Biography of Founder of GFFS: Everald ‘Gally’ Cummings, H.B.M; C.M.T.T.
Everald “Gally” Cummings, born on August 28th, 1948 in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, was an attacking midfielder who played for six years in the legendary North American Soccer League (NASL) of the 1960s & 70s. He also played professionally in the Mexican Premiere League from 1974 - 1976 for the Veracruz Tiburones Rojos (Red Sharks). He was a mainstay of the Trinidad and Tobago senior national football team from the tender age of 15 years and excelled in the game during the 1960s and 1970s. Cummings became the national team coach of Trinidad and Tobago in the 1987 at the age of 37 and designed a local football formation, style and structure based on our “Trinbagonian” culture and rhythm and the Strike Squad national team era was born; together with Lancelot Layne they named his brand of football “Kaisoca” Soccer. He was selected as the Express Newspaper’s Individual of the Year of Trinidad and Tobago (1990) for the excellence he achieved as coach of the Trinidad and Tobago National Team (Strike Squad) and also awarded the Chaconia Silver Medal (T & T National award). He is listed in the Top 100 Sportsmen and Sportswomen of the Millennium (1900–1999) by the Trinidad and Tobago Ministry of Sports and was inducted into the T&T Sports Hall of Fame in 1989.
Cummings attended Fatima College secondary school in Port of Spain and as an immediate stand-out playing for his school's football team, he helped them win their first ever Intercol championship in 1965, after 14 years of trying, by scoring the two goals in that legendary final against St. Mary’s College. He was also a member of the Trinidad and Tobago Youth Team in 1966 that toured Jamaica. He began playing for local Trinidad club Paragon in the Northern Football Association Premier Division in 1964. In 1967 he joined the Atlanta Chiefs in the North American Soccer League and won the NASL championship with them in 1968, he played with them until 1970. In 1972 he signed with the New York Cosmos and helped them win their 1st NASL championship within that same year. He was offered several contracts by Mexican Premiere league teams after his major contribution to the destruction of the Mexican National team in the 1973 CONCACAF World Cup qualifying tournament in Haiti, scoring the first two goals of a 4-0 victory over the previous World Cups hosts (Mexico had hosted the previous World Cup in 1970 and reached the quarter finals). He was voted MVP of the 1973 CONCACAF World Cup Qualification tournament for the West Germany 1974 World Cup. Cummings was also awarded the Hummingbird gold medal (T & T National award) for his proficient football performance in 1974. He decided to chose the Veracruz Tiburones Rojos (Red Sharks) and moved to Veracruz on the eastern coast of Mexico in 1974 and flourished there until 1976. He is still the only Trinidad and Tobago footballer to date to have won the coveted Sportsman of the Year Award (1974).