Former Jamaican soccer player and football legend Richard Davy will be honored at the True Blue Weekend hosted by the Jamaica College Old Boys Association of Florida (JCOBAFL) in Sunset Lakes, Miramar, Florida, on March 24th and 25th, 2023. Davy, who attended both Wolmer’s High School and Jamaica College (JC), was a member of the Wolmer’s team that won the 1971 Manning Cup. He will be in attendance at a special invitational match between Jamaica College and Wolmer’s High School to be played in his honor during the weekend’s SoccerFest.
Davy was born in Jamaica in 1953. In 1967, Richard led the Jamaica College Colts Under-14 team to the Corporate Area championship game and won a Manning Cup Championship at Jamaica College in 1968 before transferring to Wolmer’s Boys High School. In 1970, broke the Jamaican high school record for goals scored in a single season with his 23-goal total, a record that remained for 27 years. While still in high school in 1971 was called up to Jamaica’s national football team, scoring in his debut appearance in a match against Haiti that ended the three-year period in which the team had not scored any goals. Also in 1971, he led the Wolmer’s team to win the Manning Cup, Walker Cup, and Olivier Shield, making the school only the second in history to accomplish this feat. By the end of his high school football career, Davy set the single-game record of six goals, the single-season record of 23 goals, and the career record of 48 goals. He left high school having won the high school championships at two different schools just four seasons apart.
Davy was awarded a scholarship to Howard University where he led his team in assists and was the second-best scorer between 1972 and 1975. During his time at Howard, the university team played in the National Semi-Finals three times, played a Championship game twice and winning in 1974, and won fourth place in 1975. He was named to the All-American All-South first team in 1975.
Davy was drafted by the Connecticut Yankees of the American Soccer League (ASL) after leaving Howard University and played in various professional and semi-professional leagues, including the Jamaica “Nats” based in Washington DC, through the season of 1987 when he retired. During this period, many of Davy’s teams were undefeated, and he was the lead scorer in the league for most of the years.
Davy was inducted into the Howard University Hall Of Fame in 2014.
The 2023 True Blue Weekend will be the first held since the COVID-19 pandemic. It will be the 16th annual True Blue Weekend, an event that credits its longevity to the strong support of the community.
The True Blue Weekend represents an expansion from the annual Ziadie Cup soccer match between The St. George’s College Old Boys Association of Florida, Inc. and The Jamaica College Old Boys Association of Florida, Inc. The annual match commemorates Dennis Ziadie, who coached both Jamaican high schools to Manning Cup football victories. The annual event draws over 1000 spectators and supporters.
The Jamaica College Old Boys Association of Florida was established in 2004 as a 501(c) (3). The Jamaica College Old Boys Association of Florida is committed to upholding the traditions of excellence of Jamaica College as one of the foremost educational institutions in the country of Jamaica and to supporting the school in the development of its students.