Walters Is Best — Vic Richardson

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Jamaica Gleaner

Manager Of Trinidad's Football Team Gives His Views On Local Game

One the eve of his departure after his three-week sojourn in the Island as Manager of the Trinidad Football team, Mr. Victor Richardson told me that the tour of Jamaica has been one of the most pleasant and enjoyable he had ever experienced.

Like most people on their first visit he liked Jamaica very much, and now that the tour was ending was not keen on leaving. "Jamaica reminds me very much of home, although your country is larger than Trinidad and is very much more beautiful. I am enamoured with your mountain ranges", he said.

Of course, most of his talk was confined to the main topic of football, which he dealt with by stages or classified in his comments.

Taking the schoolboys first, he said that it was obvious that the team had received especial training in constructive football. Coaching, he thought, should be general over a period and among as many players as possible.

For that reason he held that a wholetime coach was always a necessity; it avoided having to introduce special training of a team or a limited number of players for a special occasion. Continuous coaching would have had the players already well prepared in the technique of football, etc.


"As regards the adult players who met us, I would also apply my remarks of the schoolboy team to the Jamaica teams. The latter, too, showed the recent coaching they had been receiving no doubt especially for the john on hand" he continued.

"And having seen the advantage of coaching under the circumstances, if this should be continued generally there is bound to be improvement generally. That is why we in Trinidad are concentrating on an English Coach. We hope that he will help the adult players, but we are sure he will help the nursery.

"Although already developed in his type of game, there are things in which the adult player can be helped by a coach, but the youngster naturally and more easily absorbs the general knowledge of the game with little or no faults to be remedied."

Mr. Richardson is also of the opinion that a team on tour for instance, should be able to change its formation at a moment's notice. Whilst Jamaica used the W Plan to good purpose, he felt that to make it our constant system of play might prove harmful when we are up against opposition that nullifies it effectiveness, as we might not be able to adopt ourselves accordingly.


Turning to the individual players, the Trinidad Manager, who was a former Trinidad intercolonial half-back, thought George Allen, our captain, a great tactician. He was not spectacular because no longer a young man he could not move around with much agility, "but there is no doubt that his influence was always seen on your football in all the matches. He is in a class by himself."

"However, the player I admired most is Walters. This might be due to the fact that I once was a right half-back, but undeniably Walters is a fine footballer. I do not forget the consistency of McKen, your centre-half, but I think Walters was not only the best player on the field in the first Colony Match but is your best player in ability."

Mr. Richardson who is also coach to the team, was spontaneous in his reply to the question whether he was satisfied with the performance of the Trinidad side.


"Yes, I am quite satisfied with the playing of the side out here. One or two players took some time to accustom themselves to the hard ground, but they all gave of their best".

As chairman of the Trinidad Referees Committee and an active referee himself, he is naturally qualified to comment on the standard of the control of the games during the tournament.

He thought the refereeing in general was very good, but the diagonal system could be used more in Jamaica. In this the referee should always be on the opposite side of the field to his linesman, who should always be in charge of off-sides.


Mr. Richardson had a word for our crowds. He thought them most sporting, "they even displayed partisanship in our favour in incidents that were to the advantage of Jamaica and with which they did not agree.

"Your reputable hospitality was always in evidence. Not only the Jamaica Football Association who invited us here but to the people of Jamaica on a whole we must extend our heartfelt thanks for the way we had been welcome treated and the good football provided and played in the best of spirit" concluding Mr. Richardson, who is a Trinidad Civil Servant attached to the Health Department and a member of the Trinidad Amateur Football Association.