Trinidad Wants Our Footballers To Pay Courtesy Visit There

Date Published: 
1936-10-22
Source: 
Jamaica Gleaner
Page: 
15

Will Be Great Pleasure And Thrill To See Our Boys In Action On Port-of-Spain Field

Trinidad footballers welcome the suggestion of a Jamaica team paying a return courtesy visit to Port of Spain. One of the players from the sister colony, who visited this island last season in a letter to one of our leading footballers writes: "Nothing will give us greater pleasure than to see a team of your boys on the field here, and what a thrill it will give to our thousands of soccer fans to witness a fight between your men from the Isle of Springs and the lads from the land of the Humming Bird.

"It was very refreshing," he went on, "to see what a sport writer in the Gleaner had to say about the possibilities of such a trip and this is what the Guardian's sport critic had to say: 'This proposed tour is a very good idea, and I am sure one that the Trinidad public will welcome, but there are many obstacles that must be surmounted.

"The first is the question of finance. Is the Trinidad Amateur Football Association in a position
to undertake such a venture? I say no, unless there is public assistance forthcoming.

"The finances of the Association to date are poor, but I do not see why this should be

A SUFFICIENT REASON

why we should not see the neighbouring Jamaican footballers in action.

"After looking into the financial part of the project I see that the Trinidad Amateur Football Association cannot bring down a team from Jamaica unless at a loss, and they are unable to stand a heavy loss at present.

"This obstacle must be got over if we want to see the Jamaicans, and there are ways and means of doing it.

"I think the best idea would be to get the help of the Associations of the other nearby colonies, such as Barbados, Demerara and maybe Grenada and others.

"If a Jamaican team comes down and play matches in the above mentioned colonies, they should be able to make sufficient money to cover expenses.

"This seems the only practical way other than individual private help in the various colonies.

"I will be pleased if they will take the bright side of things for it will be remembered that success is not gained on the easy path.

"When the Jamaican Association invited us down there, they lost on the deal financially although the tour must have been welcomed by the public and the footballers.

"The greatest object realised by that tour was to bind the friendship of the two colonies, and I think it will not be only be

HELPING FOOTBALL

but helping the West Indies also if Trinidad should do her part in bringing an even close relationship between the two colonies."

The Trinidad player corrects the critic's statement that the Jamaica Association had lost financially on the tour, as he states that he was informed by several of our players that the tour was an unqualified success.