Former Guyana International 1978 to 1980
Inspired by schoolmates Vibert ‘Durdy’ Butts, Keith ‘Wiler’ Niles and Terry ‘Suzuki’ Nichols; Clyde Perry Jordon was determine that he would become Bedford’s Primary next national player. After dominating the
under-14 and under-16 leagues with Coach Lennox Arthur for Pele FC, Perry was included in the 1973 Inter- Guyana Games under-17 Team. Playing under the guidance of Club Coach Arthur and the Captaincy of club mate Patrick ‘Labba’ Barton, Perry’s first taste in national colours was victorious. Guyana defeated arch rivals Suriname and regained the Forbes Burnham Trophy with ‘Labba’ Barton over aged the following year 1974.
Perry was elevated to the captaincy but the land of many waters failed to bring home the bacon. Perry’s boys surrendered the Forbes Burnham Trophy to Suriname in Paramaribo; this was Perry’s first international assignment overseas. He played an integral role when his club Pele FC won its first Demico League Championship in 1976. The following year 1977 Perry and Clyde ‘Oiler’ Watson were the goal scorers when Pele FC won its first Concacaf club championship game against Voorwaarts of Suriname at the Mackenzie Sports Club, unfortunately Pele lost the returned fixture in Paramaribo and were eliminated.
In 1978 Perry’s international campaign began with two friendly international for the National Under-23 against Suriname. Guyana playing under the captaincy of Patrick ‘Labba’ Barton lost both matches at GFC and Mackenzie Sports Club. His next international in 1978 was also for the national Under-23s. This time against the touring Chinese Provincial Team Kwang Tung, he was also active on the international scene for his club Pele FC. They eliminated Racing Club of Aruba in the Concacaf Club Championship home and in Aruba. In the process they became the first team in Guyana to advance to the second round of that prestigious tournament but again Voorwaarts of Suriname proved to be their nemesis.
Perry’s last international assignment in 1978 was against the touring Russian Textile Union Football Team; Guyana President XI lost 5 nil. He was included in the national squad the following year 1979 but Guyana withdrew from the Caribbean Nations Cup. He made his Senior international debut 1980 March vs Grenada at Bourda. In the World Cup Qualifier Guyana won 5 -2. Strange enough the return fixture in St. George’s was Perry last outing in National Colours.
1974 Suriname Inter- Guiana Games –Captain
1977 Suriname Concacaf Club Championship with Pele FC
1978 Aruba Concacaf Club Championship with Pele FC
1978 Suriname Cconcacaf Club Championship with Pele FC
1980 Brazil Goodwill Tour with Pele FC
1980 Grenada World Cup Qualifier with Senior National residing.
Perry is presently residing in his adopted country Canada and will surely be an asset as a Coach imparting his skill and knowledge at the sport he embraced at Bedford Primary 48 years ago. There is an old saying; ‘who feels it, knows it.’ (Charwayne Walker)
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