West Indians Make History In English League Football

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Jamaica Gleaner

Jamaicans (particularly the Technicians) and West Indians on a whole played a prominent part in the fifth English war cricket season recently concluded. But the boys from the Caribbean shores made history last month when as the "Liverpool Evening Express" records it:

"Big news from the junior fields is that for the first in history a team of West Indians is to operate in league football. The West Indians cricket club which did so well in the Liverpool area last season has now formed a football club, and been granted entry into the Liverpool County Combination (Division 11).

"The club is faced with a ground difficulty, and until it can be solved have volunteered to play all matches away. The players are brimful of enthusiasm and even pooled their own clothing coupons to fit the club with gear."


Towards the end of the cricket season, a West Indian XI, which included such well known Jamaican cricketers as Felix Rhoden and George Christian (Railway) and Archie Whittingham (Jampublico and Lucas) also Ellis Achong (Trinidad Test left-hand bowler) defeated Southport and Birkdale although taking the field with but ten men.

"Rhoden's steady performance at the wickets yielded 35 runs, to which Achong and Christian added 15 and 12 respectively towards a. total of 98" says the "Southport Guardian."

The English side was dismissed for 73 due chiefly to Christian 3 for 25, Whittingham 3 for 9 Rhoden 2 for 25 and Achong 1 for 11.

Speaking of Achong he has signed up as professional to Burnley in the Lancashire League for 1945. Achong helped Windhill (Learie Constantine was their pro in 1943) in the Bradford League. Achong has been in England since 1934 and has often taken 100 wickets a season playing in the Central Lancashire League.


J. A.