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How Jack Warner came to get my vote
I voted for Jack Warner almost 30 years ago, in February 1984, when I was just 20. It was in an election to determine the leadership of the T&T Federation, in which Warner was facing the most serious challenge of his career from former national footballer and, at the time, well known coach Alvin Corneal. My vote, then, was in my capacity as secretary of the Todd’s Road United Football Club.
Corneal had the support of a number of northern-based clubs and tremendous backing from the media in a vote of no-confidence against Warner. The constitution of the TTFA gave the same vote to the 117 clubs as members of Warner’s hand-picked 47-member general council, thus giving the incumbent a significant advantage. To unseat Warner would be a major undertaking, although Corneal was proving to have the credentials to do it. Warner, therefore, was not taking the challenge lightly.
I had recently started, with the support of a teacher at the Todd’s Road RC School and the football loving villagers, the Todd’s Road United Football Club. The club had previously been playing mostly friendlies and minor league football and was seeking to graduate to what was then called “association football,” which was controlled by the TTFA.
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