Wanderers Play Jamaica Tonight

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Jamaica Gleaner


This is the fourth leg of their Caribbean tour which has already taken them to Trinidad, Surinam and Martinique. They leave for Bermuda on Friday where they will play one match before returning home.

The 17-man team, most of them "hopefuls" for Britain's soccer team for the Rome Olympics in August, were accompanied by eleven officials, headed by Leonard Kingston, president of the Middlesex Wanderers.

Other officials coming in were Leslie Taylor, secretary-treasurer who is in charge of the party, Ralph Carr, Harold Hobbis, team assistant, Norman Creek, Liaison Officer representing the English Football Association, Percy Marable, Bill Graylin, Frank Thompson, Stan Pryor, Sid Wright and Arthur Melville.

Creek will manage Britain's soccer team to Rome. Hobbis was the official coach of the British Caribbean which toured England last year.

Players on the team are: Ian Harnett (captain), George Taylor (vice-captain), Mike Pinnor, Brian Wakefield, Tommy Thompson, Alfred D'Arcy, Robert Cantwell, Ronald McKinven, Burt Cromar, Michael Greenwood, Alan McIntosh, Arnold Coates, Roy Agar, Bobby Brown, Leslie Brown, Pat Neil and Hunter Devine.

So far the Wanderers have won three, drawn one and lost one of their five matches in the Caribbean. They won two and drew one against Trinidad, beat Surinam 4-2 and lost 3-0 to Martinique.

Leslie Taylor, said that their defeat by Martinique was the first they had suffered since 1957.

He said that Martique played a fine brand of soccer—something similar to the Brazilian type—and that they thoroughly deserved their victory against the Wanderers who had up to then been undefeated on the tour.

When asked what he thought of the standard of play in Trinidad, he said that there was a lot of hope for Trinidad's soccer. "After seeing the British Caribbean team in England last year, and Trinidad in their three matches against us, I can say that they have a fairly good team. Their performance was better than that of the BCFA team".