Trinidad Star Footballer To Reside Here

Author: 
Jack Anderson
Date Published: 
1947-06-14
Source: 
Jamaica Gleaner
Page: 
17

Hopes To Play For Jamaica

First Frank Worrell, and now Malcolm McLean are the "foreign" recruits that Jamaica's cricket and football have benefited by respectively as a result of the visits of the Trinidad footballers and the Barbados cricketers to this Colony between February and April last.

The Trinidad footballers were the first to come early in February, and when they left for home after fulfilling a programme of nine matches, including five "Tests", their full compliment of 17 players shook the dirt of the Island.

In the interim John Goddard and his Barbados cricketers invaded the island and when his team of 14 was ready for the return flight in Holy Week Worrell announced that he was remaining in Jamaica. He is still here; and as far as I am aware he intends to remain here, so that with Alan Rae expecting to leave for England next month to study law Worrell will be a most welcome asset for our cricket team to British Guiana in September.

COME TO RESIDE

On Monday last week another British West Indies plane alighted at Palisadoes with McLean, who brought me the unexpected news that he has come to Jamaica to take up residence. McLean is the blonde trojan of a right half of the Trinidad football team. An allround player he
was their best half back and was not even second to our wizard Walters in the same position in the tournament.

McLean is already looking forward keenly to playing our local Senior League football. He said he hopes to play for Kingston, and as he felt certain that the Trinidad Amateur Football Association would be inviting Jamaica over probably towards the end of the year also hoped that he would be on the Jamaica side.

"I would wish for nothing better." he said enthusiastically and hopefully to me. Undoubtedly he will be an asset to our football.

Incidentally, McLean was born in British Guiana but migrated to Trinidad at the early age of 4 years. He has, therefore, spent most of his life in his adopted country and hopes to settle down in Jamaica, which he said he liked from he arrived here in February, for good. He takes a position with Bryden & Evelyn today.

FOOTBALL COACH

Speaking of the football coach now in Trinidad and expected to arrive here later this year, he thought that he would do very little for the football of both Islands as it stands now. He was of the opinion that a combined West Indies football team, most of which would come from Jamaica and Trinidad, "as the standard of both Barbados and B.G. was pretty poor", he added, on a tour to England as our cricketers would learn far more technically than Coach Bulger could impart now.

Of course, if it was decided to coach the schools, he added, and continue with this policy there would be benefits, but these would not come until a couple of years time. His opinion was that the Jamaica Football Association should tackle the schools and the very young players of the second elevens of the clubs when Coach Bulger arrives here--a policy that the T.A.F.A. was now pursuing.

After going through almost continuous cricket and football tours to Jamaica and B.G. in the past two years McLean told me that the leading Trinidad players in both games were taking it easy. Prior Jones, centre-half and fast bowler, was taking a complete rest; whilst Jeff Stollmeyer, Gerry Gomez, Andy Ganteaume, etc. only played cricket occasionally.

For instance, he informed me, Stollmeyer was not selected for the annual North vs South Cricket match. Young Kenny Trestrail was also not on the North side, but he was of the opinion that he was dropped.

Goalkeeper Merritt, who unfortunately did not keep in any of the five Tests out here, is now a member of the Trinidad constabulary.

NEW TRINIDAD CRICKETERS

Referring to the visit of the M.C.C. cricket team McLean said he understood that the Trinidad authorities were endeavouring to arrange for the English cricketers to go from Barbados to B.G. instead of to Trinidad as is generally the custom so as to avoid the visit clashing with the inevitable and traditional Trinidad carnival in February.

McLean told me that some new players have been making a lot of runs in local first-class cricket in Trinidad. Asgarali, the East Indian member of the Trinidad side of last year, so far has scored the only individual double-century, but a new opening batsman, Guillen (Queen's Park); another East Indian Sookram; and G. Clarke have all joined the century making band. Asgarali he said is really a good batsman in club cricket but surprisingly cannot get off when playing for Trinidad.

Among the intercolonials to make centuries recently, was none other than the popular Wilfred Ferguson, the leg-break bowler, who hit 100 not out of Shannan's 363 to 7 vs. Maple (237).

PRACTISE MUD FOOTBALL

The Trinidad cricket season, McLean told me is booked to conclude at the end of this month and football will start immediately at the beginning of July. They were anticipating a heavy rainfall during the football season as Trinidad at the moment was in the midst of her severest drought in 21 years.

He, therefore, dropped the warning that if Jamaica should be visiting Trinidad later this year he hoped that efforts would be made to experience Jamaica players to playing on heavy muddy fields. The field on which Trinidad routed Jamaica 6-0 in the last Test last February "was a damp affair compared to what Trinidad players have to play football on when it rains over there," McLean warned.