Walter Boyd
Personal information
Full name Walter Boyd
Date of birth (1972-01-01) 1 January 1972 (age 50)
Place of birth Kingston, Jamaica
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Position(s) striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1996 Colorado Foxes 12 (6)
1997–1999 Arnett Gardens 7 (2)
1999–2001 Swansea City 43 (10)
2001–2004 Arnett Gardens 11 (4)
2004–2006 Constant Spring 26 (15)
2006–2007 Naggo Head 11 (4)
2007–2008 Arnett Gardens 35 (12)
Total 145 (53)
National team
1991–2001 Jamaica 66 (19)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17 December 2007
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17 December 2007

Walter Boyd (born 1 January 1972, in Kingston) is a retired football striker from Jamaica.

Nicknamed Blacka Pearl or The Pearl, Boyd was an extremely gifted yet controversial player whose off field antics always appeared to get him in trouble. Yet, his behavior on and off the field, combined with his great football skills earned him a cult-hero status with Jamaican football fans.

Club career

On club level he played for Jamaican sides Naggo Head and Constant Spring as well as for United States outfit Colorado Foxes and Welsh team Swansea City. While at Swansea he scored twice on his debut but also achieved the unusual distinction of coming on as a substitute and being sent off before play had even resumed.[1] He signed again for Arnett Gardens after Naggo Head relegated to the Jamaican second division after the 2006/2007 seasons. On 8 February 2012 Walter Boyd returned to competitive football after more than two years out of the game, coming on as a substitute for Mountain View and inspiring them to a 4–1 win over Rae Town in a KSAFA Super League match at Excelsior.[2]

International career

Boyd made his debut for the Reggae Boyz in 1991 and was capped over 60 times. He played three matches as a substitute at the 1998 FIFA World Cup. His final international match was a July 2001 friendly match against Saint Kitts and Nevis.


  1. ^ Sent off after Zero seconds! - The Sum
  2. ^ "Jamaica Observer Limited".