Veteran Jamaican Footballer Leonard “Chicken” Mason Dies in New York

Photo via Santos Football Club/Duane Coombs

Veteran Jamaican footballer Leonard Mason died in Brooklyn, New York on October 31 at the age of 72, after years of battling an illness.

Mason, affectionately called “Chicken” by Jamaican football fans, represented Excelsior High School in the Manning Cup football competition in the mid -1960s.

He later earned scholarships to Eastern Illinois University and Century University where he earned an Accounting degree and an MBA.

At club level in Jamaica, he played for Santos, Lucas and Real Mona, among others. In the United States, he represented Jamaica Nationals and the Jamaica Ambassadors football teams. He was also widely known for scoring for Jamaica in the island’s first victory (1-0) over Mexico in 1972 at the National Stadium.

After retiring from competitive football in 1975, he operated his own business as the CEO of LEMS Accounting Services, in New York and Florida.

In his later years, he became involved in several youth initiatives in Jamaica and was actively involved in fundraising activities at his alma mater.


  1. RIP Chicken Mason, I can still hear Bop Campbell picking up a ball down the left and laying off shouting “Leonard”. You gave Jamaica and Santos some great moments, travel well mi Bredda.

  2. I remember Skill sending him a ball from way outside the right wing and all he had to do was touch it to score. RIP baller

  3. RIP mr. Mason you was my biggest inspiration…i will never forget you .my heart break in pieces when I heard about your passing..
    I still remember the last conversation I have with you…i will keep those words you say

    to me close to my heart..
    Sleep in peace love always

  4. My mentor, friend, accountant, fellow alumni Age Animo . S.I.P. Mr.Mason you were known to the Public for your Greatness, yet you were always Humble and Private. You will definitely be missed.

  5. Natural Red Hair that people pay money to get done !
    “Chicken” you was the best at what you do not just playing ball but even in doing accounts and end a year tax returns to get back some cheddar from Uncle Sam !
    Job well done,
    Rest in Peace Blood !

  6. SMH……finding this out yesterday via the letter from your firm. It rough, really tough. Wifey can’t stop crying. You were always her big friend. Always compare me to you because we love the football so much. Rest well mi Bredda. All the Love, Manners and Respect due to you. See when we see you!! Bless UP!!!


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