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'Jair' Cargill To Be Inducted In C'down Hall Of Fame

 
Glenroy Sinclair,Assignment Coordinator

He was a tower of strength in the Jamaica national team during the 1998 World Cup campaign.

Former technical director, René Simoes, would customarily refer to him as one of his 119 players.

For his many accolades, Peter Raymond Cargill will be recognised, posthumously, by the Camperdown Alumni St Andrew Chapter (CASTAC) at a dinner scheduled for Saturday, October 27, at the Terra Nova Hotel, where he will be inducted into the school's hall of fame.

"He will be recognised for his outstanding contribution to sports. Among the distinguished sports personalities we have honoured so far are Olympic gold medallist Donald Quarrie and the world's number-one sprint coach, Glen Mills," said William Watson, first vice-president of CASTAC.

'Road to france' hero

Affectionately called 'Jair' by his close friends, Cargill's career reached its zenith between 1984 and 1998, during the 'Road to France' campaign.

"I will always cherish him in my heart. I considered myself fortunate when I met him in 1978 at Camperdown. He was the type of player with the kind of leadership qualities that a coach was looking for from a player on and off the field," commented Patrick 'Jackie' Walters, who coached the school's senior football teams, of which Cargill was a part.

Cargill got enrolled at the east Kingston-based institution in 1977 as a first-former, and the following year, he arrested the attention of Coach Walters, who later moulded him into a fine player.

"We started out with a good coach-player relationship, which later blossomed into a father-son-like relationship," said Walters.

"We remained close, even when he graduated, because I remember myself and a couple of his schoolmates used to link up at his home, back then in August Town and 'run boat' (cook food). When he died, I was so devastated," Walters reminisced.

The former national midfielder perished in a motor vehicle accident on April 16, 2005. He was 41.

According to reports, Cargill, who was head coach of the Waterhouse Football Club at the time, was travelling for an away football match in Montego Bay when the vehicle in which he was travelling got out of control and crashed.

Born March 2, 1964, Cargill first donned the traditional 'Red and Blue' jersey of his alma mater during the 1979 Manning Cup season, a year in which the school won the title for the second time. He led the school to the triple crown (Manning Cup, Walker Cup and Olivier Shield) in 1982.

"He was also the captain of the Mountain View Under-16 team, which won the Minor League title in 1980," said Walters, who also coached that unit.

His impressive football credentials at Camperdown were replicated at the club level, where he was described as a coach's dream.

As a senior player, he represented Harbour View Football Club from 1982-84 and later from 1996-99.

He played for Swallowfield Football Club from 1984-86, Portmore United Club from 1986-87, and also represented two different clubs in a professional league in Israel from 1987 to 1995.

Following his retirement as a player, he became an assistant coach to the national senior football team until 2004. He also coached Harbour View FC and later Waterhouse FC in the Premier League competition.

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