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Coleraine to celebrate 50th Anniversary title win

Chance for fans to meet Gibson Cup heroes . . .

Exclusive by Michael Anderson

Coleraine Football Club is set to honour its famous title winning team of 1974.

The squad will be at the Showgrounds on Saturday for the final home game of the season as the Bannsiders commemorate the 50th anniversary of the club’s one and only title success.

A question and answer session, hosted by Grant Cameron, will be held in the Social Club from 2pm.

If you’ve a question you’d like to ask, then get yourself along early pre match.

The players will then be introduced to fans at half time against Crusaders.

A private function is also being held in the Bushtown Hotel afterwards, with representatives of the Friends of Coleraine, Ballymoney, Garvagh and Kilrea, Wes Gregg and Spirit of 74 Supporters Club’s present.

It will be a fitting acknowledgement of that memorable achievement.

A lot of work has gone on behind the scenes to bring the squad together again, with Eddie Crossan flying in from America for the reunion.

Only Brian Jennings and Davy Gordon are unable to attend.

Michael Anderson’s recent feature recalling the 1974 title adventure – with the expert assistance of club historian Hunter McClelland – showed the depth of feeling Coleraine supporters still have for Bertie Peacock’s famous team.

To date the Causeway Chronicle story has had over 25,000 views and counting.

Now the team will once again come together to celebrate the historic occasion.

There will be quite a few stories recalled come Saturday!

Coleraines League Championship winning team, 1974. Back row, left to right: Davy Jackson, Davy Gordon, Vincent Magee, Lee Clark, Eugene McNutt, Peter Tweed. Middle I-r: Davy Pringle (trainer), Terry Cochrane, Russell Peacock, Johnny McCurdy, Brian Jennings, Eddie Crossan, Michael Guys Ivan Murray, Jimmy O’Neill (coach). Seated I-r: Jim Morrison (treasurer), Jack Doherty (chairman), Alan Campbell (capt), Bertie Peacock (manager), Johnny Doherty (director), Freddie McFaul (secretary). (Missing: Sean Mullan and Des Dickson.)

Johnny McCurdy lifts the Irish Cup during a period when Coleraine were a strong alternative to the ‘Big Two’ of Linfield and Glentoran.

Flashback to October 2017, when Causeway Chronicle photographed the Gibson Cup winning team of 74 at a special dinner in the Lodge Hotel

Michael Anderson

Michael Anderson