Famous Everton scout Sid Benson passed away late yesterday. The talent-spotter was widely renowned for discovering skillful players like Ross Barkley currently, and former players like Francis Jeffers and Danny Cadarmateri. He also was responsible for bringing Wayne Rooney through the ranks at the Toffees, and discovering Leighton Baines as well. Benson was 74 at the time of his death.
Both Barkley and Jeffers passed messages of condolence for the scout on Twitter, with the club and former player Kevin Sheedy also chiming in.
Sad to hear Sid Benson has passed away today, only spoke to him last night. Rest in peace mate, thanks for everything.— Ross Barkley (@RBarkley20) August 17, 2016
No words can describe the sadness today , SID you are a absolute legend I can't thank you enough for all you done for me RIP mate— Francis Jeffers (@FJ10official) August 17, 2016
We join Ross and so many more in mourning Sid’s passing. Our thoughts are with his wife, Ann, and all of the family. https://t.co/qlwJ8PrcKg— Everton (@Everton) August 18, 2016
Really sad news about Sid Benson. Will be sorely missed. RIP Sid @Everton— Kevin Sheedy (@kevin11sheedy) August 17, 2016
Benson’s credentials were undoubted, and his eye for a good forward was widely renowned.
Sad news about Sid Benson, worked with him a number of years at the club! Brought some of our best talents through pic.twitter.com/yxh8Kb1WM2— Everton All Sorts (@EvertonAllSorts) August 17, 2016
Here is a story about one of his most famous recruits -