Another side to Ken Galt

E. McDonald Bailey
Date Published: 
Trinidad Guardian

I READ the sad news of Ken Galt's sudden death in Tobago where I was spending the holiday weekend.

His untimely passing is a hammer blow to national and Caribbean football. There are those more qualified than I am to speak in depth about Ken's football genius as a player (he had a prolific record for scoring goals as a centre-forward), and, of course, his administrative ability as president of TTFA—a position he held at the time of his death.

I recall the halcyon days when, as a student of QRC, I greatly admired Ken's dash, his deadly shots to goal, playing for the now defunct Shamrock Club. He, like Johnny Alkins, Andre Stollmeyer, Boysie Monteil, was adept at scoring with his head—sometimes from 'impossible' angles.

Ken was indeed a tireless performer during his career which spanned the football fields of the Caribbean.

It was this tremendous quality he took so successfully outside of football into other spheres of activity. For example: in business, and as top executive of the TTFA.

There was another side to Ken Galt, the man—He was not one who allowed the 'class privelege' of pre-independence days to colour his relationship with people at all levels of society. This was hardly surprising. For he was a natural grass-roots individual, a genuine sportsman.

And genuine sportsmen are oblivious to those superficialities which often relate to race, colour and social positions. He was, in this context, a living example, a true manifestation of the word sportsman.

It was for this reason he was so well loved and respected by all. Few sportsmen were as dedicated to the game he served so well. Football was his life, which he shared with his wife and family.

At this particular time when football in Trinidad and Tobago is passing through a critical stage, to say that he will be greatly missed would be an understatement.

We shall miss his warm, propitiating smile, his sense of humour. Above all, those with whom he worked so closely in helping to achieve higher goals at all levels of the game, will miss his indominitable will and courage to bring success in this direction.

Perhaps the greatest tribute his colleagues on the national association can pay Ken Galt is to continue the struggle to put this popular sport (of football) at the peak where it belongs.