Cecil Ralph Dopson

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Jamaica Gleaner

Cecil Ralph Dopson

San Fernando and Trinidad

Trinidad's greatest back and undoubtedly the best back in the current International tournament between that colony and Jamaica, Cecil Dopson was born in San Fernando on the 9th of April, 1920.

He learned much of his football at Naparima College. Did not always play at right back as possessed of real ball sense and adaptability he has found himself at home all over the forward line.

He was first capped in 1944, when he played against Barbados in Barbados. He took part subsequently in an intercolonial football tournament in Port of Spain between Trinidad, Barbados and British Guiana.

Dopson is only 5' 8½" in height, but his wonderful judgment and timing enable him to cope with aggressive forwards whether the attack is launched on the ground or in the air.

Competent judges of the game here think Dopson compares with Arthur Maynard, the great Trinidadian back of the 1936 tour, whom many regard as the greatest Trinidadian back of all time. In fact, Dopson is felt to be the only one of the present team that compare with the giants who invaded Jamaica nearly a decade ago.