Danny Beck­ford, a true pa­triot

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If the as­ser­tions at­trib­uted to Danny Beck­ford, the pres­i­dent of the St Ann Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion, are true, and I strongly sus­pect they are, then the blind trek into worth­less­ness, which ap­pears to be the new re­al­ity in Ja­maica’s foot­ball, could well be as a re­sult of the flawed vi­sion of the fed­er­a­tion boss, Cap­tain Ho­race Bur­rell.

By now, ev­ery reader of this col­umn should have re­alised long ago that I am no fan of the stew­ard­ship of Bur­rell be­cause the sim­ple truth of the mat­ter is I be­lieve that he has now run out of ideas to im­prove the na­tion’s foot­ball, and the var­i­ous parish as­so­ci­a­tions are so in­tim­i­dated by him that they are afraid to tell him so.

PLANS AFOOT

Based on a state­ment at­trib­uted to Bur­rell, plans are afoot by the JFF’s ex­ec­u­tive body to ‘deal with’ Beck­ford for his so­called re­bel­lious as­ser­tions. How­ever, I would wish to laud the St Ann man for the courage, which is clearly lack­ing in many of the other parish as­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dents, who are steadily be­com­ing an em­bar­rass­ment to those whom they rep­re­sent.

It should be noted that there is one ma­jor dif­fer­ence be­tween Beck­ford and the vast ma­jor­ity of the Bur­rell loy­al­ists. Beck­ford heads an as­so­ci­a­tion that does not de­pend on Bur­rell’s Cap­tain’s Bak­ery spon­sor­ship, so he can speak frankly and freely, while many of his coun­ter­parts are be­ing propped up by Bur­rell’s spon­sor­ship so that they prob­a­bly have no choice but to “sing for their sup­per”.

I strongly be­lieve that if there was not a con­flict of in­ter­est be­tween Bur­rell’s lead­er­ship of the JFF and his spon­sor­ship through the Cap­tain’s Bak­ery, he would have been booted out as

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JFF boss cap­tain Ho­race Bur­rell

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