Malverns Fail To Win Trinidad Football League

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Jamaica Gleaner

Although strongly favoured and up to the time they beat Jamaica 3-0 in the Triangular Tournament they were on top of the tables, the popular Malvern F.C. lost the Trinidad Amateur Football League by five points to Colts F.C. for 1947.

Colts beat Malvern, who at one time had all of their five forwards on the Trinidad XI in the three-cornered tournament, by the only goal scored in the deciding match. "Squeakie" Hinds, John Simmonds and Noel Winn (the latter two visiting Jamaica last year) are Colts inter-colonials who played against us.

The match to decide the Island's Championship — T.A.F.A. League winners against Southern Amateur Football League winners for the Gooden-Chisholm Cup — was left undecided. U.B.O.T., Southern champions, were held to a 2-all draw when Colts, through their outside-right Jim Harding, equalised 2 minutes before the final whistle following extra-time.

It was hoped that the match would be replayed, but if it was not Notre Dame (1946 T.A.F.A. champions) will hold the cup for another year. Ken Galt centre-forward of the Trinidad side which visited Jamaica, is Secretary of the S.A.F.L.


Malvern, who in 1946 made a clean sweep in second-class football and won the B.D.V. Trophy — one of T.A.F.A.'s three leading trophies for first-class teams and which is run on the elimination basis — retained that cup for 1947.

Incidentally, Fedo Blake, speedy centre-forward of the Malverns who was the most troublesome thorn to Jamaica in the Tournament, is now in the U.S.A. furthuring his studies at the Columbia University.

The T.A.F.A. Cup, equivalent to our Senior Knockout, was won by Notre Name, which I think was the old club of Malcolm McLean, Trinidad and Jamaica half-back. Maple (the club of Prior Jones and Andy Ganteaume) won the Cup in 1946.

Both Inter-collegiate Cups were won by St. Mary's, largest secondary School in the Colony which will likely provide the bulk of the players for the intended schoolboys tour of Jamaica later this year.