LONDON, June 2 (Reuter):
MEMBERS of the British amateur soccer team, Middlesex Wanderers, took off for the West Indies tonight in a Britannia aircraft for a soccer tour of the West Indies.
Apart from the officials, there were 17 players from England, Scotland and Wales of whom 14 had played for their country in international soccer.
The Middlesex Wanderers, one of the leading amateur clubs in the United Kingdom, had fixed a tour in the West Indies which included matches in Trinidad, Jamaica, Bermuda, in addition to games in Surinam and Martinique.
At the farewell reception to the British soccer players which included the leading personalities in amateur soccer in Britain, the Commissioner for the West Indies in the U.K., Mr. Garnet Gordon said: "We are anxious to learn about football out in the West Indies and we are extremely happy to welcome this British team."
In reply team captain Ian Harnet, of Queen's Park and Scotland, said they were greatly looking forward to their tour.
The team took off shortly before midnight and will be arriving in Trinidad, where they play their first match tomorrow night.