Who Are The Trinidad Footballers

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Jamaica Gleaner

(From our Port-of-Spain Correspondent)

17 players who leave for Jamaica next week.

Pryor Jones—He is decidedly our best pivot. Comes to Jamaica as captain of the team, a role to which he is no stranger. Pryor has been skipper of the Trinidad side for the last five years and he is looked upon as a very calm and unruffled leader.

Jones plays a very orthodox game at centre half and today after a long rest is in fine settle. The best selection for captain.

Joey Gonsalves—This youngster who has just turned 21 will be first call as goalkeeper. A veteran at 21, Joey saved with distinction for the Trinidad side when it visited B.G. last year. Never gets flurried, and invariably finds his forwards collecting the sphere.

Randolph Merritt—Like his fellow custodian, Merritt is a very cool and calm man beneath the upright. There is very little to choose between himself and Gonsalves, and as in B.G. the selectors will most likely split the big games between them.

Syl Dopson—In absence of John Sampson, this rugged Notre Dame full back will come to Jamaica as the No. 1 man in this important defence position. Dopson has already represented Trinidad at home and abroad. He is a fearless, robust fellow, and a splendid kick with both "hoofs" and a good tackler.

John Simmonds—A better tackler than Dopson, but not as sure a kick. Like Arthur Maynard whom you saw at full back on the Trinidad side in Jamaica in 1936, Simmonds is sound without being spectacular.

John Huggins—This South Trinidad full back comes in the side in preference to Sampson, but with all due deference he is not in the "Lion's" class as a back. They say that he adapted himself quite nicely to coaching, and the selectors expect a lot from him, if not the soccer public.

Noel Winn—A colleague of Simmonds from the Colts' side, Winn deserves his selection on the half line. An indefatigable player, Winn makes his first bow to big games.

Malcolm McLean—The old saying "Like father, like son," may well be applied in the case of this energetic Casuals half back, whose father played for Trinidad, B.G. and Barbados in former years.

Malcolm has already won his Trinidad cap. He is a very versatile player, probably the most all-round man on the team, and is sure to be extremely useful.

Ian Sealey—Plays for Trinidad for the first time of asking. One of the best wing halves, not only in South Trinidad but in the entire colony. Tackles well, controls and distributes equally well.

Gerry Gomez—Veteran Trinidad inside forward, most comfortable at inner right. Traps the ball very well, indeed. Has a dynamic shot from outside the penalty area, and most unselfish.

Rex Burnett—Apart from Jones, Burnett has represented Trinidad at home and abroad more often than any other player. He is an artist, dribbler, and all in all the brains of the Trinidad attacking line. Not particularly speedy, but a more constructive inner left could not be desired.

Lio Lynch—From the ranks of second class soccer, Lynch like Lewis gains selection. They both play for second class Malvern.

Lynch is our best left winger. Has plenty of speed, but at times tends to favour the touch line too much to win his shots.

Also kicks well with his right foot.

Ken Galt—The oldest player on the line-up. Galt plays for Apex Oilfields and for years has been looked upon as a veritable scoring machine at centre forward. He seldom errs, and has a sure kick to goal with either foot. He has scored more goals in first class football here than any other forward in the history of the game.

Jeffrey Stollmeyer—Most outstanding right winger in the game to-day. Plays equally well at inside right, when Jeffrey cuts in, the goalkeeper is sure to contend with a sizzling grounder. Displays a great deal of understanding with his other forwards, and has as good a conception of the game as he has of cricket, in which sphere Jamaica knows him.

Carlton (Putty) Lewis—The "baby" of the team, is still in his 'teens. I consider him a genius in the making. He has all the essentials of an excellent forward, capable of distinguishing himself in any position. He is sure to cause the Jamaica defenders many headaches. Plays in second class games here.

Andrew Ganteaume—A veteran at 25. Has already played for Trinidad abroad. He is a fine inner left, and, perhaps, the best dribbler on the Trinidad side. He is not a selfish player by any means, despite his ability to dribble well. A most intelligent forward.

Willon Baird—An inside forward who has already earned his intercolonial cap. Baird is full of dash, and uses his head as a goalscoring agent with marked efficiency.