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Camps Bay FC History

Author: Roger Volkel, 17/03/15

A detailed History of the Camps Bay FC from 1918 - 1928 by L.New

The seeds of association football were sown in the youth of Camps Bay way back in 1918 when Mr. Dan Hopkins and Mr. Peter Hind formed the Tamboers Kloof Football Club and the Camps Bay pitch was used as the home ground. There were about 27 youngsters of varying ages and the youngest team was under 14. The senior teams comprised members from Camps Bay and the Kloof and the club played in Green and white shirts with white collars and white shorts, Dan Hopkins and Peter Hind were men of great enthusiasm and love for soccer arid their efforts were tireless in imparting training and know-how of the game.

Most of these youngsters formed the nucleus of the Camps Bay club when it was formed in time for the 1924 season through the vision and enthusiasm of Mr. Jim Pearson and Mr. '`Fanny- Hayes, and it marked the end of an era when the green and white colours gave way to the Aston Villa colours - maroon and sky blue. There were four Junior Leagues in those days - Under 16. 17, 19 and 20, and Camps Bay entered an under 16 team for the 1924 season with Max Jurisch captain arid Harry Coetzee vice-captain. We failed by 2 points to win the League cup, but we succeeded in winning the Junior Challenge Cup that year.

The team was:-Dudley Alsop, Clem Baker, Max Jurisch, Billy Ledingharn, Stan Collins, Major Barends, Len New, Alex McLachlan, Stan New, Cliff Derry, Harry Coetzee.

The team moved up to the under-17 League competition for the 1925 season with the same captain arid again finished second on the log, 3 points behind SACS, the winners. The 1926 season saw 18 teams competing in the under-19 League and competition was tough. However we finished 7th on the log, 13 points behind Clyde, who were a powerful side.

The pinnacle of achievement was in the 1927 and 1928 seasons when the team moved up into the under-20 League with a few new players. Cliff Deny (*the oldest surviving Life Member of the Club) was appointed captain with Max Rinsch as Vice-captain, and we won the Garlick Cup League Championship in both these seasons. The goal scoring was phenomenal. We scored 106 goals with only 31 against us and gained 60 points out of a possible 64 points in 18 games in 1927 and 14 in 1928.

The 1927 team was:-Len New, Robbie Killops, Cliff Derry, Billy Ledingham, Stan Collins, Major Barends, Alex McLachlan, Norman Moyle, Stan New, Norman Walker, Dalkeith Collins.

The 1928 team comprised players from the above side and Ronnie Burton, Oscar Cohen and Jimmy Cochrane, hut there is no record of the actual team that defeated Newlands 3 - 1 to win the League Cup by 2 points over Clyde with 24 points. Statistics show that in 1927 the team gained 34 points out of a possible 36 and in 1928, 26 points out of a possible 28, with 52 goals for and 19 against and 54 goals for and 12 against respectively in 1927 and 1928.

Another achievement for this match-winning under-20 side was a friendly encounter with the clubs first team, who were soundly beaten. The speed, nimbleness and dexterity of the younger players proved too much for their slower and more robust opponents.

A comment from a newspaper cutting on the under-20 team the 1928 Garlick Cup was as follows:- "On Saturday Camps Bay became the Under-20 League winners for the season and at the outset let me offer congratulations to the Bay boys. They are well worthy of their win, for their football has been of a high order - clean and manly, with well thought out movements. If promotion to 2nd League is to come the way of any of these boys next season, the Bay will be all the better off for their inclusion."

Several of these young players gained First League honours, and may this proud record inspire the young players today to keep up the fine tradition on which their club is built.

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