THE Lyness name has been a familiar fixture on Portadown teamsheets since the 1960s.
Winston set the tradition in motion by first lining out in 1962 – and was on the sidelines across future decades to support his sons, Paul and David, on senior duty before last year’s debut by grandson Stuart marked three generations.
In fact, the line linking the Lyness name to Chambers Park currently extends to Winston’s grandchildren as far as the mini-rugby programme.
That respected sporting lineage remains a source of great pride for Winston and he continues to support Portadown as a familiar figure on matchdays both home and away.
“I was captain during the 1974-75 season and president at the end of the 1980s but now enjoy my status as one of the ‘alikadoos’,” said Winston. “Up and down the country when we visit rival clubs I get the chance to meet up with old friends and the connection to Portadown has provided me with some wonderful memories.
“I admit it was a proud moment to be watching each time one of my sons made his senior debut for the club and I was obviously also delighted to see Stuart get his chance.
“My sons, Paul and David, used to come along and watch me play so they have grown up around the club.
“I represented Portadown seniors from 1962 then moved down the sides to continue playing for as long as possible.
“I especially remember the fun with the fifths and how the boys would be down at the games.
“My wife, Jean, was also very supportive and our two daughters, Jacqueline and Joanne, now have sons connected to the club.
“Ross Davis, Jacqueline’s son, has played for the seconds, thirds and fourths, plus also really enjoys hockey.
“Joanne’s son, Jacob Richardson, has been involved in the mini-rugby at Portadown.
“Plus, of course, Paul’s son, Stuart, who has previously been selected by the firsts.”
Winston’s rugby education at school level was provided by Lurgan College but he always considered Portadown his hometown and joined the club at the first opportunity.
“I lined out alongside some superb players over the years and enjoyed great friendships with people off the pitch but so important to the progress of the club,” he said. “It is brilliant to see the club in such a healthy position at the minute and credit must go to those who put in so much hard work.
“The success of the mini-rugby, in particular, is a real boost and helps provide the next generation of players for the club.”