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Football / Re: What's the scoop on Warren Archibald?
« on: August 02, 2011, 11:38:47 AM »
This is tough, but let me take a stab of an all-time T&T team.


T. Delabastide/Tesheira         S. Murren   Maraldo       Rondon/W. Phillips

   Yorke     Latapy/Deleon   Cummings/Franco   A. Corneal

                      S. David       W. Archilbald

I did not see Matthew Nunes and Squeaky Hinds.  I know many may not agree with Winston Phillips, but his long throw was a major weapon in Haiti. 

Football / Re: Touching base with Keith Look Loy.
« on: June 10, 2011, 09:44:39 AM »
Thanks for your response, President.  I felt as much.

I am acquainted with the article written in the Washington Post, and I extremely familiar with the club versus high school soccer issue in the DC metropolitan area.  High school soccer around DC is pathetic.  Without a doubt, soccer development takes place in the club structure in the DC area.  Currently, club soccer is going through major changes.  Regional leagues (e.g., along the east coast) for the elite clubs, instead of the local leagues, are beginning to take precedent.  These regional leagues are providing much better show cases for college scouts.     

Football / Re: Touching base with Keith Look Loy.
« on: June 10, 2011, 08:31:09 AM »
Historically, the college football league or SSFL is where the development of soccer in T&T has taken place.  It was the best time of my football career.  In Europe and the US, soccer development takes place in the club system.  Question – How strong is the youth club system in T&T presently?   

Football / Re: Lincoln Phillips released ?
« on: May 16, 2011, 08:21:48 AM »


They are larger than the Ministry of Planning.  They are also the Ministry of Works. 

Football / Re: Lincoln Phillips released ?
« on: May 16, 2011, 06:43:33 AM »

Lincoln had humongous plans for T&T football, but it just was not allowed to be implemented.   In his initial days, he wrote a large proposal for T&T football development.   He had many dreams, but they were to no avail. 

Football / Re: Lincoln Phillips released ?
« on: May 12, 2011, 07:34:50 AM »

Since Lincoln has been in Trinidad (being the Technical Director or not), two national teams went to the World Cup.  He was the one who got Beennakker, not Jack.   This was not an easy undertaking for him.  He just did not fit in with the T&T football administration.  One thing I have to give him, he lasted eight years.  How many T&T coaches and TDs made it so long?  Also, I do not believe that Lincoln was the same person he was 30 years ago.  In the past, I have seen Lincoln lose major jobs due to his doggedness.  Age will teach you to change your philosophy on life. 

Trevor Leiba

Football / Re: Should our Goalkeepers play basketball to help improve.
« on: November 16, 2010, 08:46:49 AM »

This is a thought-provoking thread.

They say that goalkeeping is “King Hands.”  I agree, but I say that it starts with “Boss Balance and Foot Work.”  Without them, you cannot get to “King Hands.”


Football / Re: Should our Goalkeepers play basketball to help improve.
« on: November 15, 2010, 12:32:54 PM »
I played a lot of basketball, and I must admit it did help my goalkeeping.  With this said, I would not say that it is imperative that a goalkeeper should play basketball.  I believe good goalkeeping coaching is the key for good goalkeeping. 


Football / Re: Camps says he’ll give up football job if challenged.
« on: August 18, 2010, 07:51:10 AM »

People do change their minds.

Football / Re: Camps says he’ll give up football job if challenged.
« on: August 18, 2010, 05:30:31 AM »
I believe Richard Braithwaite will be an excellent choice.  He played a major role behind the scene in the early period of the campaign to Germany.  He, however, got frustrated along the way and decided to return to the private sector.  He is a sound person. 

Football / Re: Archie
« on: May 26, 2010, 12:38:13 PM »
Questions regarding the picture -

•   Who was T&T playing?
•   Who was the starting keeper?
•   Who was Robert Francis?

Football / Re: Archie
« on: May 23, 2010, 05:47:16 PM »

Real sorry to hear this news.


Football / Re: T&T footballers in Japan??
« on: April 12, 2010, 11:58:38 AM »
Didn’t Ron LaForest play in Japan?

Football / Re: T&T women win first match in Korea
« on: April 06, 2010, 08:46:11 AM »

Curious to know how these two new players gel with the team


According to their Dad, Nia played the complete game, but Amira, the younger sister, did not play.  The both girls seem to be having fun and bonding with the team. 


Football / Re: TnT's best central defenders
« on: April 01, 2010, 04:56:15 PM »
I had the honor to play with Tyrone “The Tank” De La Bistide in his older years with Maple in 1972-1973.  When I played with him, he was a central defender.  However, when I saw Royal’s response that he was a wingback, it set me to think.  I always pictured the Tank as a central defender, but I know many players have moved around in position.  I actually went to bed last night thinking about it, and even dreamt that I was asking Alvin Corneal and Lincoln Phillips (LP) – What was the Tank’s position?

This is not an April Fools’ joke.  Out of the blue today, LP called, saying he was coming to visit me.  This is the story about the Tank according to LP.  LP said he considers the Tank a central defender; he mostly played the position for T&T and Maple.  On the other hand, LP believes that the Tank played wingback at times.  Before playing with Maple, LP said that the Tank played for Dynamos in the late 1950s.  At that stage, they would have played the “W” formation where they were three or two defenders.  In 1961, LP began playing with the Tank for Maple.  They played the 4-2-4 system.   

I asked LP, who he felt was T&T’s best central defender of all times, and he stated clearly that it was the Tank.  LP said that while the Tank may have lacked in height - his intelligence, reading of the game, and presence made him great.  LP added that he would rate Selwyn Murren, Bert Grell, and Victor Gamaldo after the Tank.  LP stated that Victor did not the play central defense in Trinidad, but he often played the position in the professional league in the States.     

Football / Re: TnT's best central defenders
« on: March 31, 2010, 09:52:18 AM »
What about the Tank?

Football / Re: Best team to ever visit T&T.
« on: February 11, 2010, 04:37:24 PM »

It would have to be England.  However, I enjoyed Nautico (1971) more than any other team I saw.  Deeks, I gather one should be able to tell that we are old timers.

Entertainment & Culture Discussion / Re: Panorama 2010
« on: January 29, 2010, 08:46:04 AM »

Okay, thanks for your response.  I thought you said that because of All Stars’ choice of tune, “Large Is Large.”


Entertainment & Culture Discussion / Re: Panorama 2010
« on: January 28, 2010, 01:21:44 PM »


Why did you say, "Good ting fuh All Stars dey increase de number of bands appearin in de final to 10?"


Football / Re: St Mary's stop Tigers 1-0.
« on: October 08, 2009, 06:43:39 AM »
CIC, give we something this year nah.


Football / Re: Garth Roach - Former Tranquil GK passed
« on: September 30, 2009, 06:10:01 AM »
RIP, Partner!  Garth was always pleasant and easy to talk to.  One season with Juniors Soccer Club of Washington, DC, I had Garth, Chucker, and Shaka on the squad.  I could only roster 20 players, thus, I had to cut myself.

Trevor Leiba

Football / Re: CIC / St. Mary's 1972 Football Memories
« on: August 31, 2009, 08:39:34 AM »
Many of the CIC players from 1970 and 1971 went on to do pretty well in life.  The following is a partial list of the guys and their life’s path.

•   Luciano Woodley – He became the owner of his insurance company.  He died last year of Lou
Garrick’s disease.  In his later years, he coached women’s soccer in Trinidad.
•   Keston Nancoo – He is presently a vice president of a major insurance company in Trinidad.  He was the interim chair of the T&T Carnival Committee in 2007-2008. 
•   Keith Lookloy – You probably know about his football involvements
•   Hannibal Najjar – You are aware of his story.  He now lives in St. Louis, MO.
•   Neil Williams – He went on a soccer scholarship to Howard University.  He earned an MBA, and is now a manager in T&TEC.
•   Frankie Stone – He is a bank manager in Trinidad.
•   Miguel Hospedales – I know he holds a pretty good job in Trinidad.  His family is the ones behind the Jahbloteh Club.
•   Dennis Philip – He holds a very good position in the T&T financial public sector.  He is an economist.  He is very much involved with Birdsong Steelband.
•   Murchison Pierre – I believe he is a surveyor in Trinidad.
•   Stephen Giddings – He went on a track scholarship to a university in Texas.  I never heard about him since his departure.
•   Wayne Callender – I think he became a surveyor.  He now lives in England.
•   Gary Almondoz – He holds a managerial position in Trinidad.
•   David Edgehill – He has done very well too.  I am not sure if he is in Trinidad presently.
•   Tony Jobes – He is an assistant manager with Neal and Massy Rentals.  I know he was very active with football in Central, Trinidad. 
•   Herman Demas – He died years ago from cancer.   
•   Trevor Leiba – I know the most about him.  He went to Howard University on a scholarship in 1974.  He has been living in the Washington, DC area since.
•   Alvin Corneal (Coach) - You know his bio.
•   Azlan Khan (Sports Master) – He migrated with Pecan and the rest of the family to Canada.  I believe he continued teaching and is now retired.


Football / Re: CIC / St. Mary's 1972 Football Memories
« on: August 31, 2009, 06:53:14 AM »

Thanks for your kind words.


Football / Re: CIC / St. Mary's 1972 Football Memories
« on: August 28, 2009, 07:46:10 AM »

Many people remind me about that save of me turning in mid year.  Maybe I should keep the myth alive that I did turn in mid year.  However, I must admit I did not turn in mid year; I was very much on the ground.  When I coach young keepers today, I tell them about that particular save and the importance of being on the ground, having good balance, and using deep knee bending in order to change direction quickly. 

What occurred – Leroy Spann struck a shot that deflected off Keith Lookloy.  I was moving to the left, and due to the deflection, I had to dive back right to make the save.

Football / Re: CIC / St. Mary's 1972 Football Memories
« on: August 27, 2009, 01:55:33 PM »

To my recall, not many goals were scored on him. 


Keep quiet! I do not believe you ever beat him in a game – not even one played in Tranquility school yard.

Football / Re: CIC / St. Mary's 1972 Football Memories
« on: August 27, 2009, 11:58:19 AM »
CIC 1971 goalkeeper was a real good looking guy.

Trevor Leiba

Football / Re: Which Intercol player had de BEST SEASON ever?
« on: November 07, 2008, 07:20:49 PM »

I am quite honored to be called with these other great players.  Ah know I am bias, but my pick goes to my partner, Luciano Woodley. 

I saw other high school players who were better than him, such as Gally, Archibald, DeLeon, Ian Bain, Alvin Henderson, Rolph Clarke, and Ellis Sadaphal, but in 1970, Luci was simply amazing. 

He got a lot of criticism because he was not a fancy player.  Many said he was lucky.  Luciano was a Gerd Mueller type of player – a pure goal scorer, basic and simple, powerful, and smart.  Luci was extremely fast too.  Around 1969, Luci gave up running track, and at that time, he may have been in the top four or five sprinters for his age in T&T.  At his funeral, Wayne Lewis said to me that Luci was the best player he saw running off the ball.

Trevor Leiba

Football / Re: Best left-footer from T&T ?
« on: October 06, 2008, 03:07:59 PM »
Ah tell yuh if Kona was not injury plague, I believe he would have gone on to have great success in the professional ranks.

Football / Re: Best left-footer from T&T ?
« on: October 04, 2008, 04:07:36 PM »
Alvin Corneal by a mile.  Then Leroy Spann. 


Football / Re: T&T's best ever Central Defender.....who would that be?
« on: September 30, 2008, 06:39:50 AM »
For St. Mary’s and club football, Russell Tesheira played in the middle.  To my recall, up until the point when I left Trinidad in 1974, Russell mainly played wingback for the national team.  I believe Selwyn Murren and Selris Figaro started in the middle on the 1973 team in Haiti.  At that time, Russell was in his early twenties, while
Selwyn and Selris were in their late twenties. 

I will agree with Deeks that our best tandem was Selwyn Murren and Selris Figaro.  However, my selections of the two best middle defenders are Selwyn Murren and the “Tank.”  People may question the Tank’s height in the middle, but Ah tell yuh, he was unbeatable in there.


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