September 7 - The Centenary of the Very First of the Magnificent Seven Trophies (1921-2021)

Posted : 7th September 2021 at 00:03:05

100 years ago, history was in the making on the island of Ireland.

In 1921 the island was partitioned and the first meeting of the new Northern parliament took place in Belfast City Hall in the prescence of King George V, in June 1921.

A few weeks later on July 11, 1921 a truce was signed to bring a halt to the War of Independence - a prelude to the creation of the Irish Free State before the year 1921 was out.

It was against the backdrop of these historic events that Linfield embarked on the 1921-22 season - a season by the end of which, the club would have created major history on the football pitch.

It was on this September 7 date, exactly 100 years ago today that the first of the Seven Trophies was won by what was to become a truly historic Linfield team.

The Alhambra Cup was the first of the seven trophies up for grabs and in the semi-final on August 27, Linfield defeated Glentoran by a 1-0 margin, with Gerry Morgan on the scoresheet for the Blues at Solitude.

In the Alhambra Cup final on this, its precise centenary date (September 7, 1921) Linfield defeated Cliftonville by a 1-0 score line at the Oval. It was Mervyn Scott who scored the historic goal for a Linfield team that lined up as follows.

Fred McKee
Arthur Maultsaid
Tommy Frame
Bob Wallace
Gerry Morgan
Billy Bradford
Tommy Cowan
Dick McCracken
Mervyn Scott
Walter Clarke
Norman McEwan

The first of the Seven Trophies was won and over the course of the season ahead, will celebrate the winning of each of the seven trophies, not just in this centenary season of the 1921-22 success, but the also the winning of each of the seven trophies in this 60th anniversary year of the historic 1961-62 season, when that legendary team matched the achievements of their illustrious predecessors from 40 years previously.

The Alhambra Cup was competed for in only two seasons - 1921-22 and the following season when Cliftonville gained revenge for the previous season, defeating Linfield 2-0 in the final.

In the historic photo of the 1921-22 Seven Trophy winning team below, the trophy on the extreme right is the Alhambra Cup and the newspaper cuttings of the match reports of both the Alhambra Cup semi-final and the final itself, have been kindly provided by Linfield member, Michael Cockcroft.

On this historic centenary anniversary date, Linfield FC celebrates and salutes the triumph of the first part of the first historic Seven Trophy success.

The players of that team and their successors of 40 years later wrote a most glorious chapter in the proud and illustrious history of this club and institution.

Linfield FC has begun to mark the anniversary season of our 1921-22 centenary triumph and our 1961-62 Seven Trophy success.

The club’s 2021-22 members and season tickets which have just been produced, all possess the historic image of our 1921-22 immortals and the same image has been proudly on display as the profile picture on our social media platforms.

Team sheets produced for social media have also included portrait images of legendary 1921-22 captain Bob Wallace, goalkeeper Alfie Harland and other heroes from that period.

Further tributes and further means of celebrating this landmark season are in the pipeline and supporters are encouraged to suggest ways in which these historic achievements should be marked and celebrated by submitting ideas to

Only 4 of our 1961-62 legends are still with us, almost 60 years after they achieved the Clean Sweep of the Seven Trophies for the second time in this club's proud history.

Goalkeeper Bobby Irvine resides in Shropshire, England with the 3 others - Isaac Andrews, Billy Wilson and Hubert Barr still locally based.

Today, 100 years later, Linfield FC recalls with pride our Alhambra Cup success on September 7, 1921 that set the club on the road to these truly astonishing achievements.

The players on the team sheet below could never have imagined that their humble success in a minor cup competition would be celebrated exactly 100 years to the day later, as one small piece in an epic jigsaw of glory and rich history.

Audaces Fortuna Juvat


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