Soccer Tour: Parsons: a sound back

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Jamaica Gleaner

Gerry Parsons who has been the soundest and most consistent full-back in Trinidad in recent years started playing first-class football in 1936 when a pupil of St. Benedict's College and in 1939 led the College team successfully. Leaving college in 1939 he went straight into the San Fernando football team and played in the S.A.F.L. campaign while working at Geo. F. Huggins & Co., Ltd. The next year (1940) started playing for Spitfire F.C. in the S.A.F.L. and in 1941-42 captained the team successfully. Played first representative match for the S.A.F.L. and also represented South in the North-South Red Cross match in 1942.

In 1942 joined the Refinery Staff of Trinidad Leaseholds Limited and was made captain of the Football Team in 1943 and held that position every year until 1951.

For the past 10 years has represented South Trinidad in all the important League, Association and Red Cross matches with North Trinidad.

In 1947 represented Trinidad in the Triangular Tournament with British Guiana and Jamaica. In 1948 captained South Trinidad Football Team to British Guiana and won the rubber. In 1949 captained South Trinidad against British Guiana. In 1950 represented Trinidad in British Guiana, also represented Trinidad in the Triangular Tournament with Curacao and Surinam in Trinidad. In 1951 represented Trinidad in Guadeloupe.