Leighton Levy

Leighton Levy

Leighton Levy is a journalist with 28 years’ experience covering crime, entertainment, and sports. He joined the staff at SportsMax.TV as a content editor two years ago and is enjoying the experience of developing sports content and new ideas. At SportsMax.tv he is pursuing his true passion - sports.

In track and field, breaking a world record is special. Breaking a world record at the Olympic Games is extra special.

Sir Robert Charlton CBE (born 11 October 1937) was a member of the England team that won the 1966 FIFA World Cup, the year he also won the Ballon d'Or.

He played almost all of his club football at Manchester United, where he became renowned for his attacking instincts, his passing abilities from midfield and his ferocious long-range shot, as well as his fitness and stamina.

Charlton made his debut for the Manchester United first-team in 1956, and over the next two seasons gained a regular place in the team, during which time he survived the Munich air disaster of 1958 after being rescued by Harry Gregg.

After helping United to win the Football League First Division in 1965, he won another First Division title with United in 1967. In 1968, he captained the Manchester United team that won the European Cup, scoring two goals in the final to help them become the first English club to win the competition.

Charlton was both Manchester United and England's long-time record goalscorer, and United's long-time record appearance maker, as well as briefly England's until Bobby Moore overtook his 106 caps in 1973.

His appearance record of 758 for United took until 2008 to be beaten when Ryan Giggs did so in that year's Champions League final. 

With 249 goals, he is currently United's second all-time leading goalscorer, after his record was surpassed by Wayne Rooney in 2017. He is also the second-highest goalscorer for England, after his record of 49 goals which was held until 2015 was again surpassed by Rooney.

He was named in the England squad for four World Cups (1958, 1962, 1966 and 1970), though did not play in the first. At the time of his retirement from the England team in 1970, he was the nation's most capped player, having turned out 106 times at the highest level.

Playing Career 

Full name: Robert Charlton

Date of birth: 11 October 1937 (age 82)

Place of birth: Ashington, Northumberland, England

Height: 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)

Playing positions: Attacking midfielder/Forward

 

Club

Years                   Team                             Apps         (Gls)

  • 1956–1973 Manchester United              758         (249)
  • 1974–1975 Preston North End                38            (8)
  • 1976          Waterford                             3            (1)
  • 1978          Newcastle KB United               1            (0)
  • 1980          Perth Azzurri                          3            (2)
  • 1980          Blacktown City                       1            (1)

Total                                                           801         (261)

Honours

Manchester United - Football League First Division (3): 1956–57, 1964–65, 1966–67; FA Cup: 1962–63; Charity Shield (4): 1956, 1957, 1965, 1967; European Cup: 1967–68; FA Youth Cup (3): 1953–54, 1954–55, 1955–56

International

  • England 1958-1970

Honours

  • FIFA World Cup: 1966
  • UEFA European Championship third place: 1968
  • British Home Championship (10): 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1970

Individual

  • FWA Footballer of the Year: 1965–66
  • FIFA World Cup Golden Ball: 1966
  • FIFA World Cup All-Star Team (2): 1966, 1970
  • Ballon d'Or: 1966
  • Ballon d'Or (2nd place): 1967, 1968
  • PFA Merit Award: 1974
  • FWA Tribute Award: 1989
  • FIFA World Cup All-Time Team: 1994
  • Football League 100 Legends: 1998
  • English Football Hall of Fame: 2002
  • FIFA 100: 2004
  • UEFA Golden Jubilee Poll: 14th
  • PFA England League Team of the Century (1907 to 2007):
  • Team of the Century 1907-1976
  • Overall Team of the Century
  • BBC Sports Personality of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award: 2008
  • UEFA President's Award: 2008
  • Laureus Lifetime Achievement Award: 2012
  • FIFA Player of the Century:
  • FIFA internet vote: 16th
  • IFFHS vote: 10th
  • World Soccer The Greatest Players of the 20th century: 12th
  • IFFHS Legends
  • Orders and special awards
  • Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE): 1969
  • Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE): 1974
  • Knight Bachelor: 1994
  • Order of the Rising Sun, 4th class: 2012

It is almost a guarantee that whenever the name Diego Armando Maradona is spoken it will be in discussion about who is the greatest football player of all time. He was one of the two joint winners of the FIFA Player of the 20th Century award.

Maradona's vision, passing, ball control and dribbling skills combined with his small stature (1.65 m or 5 ft 5 in), giving him a low centre of gravity and allowing him to manoeuvre better than most other football players. He would often dribble past multiple opposing players on a run.

His presence and leadership on the field had a great effect on his team's general performance, while he would often be singled out by the opposition. In addition to his creative abilities, he also possessed an eye for goal and was known to be a free-kick specialist. A precocious talent, Maradona was given the nickname "El Pibe de Oro" ("The Golden Boy"), a name that stuck with him throughout his career.

In his international career with Argentina, he earned 91 caps and scored 34 goals.

Maradona played in four FIFA World Cups, including the 1986 World Cup in Mexico where he captained Argentina and led them to victory over West Germany in the final, and won the Golden Ball as the tournament's best player.

His second goal against England in the 1986 World Cup quarterfinal, a 60-metre dribble past five England players was voted "Goal of the Century" by FIFA.com voters in 2002.

 

Playing Career 

Full name: Diego Armando Maradona

Date of birth: 30 October 1960 (age 59)

Place of birth: Lanús, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Height: 1.67 m (5 ft 6 in)

Playing positions: Attacking midfielder/Second striker

 

Clubs

Years                  Team                           Apps        (Gls)

1976–1981          Argentinos Juniors           167         (116)

1981–1982          Boca Juniors                     40           (28)

1982–1984          Barcelona                         36           (22)

1984–1991          Napoli                            188           (81)

1992–1993          Sevilla                              26            (5)

1993–1994          Newell's Old Boys                5            (0)

1995–1997          Boca Juniors                      30           (7)

Total                                                      491         (259)

Honours

  • Boca Juniors - Argentine Primera División: 1981 Metropolitano
  • Barcelona - Copa del Rey: 1983; Copa de la Liga: 1983; Supercopa de España: 1983
  • Napoli - Serie A: 1986–87, 1989–90; Coppa Italia: 1986–87; UEFA Cup: 1988–89; Supercoppa Italiana: 1990

International

  • Argentina: 1977-1994 (91 Apps, 34 Gls)

 

Honours

  • FIFA World Youth Championship: 1979
  • FIFA World Cup: 1986
  • Artemio Franchi Trophy: 1993

Individual

  • Argentine Primera División top scorers: 1978 Metropolitano, 1979 Metropolitano, 1979 Nacional, 1980 Metropolitano, 1980 Nacional
  • FIFA World Youth Championship Golden Ball: 1979
  • FIFA World Youth Championship Silver Shoe: 1979
  • Argentine Football Writers' Footballer of the Year: 1979, 1980, 1981, 1986
  • South American Footballer of the Year: (official award) 1979, 1980
  • Olimpia de Oro: 1979, 1986
  • Guerin d'Oro (Serie A Footballer of the Year): 1985
  • UNICEF European Footballer of the Season: 1989–90
  • FIFA World Cup Golden Ball: 1986
  • FIFA World Cup Silver Shoe: 1986
  • FIFA World Cup Most Assists: 1986
  • FIFA World Cup All-Star Team: 1986, 1990
  • Onze d'Or: 1986, 1987
  • L'Équipe Champion of Champions: 1986
  • United Press International Athlete of the Year Award: 1986
  • World Soccer magazine's Player of the Year: 1986
  • Capocannoniere (Serie A top scorer): 1987–88
  • Coppa Italia top scorer: 1987–88
  • FIFA World Cup Bronze Ball: 1990
  • FIFA World Cup All-Time Team: 1994
  • South American Team of the Year: 1995

As a player, Hendrik Johannes Cruyff won the Ballon d'Or three times, in 1971, 1973, and 1974.

Cruyff was an exponent of the football philosophy known as Total Football explored by Rinus Michels and is widely regarded as one of the greatest players in football history.

At the 1974 finals, he executed a feint that subsequently was named after him, the "Cruyff Turn", a move widely replicated in the modern game. He represented Holland from 1966-1977.

At club level, Cruyff started his career at Ajax, where he won eight Eredivisie titles, three European Cups and one Intercontinental Cup.

In 1973, he moved to Barcelona for a world-record transfer fee, winning La Liga in his first season and was named European Footballer of the Year.

In 48 Internationals between 1966 and 1977, Cruyff scored 33 goals for the Netherlands.

At the club level, Cruyff scored 290 goals in 514 appearances for Ajax, Barcelona, Feyenoord, Levante, Washington Diplomats and the Los Angeles Aztecs.

Playing Career

Full name: Hendrik Johannes Cruijff (Johan Cruyff)

Date of birth: 25 April 1947

Place of birth: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Date of death: 24 March 2016 (aged 68)

Place of death: Barcelona, Spain

Height: 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)

Playing positions: Forward/Attacking midfielder

Clubs

Years             Team                        Apps   (Gls)

1964–1973    Ajax                          240    (190)

1973–1978    Barcelona                   143    (48)

1978–1979    Los Angeles Aztecs          23     (13)

1979–1981    Washington Diplomats     30     (12)

1981             Levante                        10     (2)

1981–1983    Ajax                            36     (14)

1983–1984    Feyenoord                     33     (11)

Total                                              514    (290)

Honours

  • Ajax - Eredivisie: 1965–66, 1966–67, 1967–68, 1969–70, 1971–72, 1972–73, 1981–82, 1982–83; KNVB Cup: 1966–67, 1969–70, 1970–71, 1971–72, 1982–83; European Cup: 1970–71, 1971–72, 1972–73; Intercontinental Cup: 1972
  • Barcelona - La Liga: 1973–74; Copa del Rey: 1977–78
  • Feyenoord - Eredivisie: 1983–84; KNVB Cup: 1983–84

International

  • Netherlands 1966-1977

Honours

  • FIFA World Cup Runner-up: 1974
  • UEFA European Championship Third place: 1976

Individual

  • Ballon d'Or: 1971, 1973, 1974; Third place: 1975
  • Dutch Footballer of the Year: 1968,1972,1984
  • Dutch Sportsman of the Year: 1973, 1974
  • FIFA World Cup Golden Ball: 1974
  • FIFA World Cup All-Star Team: 1974
  • IOC European Footballer of the Season: 1970/71, 1972/73
  • Don Balón Award: 1977, 1978
  • North American Soccer League MVP: 1979
  • FIFA World Cup All-Time Team: 1994
  • FIFA World Cup Dream Team: 2002
  • World Team of the 20th Century
  • FIFA 100
  • World Soccer's Greatest XI of All Time: 2013
  • World Soccer's The Greatest Players of the 20th Century: #3
  • France Football's Player of the Century: #3
  • IFFHS European Player of the Century: #1
  • IFFHS World Player of the Century: #2
  • IFFHS Legends

Luís Filipe Madeira Caeiro Figo played as a midfielder for Sporting CP, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Inter Milan before retiring on 31 May 2009. He won 127 caps for the Portugal national team, a record at the time later broken by Cristiano Ronaldo.

Renowned for his creativity and ability to get past defenders as a winger, Figo is regarded as one of the greatest players of his generation.

His 106 assists are the second-most in LaLiga history, behind Lionel Messi.

He won the 2000 Ballon d'Or, 2001 FIFA World Player of the Year, and in 2004, Pelé named him in the FIFA 100 list of the world's greatest living players.

Figo is one of the few football players to have played for both Spanish rival clubs Barcelona and Real Madrid. His controversial transfer in 2000 from Barcelona to bitter rivals Real Madrid set a world record fee of €62 million.

Figo had a successful career highlighted by several trophy wins, including the Portuguese Cup, four La Liga titles, two Spanish Cups, three Spanish Super Cups, one UEFA Champions League title, one UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, two UEFA Super Cups, one Intercontinental Cup, four Serie A titles, one Italian Cup and three Italian Super Cups.

On the international level, he scored 32 goals for Portugal, representing the nation at three European Championships and two World Cups, helping them reach the final but finish as runners-up at Euro 2004.

Playing Career

Full name: Luís Filipe Madeira Caeiro Figo

Date of birth: 4 November 1972 (age 47)

Place of birth: Almada, Portugal

Height: 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)

Playing positions: Winger/Attacking midfielder

Clubs

Years                     Team              Apps      (Gls)

1989–1995          Sporting CP         137        (16)

1995–2000          Barcelona            172        (30)

2000–2005          Real Madrid          164        (38)

2005–2009          Inter Milan           105         (9)

Total                                            578        (93)

National team

1991–2006 Portugal

Honours

Sporting CP - Taça de Portugal: 1994–95

Barcelona - La Liga: 1997–98, 1998–99; Copa del Rey: 1997, 1998; Supercopa de España: 1996; UEFA Cup Winners' Cup: 1997; UEFA Super Cup: 1997

Real Madrid - La Liga: 2000–01, 2002–03; Supercopa de España: 2001, 2003; UEFA Champions League: 2002; UEFA Super Cup: 2002; Intercontinental Cup: 2002

Inter Milan - Serie A: 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09; Coppa Italia: 2006; Supercoppa Italiana: 2006, 2008

Individual

  • UEFA Under-21 Championship Golden Player: 1994
  • Portuguese Golden Ball: 1994
  • Sporting CP Player of the Year: 1994
  • Portuguese Footballer of the Year: 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000
  • ESM Team of the Year: 1997–98, 1999-00
  • La Liga Foreign Player of the Year: 1999, 2000, 2001
  • UEFA European Championship Team of the Tournament: 2000, 2004[65]
  • World Soccer (magazine) Player of the Year: 2000
  • Ballon d'Or: 2000
  • FIFA World Player of the Year: 2001
  • FIFA World Player of the Year – Silver Award: 2000
  • UEFA Team of the Year: 2003[65]
  • UEFA Champions League top assist provider: 2004–05
  • FIFA World Cup All-Star Team: 2006
  • Inter Milan Player of the Year: 2006
  • FIFA 100
  • Golden Foot: 2011, as football legend
  • IFFHS Legends

 

Brazilian midfielder Arthur Antunes Coimbra, better known as Zico, was a creative playmaker, with excellent technical skills, vision, and an eye for goal.

Considered one of the most clinical finishers and best passers ever, Zico is regarded as the best player in the world between the 1970s and early 1980s. He was a world-class playmaker and free-kick specialist, able to bend the ball in all directions.

With 68 goals in 94 official appearances for Brazil, Zico is fifth highest goal scorer for his national team.

He represented Brazil in the 1978, 1982 and 1986 World Cups but did not win any of them, even though the 1982 squad is considered one of the greatest Brazilian national squads ever. As such, Zico is seen as one of the best players in football history not to have been on a World Cup-winning squad.

He was Player of the Year in 1981 and 1983.

In 1999, Zico came eighth in the FIFA Player of the Century grand jury vote, and in 2004 was named in the FIFA 100 list of the world's greatest living players

Between 1971 and 1983, while at Flamengo, Zico was a key player during the most glorious period of the team's history. He led the team to victory in the 1981 Copa Libertadores, the 1981 Intercontinental Cup, and four national titles (1980, 1982, 1983, and 1987).

In the 1983–84 Serie A season, Zico scored 19 goals for Udinese, one fewer than top scorer Michel Platini, having played four fewer matches.

In 1987, two years after returning to Flamengo in 1985, he led the club to the Copa União title.

 

Playing Career

Full name            Arthur Antunes Coimbra

Date of birth       3 March 1953 (age 67)

Place of birth      Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Height   1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)

Playing position(s)   Attacking midfielder

 

Club Career

 

Years                    Team               Apps        (Gls)

1971–1983          Flamengo            212        (123)

1983–1985          Udinese                39          (22)

1985–1989          Flamengo              37          (12)

1991–1994          Kashima Antlers      46          (35)

 

Honours

Club

  • Flamengo - Campeonato Carioca: 1972, 1974, 1978, 1979, 1979 (extra), 1981, 1986; Campeonato Brasileiro Série A: 1980, 1982, 1983; Copa União: 1987; Copa Libertadores: 1981; FIFA Club World Cup: 1981
  • Kashima Antlers - J.League Suntory Series: 1993

International Career

Brazil: 1976-1986

Honours

  • FIFA World Cup Third place: 1978
  • Copa América Third place: 1979

Individual

  • Bola de Ouro: 1974, 1982
  • Bola de Prata: 1974, 1975, 1977, 1982, 1987
  • Campeonato Carioca top scorer: 1975 (30 goals), 1977 (27 goals), 1978 (19 goals), 1979 (26 goals), 1982 (21 goals)
  • South American Footballer of the Year: 1977, 1981, 1982
  • South American Footballer of the Year Silver Ball: 1976, 1980
  • Brazilian season top scorer: 1976 (63 goals), 1977 (48 goals), 1979 (81 goals), 1980 (53 goals), 1982 (59 goals)
  • FIFA XI: 1979, 1982
  • Campeonato Brasileiro Série A top scorer: 1980 (21 goals), 1982 (21 goals)
  • Copa Libertadores Best Player: 1981
  • Copa Libertadores top scorer: 1981
  • Intercontinental Cup MVP Award: 1981
  • FIFA World Cup Bronze Boot: 1982
  • FIFA World Cup All-Star Team: 1982
  • World Soccer Player of the Year: 1983
  • Chevron Award: 1984
  • Serie A Player of the Year: 1984
  • FIFA Order of Merit: 1996
  • FIFA 100: 2004
  • Golden Foot Legends Award: 2006
  • Brazilian Football Museum Hall of Fame: 2010
  • IFFHS 3rd Best Brazilian Player of the 20th century
  • IFFHS 7th Best South American Player of the 20th century
  • IFFHS 14th Best Player of the 20th century
  • FIFA 7th Best Player of the 20th century (FIFA Magazine and Grand Jury vote)
  • France Football 9th Best Player of the 20th century
  • World Soccer Magazine 18th Greatest Player of the 20th century
  • Placed 16th Best Player of the 20th century
  • IFFHS Legends

Records

  • Top scorer in Flamengo's history – 508 goals
  • Top scorer in Maracanã Stadium – 333 goals
  • Japan Soccer League record for goals scored in straight matches – 11 goals in 10 matches (1992)
  • Flamengo record holder – Top scorer in a single season – 81 goals (1979)

 

Excelsior High School star Ackera Nugent and Holmwood Technical High School’s Kavia Francis will both be attending Baylor University when the next academic year begins this Fall.

An angry Chris Gayle has described Jamaica Tallawahs Assistant Coach Ramnaresh Sarwan as a snake and a backstabber in a series of videos in which he explains the reasons behind his move from the Jamaica Tallawahs to the St Lucia Zouks for the 2020 CPL season.

Right across the globe, retired athletes are often asked their opinions on the current state of their respective sports. Sometimes their responses are good, something not so much. After all, what they offer are opinions and as the saying goes, “everybody has one”.

Many times those comments are positive in nature and go down well with the public. However, there are times when the opinions are critical of the current stars and those tend to attract a certain level of vitriol.

Just recently, Lance Gibbs, the first spin bowler in history to take 300 Test wickets and was the second bowler in history to break that threshold behind Fred Truman, was asked to offer his opinion on the quality of the spin bowlers who currently ply their trade in regional cricket.

Speaking on Mason on Guest in Barbados, he said he was not particularly impressed with the current crop. He was also critical of Rahkeem Cornwall, whom many would argue is the best spinner in the region and has been for a couple of years now.

Cornwall’s 300 wickets from just 62 matches and 13 Test wickets from just two Tests, I would assume, suggest that he possesses some talent that could one day help take the West Indies back near the top of world cricket once this pandemic subsides.

Gibbs was particularly critical of Cornwall’s run-up that is two steps. He argues that taking only two steps before he delivers prevents Cornwall from finding a rhythm, which Gibbs believes could make him a better bowler.

However, as many fans are wont to do, they lashed out against Gibbs, instead of analysing what he said and putting it into proper context.

Here is the thing; there have been many instances in the past two decades or so when we have seen spinners thrive regionally only to be embarrassingly exposed when promoted to the Test side against world-class opposition.

Devendra Bishoo, Nikita Miller, and Veerasammy Permaul are just a few names who have excelled regionally but then were literally beaten into submission by Australia, England, India and so on. And it's not just the spinners. Devon Smith plunders regional bowlers every season only to be found wanting when asked to open for the West Indies.

The way I look at it, Gibbs might be well off base with his critique. Who knows, Cornwall could go on to eclipse Gibbs’ haul of 309 Test tickets and become known as the greatest off-spinner ever to emerge from the Caribbean.

However, where is the harm in hearing what Gibbs has to say and maybe taking something positive away from his critique?

Among the comments I read on SportsMax’s Facebook page from those reactions to Gibbs’ comments is that somehow he is envious of Cornwall and by extension the modern players. I have been trying my best to put myself in the shoes of the 85-year-old legend, but I struggle to think of a reason he would be envious.

If I have 300-plus Test wickets and another man has 13, it would be a long time before I have anything to be worried about, anything.

Clearly, my success would indicate that I have some level of experience and possess a modicum of understanding why I enjoyed success throughout my career.

What we fans of sport need to accept is that even though we love the contemporary players, no one is above improving and not all opinions, no matter how unflattering they might be, mean someone has an axe to grind.

The only way anyone can get better at their craft is to take on board constructive criticism that can help improve weak areas and make strong areas stronger.

Sometimes as fans, we let emotion get the better of us. Gibbs was asked his opinion, he did not volunteer it and I do not see where he said anything wrong. Maybe if Cornwall developed a better rhythm he could get even more bounce, turn, and snare many more wickets for the West Indies in the future.

We will never know unless he tries it.

So let's not punish the messenger here.

Gibbs, like all of us, wants to see the West Indies do well once more. Sometimes bitter medicine is hard to swallow but often, it does us a world of good.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The United States collegiate and Jamaican Track and Field community are in mourning over the passing of former George Mason University coach, Dalton Ebanks, who died Saturday from complications of the Coronavirus Covid-19.

Cricket West Indies (CWI) on the advice and agreement with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), has announced the postponement of the West Indies Men’s three-Test series against England in June, to a future date to be determined.

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Lance Gibbs is not impressed with the current crop of spin bowlers in the Caribbean.

While speaking on Mason and Guest in Barbados on Tuesday, Gibbs expressed his disappointment at the spin bowlers currently playing in the Caribbean and was particularly critical of the much-heralded Rahkeem Cornwall.

Apparently, the 85-year-old former West Indies off-break bowler knows a bit about spin bowling. Between 1958 and 1976, Gibbs played 79 Tests for the West Indies taking 309 wickets at an average of 29.09 and enjoyed an economy rate of under two runs an over.

He was the first spinner in Test history to take 300 wickets and the second bowler behind England’s Fred Truman to do so.

His best performances came in the 1961/62 home series against India.

Over the course of five Tests, he picked up 24 wickets at just 20.41 apiece. Additionally, in one of the game's greatest spells of bowling at Bridgetown, he single-handedly reduced India from 149 for 2 to 187 all out. In 15.3 overs, Gibbs took eight wickets for just six runs to finish with figures of 8 for 38, his best Test-match haul.

Asked if he has seen any off-break bowlers in recent times who have caught his eye, Gibbs responded with an emphatic, “No!”

“They’re not spinning the ball,” he said.

Asked his thoughts on Cornwall, who has taken 13 wickets in the two Tests and 303 First-ClassWi wickets in 62 matches, Gibbs was critical of the player’s technique. “How can you take two steps and bowl? Where is your rhythm, where is that rhythm?” he asked.

“As a spin bowler you have got to use the crease, you have the return crease and you have the stumps, you have to bowl between those two. I never then had to go around the wicket to bowl, a lot because by using the crease I could get close to the stumps on the offside and still bowl and make it go on straighter instead of going around the wicket.”

Gibbs, who stood at over six feet in height, also revealed the secret of his success while playing cricket back in his heyday even while playing in a team characterized by its fast-bowling talent.

“I started as a leg spinner and I couldn’t bowl a googly,” he revealed. “I realized that with my height and with my high arm-action I am going to get bounce off any wicket in the world and if you’re getting bounce it is difficult to really hit you in the meat of the bat. It hits more higher up, and therefore you get catches all around.”

After he retired, Gibbs returned to manage the West Indies team in 1991 during their tour of England.

 

 

 

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