Golden memories of ‘64

These amazing old photographs from the archives of the ‘Derry Journal’ - some of them never seen before - are sure to rekindle memories of one of the finest moments in the proud history of Derry City FC. Sean McLaughlin reports.

The evocative black-and-white images relive that magical month of April 1964 when the city’s footballing heroes travelled to Belfast’s Windsor Park - the home of Northern Ireland football - where they took on and triumphed over the might of Glentoran.

CHAMPIONS... The victorious Derry team and some of the club's officials and fan pictured at Windsor Park after their Irish Cup win over Glentoran. Included, from left, are Joe Williamson (chairman), Joe Wilson, Roy Seddon, Jim Crossan, Eddie Mahon, Fay Coyle, Johnny McKenzie, Dan Watson (trainer) and George Begley (director). Front row, from left, Jimmy McGeogh, Billy Cathcart, Frank Campbell, Doug Wood and Matt Doherty. [06-01-13 SML 57]

CHAMPIONS... The victorious Derry team and some of the club's officials and fan pictured at Windsor Park after their Irish Cup win over Glentoran. Included, from left, are Joe Williamson (chairman), Joe Wilson, Roy Seddon, Jim Crossan, Eddie Mahon, Fay Coyle, Johnny McKenzie, Dan Watson (trainer) and George Begley (director). Front row, from left, Jimmy McGeogh, Billy Cathcart, Frank Campbell, Doug Wood and Matt Doherty. [06-01-13 SML 57]

Thousands of City fans travelled to support the Candystripes and, though they watched what many reports describe as a largely forgettable football match, they’ll recall forever at least the last few minutes of the game.

With the tie heading toward a replay, Derry slotted home twice in the final two minutes. First, Joey Wilson found some space to feed the ball to the legendary Fay Coyle. Coyle then played a return ball over the top of the oncoming Glens defence to play Wilson into space.

Rounding the keeper, Wilson beat both Finlay’s attempted save and the raised flag of a linesman - there was no such thing as assistant referees in those days.

Things got even better for the already jubilant Derry supporters, at least for those who hadn’t left early believing the game would end scoreless! Matt Doherty turned on the style in the final minute to beat two defenders after Fay Coyle had found him with a long ball. With Finlay stranded between Doherty’s approach and that of the other City forwards, he could do nothing as Matt finished in style and the Cup was on its way to Foyleside.

Roy Seddon, Billy Cathcart, Jimmy McGeogh and Matt Doherty display their Irish Cup medals following the thrilling victory over Glentoran. [06-01-13 SML 56]

Roy Seddon, Billy Cathcart, Jimmy McGeogh and Matt Doherty display their Irish Cup medals following the thrilling victory over Glentoran. [06-01-13 SML 56]

It’s a game recalled by, among others, the North’s Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, who remembers travelling to Belfast for the tie.

A few years ago, the Sinn Fein politician recalled: “I remember vividly as a 15-year-old, in 1964, seeing Derry play Glentoran in the Irish Cup Final at Windsor Park in Belfast.

“Glentoran were one of the two big Belfast teams, along with Linfield. Any rural team playing them was up against the odds. So Derry winning 2-0 was an incredible achievement, like Bradford beating Manchester United in the FA Cup final. I went with my father on a train packed with Derry fans. He was always a very calm person, but that Cup Final was the only time I saw him get excited in his life. I remember when Derry scored he threw his hat into the air. I was as amazed by his reaction as the fact that Derry had scored.”

The victorious Derry City FC team make their triumphant return to the city on the 1960s equivalent of an open top bus. The houses on the left of the street - opposite the current site of Lumen Christi College at Bishop Street - were later to make way for an extension to the Nazareth House residential home. [06-01-12 SML 50]

The victorious Derry City FC team make their triumphant return to the city on the 1960s equivalent of an open top bus. The houses on the left of the street - opposite the current site of Lumen Christi College at Bishop Street - were later to make way for an extension to the Nazareth House residential home. [06-01-12 SML 50]

Some of the Derry players pictured in training a few days before the cup final. Included are Frank Campbell, Jimmy McGeogh and Billy Cathcart. [06-01-13 SML 52]

Some of the Derry players pictured in training a few days before the cup final. Included are Frank Campbell, Jimmy McGeogh and Billy Cathcart. [06-01-13 SML 52]

Derry players Jimbo Crossan, Matt Doherty and Eunan Blake relax before the big game at Windsor Park. [06-01-13 SML 53]

Derry players Jimbo Crossan, Matt Doherty and Eunan Blake relax before the big game at Windsor Park. [06-01-13 SML 53]

The Derry City ballyboys and mascots selected for the cup final in Belfast. [06-01-13 SML 54]

The Derry City ballyboys and mascots selected for the cup final in Belfast. [06-01-13 SML 54]

'I know how you feel', says Charlie Heffron - Derry City's goalkeeper when the 'Candy Stripes' won the cup in 1954 - to city's young netminder, Eddie Mahon, as Eddie shows Charlie his cup winners' medal in the dressing room of Windsor Park. [06-01-13 SML 55]

'I know how you feel', says Charlie Heffron - Derry City's goalkeeper when the 'Candy Stripes' won the cup in 1954 - to city's young netminder, Eddie Mahon, as Eddie shows Charlie his cup winners' medal in the dressing room of Windsor Park. [06-01-13 SML 55]

Pictured with the cup on the train home to Derry from Belfast are, from left, Willie Ross (manager), Joe Williamson (chairman) and Frank Campbell (captain). [06-01-13 SML 51]

Pictured with the cup on the train home to Derry from Belfast are, from left, Willie Ross (manager), Joe Williamson (chairman) and Frank Campbell (captain). [06-01-13 SML 51]