Trinidad Football Team Certain For Jamaica 1946-7

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Jamaica Gleaner

According to a letter from Mr. G. M. daCosta, 1st vice-president of the Jamaica Football Association, to the president, the Hon. Douglas Judah, Thursday the Jamaica-Trinidad Football tournament referred to as likely in that day's "Gleaner" will be a fact.

And the interesting thing is that it will take place as early as next season; at least that is the agreement arrived at between Mr. daCosta and Lieut.-Commander Charles Hayward, the president of the Trinidad Amateur Football Association, who left Jamaica Thursday when intransit from England to Port of Spain.

The letter, which I give below, speaks for itself; and reveals that as in the case of the cricket team in June, Trinidad will be out guests next winter. Really we should have been going to Trinidad, as the sister Colony toured here in 1934-5 [sic, 1935-6]; but it will certainly suit us better all around to again entertain them.


Hon. D. J. Judah,
President Jamaica Football Federation,
Dear Douglas,

As I told you, I contacted Lieut.-Commander Hayward President of the Trinidad Amateur Football Association, at the Myrtle Bank Hotel on Tuesday afternoon. I took him up to Sabina Park and had an interview with him in the company of Walker, our Secretary. The result of the interview, I think is pregnant with vitality for our next Football Season, and I give you herein a resume of it, and I would suggest that you instruct Walker to call a Special meeting of the Council to deal with the matter immediately.

1. We discussed the formation of a West Indies Football Board of Control to administer the affairs of British West Indies Football and to be the recognized body responsible for the arranging of touring sides to the West Indies especially from England.

2. He told me that he had acted as Liaison Officer between the West Indies and the Football Association of England and it was fairly certain that an English Football Side would tour the West Indies during the next year.

3. On our invitation he definitely promised a Touring Trinidad Side during the Winter of this year.

4. He volunteered to offer a cup for the competition, all matters in respect of which would be left entirely in the hands of the J.F.A.

5. He offered us and we agreed to pay £10 for a Football Film which he will send us from Trinidad; and which he tells me is most interesting.

6. He gave me privately a glowing account of the popularity of night football in Mexico City, and with the permission of the Football Association, I propose that a sub-committee be appointed to approach the Kingston Cricket Club with a view to ascertaining whether night Football could be introduced into this Country.

I see from this morning's Gleaner that I am the acting President of the J.F.A. I wish "Linesman" would confine himself to the things that he knows but I must give him credit for having informed me that Mr. Hayward was in the island.

Sincerely yours