Tristar Football Club teams of yesteryear came out in force on Saturday at St Columb’s College for the inaugural Jon ‘Ugg’ Clifford Memorial tournament.
Sixteen teams in total featuring former Tristar representatives from the 70s, 80s and 90s went head-to-head on the 4G pitches at the Buncrana Road school in memory of the late Tristar coach as part of the club’s 40th Anniversary celebrations.
Teams taking part included Ugg’s first ever 1974 team and his most recent 1997 team in a tournament well organised by
Ryan Horner and Gavin Doherty.
The football blitz was won by Paddy Stanley’s Parma team who defeated Gavin Doherty’s Getafe in the final and ‘Ugg’s sister, Rosie presented the trophy. Meanwhile, Michael Bradley’s Marseille team finished as OAP champions.
Tournament organiser and Tristar coach, Ryan Horner said it was a proud day for the club as they remembered their late coach.
“The club has gone from strength to strength over the last three years, with everyone playing their part to carry on Ugg’s legacy.
“The day itself was a great mark of respect for our mentor and the turnout proved how much ‘Ugg’ meant to so many people and the effect that he had on their lives.
“As we all know, ‘Ugg’ took young kids off that streets in times of hardship and as Saturday showed, he didn’t just make them good footballers, he made them friends for life, that was his legacy.
“A great day was had by all and it was well supported,” he said. “When we asked how the club could put in a place something to remember Ugg, then this was the perfect thing. A football tournament, between everyone who played for him.
“I’d like to thank referees, Dick Tucker, Mark McGarrigle, Noel Moore and Paul McLaughlin for giving up their time to make sure that some kind of order was kept on the day.”
Tristar’s 40th Anniversary Dinner Dance will take place in The City Hotel on October 11th next.