Coach For W.I. Footer Discussed At Luncheon

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Jamaica Gleaner

Mr. G. M. daCosta, President of the Jamaica Football Association, was host to the officials of the Tnnidad Amateur Football Association accompanying the visiting team and members of the J.F.A. Council at a luncheon at Myrtle Bank on Saturday.

The visiting guests were Commander Charles Hayward, M.B.E., R.N., President of the T.A.F.A.;
Mr. Eric James, Secretary, and Mr. Victor Richardson, Manager of the Trinidad Team.

Also present were: the Hon. Douglas Judah, Past President of the J.F.A.; Messrs. A. D. Soutar, vice-president; Harry Walker, Secretary; Jack Campbell, Treasurer; the Hon. Dr. A. G. Curphy, Messrs. C. C. Passailaigue, E.D. Matthews, Paul Chevannes, Douglas Fletcher, T.N. Willoughby, Mike Hanna, Vin Sasso, H. B. Brown, (Members of the J.F.A. Council), R. C. Marley, Ivan Levy and C. A. Jack Anderson.

Both Presidents exchanged greetings from their respective Associations and promised to work in all good faith for the continued goodwill of the sport between the two countries.

They also dealt with matters of common interest. These include the sharing of an English professional Coach when the T.A.F.A. propose to bring down from England annually and the setting up of a West Indies Football Board.


Mr. daCosta expressed the view that in the first case, the coach would not be helpful to Jamaica in lew of the excellent work done by Messrs. George Allen and Gordon Partridge in preparing our players for the current intercolonial tournament; and in the second he did not think the forming a W.I. Board would serve any useful purpose, unless football was played on the same basis as cricket in which we should have tours from outside as in the case of the M.C.C. touring the entire West Indies. He also pointed out the economic drawback each Colony would suffer as a result of such a Board.

Commander Hayward submitted that Trinidad were not bringing out the coach to correct the technique of their adult players, but to teach the new or coming generation how the game should be really played, not only the technique but the discipline of the game. They intended to start from the schools and any other sources where the necessary impression can be made and germinated for the future welfare of the game in the Colony.

He informed the J.F.A. Council that British Guiana, Barbados and other West Indian Islands were enthusiastic over getting the services of the coach and he doubted whether he would be able to go around; but still hoped that for the benefit of Jamaica's football the J.F.A. Council would reconsider whatever decision they might have made in sharing the coach with them.