The stage is set for a showdown of the schools' football stars of yesteryear.
Four schools- Queen's Royal College (QRC), El Dorado Secondary - known as the 'Blue Thunder', Fatima College and Arima Secondary and Presentation College (Chaguanas), will be joined by Central Football Association (CFA) campaigners Las Lomas United, as the Arima Borough Corporation Over-40 Intercol Tournament takes place at the Arima Velodrome from 2 pm on Sunday.
Marlon Springer, the former QRC left-back said he was forced to don his boots to join his teammates of the 1991 successful team- defender Nicholas Martinez, who is set to come in from the United States to be reunited with his players, Andre Williams- then the captain, Darryl Gibbs, Sherwin Conliffe Roston Haynes, Walter Alibey and Lester Logie.
The Royalians were unlucky not to get the opportunity to face Arima Secondary, who was known popularly as the 'Dial Dynamos' in the National InterCol final in 1991 after a semifinal contest between Arima Secondary and St Benedict's College went wrong. Arima was in the lead 2-1 late in the match when a crowd invasion brought the match to a premature end, and later into the courts of T&T, before Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) officials decided to call off the final.
The Royalians had already qualified for the final after beating Presentation College of Chaguanas in the semifinal at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo.
Twenty-eight (28) years later, Martinez, Williams, Springer and company are still relishing a clash with the Arima men, in an attempt to prove to their fans they were the best school team of that era.
Arima's concerns can be doubled with Stern John and the 'Blue Thunder' bidding for bragging rights as the top team in the East Zone.
The teams will battle each in a round-robin play-off from 2 pm, with a handsome winner's cheque for $3, 000 and trophy at stake. Arima Mayor Lisa Morris Julian will be on hand to meet and greet the players, though still indecisive of whether to support Arima or QRC.