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Snap: Darin, Glasgow, Leonson and the Wired868 Football Festival IV in photos!

Steups! For the second straight year, the Wired868 XI lost in its Football Festival by a solitary goal.

Photo: Wired868 XI goalkeeper Jason Saunders (left) looks on in vain as Jason Louis Julien scores for the Darin Lewis Invitational XI during the 4th Annual Wired868 Football Festival at UWI SPEC Grounds, St Augustine. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/CA-images/Wired868)
Photo: Wired868 XI goalkeeper Jason Saunders (left) looks on in vain as Jason Louis Julien scores for the Darin Lewis Invitational XI during the 4th Annual Wired868 Football Festival at UWI SPEC Grounds, St Augustine. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/CA-images/Wired868)

The Darin Lewis Invitational XI stole bragging rights yesterday with a 6-5 win over a decidedly more mature Wired line-up at the UWI SPEC ground in St Augustine.

Darin “Speng” Lewis turned in a MVP performance while Conrad Smith—still an active CNG National Super League (NSL) player for Barrackpore United by the way—was influential for the guest team, which also included Germany 2006 World Cup and Portugal 1991 World Youth Cup goalkeeper Clayton Ince, 2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinalist Ancil Elcock, 2001 and 1997 Caribbean Cup champion Gary Glasgow and former national utility player Nigel Daniel.

Ince, Elcock and Glasgow have a combined eight Caribbean Cup titles between them!

Photo: Former Trinidad and Tobago attacker Gary Glasgow (left) tries to avoid a tackle from Wired868 XI left back Gregory Seale during the 4th Annual Wired868 Football Festival at UWI SPEC Grounds, St Augustine.  (Courtesy Allan V Crane/CA-images/Wired868)
Photo: Former Trinidad and Tobago attacker Gary Glasgow (left) tries to avoid a tackle from Wired868 XI left back Gregory Seale during the 4th Annual Wired868 Football Festival at UWI SPEC Grounds, St Augustine.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/CA-images/Wired868)

Wired868 were led by the former “Strike Squad” quartet of Clayton “JB” Morris, “Marvellous” Marvin Faustin, Hutson “Barber” Charles and Leonson Lewis, who is the only player to score in all four editions of the Football Festival.

The Portugal 1991 World Youth Cup duo of Anthony Sherwood and Roger Henry wore Wired868’s colours as well. And there was some international assistance from England’s 1986 World Cup defender Terry Fenwick, ex-St Lucia and W Connection stars Earl Jean and Eligah Joseph and former Brazilian midfielder and Connection player Jose Seabra.

We tried to add the ages of Wired868’s players and our calculator froze!

Photo: Wired868 XI striker Leonson Lewis (top) is denied by opposing goalkeeper Curtis Granger during the 4th Annual Wired868 Football Festival at UWI SPEC Grounds, St Augustine.  (Courtesy Allan V Crane/CA-images/Wired868)
Photo: Wired868 XI striker Leonson Lewis (top) is denied by opposing goalkeeper Curtis Granger during the 4th Annual Wired868 Football Festival at UWI SPEC Grounds, St Augustine.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/CA-images/Wired868)

But thanks to “Women Soca Warrior” leader Maylee Attin-Johnson, Defence Force (NSL) captain Chris Durity and record Pro League scorer Devorn Jorsling for lending some fresh legs as well as returning participants like physiotherapist Gregory Seale, SPORTT Company board member Jason Louis Julien, television personality James Saunders and others.

Special mention too for our non-playing guests who included Trinidad and Tobago National Senior Team coaches Stephen Hart and Derek King, Guyana coach and Morvant Caledonia United founder Jamaal Shabazz, Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) president David John-Williams, Veterans Footballers Association vice-president Selby Browne and flag man Joey “Posh” Richardson.

And a big thanks to our announcer and ex-FIFA referee Merere Gonzales and sponsors: Cascadia Hotel, Toyota, Carib and Massy Stores.

Photo: Former Trinidad and Tobago international attacker Darin Lewis (left) weighs up his options while teammate Conrad Smith (second from left) and Wired868 XI players Gregory Seale (right) and Jose Seabra (second from right) look on during the 4th Annual Wired868 Football Festival at UWI SPEC Grounds, St Augustine.  (Courtesy Allan V Crane/CA-images/Wired868)
Photo: Former Trinidad and Tobago international attacker Darin Lewis (left) weighs up his options while teammate Conrad Smith (second from left) and Wired868 XI players Gregory Seale (right) and Jose Seabra (second from right) look on during the 4th Annual Wired868 Football Festival at UWI SPEC Grounds, St Augustine.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/CA-images/Wired868)

Saunders conceded three goals and then went upfield and scored twice. No, we don’t have any video footage to prove it. But it was good enough for the “Spirit of Wired868 Award”, which is a weekend for two at Cascadia and a Wired868 hamper.

While Lewis stole the MVP title, which also included the prize of a weekend for two at Cascadia.

There was a special presentation too for “Soca Warriors” supporters Eugene Todd and Peter Cumberbatch, who received framed photographs from Wired868 for their unstinting support of the boys in red, black and white.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) president David John-Williams (right) presents a Wired868 token of appreciation to "Soca Warriors" supporter Peter Cumberbatch during the 4th Annual Wired868 Football Festival at UWI SPEC Grounds, St Augustine.  (Courtesy Allan V Crane/CA-images/Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) president David John-Williams (right) presents a Wired868 token of appreciation to “Soca Warriors” supporter Peter Cumberbatch during the 4th Annual Wired868 Football Festival at UWI SPEC Grounds, St Augustine.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/CA-images/Wired868)

Here is some more of the action through the lens of our photographer Allan V Crane:

My ball!

Photo: Women Soca Warrior star Maylee Attin-Johnson (centre) helped the Wired868 XI get off to a solid start. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/CA-images/Wired868)
Photo: Women Soca Warrior star Maylee Attin-Johnson (centre) helped the Wired868 XI get off to a solid start.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/CA-images/Wired868)

Winged wizard?

Photo: Wired868 XI midfielder Anthony Sherwood glides up the right flank. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/CA Images/Wired868)
Photo: Wired868 XI midfielder Anthony Sherwood glides up the right flank.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/CA Images/Wired868)

Keeper!

Photo: Wired868 XI attacker Earl Jean (left) is stopped in his tracks by opposing goalkeeper Curtis Granger. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/CA Images/Wired868)
Photo: Wired868 XI attacker Earl Jean (left) is stopped in his tracks by opposing goalkeeper Curtis Granger.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/CA Images/Wired868)

But then the Darin Lewis XI started to work their obeah…

Photo: Darin Lewis (left) summons a football while Wired868 XI defender Terry Fenwick looks on during the 4th Annual Wired868 Football Festival at UWI SPEC Grounds, St Augustine.  (Courtesy Allan V Crane/CA-images/Wired868)
Photo: Darin Lewis (left) summons a football while Wired868 XI defender Terry Fenwick looks on during the 4th Annual Wired868 Football Festival at UWI SPEC Grounds, St Augustine.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/CA-images/Wired868)

The opposition continued to get progressively younger…

Photo: Former Trinidad and Tobago international attacker Conrad Smith (right) keeps the ball from 1989 "Strike Squad" captain Clayton Morris during the Wired868 Football Festival IV. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/CA Images/Wired868)
Photo: Former Trinidad and Tobago international attacker Conrad Smith (right) keeps the ball from 1989 “Strike Squad” captain Clayton Morris during the Wired868 Football Festival IV.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/CA Images/Wired868)

And the age gap started to tell…

Photo: Former W Connection star Jose Seabra (centre) tries to outrun the younger pair of Rodney Charles (right) and his teammate. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/CA Images/Wired868)
Photo: Former W Connection star Jose Seabra (centre) tries to outrun the younger pair of Rodney Charles (right) and his teammate.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/CA Images/Wired868)

Desperate times called for desperate measures…

Photo: Wired868 director Lasana Liburd (centre) comes on to try to turn the game around. But why isn't Gary Glasgow (right) more concerned? (Courtesy Allan V Crane/CA Images/Wired868)
Photo: Wired868 director Lasana Liburd (centre) comes on to try to turn the game around.
But why isn’t Gary Glasgow (right) more concerned?
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/CA Images/Wired868)

Referee takes sides.

Photo: Former FIFA referee Neal Brizan runs through his repertoire of tricks.  To be honest, it didn't take long. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/CA-images/Wired868)
Photo: Former FIFA referee Neal Brizan runs through his repertoire of tricks.
To be honest, it didn’t take long.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/CA-images/Wired868)

TV rights…

Photo: Wired868 XI James Saunders (right) has a bit more luck as he tries to escape from opponents (from right) Gary Glasgow, Nigel Daniel and Kevin Jeffrey. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/CA Images/Wired868)
Photo: Wired868 XI James Saunders (right) has a bit more luck as he tries to escape from opponents (from right) Gary Glasgow, Nigel Daniel and Kevin Jeffrey.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/CA Images/Wired868)

But there was no stopping Darin’s men.

Photo: Darin Lewis (left) drives towards goal during the 4th Annual Wired868 Football Festival at UWI SPEC Grounds, St Augustine.  (Courtesy Allan V Crane/CA-images/Wired868)
Photo: Darin Lewis (left) drives towards goal during the 4th Annual Wired868 Football Festival at UWI SPEC Grounds, St Augustine.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/CA-images/Wired868)

He who lives and runs away…

Photo: Wired868 director Lasana Liburd (centre) finds his best position during the 4th Annual Wired868 Football Festival at UWI SPEC Grounds, St Augustine.  (Courtesy Allan V Crane/CA-images/Wired868)
Photo: Wired868 director Lasana Liburd (centre) finds his best position during the 4th Annual Wired868 Football Festival at UWI SPEC Grounds, St Augustine.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/CA-images/Wired868)

Laps for everbody under 50!

Photo: Wired868 and ex-England 1986 World Cup defender Terry Fenwick (left) has a word with Trinidad and Tobago's 2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup semi-finalist Ancil Elcock. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/CA Images/Wired868)
Photo: Wired868 and ex-England 1986 World Cup defender Terry Fenwick (left) has a word with Trinidad and Tobago’s 2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup semi-finalist Ancil Elcock.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/CA Images/Wired868)

MVP Speng!

Photo: Wired868 director Lou-Ann Sankar (left) presents Darin Lewis with his MVP prize of a weekend for two at the Cascadia Hotel. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/CA Images/Wired868)
Photo: Wired868 director Lou-Ann Sankar (left) presents Darin “Speng” Lewis with his MVP prize of a weekend for two at the Cascadia Hotel.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/CA Images/Wired868)

Where did we lose it, skipper?

Photo: Wired868 director Lasana Liburd (centre) and captain Leonson Lewis (right) conduct a post-mortem while Darin Lewis spies on the opposition. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/CA Images/Wired868)
Photo: Wired868 director Lasana Liburd (centre) and captain Leonson Lewis (right) conduct a post-mortem while Darin Lewis spies on the opposition.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/CA Images/Wired868)

And will somebody please tell James Saunders that the match is over?!

Photo: Wired868 XI utility player James Saunders celebrates a late goal during the 4th Annual Wired868 Football Festival at UWI SPEC Grounds, St Augustine.  (Courtesy Allan V Crane/CA-images/Wired868)
Photo: Wired868 XI utility player James Saunders celebrates a late goal during the 4th Annual Wired868 Football Festival at UWI SPEC Grounds, St Augustine.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/CA-images/Wired868)

Editor’s Note: Click HERE to view more photographs or visit the Wired868 official Facebook page.

AboutLasana Liburd

Lasana Liburd
Lasana Liburd is the CEO and Editor at Wired868.com and a journalist with over 20 years experience at several Trinidad and Tobago and international publications including Play the Game, World Soccer, UK Guardian and the Trinidad Express.

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39 comments

  1. Lol that tackle was reckless and worthy of a yellow card Gregory Seale lol ?? Rhonique Alexander

  2. Judging from the pictures, everyone had a great time.

  3. Lasana,
    I apologize profusely for not attending.
    I CAN’T PUT THE REASON HERE BUT I WILL EXPLAIN WHEN I SEE YOU.
    Seems that I really missed a great deal of fun from seeing these pics.
    (JAMES SCORED TWO????????)

    Wayne

    • Lasana Liburd

      No problem Wayne. You will give me that story! And I expect you and Bullets next year for sure!
      As for James Saunders, the man had a memorable evening. Haha.

  4. I want to thank Wired868 for the invitation and a wonderful evening well spend at the Football Festival it was well organize and fun, also for the token of appreciation.

  5. Janine ‘Jan’ Francois watch Greg ?

  6. Was great fun watching all the personalities from the sidelines… God willing I’ll never miss a Wired868 football festival!

  7. I guess the secret weapon in Jorsling didn’t materialize as you hoped lol

  8. Sorry I could not be there Lasana Liburd, but will be there next year.

  9. Haha! Sorry I missed it! “We tried to add the ages of Wired868’s players and our calculator froze!” Something similar went thru my mind when I saw the first pic of James Saunders on the turf…;)

  10. Great show Lasana. I am convinced that I have to come out of retirement to ensure victory next year.

  11. More Blessings In Your Future Endeavours Lasana Liburd…#ContinueKeepingUsWired⚽?????❤??!!!

  12. Thanks for everyone who came out! For those who didn’t… Maybe we will see you next year. But it was great fun again!