Playing Game in Trinidad is Hot Work Says Writer in English Journal.
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Manchester, England, Sept 10.—
Phew! It's hot! Fancy playing football with the temperature between 80 and 85 degrees. But then, it is for only 30 minutes each way. Quite enough, too, I can hear English footballers say. These are the conditions under which the game is played in the British colony of Trinidad, British West Indies.
And it is good football. The first league teams play a standard of football equal to that of the Midland League, Mr. B. H. Rose, a Sheffielder who has been out there for seven years, tells me. By the way, Mr. Rose is an old United supporter, and as soon as he returned went to see the Red and Whites' game with Leicester.
They don't have any worries about finding a ground in the West Indies. All the matches are played on the Savannah, a ground of 25 acres, which is just outside the capital of Trinidad, Port of Spain.
The teams are composed for the most part of Creoles, the name by which the natives are known, although there are quite a few Englishmen in the various sides. One of the best players in the island is Thom, a former Scottish League player, while there is also a star young centre-forward. Disclosure of the name might send some English clubs prospecting.
Five clubs constitute the First Division of the league and all the players are amateurs. "International" matches are played against Demerara and other neighbouring states. Following a call on the English Football Association by Captain Cutteridge, vice-president of the Association in Trinidad and one of the leading referees on the island, the English Association have presented a cup to be competed for by all the teams on the island in a "knock-out" competition.
Trinidad has set the fashion. Although the terraces and stands on English grounds are now livened with the bright dresses and headgear of the fair sex, football in Port of Spain has always had a strong feminine following. The majority of the spectators in the stands are always ladies.
The natives do not play in bare feet as they do in Egypt and the East, that is, at least, not in matches, though they often practice this way and can kick a ball almost as well without boots as with them.
Attempts are being made to get the English Association to send across a representative team. If they do, they are certain to get an enthusiastic welcome from the British colony of 70,000 people.
But then football is not the only game in sunny Port of Spain. They have a delightful racecourse at which three two-day meetings are held every year, while Rugby football and hockey and golf also have their devotees. We know all about their tennis and cricket.