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Conrad Botha Tench

Conrad Tench Nickname
Date of Birth
Place of Birth Trinidad & Tobago
Caps/Goals4    ( 0 goals)
Last ClubCasuals
Previous Clubs
SchoolsQueen's Royal College

Few football fans of the 1920's and 1930's would forget the tall and elegant Conrad Botha Tench, who, as far as some of these enthusiasts are concerned, was the finest centre-half ever produced in Trinidad and Tobago.

He was only 19 when he first represented Trinidad and for the next seven years was a towering force in the national team's half-line. It was no mean feat to play for the national team in those days at so early an age for it was a period when the country was laden with half-backs of all assortments, the majority in the highest realms of the game.

Tench also became one of the youngest national captains; being asked to led the country's soccer side at 22 when Trinidad visited Jamaica for a series in 1934. He was a player of rare talent who was a brilliant performer while still at Queen's Royal College. He joined Casuals after leaving school and had a superb career at club and inter-colonial level. He once scored nine goals in a club game against Notre Dame. But Tench, like some other outstanding sporting figures of that era, had a short career. He played his last first class game in 1938 and those who went to watch football from the 1940's never had the privilege of seeing the fine soccer star in action.

For all his obvious class as a footballer, however, Tench considers his best sporting achievements to be at hockey, a game in which he also rose to great heights. He stood tall at this game, representing Trinidad in many inter-colonial matches against British Guiana and playing a major role in the success of Casuals in those years. Tench was also a fine tennis player, having won the Hamlyn Cup at Tranquillity Club in 1932. Later in his career he served for eight years as secretary of Queens Park Cricket Club. As a cricketer he was above average.
(T&T Sports Hall of Fame bio)

Honors for Conrad
  • Inducted into Trinidad & Tobago's Sports Hall of Fame in 1984