Facts On Trinidad Football Tour

Author: 
Linesman
Date Published: 
1947-01-26
Source: 
Jamaica Gleaner
Page: 
11

JAMAICA XI FOR FIRST TEST, FEBRUARY 12.

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

Reserves: D. Smith (Melbourne); A. Bayliss (Melbourne), H. Shakespeare (Printing Office).

TRINIDAD'S 17 COMING

Goal: J. Gonsalves, R. Merritt; Backs: Syl Dopson, P. Simmonds, J. Huggins; Halves: P. Jones (Capt.), Noel Winn, M. McLean, Ian Seale; Forwards: Gerry Gomez, Rex Burnett, Lio Lynch, Ken Galt, Jeffrey Stollmeyer, P. Lewis, Andy Ganteaume, W. Baird.

THE PROGRAMME

Feby. 6—Team arrive.
Feby. 7—Practice
Feby. 8—vs Combined Schools
Feby. 10—vs A Club
Feby. 12—FIRST COLONY MATCH
Feby. 15—SECOND COLONY MATCH
Feby. 17—vs A Club
Feby. 19—THIRD COLONY MATCH
Feby. 22—FOURTH COLONY MATCH
Feby. 24—vs A Club
Feby. 26—FIFTH COLONY MATCH

The Clubs concerned are likely Lucas, St. George's Old Boys and Melbourne, and their positions on the programme will be allotted according to how they finished in the Senior League and Senior Knockout.

Trinidad Is Serious

THE above facts briefly tell the story of the work of the Jamaica Football Association in bringing about the first overseas tournament in connection with Jamaica's football since 1938. Sporting Jamaica on a whole, therefore, awaits the arrival of our Trinidad visitors with a mixture of anxiety and enthusiasm—the second visit from a sporting body from the sister Colony in under eight months.

The J.F.A. not only deserves the congratulation of a grateful public, but should receive the support of every player and fan because of the strenuous effort being made by them not only to satisfy the public but to bring our players to a state of physical fitness and football ability so as to avoid a repetition of the 1935-36 results. Great things are expected to come of the coaching of George Allen and Gordon Partridge.

But let us not fool ourselves. Trinidad are doing the same for their players. As in cricket they are taking this visit very serious, they lived not in the past but in the present.

The team, as is already known, was selected on Friday and was published in our Saturday's issue of the "Gleaner." Before this occurred a systematic programme was mapped out for the training of the 31 invited players from which the ultimate 17 were to be selected.

MOST TRICKY

Of the players coming reports to hand say that Stollmeyer is the most tricky inside-right in Trinidad today. However, Carlon "Putty" Lewis, who is dubbed the "player of the year" by the Press also receives the following compliments from the Trinidad "Guardian" sportswriter, "Spectator": "Lewis is the best right wing in Trinidad football to-day. Can also play a dashing and competent game at centre-forward."

Lewis and Lynch are members of the Second Division Malvern combination (for whom fast-bowler Lance Pierre also plays at centre-half), who won the B.D.V. Cup (similar to our Senior Knockout) from the big 'bugs' last December.

Surprise non-selections are "Bassy" Pierre, centre-half of the League champions Notre Dame, who has been Jones's chief rival during the Trinidad season, and Espinal, sharp-shooting centre-forward for the same side. Ken Galt, one of the few South Selectees will, therefore, be chief leader of the visitors' forward line.