The Funeral Service for Barrington “Cobra” Gaynor will be held on Saturday, April 9th at the Pentecostal Tabernacle, 72 Wildman Street at 10:00 am, and then he will be laid to rest at Dovecot Memorial Park.

The footballer fraternity from Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz, Camperdown High School, Bull Bay, Harbour View and Waterhouse Clubs you are invited to wear your gears to this event in honour of “Cobra”.

Cobra’s heart was and always will be in Jamaica, his body will be shipped home right after the wake held last Friday March 25, 2011 @ Crawford Methodist Memorial Church, New York. Taking this under consideration, monetary donation to (NCB Account# 204 095 744 ) will be preferred in lieu of flowers and wreaths at the funeral. Thanks for your continued support during this difficult time.

 

CONDOLENCES TO THE GAYNOR FAMILY & FRIENDS

Condolences to Priscilla and the entire family from Harbour View Football Club, may his soul rest in peace for a game well played.

“Cobra” brought an intensity to the game that has rarely been matched and certainly remains unsurpassed.

The Harbour View Football Club has retired the #2 Shirt at the club in honour of him.  The Official Shirt which was signed by all the players, Coaches and Managers at the Testimonial Game is now framed with a caption.

In addition, we will honour his request as  promised last Saturday morning on our visit with him to give you another # 2 HVFC Jersey with his name on the back and number.

We have lost a great friend.

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Harbour View ……3 Wolfe (14th), R Edwards (34th), JR Edwards (62nd) Benfica ………..1 Reid (90th+)

Champions Harbour View kept the small flicker of their title defence alive with a comfortable 3-1 win over relegation battlers Benfica at the Compound on Sunday night, although it was a result that still leaves them 10 points adrift of Tivoli Gardens with just six games remaining.

But they will fight until the last breath and they showed their intent from the off, with John-Ross Edwards, celebrating a recent call-up the national squad, firing narrowly over from 30 yards with no more than 15 seconds on the clock. A further warning to the visitors came in the fourth minute when Romario Campbell, also now training with the Reggae Boyz, bent a free-kick wide of the post.

But the St Ann side were allowed no more chances and when Lemar Hodges played a ball firmly into the box in the 14th minute, Kemeel Wolfe took it beautifully on the turn with his first touch before slotting it past the advancing keeper with his second.
Things got worse for Donovan Hynes in the Benfica goal eight minutes later when captain Marlon Thomas lazily underhit a back pass, forcing the keeper into a desperate scramble that saw him collide heavily with opposing striker Jahmali Spence and spend the next few minutes on the floor receiving treatment.

It was not until the half hour mark that Benfica really came up with any kind of threat in response to the home side’s pressure, and again Thomas was at fault for not doing better. A pass from Damien Newton found him in the area with the time and space of which a striker dreams, but he placed his shot too centrally and goalkeeper Michard Barrett, yet another recent national call-up, closed him down and saved well with his right foot.

In the 34th minute the champions effectively sealed the win thanks to captain Richard Edwards, appearing perhaps in his last game for the club with a potential move to Houston Dynamo in the MLS seemingly nearing its conclusion.
Edwards picked up the ball outside the area and made an incisive pass to Wolfe before carrying on his run. The scorer of the first goal then turned provider by lifting a perfect cross onto the head of his captain to put home from five yards and notch his first goal of the season in doing so.

After an entertaining first half, the second was more serene with both sides seeming to ease off and in the 62nd minute it was all over. A free-kick was awarded around 25 yards from goal and John-Ross Edwards made Benfica pay for conceding the needless foul, making it 3-0 with a low strike past the wall and in.

Hynes, however, will no doubt have been disappointed with himself at being beaten inside his near post from that distance. In injury time the visitors did finally get on the scoresheet as Garfield Reid tapped in from close range after substitute keeper Devon Haughton parried a close range shot into his path.

In truth though the game had long since petered out and it was the merest of consolations for a visiting side dropping into the bottom two after relegation rivals St George’s secured a shock win at Waterhouse earlier in the evening.

TEAMS:

Harbour View — Michard Barrett (Devon Haughton 82nd), Lemar Nelson, Montrose Phinn, Clifton Waugh, Kimorlee Brissett, Richard Edwards, Kemeel Wolfe (Kemar Lawrence 76th), John-Ross Edwards, Romario Campbell, Rafeik Thomas (Lennox Creary 78th), Jahmali Spence.
Subs not used: Nicholas Beckett, Daveion Woodhouse, Robert Williams, Andre Steele
Booked: None

Benfica — Donovan Hynes, Damion Newton, Javaul Stoddart, Damion James, Andrew Dixon, Ian McAnuff, Gregory Tape (Devrowe Moncrieffe 77th), Marlon Thomas (Omar Walters 64th), Everton Marsh (Rushaine Henry 59th), Garfield Reid, Ramaja Martin.
Subs not used: Travis Irons, Delano Rankine, Trace McFarlane, Scofield Ross
Booked: None

Referee: Courtney Campbell
Assistant Referees: Garnet Page, Dwayne Panton
Fourth Official: Carvel Banton

Contract talks between national player Richard ‘Shortman’ Edwards and Houston Dynamo appear close to completion, with the United States (US)-based Major League Soccer club keen to sign the Harbour View midfielder for the 2011 MLS season which begins this week.

According to Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear, negotiations are ongoing with the player’s representatives, although Edwards returned to Jamaica recently following a trial with the Texas club.

“We’re still figuring out if we’re gonna bring him in,” said Kinnear on Friday night, shortly after his team lost 1-0 to the Columbus Crew here in a pre-season game which the Dynamo showcased Jamaica inter-nationals Jermaine Taylor and Lovel Palmer.
“(Edwards) had two weeks with us; one week in Arizona, one week in Orlando. Did very well for us,” the coach added. “I’ve seen him play before, so (signing him) is a possibility.”

Kinnear declined to discuss details of the negotiations. However, Harbour View confirmed a favourable bid had been made for Edwards some two weeks ago when he returned from the trial.

“We know of the offer from Houston and we have accepted the offer in principle,” general manager Clyde Jureidini said yesterday.

“We are awaiting final word from the agent who is in negotiations with Houston.”

According to Jureidini, Patrick McCabe, a US-based agent who represents several Jamaicans playing in MLS, is negotiating on behalf of Harbour View and Edwards. Efforts to contact McCabe yesterday were unsuccessful.

Meanwhile, Edwards said he is eager to move to the next level of his football career and won’t hesitate if the Dynamo calls.
“I have no second thoughts about going to Houston,” he said yesterday.

Kinnear appears ready to welcome him. The coach admires how the stocky 27-year-old, who is currently in camp with the Reggae Boyz preparing for two upcoming friendly internationals against Venezuela and El Salvador, does his job.

“He plays very simple,” Kinnear said. “He’s a good passer of the ball. He’s not afraid to get close and to tackle.

“I think he’s very confident and overall he plays his position very well.”

Immediate impact

Edwards, he added, could make an immediate impact in MLS.

“We wouldn’t have brought him in if we didn’t think he could play for us,” Kinnear said. ” … So we’re still figuring it out to see if there’s a spot for him on this team and I think he’s good enough to play in this league.”

Asked when that would be, the coach remained cautious.

“Well, I don’t know,” Kinnear said. “We’ll see. We’re still talking, so I can’t really comment on any of that.”

Edwards has played for Jamaica’s senior national team well over 20 times. He was a key member of the Reggae Boyz squad that won the Digicel Carib-bean Cup in late 2010. Since his return from the trial with the Dynamo, Edwards has played for Harbour View in the Digicel Premier League.

He was pleased with the outcome of his stint with Houston.

“I got enough playing time to showcase myself, to show what Richard Edwards is like as a player,” he said.

He is also confident he can make the adjustment from the local league and excel in North America’s top professional football competition.

“(The MLS) is a little bit faster than our premier league (in Jamaica); more disciplined, organised,” explained Edwards. “But once I develop my fitness, I can handle it.”

SNLA WINS 1-0 OVER LEAGUE LEADERS: Last night, Kavin was hacked down inside the penalty area as his teammate, Brasilian defender Helio converted the resulting penalty kick, to notch another victory for Song Lam Nghe An over League leaders Da Nang to move up the tables to 10 points after 6 games.

Andre Fagan played all ninety minutes as Devon Hodges replaced Kavin after 75 minutes, as all three Jamaican players are regularly rotated to stay within the league restriction for four foreign players on the pitch at the same time.

REGGAE Boy Ricardo Gardner has completed a one-month emergency loan from Bolton Wanderers FC to Preston North End yesterday, according to a report from SkySport News. Gardner, 32, has been drafted as cover by manager Phil Brown, who has seen his side depleted by injuries.

The veteran midfielder, who has played for Bolton since 1998 and during Brown’s six-year tenure as assistant manager, will be available for a month until April 6 as the club looks to avoid relegation.

With Preston sitting at the bottom in the Championship, one division below the Premier League and 10 points from safety, the Jamaican international will hope his experience can help snap a 13-game winless streak.

Gardner, coming off a long injury, needs as much match time as possible as he is currently third in the pecking order in his position at Bolton.

The left-back made just one appearance for the Trotters this term, in the Carling Cup win over Southampton in August. Bolton manager Owen Coyle was keen for Gardner to step up his return to fitness.

Coyle told the club’s official website: “Ricardo has worked really hard to recover from his injury and get himself back up to speed and Preston presents an opportunity for him to sharpen up his match fitness.”

Gardner made his return for Wanderers in a ‘closed door’ friendly against Norwegian club Molde last week and it is hoped a spell at Preston will help bring him back to full fitness before the end of the season.

Defending champions Harbour View continued to prove a nuisance for league leaders Tivoli Gardens, after both teams battled to a 0-0 draw in yesterday’s Digicel Premier League fixture at the Edward Seaga Sports Complex (ESSC) in downtown Kingston. After taking the field 12 points behind their cross-town rivals and in real jeopardy of relinquishing the title – Harbour View came into the contest desperate for full points.

It would have been hard to bet against them considering their 11-game unbeaten run and their recent success in this fixture. The result keeps Tivoli Gardens on top of the pile with 56 points while Harbour View continue to remain relevant with 47 points of their own.

Close affair In the game that saw Harbour View’s Marcelino Blackburn (56th) and Tivoli’s Navion Boyd (67th) both seeing red, yesterday’s contest was, like many before, a close affair. Tivoli’s Jameel Thompson and Harbour View’s John Ross Edwards fired early warning shots while Roland Dean failed to trouble goalkeeper Michard Barrett in the 13th minute after he was played through by Navion Boyd, who had earlier helped himself around two players before teeing up his teammate.

Jermaine Hue’s 23rd-minute free kick was neatly parried by Tivoli’s goalkeeper Edsel Scott but the nimble custodian had more work to do later on. Minutes later, Scott, despite initially moving in the opposite direction, somehow changed his movement to throw himself at the feet of Jahmali Spence, who was looking to latch on to a downward header from Fabian Taylor.

Beginning of the end

What followed was the beginning of the end for Blackburn, who cheekily palmed a deep Christopher Harvey pass into the net, in Diego Maradona fashion. However, Blackburn is certainly no Maradona and referee Oneal Clayton was not to be fooled; a yellow card the punishment for the young midfielder. He would later receive his second for a rough challenge on an opposing player.

Tivoli could not make their brief numerical advantage count and it was not long before Boyd was also sent to an early shower, after an assault on a Harbour View player.

Spence could have won it for Harbour View and probably should have, but miraculously steered his shot wide of the right post after being played through, to the dismay of the few supporters who had travelled in support of the ‘Stars of the East.’ Though disappointed with his team’s lack of intensity, Tivoli Gardens’ tactician Glendon ‘Admiral’ Bailey was consoled by the point gained and believes it could be a wake-up call for his boys. “When you play at home you always want to get three points but we knew it wouldn’t have been easy but it is good that we didn’t lose,” said Bailey.

Harbour View’s Donovan Hayles was, however, not too happy but underlined his belief that his team can still return the title to the east. “We wanted three points and I believe we played well enough to get all three and given the state of the competition we needed to take three points against Tivoli Gardens but I still harbour thoughts of winning the competition, I never say die,” Hayles declared.

The loud round of applause and acknowledgement rang out in the stadium as The Jamaica Football Referees Association, President Mr Bryan Rhoden, Vice-President, Lloyd Harrison and Chairman of KSAFA Referees Group, Donovan Muir, presented a Cheque of $74,600 to HVFC Coach, Andrew “Bowa” Hines, on behalf of his friend and teammate, Barrington “Cobra” Gaynor in the halftime of the HVFC Under 21 game against Arnett Gardens FC at the Harbour View Stadium while celebrating it’s 37th Anniversary.

The JFRA made it’s own contribution in addition to every individual Referees across the island, to the former HVFC /National Player, Captain and Coach.

The fund has now surpassed $476,000 with others invited to add throughout the month, up of March 31st, to NCB Bank Account # 204 095 744.

Former national defender, Barrington ‘Cobra’ Gaynor, says he is grateful for the love and affection that was shown towards him, during last Sunday’s Digicel Premier League title-chasing clash between long-time rivals Harbour View and Boys’ Town, at the Harbour View Mini Stadium.

Gaynor, who is suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), more commonly known as the Lou Gehrig’s disease – which has made him wheelchair bound – was honoured during a ceremony at the half-time break by his former clubs, Bull Bay, Harbour View and Waterhouse, and the Sports Development Foundation (SDF).

“I am humbled by your huge value placed on my contribution to football in Jamaica,” Gaynor said via a note which was written by one of his caregivers using an alphabet chart.

“My family and I are grateful for this gesture. I cannot thank you enough and please pray for me.”

Well received

The ceremony, which was well received by those who were on hand, who applauded the 45-year-old as he was transported to and from the venue’s centre circle, saw the SDF, an arm of the Government, presenting Gaynor with a $200,000 cheque. SDF Chairman David Mais made the presentation.

Bull Bay Football Club, which is from the community where Gaynor hails and where he spent most of his playing and coaching days, contributed $10,000 courtesy of its president, Leroy Gordon, while Waterhouse, where Gaynor coached towards the latter part of his active career, committed $25,000.

Harbour View Football Club (HVFC), which was instrumental in the staging of the benefit, and has been assisting generally in several bids to aid the recovery of Gaynor, will make an announcement as it relates to their contribution at the end of March.

The ‘Stars of the East’s contribution will coincide with the end of a month-long campaign which is currently on the way and is aimed at raising funds to assist in Gaynor’s rehabilitation.

It was also announced during the match that persons wishing to make a contribution towards the campaign can do so by using an account that has been established for him, through HVFC, at the National Commercial Bank. The account number is 204095744.

Gaynor is a household name as it relates to Jamaica’s football during the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s, before falling prey to lateral sclerosis in 2008, just a few weeks after participating in a celebrity football match in Atlanta, USA along with fellow former national players Anthony Corbett and Richard Green.

A member of Camperdown High School’s triple winning 1982 urban area Manning, Walker Cup and all-island Olivier Shield team, Gaynor’s most notable accomplishments as a player was being a member of Jamaica’s historic team which won the Shell Caribbean Shell Cup in 1991, which placed third at the CONCACAF Gold Cup in 1993.

Striker Fabian Taylor made a return to Harbour View’s line-up yesterday, but this was not enough to stop his team from having to settle with a point following their 0-0 draw with Boys’ Town in Digicel Premier League action at the Harbour View stadium last night.

The fleet-footed Taylor, who was greeted with rapturous applause following his introduction in the 66th minute, has been out of the game since last season when he picked up a knee injury while playing in Norway for Notodden FK.

The injury was his second in two seasons as prior to the knee ailment he had suffered a broken ankle, which also kept him out of action for months.

“I have had only two weeks of full training, however, coach Donovan Hayles decided to throw me in nonetheless,” said the 30 year-old Taylor.

“I thought it was one of our worst games as we were not playing the free-flowing football that people have come to know us for. But I guess the good thing is that we did not lose, and is for us to bounce back,” he added.

And he was indeed correct. Bereft of a number of their regular starters due to either injury or suspensions, including Marcelino Blackburn and Romario Williams, the hosts were taught a football lesson by Boys’ Town, who camped out in their half, and created goal scoring opportunities at a ratio of 5:1.

Increased advantage

The result means both teams crept up a point in the standings while leader Tivoli Gardens increased their advantage to six points with a massive 2-1 win away to Waterhouse to move their tally to 55 points. Boys’ Town (49 points), Portmore United (48), who drew 1-1 with Sporting Central and Harbour View (46 points) round out the top four.

At compound, leading the way for Boys’ Town were influential midfielder Damion Benjamin and Oneil ‘Bigga’ Thompson, and strikers Michael Campbell and Anthony Bennett.

However, let down by faulty finishing, fairly good goalkeeping from Michaud Barrett and at times stout defending, the visitors could not get on the score sheet, a fact which had Campbell, Boys’ Town’s captain, expressing disappointment.

“We were a bit unlucky not to score, as we moved the ball around well and created good scoring chances,” he said.

“But that’s how it goes sometimes. We just have to try and do better in our next game.

Results

Waterhouse 1, Tivoli Gardens 2
Benfica 2, Arnett Gardens 1
Reno 0, Village 3
Sporting Central 1, Portmore United 1
St Georges 0, Humble Lion 0

SDF AND WATERHOUSE FC, MAKES THE FIRST CONTRIBUTIONS OF $200,000 AND $25,000 RESPECTIVELY TO THE NEW BANK ACCOUNT # FOR THE – Special Testimonial Game in honour of Barrington “Cobra” Gaynor this SUNDAY, 4:30pm at HVFC!

The Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture, through the Sports Development Foundation (SDF), Chairman, Mr David Mais, has opened the donations to former National Captain and player, Barrington “Cobra” Gaynor with a contribution of $200,000 while encouraging all others in the private sector, football fraternity and supporters to assist this worthy cause.

Waterhouse Football Club, Chairman Bruce Bicknell responded immediately with a $25,000 commitment to aid the former Waterhouse FC 2006 Coach.

The new NCB BANK ACCOUNT # is 204095744, to make payments or donations for Barrington “Cobra” Gaynor.