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Trinity soccer players celebrate famous victory

Published: 5th January 2017

One piece of silverware that has proved elusive to Trinity down through the years has been the Collingwood Cup. Only twice has the college lifted the trophy in this top-tier soccer competition, most recently in 1978. Our only other victory was in 1967, the 50th anniversary of which takes place next month.

Celebrating this landmark will be 12 of the team who beat Queens University by a goal to nil that day. The 12 will back in Trinity from February 9-11, having come from far and wide – Australia, USA, France, Spain, Belgium, the UK and of course Ireland.

Tom Nolan captained the winning side of 1967 and is one of those involved in organising the 50th anniversary reunion. He explains how it all came about: “We used to swap Christmas cards with each other and then we met about three years ago to see if there were any other opportunities to get-together. It was then we realised that the 50th anniversary was coming up in February 2017.”

David Jackson, who played left full-back on the winning team, and one of the few who is still based in Ireland, is very much looking forward to their Collingwood reunion. He has fond memories of the day back in February 1967, especially considering Trinity almost won the Collingwood the previous year but were beaten in the final.

Unlike nowadays, there was no money in professional football back then so when the various team members graduated from college they went on to become engineers, doctors, statisticians.

The 12 who will be returning to campus next month are: David Jackson, Tom Mears, Tom Macready, John Reaney, Derek Waddell, Frank Graham, Ron Ballard, Alan Anderson, Trevor Sowerby, Jeremy Kynaston, Andre Leonard and Tom Nolan.

One member of the squad can’t travel, another has sadly passed away, while efforts to contact the remaining player, Andy Nono, have so far proved fruitless. It was Andy who scored the winning goal, from a penalty kick, in this infamous Collingwood clash.

A match report from day cites “possibly the strongest team the club has ever fielded” and “home ground advantage” as contributing factors in this historic win. Interestingly, many teams often relinquished their own home-ground advantage to play on College Park in those days as it was a far superior pitch than many of the alternatives.

*Trinity’s Collingwood Cup-winning team of 1967 are getting together in Dublin from February 9-11. They are still trying to trace Andy Nono who scored the winning goal. Andy was born in England in 1945. He studied at Magee College in Derry in 1964 and 1965 and spent the final years of his degree course at Trinity, graduating in 1967. If anyone knows what became of him please contact our captain Tom Nolan at

*This year’s Collingwood Cup takes place in Maynooth from February 20-23. Trinity’s first match is against University of Ulster

Photo above (back row L-R): Chris Rae (deceased), Alan Anderson, Trevor Sowerby, Derek Waddell, David Jackson, John Reaney. (Front row L-R): Andy Nono (goal scorer), Tom Macready, Tom Nolan (team captain), Tom Mears, Ron Ballard.