November 25 - Sixtieth anniversary of the winning of the Second of the 1961/62 Seven Trophies

Posted : 25th November 2021 at 00:09:58

On this November 25 date exactly 60 years ago, Linfield won the second of the Magnificent Seven Trophies in that unforgettable and glorious 1961/62 season.

The current 2021/22 season marks not just the 60th anniversary of the 1961/62 Seven Trophy immortals, but also the centenary of the 1921/22 Seven Trophy immortals.

In this special anniversary season Linfield FC will celebrate the success in winning each of the historic Seven Trophies in both of the Legendary Seven Trophy winning seasons.

The second competition in the 1961/62 Seven Trophy season was the City Cup. The league's 12 teams all played each other once in a mini league format. Linfield clinched the City Cup winning the 11th and final game on this November 25 date, exactly sixty years ago today.

The City Cup trophy was the current League Cup trophy.

On the way to City Cup success Linfield beat Glentoran (2-1), Ards (2-1), Cliftonville (2-1), Glenavon (4-3), Derry City (3-2), Bangor (3-2), Ballymena (1-0), Distillery (4-1), and Crusaders (4-0).

In the penultimate game Linfield lost 2-1 to Portadown, meaning a win was needed in the final game which was a home game against Coleraine.

City Cup (Final game in league format)

Windsor Park

November 25, 1961

Linfield 6 Coleraine 0

(Goals scored by Hubert Barr (5) and Bobby Braithwaite)

The line-up that secured the second trophy in what was to become a truly momentous season was as follows

Bobby Irvine
Ken Gilliland
Jackie Graham
Billy Wilson
Sammy Hatton
George McCleery
Tommy Stewart
Hubert Barr
Phil Scott
Tommy Dickson
Bobby Braithwaite

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, 60 years later, Linfield FC recalls with pride our City Cup success on November 25, 1961 that followed our Ulster Cup success 11 days earlier and kept the club on course to sealing these truly astonishing Seven Trophy achievements.

The players on the team sheet below could never have imagined that their humble success in a minor cup competition would be celebrated and honoured exactly 60 years to the day later, as one small piece in an epic tale of glorious history and folklore.

Audaces Fortuna Juvat

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