Pouchet hailed as ‘a true gentleman’ of TT football

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Trinidad Newsday

HE WAS regarded as “the gentleman of local football”.

Noel Pouchet will be buried today following a ceremony starting at 10.15 am at the St Finbar’s RC Church, Morne Coco Road in Diego Martin.

Yesterday two of Trinidad and Tobago’s most successful footballers Alvin Corneal and Everald “Gally” Cummings paid tribute to Pouchet and described him as one of the nicest persons they had ever known.

Both are also crediting their achievements on the field to Pouchet who died at his Diego Martin home on Thursday last.

Cummings, who took the Trinidad and Tobago “Strike Squad” to within a point of qualification for the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy said he met Pouchet while they were at Fatima back in 1965.

“Pouchet was coach of the team which gave Fatima their first Intercol title and I can tell you I am eternally grateful to have met him because he was not only concerned about my football but also my total development as a person,” said Cummings yesterday.

Pouchet was coach of the first West Indies football team which toured England in 1959 and also coached North Zone club Notre Dame.

“Pouchet was more than just a coach. He was like a brother, teacher, friend and counsellor when you needed one.

“During a match I had gotten a cut on my head which needed stitches and Pouchet was the one who took me to the St Clair Medical Hospital, so I always remembered him for being there for me,” said Cummings.

“Gally” who is considered one of the country’s best footballers said he is deeply saddened by Pouchet’s death. “I want to send out my condolences to the family of this great man.”

Meanwhile Corneal described him as “a true gentleman” of the game of football who was also a really nice person.

“He was my first coach and I can easily say that I have benefitted from him during my football days,” said Corneal yesterday.