ABFA President donates iconic photo to AGS

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Holding the framed photo (from left) are Chesley Browne-AGS PE Teacher, Sam Roberts AGS Principal, ABFA President Everton Batow Gonsalves, and Mervyn Hazelwood, during the presentation. Photo of the young AGS footballers was taken during the 1968/69 season: (back row, from left): Mervyn Richards; Jeff Abbott; Wilbur Joseph; George Roberts; Albert “Pappy” Gordon; and Franklyn Henry. (Front row from left): Ashby Lewis; Sir Viv Richards; William Lewis; CP Charles; and Danny Oliver. The young AGS footballers -- which was taken during the 1968/69 season -- are (back row, from left): Mervyn Richards; Jeff Abbott; Wilbur Joseph; George Roberts; Albert “Pappy” Gordon; and Franklyn Henry. (Front row from left): Ashby Lewis; Sir Viv Richards; William Lewis; CP Charles; and Danny Oliver.
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The Antigua Barbuda Football Association president Everton “Batow’ Gonsalves”, on behalf of his association, has gifted the Antigua Grammar School an enlarged, framed iconic photo of a past AGS premier division football team.

The photo depicts the team during the 1968-1969 season and shows a young Sir Vivian Richards along with his brother Mervyn Richards.

Commenting on the donation President Gonsalves said: “This photo represents one of the best examples of the tremendous synergy that existed between football, and I daresay sports in Antigua and Barbuda, and education. Things like this provide the inspiration for my administration’s commitment to youth and education. We want the Antigua Grammar School, and all schools for that matter, to always remember and be proud of the stellar contribution that they have made to football in our nation.”

The ABFA president concluded his comments by declaring that “the ABFA is proud to showcase and remember all those who contributed to ensuring that the ABFA stands head and shoulders above the rest and remain a living example and shining light for other associations to follow”.

Along with the photograh, the president made a gift of footballs to the school on behalf of old boys Mervyn Hazelwood and Zico Bleau.

Principal of the Antigua Grammar School, Samuel Roberts thanked the ABFA president and expressed that “it is my sincere hope that the exploits of our old boys will serve to inspire all future generations of Grammarians”.

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