‘Bumla’ and ‘Dago’ recall 1979 FA Cup final
It’s been decades since Devonshire Cougars and Somerset Trojans last met in a FA Cup Final - 34 years to be exact.
None of the players on both club’s current rosters were even born when Randy Horton’s Trojans thrashed Winston (Coe) Trott’s Cougars 4-0 at the former National Stadium in the 1979 FA Cup Final. Cougars’ present coach Dennis Brown actually played in Somerset’s 2-1 win over PHC in the preceding Bantams’ Crystal Palace Final.
Somerset’s FA Cup Final goal scoring heroes that day were Coolridge (Bumla) Bell (penalty), Keith Simmons and skipper George Brangman who netted a brace either side of the half.
Trojans virtually tied their ribbons on the cup after scoring three goals in the space of six-minutes to take a commanding 3-0 lead into the break.
“Cougars were playing good football that season and the word going around was that Cougars were going to take us down in the FA Cup Final,” former Trojans’ winger Bell recalled. “Cougars had a nice squad and were playing good football but we went up to the National Stadium and showed them who’s boss.”
Cougars midfielder Cyril (Dago) Steede admitted that the scoreline was a true reflection of the match.
“I thought we were there in the runnings but on that day we weren’t good enough, let’s just say it was a sad day,” said Steede, whose son Moses is expected to play in tomorrow’s FA Cup Final pitting Trojans against Cougars at the National Sports Centre (NSC). “We had been playing pretty good up to that game. But some things didn’t go the way we would’ve liked them to and whenever you go behind by three goals inside of ten minutes it takes you away from your game plan.”
Trojans’ lopsided FA Cup Final triumph over Cougars saw them become the first team to win the coveted showpiece despite losing in a previous round. The West Enders lost 3-2 to PHC in the semi-final but were awarded the match after it was discovered that Zebras had fielded an ineligible player during the match.
Cougars appearance in the 1979 FA Cup Final was their first in the competition and second overall in a major cup final having lost 3-0 to PHC in the 1972-73 Friendship Trophy Final.
Tomorrow’s contest between Cougars and Somerset will mark only the third time the two clubs have faced off in a cup final.
Trojans beat Cougars 4-0 in the 2006-07 Friendship Trophy Final.
Cougars are bidding to become only the fifth local club to win the coveted ‘Triple Crown’ comprised of Premier Championship, Friendship Trophy and FA Cup.
North Village were the last team to achieve the feat under coach Dwayne (Streaker) Adams in 2005-06. The other Triple Crown winners are Somerset, PHC and Vasco while
Trojans are the only team to win the ‘Triple Crown’ three years on the trot, having done so between the 1967-68 and 1969-70 seasons.
Cougars are making their third FA Cup Final appearance in four seasons while Trojans are making their first in 23 years.
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