Joseph Anthony Gonsalves

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Jamaica Gleaner

St. Mary's and Trinidad

Joseph Anthony GonsalvesJoseph Anthony Gonsalves

IN this handsome youngman, Trinidad has a brilliant keeper, who bines splendid anticipation with one of the safest pairs of hands in the West Indian game.

To date, Joey, as he is popularly called, has shown rare ability to cut down angles thus making brilliant saves look supremely easy.

A likeable personality both on and off the field, Gonsalves was born of a Portuguese father and a Trinidadian mother on the 4th December, 1925, at Woodbrook, Port of Spain. He learned most of his football at St. Mary's School, playing in the first division of the T.A.F.A. at the age of 17.

JOEY was first capped in 1944, when he journeyed with Trinidad's team to Barbados and has been first picked as keeper ever since. In the following year he was in the thick of things when a triangle tournament was held in Port of Spain among Trinidad, Barbados and B.G. Last year he went with the Colony's team to British Guiana where Trinidad won 8 out of 10 matches played, but lost the 'rubber' as the two defeated were suffered in the three 'test' matches.

Joey loves between the uprights and his 5' 11" may still be the chief barrier to a complete Jamaican victory.