The football fraternity was plunged into mourning yesterday following the early-morning death of former national, St Anthony's College and Queen's Royal College football coach Nigel Grosvenor. He was 63.
A man, who has dedicated his entire life to football, Grosvenor has been battling cancer for the past years, and only a couple months ago he was admitted to the Couva hospital when he contracted the deadly coronavirus (COVID-19).
He appeared to have been recovering well from the virus, but at 3 am yesterday morning the man known popularly as "Grovey" passed away reportedly from kidney failure.
Grosvenor was a household name in T&T football particularly in the Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) where he won five Coca Cola National InterCol titles and two League titles with St Anthony's College, now known as the "Westmooring Tigers". He also won countless North Zone titles. However, Grosvenor will be remembered for his dedication to producing allround individuals through football.
Joel Gibbon, who played in the early 1990s, said Grovey just wanted to help young people by giving them an opportunity at life.
He said, "There were players who came to school and had no money to go back home or anything to eat but Grovey was always there to help them. He was genuine and he impacted many lives."
Evans Wise, one of a few players who moved from Grosvenor's care to the country's senior national team, described yesterday as a sad day in our football history.
"We have lost a good one, someone who was more than just a friend to me but a father figure, someone who always looked out for you as a person. He was a class act and I have lost someone close to my heart," Wise said.
He added: "I am still at a lost for words because I thought he was recovering well."
The multi-talented left footer who was among Leo Beenhakker's team that went to the 2006 World Cup in Germany, is calling for the Anthony's College Ground to be named after Grosvenor.
Another player Brent Rahim, who was labelled the replacement for midfield maestro Russell Latapy, was yesterday too distraught to talk when he heard the news.
Grosvenor was a father of three - Qian, Quia and Quishelle - but his passion to help others quickly made him a guardian of many, some of whom went on scholarships and contracts after their involvement with him, such as Rahim, Wise, Kenwyne Jones, the former national captain Gibbon, Gary Gibbons, Ricky Aleong, Ian Mc Cauley, Julius James, Yohancey Marshall, Kevin Neaves, Maurice Loregnard, Joel Penco, Steve Sealy, Abiola Clarence, Carlos Edwards, Jean Williams, Dimien and Dinelon Westfield, and Roderick Anthony, who died in a car crash a few months ago, among many others.
Due to his successes, Grovey also earned the right to coach the country's Under-15 boys' team.
Only in December, last year Grosvenor retired as a coach after three years at Queen's Royal College where he failed to win anything.