Young Clydes FC celebrates 50 years of sporting excellence

The current team which recently represented in the SA Breweries League tournament. They also won the 2012 Easter Tournament League and advanced to the SAB League. To this day, it is evident that the club produces top soccer players.

In celebration of its 50th anniversary, the historical Young Clydes Football Club will be hosting a grand dinner and dance festival on March 31 at the Umhlatuzana Civic Hall and encourage the community to come forward and support the initiative. The story of the football club begins in the dark days of Indian oppression.

In 1945, some people of Indian origin were employed by the local municipality and they were housed in the Magazine Barracks in the vicinity of Somtseu Road, Durban.

Within the confines of the Barracks, people who lived in different areas congregated and began to give their respective areas unique names. During 1945, Clydes Football Club from Scotland toured South Africa and played against a selected white team in a friendly soccer match.

The Young Clydes team back in the day certainly dominated on the soccer field. They won every cup within the Chatsworth area in 1973 and took home major trophies such as the League Cup trophy and the Clover Cup trophy to name a few.

Their style of play was immediately admired by the locals. “Our area adopted this name and called ourselves ‘Clydes District’. Many districts were formed and they challenged each other in the various codes of sports in the then Durban Indian Municipal Employees Society Association (DIMES),” said members of the club.

Players from Clydes Football Club enjoyed exciting times. The brand and standard of football was exceptional.

As history would have it, the entire Barracks residency was unceremoniously uprooted and shipped off to the Indian Township of Chatsworth under the Group Areas Act. The majority of the people were dispersed and relocated to Westcliff and Croftdene areas.

In 1966, the club affiliated a team with the Chatsworth Football Association. “In 1968, we are proud to say that our club won all the trophies in the Junior Division, being the League, Clover Cup, Pine Mohammed Floating Trophy, Knock-out Cup and Player of the year.

In 1972, our senior team also won all the above awards including the CFA President’s Special Award trophy. In 2008, the club affiliated a Division 1 team at SAFA- Chatsworth. We were joint winners of the League Cup,” they added.

In 2011, having won the League Championship Cup, in Division 1, they were promoted to the Premier Division. The Under 11 team won the 5-a-side Tournament.

In 2012, their team in the Premier Division won the League and finished runner’s up in the Easter Tournament. In 2013, the Premier Division team won the Easter Tournament and the Play-offs thereby earning a promotion to the South African Breweries League.

The ethos of the club has always been to recruit and field local talent in their matches. What an achievement when Young Clydes won through to play in the prestigious SAFA Semi-Pro League.

The team consisted of about 80 percent Indian players. They played in grounds in the Durban and surrounding areas including Umlazi, Umbumbulu and Amanzimtoti. The teams we played against were predominately black teams.

“On many occasions, we were ridiculed before the start of a game with remarks such as ‘you must go and play cricket’ leave soccer to us. The skill and dedication displayed by our players won the hearts and appraisal of opposition ardent supporters,” explained officials. The ethos of the club has not altered in that players are recruited predominately from the Westcliff area.

They are proud reaching this memorable milestone of 50 years since the inception. The club being completely amateur obtained all funding through sponsorships, from officials and well-wishers. With this as a background, it was decided that a celebration be held to honour those that have gone past and to anticipate those that are to come in the future.

To mark this remarkable feat, the dinner and dance will be hosted. The function will commence at 6pm. In order to remember this momentous occasion, a commemorative brochure will be fashioned for distribution.

The football club invites all those who will want to be part of this historic event. For more information, contact Sonny Charles Moonsamy on 082-514-1795 or Teddy Naidoo on 082-468-7312.

Elaine Naidoo
Digital Editor

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