Trinidadian Players Say Our Football Good As Theirs

Author: 
M. E. Ambard
Date Published: 
1936-02-14
Source: 
Jamaica Gleaner
Page: 
15

Delighted With Treatment Here. Praise Our Players And Sporting Crowds.
RESULTS OF TOUR.
Lost Three Games In Colombia And Two In Curacao.

The Trinidad football team which recently beat Jamaica in the intercolonial tournament, have returned to their native land. They speak highly of the treatment received in this island, and think our football is quite equal to Trinidad's best.

MADE FOOTBALL HISTORY

M. E. Ambard writes in the Port-of-Spain Gazette of Feby. 4:—

After making football history in Jamaica, the Trinidad lads arrived in the colony on Sunday afternoon.

They were full of spirits and unanimously voiced the opinion that it was the beat trip they had ever experienced.

"I will go back to-morrow," skipper Wilkinson told me. "You do not know nor can you guess how we were treated in Jamaica. We were literally taken to Jamaica's bosom and treated with such lavish entertainments that at times it appeared to be embarrassing. Don't ask me about the team. They are the most sporting and genuine set of boys that I have had to captain. It is true, that I might have been criticised in losing two of the games, but our primary object was to win the tests. And we won!"

OUR SPORTING CROWD

Mr. Arthur Maynard, in an interview, said:—

Leaving Trinidad on December 12, we had an easy and comfortable voyage out. The first stop was at Curacao where we met a sandy football ground quite unlike those to which we have been accustomed at home and lost 3—2 in an exciting game.

Proceeding, we encountered smooth seas and landed in Jamaica on Dec. 23, playing our first match on Christmas Day.

About the reception accorded us in Jamaica, I cannot speak too highly. We were made most comfortable and everyone vied with each other in showering hospitality upon us.

We won the three colony games, it is true, and the hardest fight was in the second game, when the rubber was at stake, but I am free to admit that condition told against Jamaica. In other words, my opinion is they don't train as intensively as the Trinidadians. This is, however, confirmed by the fact that in the majority of games we were behind at half time, and outstayed them in the end.

Jamaica's crowd is a thoroughly sporting one, and as a matter of fact our whole team was amazed at their (Jamaica's) knowledge of all the fine points of the game and how we were cheered in every good movement.

My view of Jamaica sportsmen is hey are hard to beat throughout the West Indies—at least that is the impression I formed of them during the tour.

Having played football in Demerara and Barbados, and now in Jamaica for the first time, I am
satisfied that a Jamaica XI is

QUITE THE EQUAL

of Trinidad and Demerara, playing anywhere, with Barbados just slightly behind. I may tell you, that the Jamaica grounds in my viewpoint are better playing fields than those in Barbados and Demerara. At Sabina Park there is a slight drawback owing to the slope on the ground and a somewhat unevenness of surface at certain points; but in all parts of the field, it is a first-class field, fast and true and to which the bounce of the ball is easily adaptable to any experienced player.

The refereeing was excellent, there being no less than a dozen officials whose knowledge of the game is profound. I must pay a tribute to the fine team work of the Trinidad side. To this I contribute all the success and in Wilkinson we found a captain who acted in the capacity of a father and manager of the side; at all times being most solicitous of our comfort and general welfare.

It is invidious to mention the outstanding players on our side. Every unit performed well. From the Jamaica Press, however, and our own observation the outstanding players were F. Ambard (goal), Tench (centre-half), and there were complimentary remarks made about me in the local Press.

Jamaica is replete with outstanding players of merit, all quite the equal of our best stars, but lest I offend, I prefer not to eulogise.

As regards to Colombia, it would be well to state three things:

(1) We left Kingston on Sunday by car, travelled 120 miles, played Montego Bay on Monday, danced the whole night. Left Montego Bay on Tuesday morning at 5 o'clock. Travelled back to
Kingston, packed our grips and sailed the same afternoon.

THE STORMIEST VOYAGE

of the tour was our lot from Kingston to Porto Colombia which was reached on Saturday, and we opened our tour two days later on the following understanding: (a) 90 minutes play; (b) no charging of goal-keeper; (c) it is no wonder that we were beaten.

Colombia played an ultra vigorous game and Costa Rica were a clever lot whom I fancy will not beat us under local conditions.

We had a very enjoyable time, but I contribute the play of the Colombians' tam as due to over-zealousness. It has been described as foul, but I still consider that they play more in the spirit of "goals mean a victory," than the inclination to be dirty or rough.

Their methods might be described as over-zealousness in their effort to win. There was only
one fault I could find and that was the poor refereeing of the games.

We were however lavishly entertained, and the hospitality received was of first class standard. I cannot regret the tour.

THEIR BEST FOOTBALL.

The Trinidad Guardian published the following:

About their tour in Jamaica Mr. Wilkinson continues that the hospitality was wonderful, the crowd was fine and the football was of a consistently high standard.

The fact that we have won all the three Colony matches has led people to under-estimate Jamaica's football ability.

The Trinidad boys played to the top of their form and especially in the last Colony game.

The whole team was fine, but forwards in particular played football like men inspired.

He declares that since he came to Trinidad he has never seen a Trinidad team play football like their display in Jamaica.

SYNOPSIS OF TOUR.

In Jamaica they made history by making a clean sweep of the Intercolonial series played between the Colonies, winning the three Colony games. They won two club games, lost two, and drew two.

In Colombia they played three matches, losing all, two to the Costa Ricans, who were touring that football centre, and one to Barranquilla.

In Curacao they lost two matches one on their way to Jamaica, 3—1, and the other on their return trip, 4—2.