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Joe Kinkead: Glenavon great who helped coach new generation of footballers

Former football star Joe Kinkead, who has died at 81, was widely regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in the Irish League when he was a regular with the Glenavon club in Lurgan in the 1960s.

Joe was once a Linfield player. He signed amateur forms for them in 1952 after a spell with Distillery.

Joe showed his worth at Windsor Park before moving to Larne FC from whom he signed for Glenavon in 1960 - a club he turned out for more than 100 times.

Fans were saddened when Joe retired from the playing side of football in the mid-60s at only 33, but he had great feeling for Glenavon and returned to Mourneview Park as manager and was often in nets at training sessions.

He established a youth club called St Andrew's in Belfast in 1986 and well-known players like Keith Gillespie, Warren Feeney - now manager at Linfield - Chris Brunt and Steve Davis came through the ranks under his experienced eye. He also managed Northern Ireland youths to a British championship win.

Joe, who was married to Dorothy for 46 years before her death in 2001, had another sporting passion. He was a keen and gifted badminton player of international status and once managed Northern Ireland and Ireland teams at the Commonwealth Games.

His funeral service in Railway Street Church was conducted by the Rev Adrian McLernon and the Rev Cheryl Meban.

Joe is survived by son Peter and a daughter Lynn, two grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Afterwards he was cremated at Roselawn.

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