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Carlton Ethelbert Franco

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Background

Employment History

  • Captain
    viewsMalvern
  • Captain
    Malvern
  • Principal
    Progressive Educational Institute
  • Soca Warriors
  • North

Education

  • St Crispin's Anglican School
  • Bachelor of Arts Degree , Sociology and Political Science
    University of Vancouver
  • Masters Degree , Social Work
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Web References
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129 viewsMalvern's captain, Carlton Franco, poses with the FA Trophy won by his team in 1960.
Player Profile - Carlton Franco
www.socawarriors.net, 12 Jan 2012 [cached]
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In a football team that paraded several high quality players and personalities, Carlton 'General' Franco stood tall in every way during his short but brilliant career in Trinidad and Tobago.
A product of the Progressive Educational Institute Programme of the 1950's, Franco graduated from St. Crispin's Primary School, Woodbrook, to Progressive in 1952 and at once displayed football skills above the ordinary.
The 16 year old was in the Progressive second division team in his first year with the school and moved into the first eleven the following year. So impressive were his performances as a goal scoring forward, his career, even at that stage, was followed with great interest by football fans of the Northern Amateur Football Association (NAFL). Football authorities in the league were aware of his class and at 18 he represented NAFL in the Hayward Shield Competition in 1954. Franco was soon playing for North in the annual Red Cross Cup classic and became a fixture in the side each season. He also made his debut for Trinidad after joining the famous Malvern side in 1957.
It was a great surprise to the football fraternity when Franco was not included in the Caribbean team that visited England in 1959 but he put all that behind him and became captain of Malvern in 1960. It was an inspired appointment by the club as Franco led them to the FA Trophy championship in 1960 and 1961 and the BDV Cup championship in 1960 and 1962. Leaving Trinidad for Canada in 1963, Franco joined the professional league in that country and continued to play pro football for several years. A big man with a powerful shot in both feet, Franco perfected the backward centre-forward position for Malvern and always led from in front. He had superb skills and was a cool, relaxed striker feared by every opposing defence. He has returned to Trinidad and Tobago on many occasions, at first to play a bit of football and in recent times to rekindle the time he has had with his football colleagues and friends through the football fraternity.
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Webeat Honouree: Carlton Franco
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Waxing nostalgic with Carlton Franco
2005 Honouree
www.webeat.org, 1 Jan 2006 [cached]
HONORING CARLTON FRANCO & LINCOLN PHILLIPS
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CARLTON FRANCO
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CARLTON FRANCO:He was nicknamed "general" after marshalling his ten-man Malvern squad to an impossible victory over TPD in the 1960 F A Trophy final at the Queen's Park Savannah in Port-of-Spain.His name, though, is Carlton Ethelbert Franco, and he was born on Mathura Street in St James on November 23, 1936.He attended St Crispin's Anglican School and represented the institution in the North Primary Schools Football League, playing in the full back position in 1948 and 1949, and as center half and captain in 1950 and 1951.Carlton eventually developed into a multi-dimensional player.He began playing striker and backward center forward and became of the most prolific goal-scorers that Trinidad and Tobago has ever produced.In addition he was considered a highly skilled player who exhibited great play-making ability.During his long and rewarding career he has been described by sportswriters as a "power forward," "master-mind," "brilliant exponent of modern soccer's finest skills," "sharpshooter," "chief planner," and "top player marker and solid marksman."As a result of his outstanding performances in the Primary Schools League Carlton was awarded a sports scholarship in 1952 by J Hamilton Holder, principal of the Progressive Educational Institute.It was as a student at Progressive that the football talent, first displayed on the streets of St James, was fully honed, Carlton actually making his debut on the national team in 1957 while still at school.He represented Progressive in the National Amateur Football League (NAFL) from 1952 to 1956, enabling the team to be promoted to the 1st Division in 1955, and broke the record for the most goals scored that season with an impressive 26 strikes.A report in the Port-of-Spain Gazette of November 30, 1955 had this to say about the young player: "Franco is the brightest star seen in football in the North this season.A brainy youngster with a good shot in either foot, he is destined to sport Colony colours in the very near future, should he continue in this stead."Meanwhile, Malvern Sports Club of Woodbrook, always on the lookout for exceptional talent, seized the opportunity to recruit the lad by accepting him as a colt member of the club.Carlton made his debut for Malvern in the First Division of the Port-of-Spain Football League (POSFL) in 1957, and was appointed team captain in 1960.He played for Malvern for seven consecutive years.During that period he led the team to victories in the F A Trophy, Best Dark Virginia (BVD) Cup, and Red Cross Cup Competitions, and was named POSFL Player of the Year and National Sportsman in 1960.Carlton brought to the local game invention and a playing presence that helped characterize the play of the early-to-mid 1960s.A burly, power-kicking, attacking player with great ball control, he played in all the forward positions except left wing.But it was at center-forward that he made his name.Playing just behind the frontline, Carlton was a play-maker, the link between defence and attack.
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"We never went into a game deciding we were going to play ,cha-cha-cha', said Carlton."It was spontaneous.I always preferred direct football."The Malvern years, he said, were to him, "very special."
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Carlton also was recognized as an excellent team leader.This quality was emphasized further in that he was either chosen or selected to captain most of the teams with which he played , Progressive, Malvern, NAFL, POSFL, North Trinidad, etc.Perhaps nothing better illustrates the rapport that existed between Carlton and his players than a situation that surfaced for a semi-final game in the 1960-61 period.Malvern, forced to play five games in six days, was hard hit by injury to a number of its key players.Yet, team member Cuthbert Gordon, with a broken hand and all, selflessly volunteered to play the match, and did."The only reason he played was because of Carlton," explained Irwin Alexander, an old Malvern colleague.
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Carlton left Trinidad and Tobago in September 1963 for Canada to pursue a course of study in Physical Education, and play semi-professional soccer for Columbus Soccer Club (his sponsor) in the Pacific Coast Soccer League.Not surprisingly, he went on to win the goal-scoring championship that very year.He later decided to try for a degree in Political Science, and eventually graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology and Political Science from the University of Vancouver in 1969.Carlton appeared on many all-star teams in Canada from 1963 to 1965, where his leadership skills, knowledge of the game, and personal style became positive attributes remembered by all with whom he came into contact. Known to Vancouver soccer fans as "Carlos," he played on the inaugural SFU Soccer Team in 1966.His coaching career spanned a brief period from 1977 to 1982.But during that time he led the Richmond Canadians from the Vancouver Metro Fourth Division to the First Division, and was hired by a Canadian University to scout for promising local talent on his visits home.His many awards include Sports Hall of Fame Award, Malvern Award, and St James Award (1995); Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation 90th Anniversary Award (1998), Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs Millenium Award (2000); and Recognition Award from Blackpool Football Club (2004).
Carlton ended his playing days in Canada in 1969, obtained a Masters Degree in Social Work and became a full-time social worker.
CARLTON FRANCO
Player Profile - Carlton Franco
www.socawarriors.net, 7 June 2011 [cached]
Carlton Ethelbert Franco
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Carlton Franco Photo Gallery
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In a football team that paraded several high quality players and personalities, Carlton 'General' Franco stood tall in every way during his short but brilliant career in Trinidad and Tobago.
A product of the Progressive Educational Institute Programme of the 1950's, Franco graduated from St. Crispin's Primary School, Woodbrook, to Progressive in 1952 and at once displayed football skills above the ordinary.
The 16 year old was in the Progressive second division team in his first year with the school and moved into the first eleven the following year. So impressive were his performances as a goal scoring forward, his career, even at that stage, was followed with great interest by football fans of the Northern Amateur Football Association (NAFL). Football authorities in the league were aware of his class and at 18 he represented NAFL in the Hayward Shield Competition in 1954. Franco was soon playing for North in the annual Red Cross Cup classic and became a fixture in the side each season. He also made his debut for Trinidad after joining the famous Malvern side in 1957.
It was a great surprise to the football fraternity when Franco was not included in the Caribbean team that visited England in 1959 but he put all that behind him and became captain of Malvern in 1960. It was an inspired appointment by the club as Franco led them to the FA Trophy championship in 1960 and 1961 and the BDV Cup championship in 1960 and 1962. Leaving Trinidad for Canada in 1963, Franco joined the professional league in that country and continued to play pro football for several years. A big man with a powerful shot in both feet, Franco perfected the backward centre-forward position for Malvern and always led from in front. He had superb skills and was a cool, relaxed striker feared by every opposing defence. He has returned to Trinidad and Tobago on many occasions, at first to play a bit of football and in recent times to rekindle the time he has had with his football colleagues and friends through the football fraternity.
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Webeat Honouree: Carlton Franco
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Waxing nostalgic with Carlton Franco
News - A To L
www.socawarriors.net, 24 July 2008 [cached]
Carlton Franco
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