FA Cup sighting inspires youngsters

January 19, 2017
Kingston College schoolboy Lincoln Craig gets a glimpse of the FA Cup.

With a pair of crutches under his arm, Kingston College schoolboy Lincoln Craig made his way to the Gleaner Company's North Street offices on Thursday afternoon to get a glimpse of the FA Cup.

The trophy, a symbol of most famous domestic cup competition in the world, is making its way through the Caribbean.

Craig was among several youngsters to feast his eyes on the trophy and he was awestruck.

"It means a lot to me," he said.

"One day I want to play professional football. It is my dream to play for the FA Cup," the schoolboy footballer told THE STAR.

The trophy is in the Caribbean courtesy of a deal between telecommunications giants FLOW and Manchester United FC.

"Seeing the trophy is added inspiration. The cup is beautiful so I wish to be a member of a team that will play in the FA Cup," Jahwahni Hinds said.

Hinds captained Wolmer's Boys Manning Cup team in the just-concluded schoolboy season.

Oquin Robinson, captain of Manning Cup champions Jamaica College, said it's a good commentary for local football that the trophy is here.

"I would certainly love to get a chance to play for the historic FA Cup trophy one day. I am excited that the trophy is here," he said.

Aszett Williams of Holy Trinity High was also excited to see the trophy.

"It is a great inspiration for me to see the trophy. This moment will boost my desire to play overseas, especially in England. I would also love to play for the trophy as the competition has been around for over a century," Williams said.