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Today s football lover, the name of Shay Seymour
may mean nothing, mainly because we tend to desist
from remembering our past sports legends.
I was fortunate to meet this dapper little centre
forward, who scored goals which only appeared to
have a ten percent chance of success.
One day in September of 1952, the Strollers Sports
Club had invited the famous Colts club of Belmont
to a friendly at the Aranguez Savannah. This team
consisted some of the finest players in the land, namely
Seymour, Len Leggard, Leon Munroe, and Horace
Lovelace, all national players in the fifties.
This is where I had the honour of not only meeting
Shay, but I was chosen as a thirteen year old member
of the club to play against this wonderful team. I was
in awe to see the agility, speed and fearlessness of this
Seymour who was 87 when he passed last week,
started my thirst of being a national player when he
said to me after the match, that I would one day wear
his shirt in our national team.
As a thirteen year old, I had the opportunity to see
him play in a North vs South Red Cross trophy at the
Queen s Park Savannah when the southerners were
convincingly defeated by North. Shay scored in that
In 1953, T&T, being a colony of Great Britain, trav-
elled to England for the first ever national team tour,
giving Shay the opportunity not only to play a number
of matches in the United Kingdom where he scored
The Shay Seymour that I knew
five goals, but to become one of the first two
locals to be offered a professional contract
He signed up for the Weymouth FC and
was very successful in his venture, where he
played for three years.
Few Trinis were aware that Shay was also
an extremely good cricketer, which was
proven when he represented the company
with which he worked in England and scored
numerous centuries. I met Shay again when
I was a member of the first ever West Indies
Football team that toured the UK in 1959.
He attended some of our matches and I
had the opportunity to remind him of the
statement he made to me seven years before.
We then became very friendly and during
my stints as a professional cricketer in Eng-
land, he followed the team to witness some
of the matches.
Ten years later in 1969, we attended the
same English FA preliminary Coaching course
at Exeter University, which offered to me an
insight into the vast knowledge of this leg-
endary sports personality and Hall of Famer.
Today, Shay Seymour is no more and it
is regrettable that history may not have been
adequately recorded on his sporting exploits
for many years which spanned from the
streets of Belmont, Port-of-Spain, through
to the various counties of the United Kingdom
It is my sincere hope that Shay Seymour s
success can be shared by all the citizens of
this country. One of my heroes has passed
on. To the family of Shay, the sporting com-
munity will mourn his loss and send con-
dolences to his family. May he Rest in Peace.
Nikita Joseph made it nine goals in her last two
matches after she netted six times in St Augustine
Secondary s 8-0 pounding of Lakshmi Girls in
their T&T Hockey Board Secondary Schools Out-
door League East Zone Championship Division
match at the National Hockey Centre, Tacarigua
Joseph, who netted a hat-trick in a 6-1 defeat
of St Joseph s College last week found the net as
early as the third, fifth, 14th, 18th, 19th and 36th
minutes while Danica Navarro (tenth) and Emily
Paul (39th) added one each.
However, St Augustine Secondary needed to win
the match by 11 clear goals to go above Bishops
Anstey East at the top of the table, with both teams
now on 12 points from their allotted five match-
es.Bishops still lead the standings with the same 12
points but a superior goal-difference of plus-20
while St Augustine Secondary is next with a plus-
18 goal difference.
St Augustine Girls High School (SAGHS) remained
the only team with a chance to take the title ahead
of Bishops, but it needed to defeat Lakshmi by more
than ten goals when they met yesterday (Tuesday)
at Tacarigua as the team currently lies third on the
table with nine points and a plus-ten goal-differ-
In the Boys North Zone Championship Division,
Justin Ottley scored a late second-half brace to lead
Diego Martin Central past Belmont Secondary 4-
1 and certain of qualification to the semifinal as
Pool B winners.
The win ensured Diego Martin of top spot on
the five-team table with maximum 12 points while
Belmont Secondary finished with six points, the
same as St Mary s College which came up against
winless Mucurapo East yesterday.
Trinity College Moka with maximum nine points
and a match in hand, and St Anthony s College,
also with nine points have already earned the two
semifinals spots from Pool A.
And in the Girls North Zone Championship Divi-
sion, Kyra Creighton got two goals as Corpus Christi
College blanked Bishops Anstey B 4-0 to move to
within a point of the title.
Joseph nets six, but
'Gustine comes up short
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