BELIZE CITY, Thurs. June 25, 2015–Regretfully, we could not be there on Sunday, but reliable reports are that football veterans came out in numbers at the old Hostel field to share the vibes and some to participate in the veterans game, following some youth games, to honor two legends in our football life – All Belize goalkeeper of the early 1970’s, Rupert “Canalete” Anderson, who starred with Spurs, Landivar and White Label; and football/music/culture icon Vincent “Winty-J” Johnson, who emerged on the football scene from under the wings of his idol, Louis “the Mugga” Garbutt, while “Lee Mugga,” as fans called him then, was also a member of the original and legendary Messengers combo of the 1960’s.
According to Lilly White (Edward Charles Rubio), it was a fine day of football, which culminated with an Under-50 selection defeating an Over-50 squad, which included 66 year old Winty-J, by a 3-2 score. After the game, the brothers all got together and shared in a big pot of soup as well as some watermelon, etc.
In the coming weeks, we will dedicate a column to take a closer look at the football careers of Canalete and Winty-J.