CERN Club Football wins 40 year old tradition cup

Already two weeks since the CERN football team, representing the Dave Underhill XI in the annual match with the Geneva Scottish Football Club, made a late, late rally to win the Jean Pierre Fillettaz Trophy.

They started well with some good passing movements, but the Scots were also playing well and began to take control towards the end of the first half. Then, following a series of poor finishing and good goalkeeping by the CERN keeper, they finally found the back of the net, and the lads in white trooped off for well-earned oranges and water, just 1-0 down at half time.

The second half was again evenly matched, but while we were not making the goal chances the Scots were squandering theirs. THEN with just 10 minutes to go a sudden resurgence of energy and aggression, the CERNites made the chances which counted, and in the space 5 minutes turned the score around and were happy to hear the final whistle and celebrate a famous 2-1 victory.

Victory and commiserations were celebrated in the "Club House" with a few beers and a couple of bottles of pure Scottish Malt Whisky drunk from the famous Trophy.

A Trophy which had been presented to the Geneva Scottish Football Club by the patron of the Café de la Place in Meyrin way back in 1978. The Scots decided they should play for the Trophy in an annual match against the "essentially" English team at that time, which Dave had kept going from the original Wednesday Club football team.

So there is history which goes with the Trophy, and lots of fond memories of bye gone matches and memorable "old boys". There were three years when it wasn't played but in general honours are just about even, although Dave's XI just have "the edge" at 18 - 13 wins, with 3 draws, one abandoned and one disputed!! 

Having hung up his boots many years ago, Dave gives thanks to the CERN football Club for continuing to put a team together to represent him in this historic fixture.

Well played lads...

by Dave Underhill