Bristol Rovers v. Trinidad

Date Published: 
1953-08-31
Source: 
Bristol Rovers FC

Bristol Rovers v. Trinidad Programme

BR 53/54—153
Kick-off 6.15 p.m.
BRISTOL ROVERS v. TRINIDAD F.A. XI.
MONDAY, AUGUST 31st, 1953.

The Management of Bristol Rovers Football Club
extend
A Hearty Welcome
to the
TRINIDAD TOURING XI

Joey GonsalvesJoey Gonsalves: (Captain, Trinidad F.A. Touring Team)

JOEY GONSALVES

One of the finest selections of the Trinidad football team is that of this likeable player for the dual role of captain and goal-keeper. Gonsalves has a sage pair of hands and a thorough knowledge of the game. He has been Trinidad's captain since 1947 both at home and abroad. Joey took over from Prior Jones, when he led his homeland against Jamaica and British Guiana in the triangular tournament. He was on the 1947 team which beat Jamaica and again on the team of 1949, when Jamaica defeated them.

Gonsalves first represented Trinidad against Barbados in 1944; played against British Guiana in Trinidad, 1945; versus British Guiana in B.G. 1946; versus Jamaica, then in Curacao, 1947; captain versus Surinam in Surinam and versus Haiti, 1949; versus British Guiana in B.G.; versus Surinam and Curacao for Esso Cup, 1950; versus Guadeloupe for Esso Cup in Guadeloupe, 1951.

He was captain of the Caribbean team in Jamaica and Surinam in 1951 and 1952.

ALLAN JOSEPH

The fortunes of the Trinidad invaders will depend largely on Allan Joseph, their pivot man. Joseph is a swift, constructive player who links himself between the attack and the defence, where he is often positioned to send the forwards on their missions. As a centre half, he is probably the best in the West Indies and his on the plate passing is astonishingly accurate. Joesph has efficiently filled the vacancy left by Prior Jones since 1948 and has played 21 consecutive representative matches.

Joseph was born 32 years ago, and is of medium height. He began his career as a lad of 17 in the First Division. Then, in 1945, he went to Caracas, Venezuela, and found a place at inside left for Certio Athletico, a top raning Venezuelan team. Two years later, someone saw the possibility of turning him into a first class centre half an he was coached for the task. Caracas groomed him to success, when he was selected as centre half for the national side against a visiting Dutch team. He returned to Trinidad in 1948 and captained Maple to victory for the First Division League Shield in 1950 and 1951.

He also represented the Caribbean in Jamaica and Surinam in 1951 and 1952.

DELBERT CHARLEAU

Delbert Charleau made a fine impression when Trinidad passed through Jamaica on their way from Haiti and Puerto Rico last year. He is a tactful wing half, weighs 152 lbs. and is 27 years old. Charleau began at Ste. Madeleine Roman Catholic School, Trinidad, as an inside forward.

While playing right half for United British Oilfields he played for Trinidad against British Guiana and Surinam on his debut in 1949. In 1950 Charleau shone in a triangular tourney with Curacao and Surinam and las December he played in Guadeloupe. He represented the Caribbean in Jamaica and Surinam.

JOHN ATWELL

He is tall and robust—6 ft. 2 ins., weighing 170 pounds. He has never represented Trinidad, but was selected to represent the Caribbean in 1952, after having a wonderful season for his Club.

He may appear unorthodox in his approach, but he is difficult to get past, and makes good use of every ball he recovers by a useful pass.

REX COURTNEY BURNETT

The best inside forward in Trinidad for many years. He has represented Trinidad in every Intercolonial and International Tournament, from 1944 to 1951. His pet position is inside left, and his equal has not yet been seen around the Caribbean.

He is not a dribbler, but he passes the ball with such accuracy to the unmarked player, that almost every time he gets the ball he organises a dangerous goal movement. He seldom tries the goal himself but is always the architect of the majority of goals scoed by his team.

MATHEW NUNES

Matthew is 5 ft. 10½ ins. His only experience in representative football is a visit to Surinam in 1952 with a Caribbean Team. His selection was due to him having a brilliant season for his Club, Maple, who won the First League last year.

He is a clever inside forward, particularly on the left side. He has wonderful ball control and a shot to goal with either foot.

Trinidad thinks he will be the star forward of the Tour.

R. HAMEL-SMITH

Twenty-four years old, 6 ft. 1½ ins. He is best at inside right, but is also a good winger. He is very clever with his feet which makes him inclined to hold the ball too much. He represented Trinidad in Haiti, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, British Guiana and was a member of the last Caribbean Team to Paramaribo in 1952. The soft ground is applicable to his type of play and much is expected of him.

PATRICK ELTON GOMEZ

He is the second Goalkeeper on the side. His only experience abroad is in Paramaribo with the Caribbean Team, and on a Goodwill Tour for his Club in British Guiana. He can also play at inside right and centre forward.

A safe pair of hands, good judgement and an unusually good knowledge of the game makes hima force to be reckoned with, in the best company.

CARLTON LEWIS

Tall and speedy the number one right wing on the side. He is also a good centre forward. He kicks like a mule and is very dangerous especially if he is able to outrun the defence and "cut in." He invariably scores that way especially if played with his clubmate—Carlton (Squeakie) Hinds at inside right. He represented Trinidad all through the Caribbean from 1947-51.

CONRAD ANGUS BRATHWAITE

He is 6 ft. 1½ ins. and weighs 182 lbs. He is a wing half, right or left, but prefers to be at right. He is very speedy for his weight and is also a useful right wing. Trinidad will be very disappointed if he fials to be more than useful on the Tour.

PAUL CARR

The most versatile player of the side. He can play with equal brilliance at inside right or left, centre forward and right wing. He is also a relief centre half. Not very spectacular to watch, but a sound positional player. He is always very dangerous when in the vicinity of the goal. He is 5 ft. 11 ins. and weighs 155 lbs. He represented Trinidad in Haiti, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, British Guiana and Guadeloupe.

BERNARD HOBSON GARCIA

A dashing full back with energy to spare, he also plays wing half. He is fearless in his tackling, and clears lustily. He represented Trinidad in Haiti, Puerto Rico, British Guiana and Guadeloupe. He was out of the game last season due to an injured collar bone. However, he returned to form at the trials to justify his selection. He is twenty-four and should gain a lot of experience on this Tour.

"SYL" DOPSON—TRINIDAD'S No. 1 FULL BACK FOR MANY YEARS

Hard kicking, sure-footed and of vigorous stature. His quickness of feet over the first ten yards with his fearless approach makes him a menace to any forward.

He is the team's calypso singer and all round musician.

He represented Trinidad in Trinidad, Jamaica, Haiti, Curacao, Surinam and Puerto Rico.

COLIN AGOSTINI—THE BABY OF THE TEAM

Captain of the St. Mary's College eleven up to 1952. He plays at inside forward and left wing. This is his first selection for Trinidad, and it is expected that he should do very well.

A sprinter, himself, and brother to Michael Agostini a world-class sprinter who is only eighteen years of age.

GERRY PARSONS—FULL BACK, TRINIDAD

Tall and sure-kicking, Gerry Parsons has been the soundest full back in Trinidad since he first represented the Colony in the Triangular Tourney with British Guiana and Jamaica in 1947. The next two years he led South Trinidad successfully against British Guiana, Curacao and Surinam and in 1951 competed against Guadeloupe. He represented the Caribbean in Jamaica in 1952.

DOYLE GRIFFITH—TRINIDAD'S No. 1 WING HALF

He is only twenty-one years of age and weighs 164 lbs. and height 5 ft. 11 ins., a splendid specimen of a negro. He is a forceful tackler and under any condition will give ninety minutes of hard play. He is quiet and unassuming and plays the game seriously. Though a junior in the game, he represented Trinidad in 1950 and 1951, in British Guiana, Guadeloupe and at home. His most magnificent display was in Surinam where he represented the Caribbean in 1952.

IAN SEALE—CENTRE HALF, TRINIDAD

He is a descendant of Scot, Chinese and Negro races, but his appearance is that of a Cuban. He represented Trinidad in 1946, 1947 and 1948 in British Guiana, Jamaica, Surinam, Trinidad and Curacao.

On account of an injury he was kept out of the game during 1949, 1950 and 1951. He returned in 1952 and gained his form to the extent of obtaining an invitation to the practices for selection of this team.

In the course of trial matches it was evident that his standard of ball control and distribution have reached the heights which made him Trinidad's No. 1 centre half in years gone by. He is a clever player with a stout heart and should do well on this Tour.

CARLTON "SQUEAKIE" HINDS

Hinds is known to Trinidad soccer fans as the "Prince of Forwards." He owned that sobriquet from his fine display in distribution and dribbling. In addition, he has powerful shots to goal with both feet, and excels at inside right position.

He is diminutive in appearance but his artistry and positional play make him a force to be reckoned with, against good defence play.

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