32nd Heroes' Day Bell-Ziadie Memorial on today


32nd Heroes' Day Bell-Ziadie Memorial on today

Monday, October 21, 2019

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A host of footballers and celebrities will turn out today for the 32nd staging of the Heroes' Day Bell-Ziadie Memorial football fiesta at St George's College, where former Jamaican senior team Captain and Coach Carl Brown, referee Courtney Campbell, and St George's College Manning Cupper Nick Ziadie will be this year's honorees.

Admission to the event will be $500 for adults, $100 for children, and children under 12 will be allowed in free.

Four teams will participate in the day's activities starting at 2:30 pm — Masters & Celebrities, St George's College Old Boys Invitational, Christian Ambassadors, and Entertainers Invitational. Proceeds as usual will go towards basic schools and children's homes.

The event is in honour of two of Jamaica's top coaches — Dennis Ziadie and Jackie Bell — who died in a motor vehicle accident in Mexico at the 1986 World Cup Finals.

Ziadie played for St George's College, Santos Football Club in the 1970s and '80s and on the St George's College Old Boys' team, and later represented Jamaica.

Similarly, Bell played for St George's College, St George's College Old Boys' football team and later coached Santos, while Ziadie was a player.

Ever since their demise, Clive “Busy” Campbell, a Santos player at the time, has organised these football games in their memories.

Once again a number of entertainers will be on show, including Lukie D, Wayne Marshall, Tony Curtis, No-Maddz, Agent Sasco, Iba Mahr, Short Boss, along with athletics star Germaine Gonzales, footballers Jah Mikes, Ian “Pepe” Goodison, Michael Campbell, Marcel Gayle, and Rudolph Speid, to name a few.

St George's College Old Boys Invitational will have the likes of Andrew Thomas, Calvin Hunter, Durrant “Tatty” Brown, Oneil “Chippy” McDonald, Peter Johnson, and Gary Badean.

The Christian Ambassadors team will comprise Pastor Devon Dick, Pastor Garfield Robinson, Brian Jordan, David Williams, Vincent Ross, Courtney Williams, Anthony Manderson, Ewan Thomas, Delroy Morgan, David Laylor, and Phillip Riley.

—Howard Walker

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