Jamaica Football Team To Tour Trinidad In November

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Jamaica Gleaner

Will Take Part In Triangular Tournament Including B.G.

Jamaica Football Association has accepted an invitation from the Trinidad Amateur Football Association to visit Port-Of-Spain in November not so much as a return of the visit of Trinidad to Jamaica earlier this year but to participate in a Triangular Tournament along with British Guiana, Secretary Harry Walker officially announced yesterday.

This move on the part of the T.A.F.A. is no doubt made with the view of carrying out the ambitious plan of Lieut.-Commander Charles Hayward, its President, to form a West Indies Football Board on the lines of the present West Indies Cricket Board of Control.

B. G., incidentally, has accepted the invitation and the tournament is tentatively fixed for November 2 to November 17—fifteen days. T.A.F.A. promises that each colony will not be called upon to play more than five matches.


This will likely be two matches each against each colony and one practice match. The colony winning the majority of their four Test matches will be declared the winners of the tournament.

Naturally it will be Jamaica's first visit, not only to Trinidad but to any of the British West Indies Islands, to play football. On the other hand we have visited Latin Haiti twice. Tussles between Trinidad and B. G., if not annual, have been regular and curtailed only due to the last war.

It will also be Jamaica's first essay abroad in quest of football honours since our second invasion of Haiti in 1938. Naturally, our local players will welcome the opportunity, which has been so long denied them; and there is none more enthusiastlc than our latest resident Malcolm McLean.


Star right-half on the Trinidad team that was here in February, McLean was the first to acquaint me of the coming tour yesterday, and as he repeated what he said when he arrived here some three months ago to reside, that his ambition would be on the Jamaica team when it arrives in Port-of-Spain in November. Well he is good enough to make it for he was undoubtedly one of the two out standing players of the Trinidad outfit.

Members of the J. F. A. will be given fuller details of the Triangular Tournament at the annual
general meeting, which as was already announced in the "Gleaner", will be held next Thursday (August 14) at Sabina Park starting at 8.00 p.m.

In the meantime the Council are working out details in connection with the tour.