Trinidad Football Season Underway

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Jamaica Gleaner


Football got underway in Trinidad before the final match was played to decide the cricket championship of the colony; in fact the competitive football season started a week or so before the first day's play in the cricket match final.

Thus with their team, Queens Park, out of the latter affair, Trinidad's star cricketers the Stollmeyer brothers and Gerry Gomez, could turn their attention entirely to soccer, Victor Stollmeyer and Gomez at least playing for Casuals in the opening match of the season, which the Governor of the Colony kicked off.

Casuals, as League champions, opposed Notre Dame, F.A. Cup holders, the latter going down to a 2-0 defeat, the report again establishing the fact that Gomez is probably Trinidad's best forward.


"Highlight of the game was the play of Casual's inner-left, Gerry Gomez, who gave a sterling display of ball control and sharp-shooting on the wet ground. Gomez harried the Dames' defence lines with long-range shots and distributed passes to his co-forwards with admirable precision," says the report. He paired with Victor, who scored the second goal, on the left-wing.

Two players well know out here featured in the matchmatch—Botha Tench, the Trinidad centre-half, who sustained an injury early; playing for Casuals; and Arthur Wilkinson, the Colony's captain, who was referee.

The season opened on Saturday, July 13, and on the Monday the first League match was played. A week after, John Sutherland and Otto Wilkes playing for champions U.B.O.T., and D'Arcy Galt and A. Charles, the well known cyclist—all known here—playing for the "Rest" helped to open the Southern A.F.L. season.