Trinidad Team Coming April!

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Jamaica Gleaner

Lucas-Printers Game To Play

According to an announcement by Mr. Granville daCosta, President of the Jamaica Football Association, at the annual general meeting of the Jamaica Cricket Association at Sabina
Park last week Thursday night, Trinidad's football team is expected here for a fortnight or so in April next.

The sister Colony footballers will stop off here on their way home from Haiti, where they will be paying a return visit for that of the Haitians after the latter played here last October.

Thus it will be seen that the Trinidadians are quicker than us in arranging their return tourney with Haiti although the latter played us first.

In any event Trinidad coming here in April will be the most welcome event in football circles right now. After all, we have the stigma of our poor showing at Port-of-Spain in November 1947 to erase, not to mention the 6-0 rout in the last match at Sabina Park earlier in the same year, although the "rubber" was drawn.

The Trinidad visit formed one of the chief items on the agenda of the JFA Council's meeting at Sabina Park on Monday night. Negotiations have not yet been finalised, but the prospects of the tournament coming off are good.


The council also decided that the Senior League match between Lucas and Printers schedule for Nelson Oval on January 22 and was not played must be played on Monday next.

Other matches ordered to be played and like the above will have direct influence on the fate of the championship are: Y.M.C.A. vs. Glosters on a date to be fined, and St. George's OB vs YMCA on Monday next.

The Council deplored the delay on the part of some clubs answering communications, which tended to hold up important business. The Council has written to delinquent clubs on this point and at the same time issuing a warning against the practice. The incident of Referee DeMercado being beaten up and general conduct of players and spectators at the Railway Oval during the replay of the Junior KO match between the home team and St. George's OB on Jany. 18 will first be dealt with by the Complaints committee, who will make recommendations to the Council.


Harking back to the Trinidad tour: Trinidad AFA has already invited 46 players to begin practice with the view of gaining selection for the Haitian tour.

Players known to Jamaica crowds who are among the invitees are: Gonzalves, who might be captain, R. Meritt (goalkeepers); Syl Dopson, J. Simmonds (backs); Noel Winn, Malcolm McClean (Jamaica and Trinidad player), Ian Zeale (half backs); Andy Ganteaume, Lio Lynch, Rex Burnett, W. Baird and Kenny Trestrail, (forwards).

Outstanding absentees are Ken Galt, "Putty" Lewis, not to mention Phil Doughlin, who helped wallop us when we were last in Trinidad.