Trinidad Team To Be Colombia's Guests Eight Days: 4 Matches

Date Published: 
1936-01-14
Source: 
Jamaica Gleaner
Page: 
14

FOOTBALL STADIUM IN REPUBLIC SEATS ABOUT 14,000: TEN PER CENT OF RECEIPTS FOR TRINIDAD ASSOCIATION

When the Trinidad football team leave to-day they sail for Columbia to make a stay of eight days, during which period they will be engaged in four matches with the Republic's combinations.

The Columbia Football Association has planned to send a team to Trinidad but as many of the sister colony's star football players were on the tour it was decided to abandon the idea and get the touring Trinidad team to stop in at Columbia.

The Trinidad team will be guests of the Columbia Association whose stadium has an immense seating capacity something in the vicinity of 14,000.

The Columbian authorities are standing all the expenses of the tour and have been very liberal in terms offered the Trinidad Association for the visit. They offer 10 per cent of the receipts, and judging from the popularity of the game in that country and the seating accommodation of their stadium, quite a tidy sum should go to the Trinidad Association. With this amount Trinidad plans to carry out continued improvement of the standard of its football.

The Hon. Capt. J. O. Cutteridge, Director of Education of Trinidad, and the energetic President of the Trinidad Association, got in touch with the employers of all members of the present touring team and got their consent to their respective periods of leave granted, being extended to permit the visit to Columbia. The employers of the Trinidad boys responded sportingly to the appeal and willingly granted the necessary extension of leave.

Mr. E. A. Hinds, the hon. secretary of the Trinidad Football Association, cabled the skipper of the Trinidad team, Mr. A. Wilkinson, informing him of the success of efforts to get extended leave for his men.

The Trinidad players will not return home until February.