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Doyle Griffith

Doyle Griffith Nickname
Height5′ 11″ (1.8 m)
Date of Birth
Place of Birth Point Fortin, Trinidad and Tobago
Caps/Goals12    ( 0 goals)
Last ClubShell
Previous Clubs

Few, if any footballer from Trinidad and Tobago, has given spirited service to the national team to match that of Doyle Griffith a marvellous halfback from South Trinidad. Only 18 when he made the national team 1950, Griffith went on to represent his country in countless internationals and eventually became captain of Trinidad and Tobago. He represented his nation for 15 successive years and in his mid-30's was still regarded as one of the top halfbacks in the country and by far the most experienced first class player in the nation.

When the young fledgling, still in his teens, came to Port of Spain with the South side for the 1950 Red Cross Cup, great interest was mounted with his appearance to mark the great North right-winger, Putty Lewis. It was a tough assignment but Griffith passed the test and never looked back. All that remained was the question as to whether the South half-line of Delbert Charleau, Noel Daniel and Griffith was as outstanding as the North line-up of Conrad Brathwaite, Allan Joseph and Neol Winn. Be that as it may, Griffith remained a consistent choice at left half for Trinidad and Tobago and continued to play in the national half-line for the next 15 years.

Not as naturally skilful as some of the top players of his generation, Griffith never allowed the lack of raw talent to hold him back. He trained with tremendous spirit and applied himself to his task with dedication. When the big days were upon him there was never a fitter man on the field and he often gave 100 percent to the side. There was never a better team-man in the Shell side, for which he played over a great number of seasons, in the South team or the national squad.

The year 1959 was a big one for Shell with Griffith playing no small part in their success. Shamrock was sweeping everything before them in the North, carrying home the League Shield, BDV Cup and FA trophy, with a fine win over Apex of the Southern League. But when they came up against Shell in the play-off for the Gooden Chisholm Cup, they found the southern team a little different from the other opponents they had toppled. The match was drawn and that was the only trophy Shamrock could not claim as their very own that season. That year Griffith earned a football bursary through the British Council that enabled him to be attached to any professional team in England for just over a month, following the visit by a Caribbean team to the United Kingdom.

In 1960 he led Trinidad and Tobago against the visiting Middlesex Wanderers team and played a big part again in his team's fighting draw against the strong English side. Griffith was a regular traveller with the national side and made two trips to England, with both the Trinidad side and Caribbean team. Few nationals have played as many times for Trinidad and Tobago and in his later years, Griffith was as fit and as effective in the half-line as he used to be as a young man. Griffith migrated some years ago to the United States but still keeps in touch with football activity in Trinidad and Tobago. Even when he reached the US he found time to play football, happily among a few of his local contemporaries who had gone there earlier on. A shy person, Griffith became an aggressive player on the field of play and kept reminding opponents with his great tackling, that in football he was as bold as the most valiant of men.
(T&T Sports Hall of Fame bio)

Honors for Doyle
  • Inducted into Trinidad & Tobago's Sports Hall of Fame in 1989

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