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Legend expects good things from KC

Published:Saturday | September 20, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Hubert Lawrence, Gleaner Writer

Kingston College football legend, Neville Oxford, thinks his school's recent Roper Cup win over St George's College is significant. The two North Street schools are in the same preliminary round group in this season's Manning Cup and Oxford, a member of the all conquering 1964 and 1965 team, says the Roper Cup result may have given KC a psychological edge.

Oxford was honoured at this year's Roper Cup alongside former St George's College hero Lascelve 'Muggy' Graham.

KC haven't won the Manning Cup since 1986 but after the Roper Cup, Oxford said he is expecting good things this year. He spoke highly of Lenny Hyde and Neville 'Bertis' Bell, the coaches of KC and St George's College respectively. "It's early but they're going to be fighting," he projected, "but Bertis is shrewd."

"Maybe he never showed all his cards there," he guessed, "but Lenny is well respected." Hyde has coached successfully at the Premier League level and has led Tivoli to that title.

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"Lenny knows the stuff. He is an excellent coach," he said. "So I'm expecting good things."

Nevertheless, he stayed away from predicting an end to the KC Manning Cup drought.

"I don't know if he can go the whole way because it's too early," he explained. "They have the fighting spirit," he observed, "and I know they wanted to beat St George's this Roper Cup. Why?"

Answering his own question, he said, "Because they're in the same group and psychologically they wanted to send a message but Bertis is cunning."

Oxford, a prolific scorer during his schoolboy days, reckons that this season's matches could revive the old spirit of KC - St George's football encounters.

"Those two games are going to be nice," he anticipated, "because the original, traditional North Street rivalry was always the big match."

The North Street rivals will meet in Manning Cup group play today at KC and on October 4 at St George's College.