Sydney Webster - Player Profile

Full Name:Eric Sydney Webster
Born:March 6th, 1907 (Belfast)
Died:August 21st, 1986 (Redbridge)
Position:Outside forward
Signed:June 15th, 1928
First Manager:Selection Committee
Career Stats: 5 appearances
Debut: August 22nd, 1928 - Ballymena 0 - 3 Belfast Celtic (League - Irish League)
Also Played For:Dundela, Dunmurry, Larne, Queens Island

 Season  League Apps Gls GtGR Yel Red W D L
 1928-1929  Irish League 5 0 - - - 20.0% 40.0% 40.0%
5 (0) 0 -

 Apps = First Team Appearances (Sub Appearances) | Gls = Goals
 GtGR = Goals to Games Ratio | W/D/L - Games won, drawn or lost as percentage of games played in
 Yel = Yellow Cards/Cautions | Red = Red Cards/Dismissals

 Most Recent 1st Team Starts:
 Sep 8th, 1928 League  (A)  vs. Ards 2 - 1
 Sep 5th, 1928 Gold Cup  (A)  vs. Ards 0 - 2
 Sep 1st, 1928 League  (H)  vs. Coleraine 3 - 3
 Aug 25th, 1928 League  (A)  vs. Larne 2 - 2
 Aug 22nd, 1928 League  (H)  vs. Belfast Celtic 0 - 3
 Most Recent Goals:

Junior International capped forward who played in the club’s first ever game in 1928 but failed to hold down a regular place in the Irish Cup winning side.

Belfast born Webster’s footballing career began as a teenager in the mid 1920’s, having initially started out with the Queen’s Island second string during the 1924/1925 season and then a move to Dunmurry of the Intermediate League the following (1925/1926) campaign.

It was at Dunmurry, Webster enjoyed his breakthrough season, impressing many onlookers as an inside forward who was comfortable on the flanks. This prompted senior Irish League club Larne to take a chance on the 19-year-old in March 1927. Having originally been signed to play for the club’s Olympic (Reserve) team, he was swiftly elevated to the first team – making a senior debut against Queen’s Island in the City Cup. The final two months of the season seen Syd’s stock rise as an up and coming player in the league.

Webster suffered a major blow in September 1927, as a bout of pneumonia proved almost life threatening and kept him out of action until the New Year. Syd was transferred to Dundela in a bid to bid to return to full fitness. His spell with the East Belfast club included a call up to the Irish Junior International team for the 2-1 defeat to Scotland at Solitude in March 1928.

The forward returned to senior football in the summer of 1928, throwing his lot in with the newly formed Ballymena team in June, becoming one of the first signings made by the Braid club’s selectors. Syd lined up on the wing for the club’s first ever game against Belfast Celtic in front of a packed Showgrounds. Webster featured in each of the club’s first five competitive games, but lost his place to Richard Shaw in September and never found a way back into the team, as the Braidmen went onto historically win the Irish Cup in their first season.

Having sat out the entirety of the 1929/1930 season, Syd returned to competitive action for his former club Dundela in 1930 and played for two seasons until he relocated to England for business reasons, where he remained, having married in Kent in 1937. Sydney Webster passed away in Redbridge (Essex) in August 1986, aged 79 years.

Queen’s Island; Dunmurry; (Mar 1927) Larne; (Jan 1928) Dundela; (Jun 1928) Ballymena; (1930) Dundela

International Honours
Ireland Junior (1 cap – 1928)

Last updated: 6 December 2020

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