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Submitted : 29th April 2012 at 8:45:49 PM

A superb evening was enjoyed by over 200 guests at the Ramada Hotel, Shaw's Bridge on Saturday evening.

The evening was to mark the 90th anniversary of the 7 Trophy winning team of 1921-22 and the 50th anniversary of the 1961-62 7 Trophy winning team.

Earlier in the day 7 Trophy winning legends Bobby Braithwaite and Ray Gough received a welcome reserved for heroes when they took to the Windsor stage once more prior to kick off in the home game with Glentoran.

South Africa based Bobby, despite the passage of time since his heyday, thrilled the crowd when he showed he had lost none of his instincts to go on a run along the wing of the Windsor Park pitch he graced back in the early sixties.

Bobby and Ray viewed the game from the Director's box and were welcome guests in the Boardroom.

Bobby and Ray are pictured above with Eric Bowyer and Ferris Lunn in the Boardroom.

The 8 surviving members of the 1961-62 7 Trophy winning team were all in attendance at the Ramada.

They were individually welcomed and introduced into the hall by Joel Taggart of the BBC. Each of the 8 legends received a standing ovation from the assembled gathering which included the IFA President Jim Shaw.

Linfield Chairman Jim Kerr and President Peter Lunn welcomed the guests and the legends and prior to a superb meal the Linfield Chaplain Rev. Bill Lavery gave thanks for the food being served.

A tribute to the Linfield 7 trophy legends was provided by the former Sports Editor of the Belfast Telegraph, Dr. Malcolm Brodie MBE and also in attendance were Linfield manager David Jeffrey, several members of his backroom staff, several current first team players as well as the entire Board of Linfield Directors.

A very special welcome was given to former captain and manager Eric Bowyer and former inside forward Phil Scott whose 2 goals helped Linfield win the 1970 Irish Cup final against Ballymena at Solitude.

Joel Taggart provided a very amusing speech and he then welcomed each of the Legends to the stage, 2 by 2 and chatted to and interviewed each of the legends about their memories of being part of such a historic trophy winning Linfield team.

First to be interviewed were Isaac Andrews and Ken Gilliland and once the interviews were concluded Linfield Vice-Chairman Billy Kennedy presented the 2 former players with a souvenir crystal momento of the occasion.

Next to be interviewed were Hubert Barr and Billy Wilson and when the interviews were over Linfield President Peter Lunn presented the 2 former players with their souvenir crystal.

Then English based Bobby Irvine and Ray Gough were interviewed by Joel Taggart with David Jeffrey presenting the duo with their souvenir of a memorable occasion.

Finally, Bobby Braithwaite and Jim Reid were on the stage sharing their memories with Joel Taggart with Linfield Chairman Jim Kerr presnting the club's gift to its former heroes.

Gary Dickson son of the legendary captain of the 7 Trophy winning team the late Tommy Dickson, The Duke of Windsor spoke of how he was proud to be in attendance representing his father and David Jeffrey spoke of how the legendary achievements of the 7 Trophy winning teams served to provide inspiration to his players to go on and achieve further success for the club.

To conclude the evening Linfield Vice-Chairman Billy Kennedy thanked the 7 Trophy legends for being in attendance and he thanked all those whose hard work had made the evening such a great success.

Time passed by quickly as the memories flowed and by midnight it was time for the former players to sign autographs and pose for photos.

Edenderry Print had provided super souvenirs for each guest with the 7 Trophy postcards, the place mats, the menu cards all being used to collect souvenir autographs from the legends who had brought such glory to the club 50 years ago.

The Gibson Cup collected by Linfield that afternoon was proudly on display on the top table and Colin McMaster was there to take photos which are now on display in the Gallery on this website.

(left to right above - Ken Gilliland, Jim Reid, Isaac Andrews, Bobby Braithwaite, Hubert Barr, Bobby Irvine, Billy Wilson and Ray Gough)

All in all, it was a special evening in the proud history of the club and it certainly seemed to be an evening enjoyed by all those privileged to have been there.

Roy McGivern was there for and his interviews with each of the legends will be featured on in due course

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