Youth's Big Year In Sport

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Jamaica Gleaner



THE big events in local football this year were the visits of the Trinidad football team in January, and St. Mary's College team this month. The Trinidadian schoolboys showed a superior brand of football to the Jamaicans and outclassed them.

The visit in February was the sixth intercolonial tournament between the two teams, but the fifth official tournament. The other tournament was in August 1953 when the Trinidadians were on their way to England. They played two games, lost the first 2-3 and won the second 1-0.

Jamaica made a clean sweep of the 1957 series, winning all three matches 2-0, 1-0, 2-1.

The Trinidadians also had two other games against the DCLI and St. George's College who were the Senior League and Manning Cup and Olivier Shield champions, respectively.

They drew one-all with the soldiers and beat the Light Blues 4-1.

History was also made during that series, when the British Caribbean Football Association, the first controlling body for football in the British West Indies was formed.

Mr. Ken Galt, head of the Trinidad FA was elected president, and Mr. Winston Meeks, president of the Jamaica FA, 1st vice-president.

Elected 2nd vice-president was the Hon. Dighton H. Ward, M.L.C. of Barbados, while Mr. Eric James, secretary of the Trinidad FA for 15 consecutive years, was named in the key post of secretary-treasurer.

Trinidad, Jamaica and British Guiana will have three representatives each on the BCFA, Barbados two, and Grenada and St. Vincent one each.


While this review was being written the St. Mary's College football team from Trinidad played a series of games against local schoolboy teams and a Jamaica Colts XI. They won three matches, defeating Kingston College, Manning champions, and Munro daCosta Cup titlists, the Colts, and lost to an all-Manning team.