English Soccer Team Coming

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Jamaica Gleaner

For tercentenary celebrations

SPORT WILL PLAY an important part in the island's tercentenary celebrations of British rule next year. An outstanding event will be the visit of an English football team touring the British West Indies in May and June.

The Hon. Donald Sangster, Minister of Finance, yesterday received the following cable from Mr. A. E. V. Barton, secretary of the West India Committee: "Football Association yesterday decided send team B.W.I. including Jamaica next May-June Writing".

While in England on Jamaica's trade mission, Mr. Sangster had taken the opportunity to contact the Football Association with a view to bringing down an English soccer team during the celebrations.

Tentative schedule of the tour calls for three games in Trinidad, three in Jamaica and one game in another colony, most likely Barbados.

Trinidad will be the first colony to be visited as the F.A. had been invited by Trinidad to send a team this year. In any visit therefore to the West Indies Trinidad will be the first to receive the players, it is understood.


The Jamaica Football Association will meet on Monday at 8 p.m. at Sabina Park to consider aspects of the visit. The Trinidad FA meets tomorrow to discuss the tour schedule.

Mr. G. M. daCosta, president of the JFA, is on the executive committee working out proposals and will undertake responsibility for detailed arrangements for the celebrations.

View in JFA circles is that effort should be made to get down the Jamaican Lindy Delapenha, Middlesbrough's inside right, and Gerry Alexander to strengthen the Jamaica team.

Alexander is a Cambridge soccer blue and has played for the All-England Amateur XI on three occasions.