Jamaica Could Not Give Trinidad Fight

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Jamaica Gleaner

Since Last Meeting Of Colonies On Football Field, Island Standard Has Not Improved

IN HIS ARTICLE APPEARING in the "Gleaner" yesterday, Lloyd Smith, back in Jamaica again, gave us little in detail of football in Trinidad, but ended with the opinion that he "would concede Trinidad's football . . . to-day a good chance against Jamaica's" if we have not improved since 1938.

I believe he was a bit confused as regards date and our standard in this statement. First, because his reference was no doubt to the last meeting of the colonies, which was in the season of 1935-36—nearly a year after his first visit here; secondly, because Jamaica learned the candid truth then that her football was on the slide, when Trinidad did what others before failed to accomplish: beat us in two of the three "test" matches.

Since then, Jamaica's football has made very little material improvement for the better and the finding of ways and means to set it back on the upgrade is still the headache of members of the Council of the Jamaica Football Association. It is true that the introduction of a new set and of more youthful players in J. F. A. elevens since last season has given cause for much optimism in this direction, but hardly enough reason for us to feel that we have recovered from the Trinidad catastrophe of five seasons ago.


Since that time we have failed to win a rubber: losing to the Corinthian-Casual combination in 1937, and Oxford and Cambridge in 1938; while it took us four seasons before we were able to beat the Sherwood Foresters in a representative match, and by that time they had lost some of the players who had put the team on the top of Military combinations to the Island.

Trinidad on the other hand seems to have improved appreciably on their standard of 1935-36, because what I know only two members of the team that visited us can readily find a place on what is regarded as stronger Trinidad sides. The two players in question are John Alkins (centre-forward) and John Sutherland (inside-left).

A number of fine players have risen up since we last met, and among them are three names as familiar to cricket readers in the West Indies on a whole and England as they are in Trinidad. They are the Stollmeyer brothers, Victor and Jeffrey, and Gerry Gomez, the latter voted the best forward in the Island to-day. These three only recently helped their team —
the Casuals — to win the First League Championship.