The former scout built a sterling reputation on Merseyside and is credited with discovering the likes of Francis Jeffers, Danny Cadamarteri and Ross Barkley for Everton, ushering Wayne Rooney through his early years at the club and bringing Leighton Baines to the Blues before he was eventually released to Wigan.
Indeed, Baines has described in the past how much he owes Benson for his top-flight career as it was Sid, a friend of Leighton's grandfather, who helped arrange a trial for him with the Latics after his Everton dreams were crushed as a teenager.
Both Barkley and Jeffers have taken to Twitter this evening to express their gratitude to Benson for all he did for them:
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) 17 August 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) 17 August 2016
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1 Posted 18/08/2016 at 00:18:42
2 Posted 18/08/2016 at 03:00:35
3 Posted 18/08/2016 at 05:28:57
4 Posted 18/08/2016 at 10:16:13
Condolences to all the family.
5 Posted 18/08/2016 at 12:53:31
6 Posted 18/08/2016 at 16:04:24
7 Posted 18/08/2016 at 18:38:27
8 Posted 18/08/2016 at 20:13:17
9 Posted 18/08/2016 at 20:29:41
A proper football man, who obviously had his own opinions judging by some of the kids he has sent to Everton over the years. Kids who have gone on to become full internationals, and have also made the club plenty of money along the way.
Sid, was a proper, proper football man who would always try to help people but the thing that always struck me about the man was how much of a good listener he also was. (It's a very rare talent!)
Gutted to hear such very bad news about a man who it was always a pleasure to see, and I know he's going to be such a very big loss, not only to Everton FC, but to the whole of local football in general.
RIP, Sid â€” I won't be the only fella who is going to miss your little knowledgeable smile.
10 Posted 18/08/2016 at 20:39:41
11 Posted 19/08/2016 at 00:22:38
Deepest sympathy to all of the Benson family, also to the Everton family who all respected Sid so much.
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