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Port-of-Spain Gazette

A FOOTBALL match was arranged by some enthusiastic spirits to be played on the Savanna on New Year's Day between a "Home" team and a Creole team under Rugby rules, but the fixture on account of the unpropitious weather did not come off. The eliptic ball was sent out from England especially for the occasion, but as the anti-football weather of Trinidad did not seem to agree with it, the air expanded, and there was a spontaneous explosion. It was however repaired. As no costume had been decided upon by the respective teams, it was said they were going to play in pyjamas, but this was not true. Although the climate of a tropical country is not so congenial as might be desired for the promulgation of the the ancient British game of football, yet in the cool air of early morning and on the bright moonlight nights it could be played with advantage under the association code—"the scientific" game. As a physical exercise it can scarcely be surpassed and as a sport or "spectators' game" when legitimately played it is quite as interesting and exciting as horse-racing, the matches on the other side of the Atlantic often drawing together over twenty thousand spectators on each occasion. We have amongst us many good Scots and true and few of them will be found wanting in the knowledge and ways of a game of Celtic origin which has ever been played with triumph at their doors. Football is in full swing in Demerara—why not here? The formation of a club, we believe, is whispered. If such an attempt is made we can only wish it every success, and say as we said when we suggested the formation of a cycling club—which is now un fait accompli—that we hope soon to hear the whistle proclaim the tout ensemble, and see the forces in the vigorous throes of the game. With this addition to our sports, the Savanna, if it were played there would be a veritable Olympia by night as by day. It has been said with much truth that a country owes its vitality to its sport, hence much of its prosperity.