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Santos, Mona Masters link up for Edwards Memorial

Published:Monday | April 5, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer

The Bell/Chung Oval will be buzzing with excitement today with the playing of the second renewal of the Orville Edwards Memorial football festival.

In the opening match starting at 2:30 p.m., Santos' Super League team will oppose Major League team Central Kingston.

In the feature game for the Edwards' Memorial Trophy at 4:30 p.m., Santos Masters will battle Real Mona Masters.

Edwards, who was regarded as one of Jamaica's and the Caribbean's top keepers during the 1970s and '80s, died from kidney failure at the age of 53 in August, 2005. He also kept goal for the Caribbean all-star team twice during his illustrious career.

He was also a member of the Santos team which won National League, KSAFA Major League and Masters League titles from 1973 to 1980.

Edwards played on the victorious Vere Technical High School team that won the daCosta Cup and Olivier Shield in 1968, 1969 and 1970.

Carton 'Spanner' Dennis, coach of Santos and organisers of the event, said he is expecting a full day of excitement.


"We are hoping that everyone will turn out for the event, especially the persons who knew and played with Edwards during his career," said Dennis.

"Edwards was a kind and lovely person, who has contributed a lot to the development of football to Santos and Jamaica, and we are proud to be hosting an event like this in his honour."

Dennis added: "We're expecting a full day of excitement because both matches will be very exciting and we will also have a number of former national players on show."