Former national center-forward Cedric Nicholls passed away at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital yesterday morning after a long battle with cancer.
He was 66 years old.
The feared striker was a part of the Bajan Tridents senior men’s national team in the 1970s and 80s.
He went on to captain the side before going on to coach and become administrator of the Christ Church United FC, Pride of Gall Hill and Pride of Gall Hill Legends.
Nicholls was the captain of Gall Hill when they gained promotion to the First Division in 1986 and was a part of the team that won the First Division championship in 1988. He was also the first player from that team to play for the national side.
Trevor Thorne, vice chairman of the Barbados Invitational Masters Football Club (BIMFC) and the Old Boys League Football Invitational Tournament Committee (OBL-FIT), recalled Nicholls as a visionary, disciplinarian, and a very humble man.
In his tribute to Nicholls, Thorne said he believed in the acronym choice:
C for Choice
H for Honor
O for Order
I for Investment
C for Conduct
E for Enjoyment
“Sincere condolences to his family on behalf of the Gall Hill FC, Barbados Invitational Masters Football Classic, and the Old Boys League Football lnvitational Tournament Committees and all others in the football fraternity,” he said.
Condolences poured in for Nicholls from every corner of Barbados. SOme of them included:
Judy Broomes: “He made my teenage years happy. Football was all the youth had to admire and look up to. He was a hero to us all. Thank you for some of the best days in my youth. My condolences to his family.”
Inspector Stephen Streeks: “Sincere condolences to Eyre and the Gall Hill fraternity on the death of a good friend and ambassador to Barbados football.”
Kirven Crichlow: “Condolences to your family and friends I could remember those days with you and Pride of Gall Hill. May you rest in peace and rise in glory.”
Ian Best: “Condolences to Sharon, Cherise, and the entire family circle. A great footballer and leader have passed. May he rest in peace and rise in the Lord.”
Valentine Howell: “Cedric you score your goals and you put Gall Hill on the map. You made the young and old come out and watch soccer. You are an icon of Gall Hill. Rest in peace, my friend.”
Ian Straughn: “A wonderful person has left us. As an opponent, he was giving you advice during the game. What an outstanding football player. He had a strong presence and it went to his colleagues. Rest in peace Mr Nicholls and rise in glory.”
Jonny Williams: “A decent man with exceptional skills and speed as a striker. A legend in the football fraternity. Rest peacefully, my friend.”
The President, Executive Board, members and staff of the BFA join together with BIMFC and OBL-FIT and the football fraternity in extending sincere condolences to his immediate family and by extension his football family.
May he Rest In Peace.