Through Jade's Eyes

This blog is about the fictional character, Jade del Cameron (, and the historical time period in which she lives.

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I'm the author of the Jade del Cameron historical mystery series set in 1920's Africa. Lots of action, intrigue, mystery and a dash of romance. Follow me at *The audio link (view complete profile) is an interview by Baron Ron Herron (9/17/2009, Santa Barbara {CA} News-Press Radio, KZSB, AM 1290

Monday, February 15, 2010


Nairobi was nuts for sporting clubs, and running right up near the top were the “football” clubs. While some of these were “rugby football,” most were soccer clubs.

Soccer season officially began in mid May with the Dobbie Cup, a “first division competition restricted to Nairobi.(*)” The match was first held in 1907 and played by teams from the Gymkana, Parklands, and Town. During the war, games were not held. in 1919, the Kings African Rifles team won, but after that, the Nairobi Railway team and the Caledonian Club won more than any other team.

Play was always intense but in 1920, a reporter represented the enthusiasm of one player, a Mr. Miller, in the Gymkana vs Civil Service match as unsportsmanlike. As a result, a referee (Major Perkins) wrote a letter to The Standard, setting the record straight. “I consider it my duty, in fairness to Mr. Miller, to point out that at no period of the game did I consider it necessary to give him ‘marching orders’ and your statement that the penalty was awarded against him was incorrect. Mr. Miller’s play was of a robust, but not of a violent nature, and it may be of interest to state that the offenses given against him were chiefly for ‘holding’ – due no doubt to over-eagerness. Both teams displayed indulgence in heavy play.”

The sports editor replied, “We are not prepared to change our opinion concerning the play of Miller. Certain of his tactics, some of which were not detected by the referee, were in our opinion anything but clean and in the case of such an experienced player and exponent of the game as Miller is, it is all the more to be condemned. The criticism appearing in the report of the match was in no way meant as a personal attack on Miller.”

It was all for naught. Railway won the cup anyway.

Next week: More Nairobi news
* (Kenya: List of cup winners)
Photos taken from The Leader of British East Africa. May 14,1920
Quotes taken from The East African Standard, May 15, 1920

NOTE: These blogs are meant to give some insight into the life and times of my fictional character, Jade del Cameron. Jade’s mystery adventures take place in post WWI Africa. To date they are: Mark of the Lion, Stalking Ivory, and The Serpent’s Daughter, and The Leopard’s Prey, all available in trade paperback. TREASURE OF THE GOLDEN CHEETAH is available in hardcover. An excerpt and information on pre-ordering signed copies is available at the website: Follow short updates on

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Blogger James said...

I wish referees responded to ESPN like that for games today.

Mon Feb 15, 12:52:00 PM CST  

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