QUESTION of dates and finalising arrangements for the transportation of the players, etc. are the only things that stand now between a Trinidad football team visiting Jamaica next year between February and January—the second such visit in a decade. Seventeen players, including a manager, will make the trip.
Coming almost immediately after the visit of that Colony's cricket team to this Island, and the fact that it will be the first such football visit to this Island since 1938, enthusiasm should be no less feverish than in the case of the cricket visit.
Like the cricket fathers, our football leaders plan to pursue a rigorous campaign in lifting the standard of football to meet this invasion which will find our football untried for eight years as was our cricket and fitness being regarded as the basic contributing factor, the J.F.A. Council at their first meeting on Monday night decided to attend to this part of a footballer's training as well as to endeavour to attain improvement in ability.
As a result Messrs. Harry Paxton (the "old horse" who is always there to give an helping hand in this respect), Gordon Partridge and Major George Allen have been complemented by the Council as coaches; and a physical instructor, likely a Military man, will complete the squad responsible for preparing our footballers for the visit. Messrs. Partridge and Allen will be remembered as respective back and inside-left of the Corinthian—Casual team that visited Jamaica in 1937 and who are now resident here. In his day Allen was regarded as one of the two best amateur inside-lefts in England. Supervising them will be a Committee comprising Messrs. G. M. daCosta, C. C. Passailaigue and Vin Sasso.
The tour will extend over three weeks during which about seven matches will be played. Then Trinidad Amateur F. A. has suggested the dates to be between January 17 and February 8, whilst the J. F. A. has proposed the alternative of between February 6 and February 28, taking into consideration the Barranquilla Olympics in December and January and the visit of the Jamaica cricket team to Barbados in January.
Trinidad will start immediately. Clubs will be asked to name their best players, from which the Council will select the best forty and place them in the hands of the coaches and the physical instructor: training to be properly interspersed between League matches — likely training on Mondays and Fridays, matches on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
COUNTRY PLAYERS TOO
Country players will be given their opportunity, too, to qualify to play against Trinidad if they can make the grade. As a result, the All Island Championship, that is the section, will be started earlier than usual, which used to be in January. Outstanding players in these matches will be asked to train with the city squad to be considered for election.
Considering what is ahead of our football the composition of the standing Selection Committee for the season will naturally create much interest. Here it is: Messrs. E. D. Matthews (Chairman), Paul Chevannes, Vin Sasso and Clarence Passailaigue. All with the possible exception of Matthews have represented Jamaica: the latter (Passailaigue) regarded as our best goalkeeper ever, while Sasso was in his day Jamaica's No. 1 centre-half. They plan Trial matches in December so as to keep the fellows fit during the holidays.
An interesting, angle to the coming Intercolonial Tournament is the Hayward Shield. Along with Mr. daCosta, Lieut-Commander Chas. Hayward President of the T. A. F. A., is mainly responsible for the tour and on his last visit here during the cricket tournament Com. Hayward presented the J. F. A. with a shield to be known as the Hayward Shield and to be competed for between Jamaica and any visiting team.
Quite fittingly his Colony will be the first to vie for the honour of winning the Shield.