German Naval Soccer Side Beaten Badly By Trinidad Players

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Jamaica Gleaner

German Battleship SchlesienGerman Battleship Schlesien: transiting the Panama Canal, 8 March 1938. It's crew played a match against Trinidad on 21 January 1937.

The naval men of the Swedish man o' war, "Gotland" were not the only footballers representing their country on the football fields in the West Indies two weeks ago when a Jamaican team swamped them by five goals to nil.

As a matter of fact, just one day after, Thursday 21st of January, when the game was played at Sabina Park, the German battle cruiser "Schlesien's" football team were receiving almost a similar trouncing from a Trinidad team in Port of Spain. The score was six goals to nil.

Trinidad have certainly set up for themselves a proud record in the past two seasons, on the football fields of Jamaica, Surinam, British Guiana and at home, and in all their triumphs they were led by that intrepid and lovable captain, Arthur Wilkinson.

Before the kick off the German captain presented Wilkinson with a small shield, about eight inches square, as a memento of the meeting.

Although the Germans showed good combination and accurate passing, the speed of the Trinidad players prevented them from getting well within shooting range. In the meantime the West Indians were scoring three goals in each half.

The Trinidad side included four players who visited Jamaica, viz. Frank Ambard (goal); Wilkinson (centre half); H. Burnett (outside right) and J. Alkins (inside left), D. Galt, another visitor, was down to play at full back, but was unable to turn out.

Alkins scored one of the goals, the other five going to Galt's brother, Kenneth, who played at centre forward. Unlike the "Gotland" match with Jamaica, the Trinidadians did not have things their own way, as in the opening stages the Germans pressed, and might have scored.

During a raid that started on the European's left wing, Ambard ran out to gather, but was beaten to the ball, and the resulting shot to the goal hit the cross bar and rebounded into play, when Ambard was giving the opportunity of clearing the danger.

Thereafter, it was all the homesters, John Alkins being seen to great advantage in the vanguard.