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Former national 'ballers united in raising support for Past Players Welfare Fund

Thursday, April 18, 2019

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The Unsung Ones Foundation, which was formed a few years ago to assist with struggling former national footballers, will be hosting a footballer fiesta called “Ballaz in Unity” on Saturday to raise cash for the Past Players Welfare Fund.

The fund-raising event will be held at Ewarton Community Centre in Linstead, St Catherine, starting at 2:00 pm with Charlemont High taking on Ewarton High before Unsung One Masters tackling Linstead Masters at 4:00 pm.

Admission is $500 to the football matches and another $500 to attend the after-game party with former national player Bob Campbell, also known as the musical selector Alanzo Hawk, at the control.

Fans will get a chance to mix and mingle with former national players of several generations as they represent The Unsung Ones' team. The likes of Allan “Skill” Cole, Trevor “Jumpy” Harris, Bob Campbell, Michael Tulloch, Anthony “Baddas” Corbett, Lenny “Teacher” Hyde, Hector Wright, Theodore “Tappa” Whitmore, Ricardo “Bibi” Gardner, Warren Barrett and Durrant “Tatty” Brown, to name a few.

Tulloch, one of the conceptualisers of the Unsung Ones Foundation, told the Jamaica Observer that after seeing the struggles of former national players, the foundation was formed a couple years ago to try to assist.

“I have seen people who represented the country over the years and their conditions are very bad. That's why we formed a foundation named, Unsung One Foundation. I thought about it, then I brought it to Corbett (Anthony), Bradley Stewart and Sambo (Carlton Hammond) and a couple others.

“So over the years, we have been trying, but resource wise we not up there and not getting the assistance in terms of what we are all about. This event now is to strengthen our resolve,” said Tulloch, who represented the JDF and Jamaica in the 1980s.

“Our team will be unification of the generations over the years. Jumpy Harris, Skill Cole, Bob Campbell, then my set like 'Baddas', 'Den Den', then 'Tappa' and Warren. It's a unification where everybody coming together for a common cause because there is no avenue out there for us to really help past ambassadors of the country,” he noted.

Tulloch continued: “Many of us have been injured out there in battle for the country with nothing to show right now. Over the years we talk and talk and nobody nah listen.

“The Government and the football association should have something for past players and not just football alone either because we are not the only ones that represented the country, in dire straits. So I am thinking about in general,” said Tulloch.

“Charlie Chaplin (Richard Bennett) is our main source of support over the years where we could help somebody. We are asking people to come out and support the thing for a worthy cause,” Tulloch said.

– Howard Walker


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