The landscape of personalities across football in Trinidad and Tobago is peppered with egos that are less guardians of the game’s best interests and more protectors of their patches of dominion. It is also salted with other temperaments, willing masters to willing serfs and willing serfs to willing masters, who are ultra cautious of those who do not render them patronage and tribute or relevance and survival. Richard Fakoory, to my assessment, was neither of these defensive, sharp-edged and unfortunate dispositions. He was approachable, collaborative, down to earth, engaging, frank, humble, transparent and non-triangulating. He appreciated that football would outlast him and that his responsibility was to the enduring greater good of the sport locally, rather than to the convenience of his fleeting present. In my estimation, this is one reason why he resisted participating in the arms race of escalating player wages that often lured fine players from his club on to perceived greener pastures, but that also occasionally bounced them back to Rangers as prodigal sons.
Businessman Lyndsay Gillette was voted chairman of the football commission to steer T&T football into a new era. The commission was set up on the advice of FIFA/CONCACAF/UEFA officials who visited T&T to give recommendations on ways to improve the sport. One of the recommendations was to have a single management team from the super league, pro league and TTFA to oversee the management operations of a tier one and tier two football competitions.
FORMER defender Terry Fenwick spent 17 years of his 20-year playing career in London.
The sudden passing of Richard Elias Fakoory left me stunned in the same manner as that of young Stefan Monteil. Richard was 71 and I never knew him to have any health issues so when he died with his wife at his side, it made me yet again reflect on life. It brought back memories of a conversation between my good friend Stanley Hunter and I in our younger days after I said to him, “Stan boy you moving fast I hope you don't suffer from burn out.” His immediate response was, “Murray, let me tell you something, this life ain't no dress rehearsal so I living and furthermore, I never met anybody who said to me they were here before.” I couldn't argue with those words as they were so true.