MONTEGO BAY, St James — Newly-elected St James Football Association president Gregory Daley has big plans for the holistic development of the sport in the parish.
Shortly after being elected to replace Texchus Nembhard, who did not seek re-election, Daley, who garnered 67 votes to Bucknor's 25, told the Jamaica Observer he had plans to improve the game at every level, including "infrastructure, coaching, officiating and structure".
Daley, who was the League Director last year, said he was not surprised by the 42-vote margin of victory. "This was expected, but I am still overwhelmed," he said. "The delegates were true, they did not say one thing and come out and do another." Daley added.
But it was the opposite story for Bucknor, who admitted he was "surprised" by the landslide after being given assurances by those he spoke with that they would have been voting for him.
"I have spoken to most of the delegates and thought I had a good chance of winning," said Bucknor, who had lost to Nembhard by one vote (42-41) two years ago.
With this massive margin of loss, Bucknor, a former FIFA referee and Test cricket elite umpire, said he would not be running for the position again. "The people have spoken and they are saying they don't want me," he noted.
Meanwhile, he said he would be concentrating on his work with the Montego Bay Boys Club youth teams and the Corinaldi Avenue Primary teams.
"My heart is at Boys Club and I went to (Corinaldi Avenue), so I am giving back to them," Bucknor said.
Daley, meantime, said the new board would meet tomorrow to start planning the way forward with the immediate concentration on the commencement of the St James FA club season which he said was already late in getting underway.
Sandals International recently announced sponsorship of the Senior League for the 2012-13 season after the St James FA played their two top competitions last year — the Senior League and Division One without sponsors.
Moving forward, Daley said he plans to continue the development of the infrastructure of the fields that are used in the competitions, improve coaching and attract more referees.
He went furtrher to say that there are plans to introduce an eight and under league as "age 13 is too late to start learning the game".
David Watt, who was the acting president after Nembhard took a "sabbatical" in August, was returned as the first vice-president, beating long-serving member Brian Miller 58-9. This was the second straight time Watt was beating Miller for the post, out-voting him 26-16 in 2010.
Newcomer Everton Esmie was elected second vice-president, replacing Miller, who he defeated 44-12.
Bruce Gaynor and Macklin Peterkin were returned unopposed as general secretary and treasurer, respectively, while Tracey Reid returned unopposed as assistant secretary.
Joy Nelson and Tyrone Gordon were returned as council members with George Evans, Gregory Palmer, and Fay Hall also joining them.