For today’s Monday morning memory lane (2) feature Linfieldfc.com congratulates former manager Roy Coyle who has been presented with the Dr Malcolm Brodie Lifetime Achievement Award.
Linfield chairman Roy McGivern extended his praise - “Congratulations to Roy Coyle on his Lifetime Achievement award. It’s a well deserved award and fitting recognition for the huge contribution he has made to local football. I grew up watching some great Linfield sides managed by Roy and we owe him an enormous debt of gratitude for the success he brought to Windsor Park.”
For our main memory lane photo below we feature Roy in familiar pose during his Linfield career - holding the Gibson Cup Irish League trophy. He was later to win the trophy 3 times with Glentoran.
The photo was from the front cover of the match programme for his testimonial game against Tottenham in January 1987.
Under Roy Coyle, Linfield won 31 trophies between 1975 and 1990 - 10 Irish League titles, 3 Irish Cups, 7 Gold Cups, 4 Ulster Cups, 5 County Antrim Shields, 1 League Cup and 1 All-Ireland Cup.
Several other pages from Roy’s testimonial programme are also featured below and special attention is focused on the very first of Roy’s trophy successes as Linfield manager - the County Antrim Shield win at Windsor Park in May 1977 which was to act as a platform for the phenomenal success which followed.
On the way to the 1977 Shield final, Linfield defeated Distillery 5-4 on May 5 and Larne 3-2 on May 10 - both at Windsor Park.
May 14, 1977
County Antrim Shield Final
Linfield 3 Glentoran 1
Goals were scored by Peter Rafferty, Jimmy Martin and Cyril Hewitt.
The team line up was - Barclay, Parkes, Hayes, Coyle, Rafferty, Dornan, Nixon, Hewitt, Hamilton, Martin and Bell.