The BCFA was founded in January 1957; affiliated territories were Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, British Guiana, Grenada, St Vincent, and Dominica. In 1959 the BCFA selected a representative team to visit England, partly with the long-term motive of uniting the individual teams of the territories as a footballing equivalent of the West Indies cricket team (though it should be noted that British Guiana was not part of the Federation of the West Indies, which existed from 1958 to 1962, so that strictly speaking this was not a West Indies football team). This British Caribbean team is not to be confused with the "Caribbean All-Stars" team, which had been selected from all Caribbean territories (not only British) for occasional matches by the Caribbean Football Association (and later the Caribbean Football Union) since 1952. The BCFA team left from Port of Spain aboard the m/v Willemstad on 17th August, and arrived in England on 30th August. They played in navy blue shirts with gold trim, and white shorts. The overall tour record was: P17 W4 D0 L13 F27 A63. Manager: Eric James (Trinidad/Tobago) Assistant manager: George Abrahams (Jamaica) Coaches: Noel Pouchet (Trinidad/Tobago) and Harold Hobbis (England) Liaison officer: Colonel Charles F. Linnitt (England) Players: Pat Gomez [c] [Trinidad/Tobago] Rawlins 'Cax' Baptiste [Trinidad/Tobago] Walter Chevannes [Jamaica] Tyrone de la Bastide [Trinidad/Tobago] Willie Rodriguez [Trinidad/Tobago] Hubert Braithwaite [British Guiana] Karl Largie [Jamaica] Monty Hope [British Guiana] Noel Daniel [Trinidad/Tobago] Doyle Griffith [Trinidad/Tobago] Eddie Aleong [Trinidad/Tobago] Len Leggard [Trinidad/Tobago] Ken East [Jamaica] Owen Parker [Jamaica] Sydney Bartlett [Jamaica] Anthony Hill [Jamaica] George Green [British Guiana] Ron Gray [Trinidad/Tobago] Alvin Corneal [Trinidad/Tobago] Compton Julian [British Guiana] Reggie Haynes [Barbados] DATE VENUE OPPONENT SCORE BCFA GOALSCORERS (where known) 1- 9 St Austell Cornwall FA XI 1-0* BCFA 3- 9 Penzance Cornwall FA XI 2-1 BCFA Haynes 7- 9 Weymouth Dorset FA XI 4-2 BCFA Parker, Bartlett 10- 9 London Isthmian League XI 3-1 BCFA Gray 12- 9 Wealdstone Athenian League XI 7-2 BCFA ? 16- 9 Spalding Spalding United FC 0-3 BCFA Parker, East, Haynes 19- 9 Wisbech Wisbech Town FC 5-4 BCFA Gray, Parker x2, Julian 23- 9 King's Lynn King's Lynn FC 3-1 BCFA Parker 25- 9 Ely Ely City FC 1-2 BCFA Haynes, Corneal 30- 9 Newmarket Newmarket Town FC 1-3 BCFA East x2, Parker 3-10 Peterborough Peterborough United FC 4-1 BCFA ? 7-10 Barking Barking FC 1-2 BCFA Corneal, Haynes 10-10 Ipswich Great Britain Olympic 7-2 BCFA Parker x2 12-10 Bromsgrove Bromsgrove Rovers FC 5-0 BCFA 14-10 London Crystal Palace FC 11-1 BCFA own-goal (Noakes) 17-10 Oxford Pegasus FC 3-1 BCFA East 21-10 London Millwall FC 5-1 BCFA East * the first tour match was only 80 minutes in duration.
Sources: The Times, The Guardian, Jamaica Gleaner
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