Jamaica's Footer XI To Meet Trinidad Selected

Author: 
Linesman
Date Published: 
1947-01-22
Source: 
Jamaica Gleaner
Page: 
14

Intercolonial Football - Jamaica TeamJamaica Team

Maj. George Allen, Captain

Practically two weeks before the arrival of the Trinidad football team in the Island and certainly before Trinidad, the touring side, had themselves selected their sixteen players or so to make the trip Jamaica Selectors met and selected the team to represent the Colony in the first "Test Match" to be played on Feby. 12 in the coming football tournament.

Messrs E. D. Matthews (Chairman), Vin Sasso, Clarence Passailaigue and Paul Chevannes met immediately after the last Trial Match at Sabina Park on Monday evening, and the result of their conclave may be seen elsewhere on this page.

The team and the reserves are asked to keep in touch with the Secretary of the J.F.A., Mr. H. N. Walker, because it is the intention of the captain that the players should not break their training. I understand that between now and the arrival of the visiting side there will be a number of instructional matches not necessarily open to the public.

THE BEST TEAM

The team I think is the best that could have been selected on the result of the trials and current form in League on Monday afternoon, comparing notes with other enthusiasts, including a number of past Jamaica players, I jotted down the same eleven as my probable side for the first Test, at least and read it to my friend Paul Chevannes after the meeting of the Selection Committee, but Paul would not comment until the Council had approved of their efforts. I also read it yesterday to the President, Mr. Granville daCosta before he even handed me the official side.

I think, too, that the selection of Allen as captain is the wisest thing the Council do, as in the field of actual play as leader he can see to it that our players put into effect the instructions that he and Gordon Partridge have been drilling into them since October.

Further, I am certain that the final inclusion of Alcock is most popular. Really, no Jamaica side taking the field for the first time after so many years could be complete without a player of such natural ability and such wizardry in the dribbling of a football. He is a player who on his moment is capable of splitting up the best defence.

THE TEAM

Goal: A. T. McLean (Lucas); Backs: A. U. Dujon (Melbourne); V. Delgado (St. George's Old Boys); Halves: H. Walters (Printers); K. McKen (Lucas); W. Ricketts (St. George's); Forwards: N. Hall (St. George's); L. Alcock (Wembley); J. K. Holt, Jnr. (Lucas); G. Allen (Kingston); Hollingshead (Y.M.C.A.). Reserves: D. Smith (Melbourne); A. Bayliss (Melbourne), H. Shakespeare (Printers).