Jamaica Welcomes Trinidad Footballers

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Jamaica Gleaner

Hope Expressed For Success Of The Tour And That The Better Team Will Win
Question of Referees Selected To Handle Matches

THE FOOTBALL FRATERNITY and Jamaica, as a whole, extended to the visiting Trinidad footballers, who arrived in the island yesterday morning, a cordial welcome to our shores, and do hope that not only the tournament but their visit will be crowned with success and that their stay here will be a most pleasant and happy one.

To say that Jamaica, throughout the ages, has always endeavoured to make her visitors comfortable, is but painting the lily; that is one characteristic which the island—and particularly the sporting section,—has always striven to maintain. Our hospitality and general kindness we boast as second to none, and with this assurance, it is but reasonable to believe that on their departure our guests will fell as others have felt—happy to have come, and, sorry to go.

Our visitors have come to us with a distinctive record—a record of being about the finest set of players of the entire West Indies—outside of Jamaica, whom they will now test. If after all, as so often happens on the field of sport primarily, our expectations fail, there is the consolation that there is never a "good" but there is a "better."

Jamaica's football, as I have so often heard it remarked, might be to-day below the standard of former years, nevertheless the fact is unquestionable that the team of representatives in these coming struggles should do ample justice to our claim of being the champions of the West Indies. Each and every one of our players must realize the importance of this invasion, and must of a necessity rise to the occasion.

In all seriousness and good faith, taking the reputation of the visiting Trinidadians into consideration, whoever emerge victors in the series of matches, there can be no doubt that the victory will not be easy—and to say at this moment what either will do, as ought to do, against the other would be ridiculous to the extreme; but, while my feeling run thus, I must nevertheless express the hope for a successful tour in every degree, wishing both colonies "happy hunting."


For the tournament the Referees Council of the J.F.A. has selected two referees who will handle all the matches—Mr. Mike Hanna and Staff Sgt. Thompson from Camp. The selection of these two gentlemen I feel is worthy and should meet with universal approval of both players and spectators alike.

There is just this feeling, however, that it would have been a rather appreciative gesture, on the part of the Council, if for even one match, a trial had been given either the Rev. Leslie Webb or Mr. Frank Laing. Both these gentlemen, without doubt, have played their part to much satisfaction as referees since the start of this season. Both have on all occasions striven to do justice both to their responsible position and to this popular game of ours, and I fell that if it be only out of appreciation for their services, a chance should have been given them.

As I remarked in an article last week, it is by far better and would serve a decidedly more useful purpose to have 1 or 2 of the most competent referees handling the matches throughout the tournament than to have four or more, as the [illegible] these matches in a dissatisfying manner. With this aim in view the Council of the Referees Association have selected but two, one to referee four matches and the other three. Giving either to Rev. Mr. Webb or Mr. Frank Laing, say for example the opening School Boy encounter to which there is less importance attached, would be even more appropriate as both Mr. Hanna and Sgt. Thompson would be given each three matches.

Another factor in the playing of these matches to which I hope the Association will give consideration is the lines-men. As I also pointed out in a previous article, the support the major portion of these lines-men have given throughout the entire season is anything but satisfactory. As a matter of fact most of the contentions and disappointing incidents that arise in course of the playing of matches throughout the season have been because of inability or lack of discretion on the part of the lines-men. Such incidents the Association must necessarily provide against, and in this respect they could act in no wise manner than by appointing official referees as lines-men, either one or two, or except in the case the visitors bring their own lines-man, or any of their extra players is disposed to run the lines.