WI football coach dies

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Trinidad Express

Noel Gordon Pouchet, former coach of the only West Indies football team, died on Thursday and will be buried tomorrow at St Finbar's RC Church, Morne Coco Road, Diego Martin.

Pouchet was a club coach with Notre Dame and one of the longest-serving Trinidad and Tobago national coaches, having been at the helm between 1958-63.

He was in charge of the West Indies team which toured England between August-November 1959 and played 17 matches there, winning six, losing nine and drawing two.

That team contained ten T&T players, among them being Alvin Corneal, Tyrone De La Bastide, Willie Rodriguez, Eddie Aleong, South keeper Cax Baptiste, goalie Pat Gomez (captain), Neil Daniel and locally-based Scotsman Ronnie Gray.

"He was coach of the West Indies football team which toured England. I and Tyronne De La Bastide were the youngest players on that team. I was 17 then and Tyronne was 19," Corneal recalled yesterday.

"I remember him as a coach who was very concerned about his players and passed on helpful information, such as better eating and sleeping habits."