50 years ago - July 27 week

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Trinidad Guardian

The football season was underway and, as common in the mid-fifties, the centre of activity was the Queen’s Park Savannah — particularly the area in front of the Grand Stand and north-east of the park, near Belmont Circular Road; in the east, at Tacarigua and Arima; and in the south, at Skinner Park, San Fernando, and the oilfield areas of Fyzabad, Point Fortin and elsewhere.

Cafe Boys’ day

SHAMROCK, known as the “Cafe Boys” because of the proximity of their clubhouse at Queen’s Park East near the cafe at the corner of Belmont Circular Road, beat Queen’s Royal College 4-1 in what was described as a “one-sided affair — much like “backs and forwards” — which should have produced more goals for the winning team.

Shamrock, stated the report, “resurrected” Lance Murray, and with Colin Agostini again in the attack, excelled at short-passing and forced QRC to pack the defence.

Goals came through Agostini in the 20th and 58th minutes —the last a fine header; Robert Hamel-Smith’s a “gem of a left-footed shot” and Figueroa in the 48th minute. Rex Alexis scored for QRC almost on the final whistle. Carlton Dore was the referee.

Carlton loses despite “grand show”

Carlton went down 1-0 to Sheffield, despite what was reported as “a grand show” in a Jaggernauth Shield match at Skinner Park, San Fernando. Son Ramroop was the scorer late in the second half.

Malvern and St Mary’s win

Matches in the Port-of-Spain Football League saw Malvern beat Maple 3-2 and St.Mary’s beat Casuals 1-0.

Northern League action

The Northern League gave opportunity to many fledgling clubs on its ground in the Queen’s Park Savannah, opposite Belmont Circular Road. During this week, Eagles beat GPO (Government Post Office) 2-0, St Hill and Browne scoring in the second half.

Harold Burnett heads referees

The Trinidad Referees’ Association re-elected Harold Burnett as president. Burnett, nicknamed “Bobool,” played football (right-wing) and cricket (off-spin bowler and fair batsman) for T&T.

The referees were to wear a new outfit that season and training classes were to be conducted by Errol “Huntie” Yeates (Sporting Club) and Alvin “Golden Boy” Rodrigues, who qualified in the United Kingdom earlier in the year.

Rodrigues, who was born in Guyana and played football for the territory, was an officer in the army and later played in the South and for Sporting Club in the POS League.

Other officers elected were Vaprizgar (“Vap”) vice-president and Errol Yeates secretary-treasurer, E Monteil assistant secretary-treasurer, with members being S Jardine, CZ Bain, A Davis, George Cumberbatch and G Chin Cheong.

“Putty” Lewis double

On a rainy afternoon which led to a slippery surface, St Mary’s scored in the fifth minute through Sosa, after a shot by Aleong bounced off goalie Shadrack’s chest in a POSFL match against Malvern on the Queen’s Park Savannah. But the “Saints” lost 3-1. Carlton “Putty” Lewis got a double for Malvern — in the 20th minute from a cross from Prescott and with his head in the 40th minute. Centre-forward Theo Porter got the other Malvern goal.