FA announce team to tour West Indies

Date Published: 
1955-02-22
Source: 
Jamaica Gleaner
Page: 
10

LONDON, Feb. 21 (AP):

THE ENGLISH FOOTBALL Association announced today that 18 players, including professionals and amateurs, will make a soccer tour of the West Indies in May and June.

Bedford Jezzard, goal-scoring center forward for Fulham in the Second Division, and Syd Owen, Luton Town's center half, are the only players who have turned out for England in full international matches.

Owen and Jezzard played for England in Budapest when the Hungarians won 7-1. Owen also travelled to Switzerland last summer with England's World Cup party.

Goalkeeper Harry Sharratt (Bishop Auckland) and Vic Groves, Leyton Orient inside forward, have turned out for England in amateur international matches.

Ace goal-scoring forward in the English party is Geoff Bradford, Bristol Rovers' center forward or inside forward. He tops the Second Division scorers with 22 goals, in 29 matches.

All the English players are regular first team players with their club sides and trainer H. E. Wright should be able to select strong sides, capable of playing good, attractive soccer.

England will play two matches in Bermuda May 11 and 14, three in Jamaica May 18, 21 and 23 and four in Trinidad May 26, 28, June 1 and 4. Other games are likely to be played at Aruba and Curacao.

The players

Goalkeepers: Ernie Bennett (Watford) and Harry Sharratt (Bishop Auckland).

Full Backs: John Hall (Birmingham), Jack Langley (Brighton), Ken Hair (Leeds United).

Half Backs: Jim Kelly (Blackpool), Peter Goring (Arnsenal), Syd Owen (Luton), Tony Emery (Lincoln), Ernie Bell (Bolton).

Forwards: Vic Groves (Leyton Orient), Gordon Nutt (Cardiff), Geoff Bradford (Bristol Rovers), Bob Robson (Fulham), Bedford Jezzard (Fulham), R. Heckman (Bromley), S. C. Pearson (Bury) and Albert Broadbent (Notts County).