JC's rock at the back

December 17, 2015
@Normal:JC's Allando Brown with the Oliver Shield after his school defeated St Elizabeth Technical 2-1 in the final at the Stadium East field on December 12.
file Defender Allando Brown in action for JC.
@Normal:Jamaica College's captain Allando Brown (centre) and his teammates celebrating with the coveted ISSA-FLOW Manning Cup after they clipped favourites St George's College 1-0 in the final at Sabina Park on November 28.

The Olivier Shield has been contested since 1909, however, in the more than 100 years of its existence only four schools - Jamaica College, Munro College, Cornwall College and Vere Technical - have been good enough to win the title three years in a row.

Jamaica College (JC) won the first three-peat, taking the title four times straight between 1915 to 1918. Munro were next to achieve the feat in 1923 to 1925 and again from 1932 to 1934. In between Munro's successes, Cornwall won the title three successive times from 1929 to 1931.

Vere became the fourth school to accomplish the feat, winning four times from 1965 to 1968. Since then, it took 47 years before JC did it a second time. Winning the last three titles is a legacy JC's captain, defender Allando Brown, is proud to be leaving behind as he departs schoolboy football.

"Coach has always told me I have to leave a legacy, not to live in anyone's legacy. To win three Manning Cups and Oliver Shield titles back-to-back that is my legacy, and I want the trend to continue. So youngsters coming up can say that Allando Brown did it, so they can do it too," he told STAR Sports.


In the two titles prior to this, the central defender was overshadowed by the team's plethora of attacking players, including charismatic captain Junior Flemmings.

But with Jamaica College not being the offensive force they were last year and the year before, Brown's leadership and defensive capabilities were critical to the champions' title defence, and he stood tall throughout the campaign.

"Coach would say, you are born a champion or you attend Jamaica College, so trust me champion blood run through us," he declared.

"Congrats to the team. At the start of the season, we had a few hurdles, but we knew what we had to do and we worked and worked. Then guts and determination brought us through. We won two titles, and I am very grateful to this team for that and I am very proud to have lifted the Oliver Shield for the third time in a row. It's a good feeling, trust me," he added.

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