50th Reunion of SCC's 1st X1 Football Squad of 1967

Old Columbans Events

On a sunny Sunday afternoon in May, the St Columba's College 1st X1 football Squad of 1967 and friends, met for a reunion lunch at the King Harry Pub.  They gathered to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of their winning share of the Inaugural Hertfordshire Senior Schools Football Cup, and more importantly to mark the 90th Birthday of their manager/coach, James Coughlan.  He was deservedly presented with a Blue Plaque in recognition of this happy achievement.

The 1967 Final was a memorable occasion with St Columba’s College pitted against the Welwyn High School 1st X1.  The first game ended in a thrilling 4-4 draw after extra time and the replay tiredly ended 2-2 after extra time. With no penalty shoot outs 50 years ago, the trophy was appropriately shared.

The St Columba's College 1st X1 in attendance were: John Asker, Tony Brophy, Brendan Bird, Giles Harrison, Pat Tilley, David Blenkharn and Tony Bird, together with three players, Tony Smith (Captain), Pat Nelly and Jim Heaney, who went on to play for many Senior Amateur Football Teams, including an FA X1, England Universities, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Hitchin, Borehamwood, Hertford, Dunstable, Letchworth, Ampthill and Tring. Finally, Jimmy McCaffery completed the line-up and he went on to play professionally for: Nottingham Forest, Huddersfield, Mansfield, Portsmouth and Northampton as well as being capped for the England Youth Team.

A great time was had by all.

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