilfred was one of the few players to emerge with credit on the opening day 3-0 win over Portadown in August, 1954.

The report said: ‘This was perhaps one of the worst games between the two rivals, the casual approach by the players was surprising but Livingstone did quite well at right back.’

Wilfred was back in action a few days later as the Mail reported Glenavon beat Ards 2-1 in the Ulster Cup which they went on to win that season. Our inset picture shows Wilfred in the team line-up before the Ulster Cup match against Linfield at Mourneview Park which the Lurgan Blues won 4-2. He is pictured back row, second from right.

The full line-up is: Back left, Jones (trainer), Armstrong, Cush, Rea, Liggett, Livingstone, Corr. Front left, Jones, Campbell, McAlinden, Denver and McVeigh.

In the year Wilfred started playing for Glenavon he could have bought a 1953 Austin A30 car for £545 at Automart, Portadown. |At the cinema Foster’s were screening Tarzan’s Savage Fury starring Lex Barker and the Lyric Cinema was screening By the Light of the Silvery Moon starring Doris Day.