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Colne Dynamoes legend's ashes scattered in ceremony
LEGENDARY East Lancs football stalwart Syd Parkinson was remembered this weekend when his ashes were scattered on the pitch at Barnoldswick Town.
Syd, who was awarded the MBE for his services to the game, died last December at the age of 97.
The former physio was known as the oldest physio in the world and had a lifelong association with football in East Lancashire, including an 83-year career in the game working with four different clubs.
Dozens of friends and former colleagues attended the scattering of the ashes and the memorial at Barnoldswick’s Silentnight Stadium, where his ashes were left in the centre circle.
Syd was perhaps best known for his work with one of East Lancashire’s most famous non-league clubs, Colne Dynamoes.
And when they notched up their famous victory in the FA Vase at Wembley in 1988, fans are convinced Syd earned the biggest roar of the day when he ran on the pitch to treat one of the players.
Syd was named in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List in 2006 after being nominated by Premier League managers Sir Alex Ferguson and Sam Allardyce, who described him as a legendary character and Sir Alex attended Syd’s funeral last year.
As well as his work with Barnoldswick Town and Colne Dynamoes, Syd also worked at Bacup Borough and Rossendale United.
Brent Peters, manager of Bacup Borough, another of his former clubs, said at the time of his death: “It was a real pleasure working with and knowing such a true gentleman as Syd was.
“He was a character loved by all at all the clubs he had been involved with and at every ground he would visit.
“Syd’s door at home would always be open where he would make himself available to treat players in order to get them back playing the game he loved.”
Formerly living in Barrowford Road in Colne, he moved down to Paignton, Devon, three years ago to be nearer to his son Johnny.