My son would have been a Reggae Boy, says 'Wall Head'
Delroy 'Wall Head' Forth, father of late Olympic Gardens striker, Okeem Forth, who died at hospital after playing in his team's Major League semi-final on April 28, said his son was destined to be a Reggae Boy, emulating another player from the tough inner-city community, which he himself had represented in his playing days.
Forth added to the sentiments being expressed by mourners during the thanksgiving service for his son at the Olympic Way Seventh-day Adventist Church.
"I saw the talent. He was dedicated to the game, just like I was during my playing days at Olympic Gardens," said Forth, who was renowned for his ability to throw the ball long, he also played for Taurus of Portland.
"I was never here to see much of him, but before the semi-final match, we spoke and he promised to score, and that was what he did, even though the team lose. However, he died after doing that," he added.
"I strongly believe that Okeem could make it to the Reggae Boyz team, just like Pepe (Ian Goodison) did as an Olympic Gardens Major League player at the time. I always gave Okeem encouragement and advice," said Forth, a tough-tackling defender for the Olympic Gardens team that won the all-island knockout title in 1995.
That team was coached by Glendon 'Admiral' Bailey and featured players such as Goodison, Mark Thompson, Sheldon Lawrence, Nardo Bernard, Donald Johnson, Cleveland Blake, Wayne Gayle and Gregory Hall, among others.