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Sam, Montano are MVPs; De Leon named greatest SSFL player ever

The following are the individual awards distributed at the Secondary School Football League’s 2015 Prize Distribution 50th Anniversary Awards function on Saturday January 16 at Naparima College:

Photo: San Juan North star Brent Sam (right) keeps the ball away from Fatima playmaker Sebastien Camacho (centre) during a 2015 SSFL contest. (Courtesy Kerlon Orr/Wired868)
Photo: San Juan North star Brent Sam (right) keeps the ball away from Fatima playmaker Sebastien Camacho (centre) during a 2015 SSFL contest.
(Courtesy Kerlon Orr/Wired868)

Player of the Year (Boys): Brent Sam (San Juan North)

Player of the Year (Girls): Ray-ann Montano (Fyzabad Secondary)

Photo: Naparima College striker Isaiah Hudson (left) turns on St Anthony's College defender Nicholas Moyou during the 2015 National Intercol final in Marabella. (Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)
Photo: Naparima College striker Isaiah Hudson (left) turns on St Anthony’s College defender Nicholas Moyou during the 2015 National Intercol final in Marabella.
(Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)

Top Five Players (Boys):

Tyrell Emmanuel (Shiva Boys HC), Isaiah Hudson, Shane Sandy, Jared Dass (all Naparima College), Brent Sam (San Juan North)

Top Five Players (Girls):

Tamara Johnson, Ray-ann Montano, Kader Louison (all Fyzabad Secondary), Jacel Forde (Bishop’s Anstey East), Aaliyah Charles (Scarborough Secondary)

Photo: QRC goalkeeper Jardel Poon-Lewis (right) makes a fine save to deny Naparima College striker Shobal Celestine during a 2015 SSFL contest. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: QRC goalkeeper Jardel Poon-Lewis (right) makes a fine save to deny Naparima College striker Shobal Celestine during a 2015 SSFL contest.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

All-Star Team (Boys):

Goalkeepers: Denzil Smith (Shiva Boys HC), Jardel Poon-Lewis (QRC);

Defenders: Joshua Marshall (St Augustine), Taryll Coutou (St Benedict’s), Nicholas Thomas, Anderson Toussaint, Stephon Smith (all Naparima), Keston Julien (Presentation, San F’do), Adrian Constantine (QRC);

Photo: Shiva Boys HC playmaker Tyrel "Pappy" Emmanuel (right) tries to avoid a challenge from St Anthony's College defender Brent Joel during 2015 SSFL action in Westmoorings. (Courtesy Kerlon Orr/Wired868)
Photo: Shiva Boys HC playmaker Tyrel “Pappy” Emmanuel (right) tries to avoid a challenge from St Anthony’s College defender Brent Joel during 2015 SSFL action in Westmoorings.
(Courtesy Kerlon Orr/Wired868)

Midfielders: John-Paul Rochford (QRC), Kareem Riley (Presentation, San F’do), Tyrell Emmanuel (Shiva Boys HC), Isaiah Hudson, Michael Basdeo, Shane Sandy (all Naparima), Jesse Joseph (St Augustine);

Forwards: Demitri Dunkley (QRC), Shamar Ravello (St Benedict’s), Kathon St Hillaire (St Anthony’s), Brent Sam (San Juan North), Jared Dass (Naparima), Kerri McDonald (Speyside)

Photo: St Anthony's College winger Kathon St Hillaire (left) crosses beyond St Mary's College defender Jerome Dempster-Babb during the 2015 North Zone Intercol final at the Hasely Crawford Stadium. (Courtesy Nicholas Bhajan/Wired868)
Photo: St Anthony’s College winger Kathon St Hillaire (left) crosses beyond St Mary’s College defender Jerome Dempster-Babb during the 2015 North Zone Intercol final at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.
(Courtesy Nicholas Bhajan/Wired868)

All-Star Team (Girls)

Goalkeepers: Shamika Rocastle (Fyzabad), Milikah Didier (Bishop’s Anstey East);

Defenders: Tamara Johnson, Jahra Thomas (both Fyzabad), Jacel Forde (Bishop’s Anstey East), Lakita Halls (Scarborough), Malak Marcelle (Diego Martin Central), Ranae Ward (Bishop’s Anstey, POS);

Midfielders: Krystal Preddie, Collette Morgan, Ray-ann Montano (all Fyzabad), Akila Crawford (Diego Martin Central), Jeneal Lawrence (Scarborough), Naomi Guerra (St Augustine);

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago Women's National Under-20 Team midfielder Naoemi Guerra (right) tries to close down Canada player Emma Regan during 2015 CONCACAF Under-20 Championship action in Honduras. (Copyright MexSport/CONCACAF)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago Women’s National Under-20 Team midfielder Naoemi Guerra (right) tries to close down Canada player Emma Regan during 2015 CONCACAF Under-20 Championship action in Honduras.
(Copyright MexSport/CONCACAF)

Forwards: Aaliyah Charles (Scarborough), Renrique Primus, Kader Louison (both Fyzabad), Jalene Sobers (Bishop’s Anstey East), Kaydeen Jack (Diego Martin Central)

 

50th Anniversary Awards

Player of the 50 Years: Leroy De Leon (St Benedict’s)

Photo: Point Fortin Civic coach and former Trinidad and Tobago and St Benedict's College star Leroy De Leon. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: Point Fortin Civic coach and former Trinidad and Tobago and St Benedict’s College star Leroy De Leon.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

Goalkeepers of the 50 Years: Lincoln Phillips, Brian Bain (both QRC), Trevor Leiba, Shaka Hislop (both CIC), Clayton Ince (El Dorado East), Ross Russell (East Mucurapo), Marvin Phillip (Princes Town), Jan-Michael Williams (St Anthony’s)

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago goalkeeper Shaka Hislop calms everyone down during the nation's 2006 World Cup opening group match against Sweden. (Copyright AFP 2014/Roberto Schmidt)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago goalkeeper Shaka Hislop calms everyone down during the nation’s 2006 World Cup opening group match against Sweden.
(Copyright AFP 2014/Roberto Schmidt)

Best Players of the 1960s: Leroy De Leon, Warren Archibald, Steve David, Bobby Sookram, Wilfred Cave, Jan Steadman (all St Benedict’s), Dr Alvin Henderson, Ian Bain (both CIC), Everald Cummings, Roger Duprey (both Fatima), Ellis Sadaphal, Ralph Clarke (both QRC)

Photo: Former Trinidad and Tobago stand-out player and coach Everald "Gally" Cummings (right) is recognised by former President Maxwell Richards at the TTFF's Centennial function.
Photo: Former Trinidad and Tobago stand-out player and coach Everald “Gally” Cummings (right) is recognised by former President Maxwell Richards at the TTFF’s Centennial function.

Best Players of the 1970s: Richard Chinapoo, Vernon Skinner (both Trinity), Wayne Lewis, Ron La Forest (both Belmont BS), Garnet Craig (Fatima), Leroy Spann, Peter Mitchell (both San F’do Tech), Ian Clauzel (East Mucurapo), Luciano Woodley (CIC), Clayton Morris (John D Tech)

Photo: UTT coach and former "Strike Squad" captain and John D Tech star Clayton Morris (right) clears the ball during the 2014 Wired868 Football Festival. Looking on is goalkeeper James Saunders. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: UTT coach and former “Strike Squad” captain and John D Tech star Clayton Morris (right) clears the ball during the 2014 Wired868 Football Festival.
Looking on is goalkeeper James Saunders.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

Best Players of the 1980s: Russell Latapy (Tranquility/San F’do Tech), Marvin Faustin (San F’do Tech), Garth Pollonais (St Augustine), Dwight Yorke (Signal Hill), Timothy Haynes (Arima North), David Nakhid, Neil Williams (both CIC), Angus Eve, Clint Marcelle, Hutson Charles (all East Mucurapo), Leonson Lewis (Naparima)

Photo: Ex-Trinidad and Tobago captain Dwight Yorke (right) greets England captain David Beckham during the Germany 2006 World Cup. (Copyright AFP 2015)
Photo: Ex-Trinidad and Tobago captain Dwight Yorke (right) greets England captain David Beckham during the Germany 2006 World Cup.
(Copyright AFP 2015)

Best Players of the 1990s: Arnold Dwarika, Shawn David, Gary Glasgow, Kerwin Jemmott (all Malick), Mickey Trotman (Arima North), Carlos Edwards (St Anthony’s), Anthony Sherwood (Presentation, San F’do), Wesley Webb, Ivan Sampson (St Benedict’s), Jerren Nixon (St Augustine), Shawn Boney, Stern John (both El Dorado East), Marvin Oliver (San Juan North), Cornell Glen (East Mucurapo)

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago attacker Arnold Dwarika (top) drives home his country's opening goal in the 2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup quarter-final against Costa Rica. (Copyright AFP 2015)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago attacker Arnold Dwarika (top) drives home his country’s opening goal in the 2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup quarter-final against Costa Rica.
(Copyright AFP 2015)

Best Players of the 2000s: Ataulla Guerra, Kevin Molino (East Mucurapo), Shahdon Winchester, Jerrol Forbes (both Naparima), Devorn Jorsling (Malick), Kenwyne Jones, Kevon Neaves (both St Anthony’s), Nkosi Blackman (St Benedict’s), Elijah Manners (San Juan North), Jamal Gay (El Dorado East), Elton John (St Augustine)

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago and Orlando City playmaker Kevin Molino (right) hurdles a tackle against Panama during an international friendly in March 2015. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago and Orlando City playmaker Kevin Molino (right) hurdles a tackle against Panama during an international friendly in March 2015.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

Best Girls Players from 2000 to 2014:

Goalkeepers: Linfah Jones (Debe), Candice Edwards (Signal Hill), Kimika Forbes (Scarborough);

Outfield players: Ke’die Johnson, Avanell Isaac, Analise Cummings, Naomi Guerra (all St Augustine), Kayla Taylor, Mariah Shade, Stephanie Beam (all Debe), Karyn Forbes, Kennya Cordner (both Signal Hill), Nadia James, Alania Burgin, Anastasia Prescott (all Malick), Maylee Attin-Johnson (Diego Martin Central), Ayanna Russell, Patrice Campbell (both El Dorado East), Dernell Mascall (Moruga), Cecile Hinds, Patrice Superville (both Pleasantville), Ahkeela Mollon (UCB)

Photo: Petrotrin Oilers striker Kayla Taylor (right) runs at Wave defender Teneisha Cobham during 2015 WPL action in Palo Seco. (Courtesy Sinead Peters/Wired868)
Photo: Petrotrin Oilers striker Kayla Taylor (right) runs at Wave defender Teneisha Cobham during 2015 WPL action in Palo Seco.
(Courtesy Sinead Peters/Wired868)

Best Coaches of the 50 Years:

Bertille St Clair (Signal Hill)—14 titles

Nigel Grosvenor (St Anthony’s)—12 titles

Muhammad Isa (San F’do Tech)—9 titles

Kenneth Franco (Malick)—9 titles

Kenny Thomas (St Augustine)—6 titles

Leonard Kirton (QRC)—5 titles

Michael Grayson (St Augustine)—5 titles

Photo: Coach Bertille St Clair (second from right) has a word with (from right) Shaka Hislop, Stern John, Michael Maurice, David Nakhid, Leslie Fitzpatrick and Clayton Ince during his stint with the Trinidad and Tobago National Senior team. (Copyright AFP 2015)
Photo: Coach Bertille St Clair (second from right) has a word with (from right) Shaka Hislop, Stern John, Michael Maurice, David Nakhid, Leslie Fitzpatrick and Clayton Ince during his stint with the Trinidad and Tobago National Senior team.
(Copyright AFP 2015)

Best Girls Coaches of 30 Years:

Stephen Smart (Malick)—15 titles

Arnold Murphy (Debe)—12 titles

Desiree Sergeant (St Augustine)—6 titles

Photo: St Augustine Secondary footballers celebrate with the BGTT 2014 Girls' National Intercol trophy. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: St Augustine Secondary footballers celebrate with the BGTT 2014 Girls’ National Intercol trophy.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

Officers Long Service Awards:

Roy Jagroopsingh (president and vice-president)—12 years (posthumous)

Ormond Gabriel (general secretary/treasurer)—20 years (posthumous)

Ewing Davis (president)—17 years (longest serving president)

Azaad Khan (general secretary/treasurer)—23 years

Anthony Creed (president/vice-president)—19 years

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) vice-president and ex-SSFL president Ewing Davis does match commissioner duties during 2015/16 CNG National Super League Premiership Division action at the Matura Recreation Ground. (Courtesy Nicholas Bhajan/Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) vice-president and ex-SSFL president Ewing Davis does match commissioner duties during 2015/16 CNG National Super League Premiership Division action at the Matura Recreation Ground.
(Courtesy Nicholas Bhajan/Wired868)

Editor’s Note: Click HERE for the SSFL’s champion boys and girls teams of 2015; and for the past 50 years!

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146 comments

  1. I just want to know how this guy not in best players of 2000s Gorean *RATTY* Highley

  2. Intentionally put there because they may not be able to be nominated in the right era or the 90’s did not have enough quality ?

  3. I am scratching my head was Ivan and Sherwood and Webb players of the 80’s and not 90’s

  4. The awards ceremony was a valiant effort at recognizing outstanding performers spanning generations. Irrefutably, it is a subjective selection process so many deserving ones will be omitted. There should also be honourable mentions like Ateba McKnight from Naps who scored the winning goals in the National Intercol Finals consecutively in 2000 and 1999 when Naps won the treble (30 games undefeated). He was very clinical and not many can boast of that accomplishment for school and posterity.

    Moreover, the rationale for Sam being selected will be interesting to know as there should be sound criteria and consistency. To utilize an NBA Analogy, Kobe Bryant is one of the greatest basketball players in terms of overall accomplishments and scoring but his Lakers are near last in the league. Should he win MVP based on this greatness or should it come from a player who helps his team win a championship? Thus, Hudson should have won over Sam who is a grown man almost 20 years old playing with 15 and 16 year olds. It is expected he would dominate given his ProLeague experience but he lacked a proper supporting cast. It is still no reason to award him MVP. Knowing Naps, they will encourage Hudson to keep striving for excellence and focus on academics as well which Sam and the others have fallen victim to where schools could not care less on what subjects a player gets! At least one school realizes career ending injuries can happen and players should be equipped with the tools to be upstanding contributors in the workplace whilst being gainfully employed. Not everyone can make it to the EPL, Serie A, La Liga or even our ProLeague!

  5. I was discussing the Sam selection with a coach and reminded him that when Manchester United won the treble, it was David Ginola who got the PFA MVP award. Anyone remember that?
    Shaka Hislop boycotted that function for years after that in disgust. The supposed explanation was that Yorke, Keane and Beckham split votes and that somehow allowed a non-Manchester United player to win.
    I don’t think there could’ve been a bigger injustice than that eh Keith, Carlos, Ian and Brent. Surely no Will Smith at the Oscars pales in comparison to what would have been Yorke’s England Player of the Year award, voted on by his peers.

  6. I waited a while before commenting,firstly any list will never satisfy all persons.
    I think many of you are not seeing what we tried to do and have done and that was for the first time a group of outstanding footballers have been recognized and some tribute paid to them.
    We did it the non Government funded,the volunteer executive,unpaid,the no office no secretariat SSFL did try to honor players who made a contribution to School football.

    Notice I said School football,that was our major criteria.
    Some of you should have been at the function to witness the emotion on the faces of some of these players.

    There were many outstanding players and we sought the input of journalists, writers,footballers and others in the fraternity,so what was presented was not only from the Present SSFL Executive.

    • And that was truly laudable Trevor. There were some mistakes. But the gesture was wonderful.
      As for the selections, all lists would create issues. ALL. So the SSFL body cannot really win on that score.
      You can put David Rudder and the Black Stalin to create a list with the best 10 calypsos of all time and I bet they come to blows. Not so Michael Samuel? Lol.
      Speculation is good where lists go. Once it doesn’t reach to people denigrating some players to build up others.

    • Thank you Lasana, I agree there is no wrong or right, we made a list , it is up to others who would like to pay their respects to do their own lists. The thing is though these were not all who made the football enjoyable but all who played and supported and prepared the players.

  7. In America DeLeon is in the Hall of Fame alongside Pele, Cruyff , Beckenbaur, Carlos Alberto as on one of the great ones of the NASL. He had to be special.

  8. Wetman Sam deserved to win the MVP for the school league …because he helped hia to qin alot of games …an not many players can do that ….So congratulations to Wetman Sam ob this achievement. …

  9. But I can’t help but WONDER if Sam and Hudson were to swap places meaning San Juan won everything and Naps nothing if he woulda been cool with Hudson being named MVP?

  10. In my opinion the striker with all the tools along with Isaiah Hudson, so my temptation has nothing to do with him,but with a guy who Keith Look Loy was debating with concerning latas and the legends of the 60 70s

  11. Lasana, I believe before the season started there was an article about this player, and the coach defended his decision by arguing that he still has to get subjects etc…

  12. Sam’s spelling caused a stir, particularly considering his extra years in school. But I’d leave that to Kermit… Maybe just the typos that affect us all from time to time. 🙂

    • I understand the penchant for text speak and i guess that getting the vernacular into what you are trying to say is important as well …….but yea Kermit

  13. am i the only person that wants Hayden Tinto to be on that list? He was a force to be reckoned with every season that he played. i guess he suffered from the fact that Malick wasnt able to win a titile with him in the line up.

    oh and Brent Sam. You have to type better than that …the way that you represent yourself online says wonders about your literacy and pigeon holes you into the area of dumb jock

  14. Just like Travis Mulraine I’m tempted …..to reply to Sam ‘making his case’…..I’ll be quiet for now

  15. It’s unfortunate that Kester Cornwall from St Benidicts Didn’t make that 90s and Gary (Fatima/St Anthonys) 2000 also Erasto Neptune from Naps

  16. I’m tempted to say something but I won’t.

  17. Thanks for this list Lasana Liburd & the one done by Wired868. As a tax payer, I can assure fellow hardworking taxpayers that these guys will be invited to join the UTT football team. With the university’s resources/facilities, hopefully SSFL players can be part of national youth ‘B’ team with academic opportunities.

  18. Fuh real bro Dem talking thing they don’t know nah

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  20. Successful and skilled two different things. Your guys were in the age of money and tv. Leroy and the likes were much too early. Even so check out the NSL in US during the times of Pele et al

  21. Well, the most successful player the Caribbean ever produced would be a conversation between Dwight Yorke and John Barnes.
    And if you threw in Suriname, although it is located in South America, you have Clarence Seedorf and Edgar Davids too.

  22. Allur don’t understand even doh I didn’t win anything I was d person who carry my team naps whole team can play tell who frm naps can do wat I did but allur only talking be real

    • Congrats on your award, Wetman Sam. You didn’t select yourself. So kudos that your efforts were recognised.
      There will always be different opinions about individual awards though. Just like Messi v Ronaldo v Neymar. Don’t worry about that too much and keep doing your best. 😉

    • Congrats on your award, Wetman Sam. You didn’t select yourself. So kudos that your efforts were recognised.
      There will always be different opinions about individual awards though. Just like Messi v Ronaldo v Neymar. Don’t worry about that too much and keep doing your best. 😉

  23. Leroy is not just best schoolboy player but the BEST EVER PLAYER this country has seen and arguably in the Caribbean

  24. The bias here is not only obvious but saddening….I also think that the discussion has gone past SSFL greats and toward T&T FOOTBALL greats….it’s a fine line I concede, but there have been players who lit up the schools league and didn’t do much on the national/international front

  25. Sam before Sandy from naps?

    Nah man…..

  26. This De Leon sends congratulations to that De Leon.

  27. Well, since they selected the best players from each era. I am absolutely certain you deserved to be included Anthony. I went to a game in Petrotrin during the WPL and, for some reason, one fan began reminiscing about “Tarzan Tony”. Lol.
    You are more revered than you think.

  28. ..You would think that would be a redundancy, wouldn’t you? But we are winner take all people. From cultural competitions to TT Pro League Cup competitions. “We are the champions, no time for losers”..Sigh..

  29. Don’t have to hate one to appreciate the other. Great players from different eras.

  30. You said it accurately…when the ball is at his feet. When it’s not at his feet, he became a liability. I have no doubt what Gally would say because offensively Dillie was a better player than Latas and he also played defense. In fact, he was a defender before he played midfield. But I will ask him when I see him.

    • Which attacking player shines when the ball isn’t at his feet? Messi? Neymar? Ronaldo?
      I find that point baffling.

    • Lasana Liburd I’m not surprised because I said nothing about shining off the ball. I said he is a liability. He plays no defense as a midfielder. By the way if you saw the thrashing of Brazil by Germany you may have noticed how great players run off the ball. That’s his other weakness, he doesn’t run off the ball, something the Germans have perfected which was a staple of football back in the day. It made defending harder since you had to watch the player with the ball and still be aware of the run that your man is making. Latas plays on a dime. Everyone seems to forget the discussion is one of comparison not about whether Latas is great or not.

    • Latapy is not a midfielder in the classic sense. He is a number 10, which is more of a support striker these days.
      He is an extremely intelligent footballer and I’m amazed that you don’t think he can run off the ball.
      No, he does not track back. But few coaches would ask him too when he has a player man marking him.
      Anyone who has followed Latapy’s career saw him shine against superior teams. He did that consistently at club and international level.
      I think you are wrong. He was no liability. He helped his teams pull off memorable wins against superior sides.

    • Lasana Liburd It’s as if I said nothing. Let me repeat this one more time and I’ll leave this site for good. This argument began as a comparison between Latas and the trio of De Leon, Cummings and Archibald. Including yourself, everyone seems to be taking the points as attacking Latas. Most of the people on this site have never seen that trio and are making the discussion about Latas’ greatness. It was a comparative argument. I will leave Latas’ greatness’ to the group thinkers on this site. I’m outta here.

    • You were the one who spoke to Latapy’s limitations. But no problem.

    • I understand Gerard Johnson’s argument and can agree….up to a point. That point is up to when he shifts the goalposts and ‘attacks’ latapy via the liability and limitations statement. I, too have heard elder folk fawn over de Leon more so than latapy and that is fine. But to be so dismissive of a world class talent is very offensive to me as a player, a fan and a TT national. Track back? Latas? Lol…why? Latapy was special enough to be afforded privileges even gifted footballers were not. Furthermore, latas mere presence on a field had opposing defenders occupied regardless of which 3rd he was in. If one thinks de Leon is better then fine….but there’s no need to tear down another player to do so….especially Latapy

    • Carlon Garcia If I compared Portuguese Ronaldo with Messi and I pointed out that Messi is heavily left footed while Ronaldo is gifted with both equally. And I further pointed out that Messi is not a great header of the ball while Ronaldo is. Am I being dismissive of Messi? I acknowledged early Latapy’s offensive talents. I then said that De Leon was a better offensive player but he also played defense. I gave the nod to Deleon because he is all round a better footballer than Latapy. That’s being dismissive of Latapy?
      PS: For the sake of argument Look Loy said it was like comparing Messi and Pele. I would argue it’s like comparing Messi with Maradona. You compare Pele with Di Stefano. Messi is yet to overcome whether he is better than Maradona.

  31. I have never seen a guy more talented with a football at his feet than Russell – but I’ve listen to many of the older heads talk in amazement of Deleon’s ability – it’s a crying shame that there is no footage of these greats from the early days. Lasana, it would be interesting to hear Gally’s opinion on this…he’s played with Deleon and coached Russell…

  32. For the record Lasana, I have no desire to be mentioned in this list nor do I think I deserve to be included – there are far better players that I myself looked up too when I was younger…it was a pleasure to see Leroy Deleon though – I heard so much about this amazing footballer…

  33. I agree Isaiah Hudson deserved to be MVP

  34. Nothing would change now but Collin Rocke,Collin Osbourne,Lalchan and maybe

  35. Do you remember the player Quntin Thomas

  36. Lasana,Sherdon Ifm Pierre is right no way you can exclude a player who had the college league at his mercy as Gorean Highley had.

  37. Good point Shaun – in the early days you could repeat school up to three times – so often times you had 18/19 year olds playing with and against 14/15 year olds. Advantage!

  38. Lol – any talk about Trini football must include Latas and Yorke. They have accomplished far more than any of the earlier greats. Not to say our earlier greats wouldn’t have done the same had similar opportunities been there.

  39. ..I saw them all. Coached against Yorke. It’s just opinion professor. No need to come unglued..LOL..

    • I just get tired of those who think Latapy is a great player. He’s very skilled and a joy to watch when he has the ball but he has too many limitations.

    • ..LOL..OK profe. Tell Porto that. They made him the first Trini to play in what is now the UCL..

    • Keith Look Loy How many games he played?

    • Keith Look Loy Greetings to everyone,

      I am a Trinidad and Tobago football fan, and I have come to you seeking information on Russell Latapy, who won the Superliga with you in 94/95 and 95/96 and also played in the Champions League at the time.

      In case you may not know, Latapy is considered one of TNT’s all time legends, and I am working on collecting information for a documentary on his career.

      Anything that anyone can tell me about his role, position, relationship with the coach/other players with whom he played, output, impression that Porto fans had of him, and especially any links or directions as to how to obtain video footage of him at the time would be greatly appreciated.

      Thank you all very much in advance

      midknight, Aug 17, 2007 #1

      VicVR6
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      Location:Greater Toronto Area
      Club:FC Porto
      Country:Portugal
      He was a decent player for Porto but had trouble cracking the starting lineup. I remember seeing him play a few times but don’t recall any special moment that he gave Porto. You might want to research his time with Academica where he started his career in Portugal and that’s where he was noticed.

    • Gerard – You don’t think Latas is one our best ever? Seriously? ?? I think 99.999% of Trini will not agree with you. And by the way you’re the only person missing to make it 100% lol lol

    • Carlos Lee Just like yourself, that 99 percent never saw Cummings, De Leon or Archibald play, so that disqualifies you all. Your age is a dead giveaway. You are dealing with hearsay. I saw all of them and Latas don’t even come close. In fact Latas play the style of football Trinis have always loved. We like to look pretty but end up losing.

    • I think DeLeon is the best ever. Vision, technique, shot, work rate, heading, dribbling strength , my question DeLeon is ahead of all. The At. Benedicts team at that time was the best ever.

    • I’ll take Latapy’s limitations everyday of the week

    • Latapy was a pretty loser? I’d admit that I have seen very few footage of the players before the 1980s. From what I saw to be honest, Warren Archibald is the one who really made me sit up straight.
      But that is just from I saw. I saw Latapy play for Porto against Sampdoria and Inter in European competition. Sampdoria had Platt and Mancini. Inter had Paul Ince and I think Djorkaeff. Each time, Latapy more than held his own.
      Latapy was a rare talent. I can’t say if he was better. But I wouldn’t be so dismissive of him.

  40. Let me tell you all something. Don’t ever put Russell Latapy’s name in a discussion about Cummings, DeLeon and Archibald. He does not belong in that company. Anyone making that argument never saw that trio play or experienced the high quality of college soccer at that time.

  41. SSFL, Player of the Year should have been awarded to Isaiah Hudson of Naparima College, he top scored and his team won everything. Wonder what criteria was used to award Sam whose team placed 10th.

  42. ..And Cyd Gray was denied entrance to the Cyd Gray Stadium in Roxborough recently
    He produced his ID card and a smile and got in..

  43. Dwight Yorke will never have to a buy a drink in Manchester for the rest of his life and fans in Birmingham still respect Stern John for helping them win promotion.
    Here, people will get vex if Sparrow, David Rudder or Black Stalin get to jump the queue in the bank. Lol.

    • But, Shadow, Rickey Jai, and Denise Plummer get robbed and a national player got shot the other day. So jumping de line in de bank and not getting selected on a list pales in comparison to how we really treat our heroes.

  44. By the way, I think it is crazy that Quinn Rodney from Shiva Boys HC didn’t make that All-Star team. He is one of the most dynamic players in the entire competition.
    And if I were to recommend a signing, if Rodney isn’t the first player on my list then he would definitely be in the top three.

  45. ..We have no sense of, or respect for, our history. Just look at the Magnificent Seven or the Greyfriars episode..

  46. It is a huge shame that we lack video footage on our stars. I bet $500 that no media house can find footage of Latapy at Tranquil much less Gally at Fatima or De Leon at St Benedict’s…
    But if I go online now, I’m sure I can footage of Didi passing the ball back in the 1950s!

  47. Earl Mango Pierre… The official all-time SSFL list.

  48. ..I saw de Leon and my two preferences. But I hear you. It’s the same debate with Pele and Messi. But the omissions in this list are glaring..

  49. Keith, I know many a veteran who said Leroy De Leon was better than Russell Latapy. (Although some said Warren Archibald was better than both of them and there were some who said Gally too). In the absence of video footage, I simply cannot judge.
    I agree with Nigel that a breakdown by positions would have been nice. Dwayne Demming was the best colleges defender I ever saw.
    Tall, quick, extremely skilful and technically sound… He is an omission. But any list like this will always have omissions.
    I think Darin Lewis should have been there too. And Colvin Hutchinson.

    • Lasana Liburd – the best defender at Arima was Kerry Jamison. He was “the wall”.

    • High praise for Dwayne Lasana Liburd. I played with him and I would have to agree with Carlos Lee…. shoot Dwayne might agree with us lol

    • Lol. Jameson played in the back for Arima and not midfield?
      By the time I saw Jamerson, he was a rugged central midfielder for Arima United. So I’m going based on what i saw.

    • Like I said, I can get footage of Didi representing Brazil in 1958. But not Latapy at Tranquil in the 1980s much less Leroy De Leon, Gally Cummings and Warren Archibald in the 60s.

    • Yes – Jameson was a defender at Arima. He ran things in the back. Was unbeatable until we came across the destructive attacking force of Sando Tech (Latas, Leonson Lewis, Faustin, Walkes, Alvin, etc). Too many assassins?

    • Yuh mean the advantageous Sando Tech? That team was ridiculous and no one went to school…. that team caused the 3 repeat nonsense to end and changed the colleges league

    • Lol – for real Brent ? But we cyah hate Sando Tech – No different at Arima. Men use to repeat three times as well and didn’t use to go to class. They just chilled by the toilet waiting for the girls to take their bathroom breaks ?

    • Funny thing is Sheldon played in 86 and went to SJ… Had they made that decision early enough he would have ended up in Arima bit went to SJ to play with some dudes that couldn’t do a 2nd repeat. They would have been loaded. Had to chosen Arima they would have been loaded

  50. ..The selection panel, whoever they are, failed to do a good job. And my player of the first 50 years would be Latapy, followed by Yorke..

  51. These types of awards and recognition would hold more weight if we knew the criteria involved and who actually makes the selection. For example, Leroy De Leon is chosen as the best ever player over the last 50 years, but why? They should at least have some kind of write up about what he did, when he did it, the impact he had and so on. At least the list of coaches was accompanied by the number of titles they won. The players by decade should be broken down by position so wider recognition can be given.

  52. I can make a list of other players especially from.the 2000s Julius James , Yohance marshall they were the best defenders by farrrr

  53. That’s how he got the name “Maro”
    Ratty was the best in my Era I believe… didn’t see any do it better.

  54. Sherdon Ifm Pierre, look back at that list of the 1990s again. Kevin Jeffrey was a menace in the SSFL for sure… I remember that squad with him and Loobie. But that 1990s list was mean.
    Highley should probably have gotten in.

  55. I couldn’t dare watch through that list again without noticing the absence of Kevin Jeffreys and Gorean Highley