Paul A. Reid, Staff Reporter
WESTERN BUREAU: IDINA DOWMAN, 64, mother of former national footballer Winston 'Twinny Bug' Anglin, said she never believed that her son was dead until another of her sons told her the tragic news.
Anglin, who represented the national team for close to 10 years up to 1995, along with several teams in the National Premier League including Wadadah, Waterhouse, Violet Kickers, Village United and Invaders, and his Hanover Masters teammates Donald 'Boogu-ruggu' Findlayson, Keith 'Saddle Head' Gentles, Alan 'Malo' Dexter and O'Neil 'Scava' Eccleston, were returning from Kingston where they had watched Jamaica lose to Panama in a CONCACAF World Cup semi-final game at the national Stadium.
Four of the men Anglin, Findlayson, Eccleston and Gentles all played in a Masters league friendly game against a Manchester Masters Parish team at Jarrett Park the previous Sunday in the first game of a double header, put on to officially turn on new floodlights at the venue.
Findlayson, a hard-tackling defender, represented former NPL champions Seba United for a number of years, while Dexter represented Cornwall College at the Under-16 Galloway Cup level and Knox College in the daCosta Cup.
RETURNING FROM JA GAME
Reports are that they were returning from the game and upon reaching a spot on Queens Highway, Discovery Bay, the car got out of control and crashed into a boulder and overturned.
Anglin reportedly died on the way to hospital while the others died on the spot.
"Somebody told me 'Twinny' dead but I never believe that," she said. "Then another son of mine came to tell me and it was then I said 'Twinny dead, he gone', and then I started crying."
Ms. Dowman said she is going to miss her son dearly.
"He used to help me so much," she said.
First vice-president of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) and president of the St. James Football Association, George Evans, has described yesterday morning's car crash that killed the five footballers a "tragedy that will affect all of the island".
Evans, who left Kingston early yesterday morning for Montego Bay, said: "It is a very sad day and the football community is devastated."
He said because football is a national sport, the effect would be felt all across the island and not just in Montego Bay, where most of the men lived.
"I think it is going to touch people who don't even know them."
Evans also said the accident reminded him of the January 28, 2001 car crash that killed former Reggae Boy Stephen 'Shorty' Malcolm, who also died while returning from a Jamaica game at the National Stadium.
Malcolm had just represented the national team in a friendly game and was returning with teammate Theodore Whitmore and a friend when the car in which they were travelling got out of control and crashed at Spring Hall in Trelawny.
Paul 'Tegat' Davis, a former national teammate of Anglin's, told The Gleaner yesterday afternoon he was still in shock, even hours after he first got news about the accident.
Davis said he was still waiting for someone to come and tell him that the news report was a mistake and none of the men had died.
"Man this is bad, very very very bad," a depressed-sounding Davis said. "I am very shaken right now. He was my father, my son and my brother all rolled into one," said the former national striker. "He is a football icon one that will be impossible to replace."
Geoffrey Maxwell, who coached Anglin at Waterhouse, said: "It was like losing family. Winston was like my son and we were very close. He had a great belief in himself and was very family oriented."
Maxwell said while Anglin was not the outspoken type, he was a player that any team in Jamaica would want to have.