FA manager-coach 'Jamaica played into our hands'

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Jamaica Gleaner


THE English footballers arrived at Piarco Airport last night from Jamaica, and were accorded a rousing civic reception at which champagne was toasted by City Mayor John Hutchinson and Councillors at the Town Hall this morning.

At the same time, the acting Colonial Secretary, the Hon. Solomon Hochoy, welcomed the team on behalf of the Trinidad Government.

The English players, all in blue blazers and grey flannels, looked fit, the only casualty being Jimmy Hill, Fulham left-half, who pulled a muscle in Jamaica.

"There are possibilities for West Indian soccer in the future if your footballers concentrate on the finer arts of the game", Harry Wright, manager-coach said.

Commenting upon what he saw in Jamaica, Wright said "The players are sacrificing ball-work and team-work for speed. If they would concentrate more on team-work and control, plus shooting ability they would do well. Jamaica played into our hands by too much close field square and backward passing which enabled our defence to fall back and cover up", he said.

Wright and Syd Owen, both former England players, offered to give coaching sessions to the schoolboys in Trinidad, if asked to.