Imtarfa Military Cup 2012

Saturday, April 28, 2012, 15:47



British Servicemen who were stationed in Mtarfa in the beginning of the 20th century started playing football at the parade ground thus giving birth to football in Mtarfa. According to records available in newspapers of the early 1900s, the first match which was played there was a friendly match between the Malta Athletic Club and the Royal Dublin Fusiliers, won 4-0 by the latter.

Probably the event for which the Mtarfa is most known is because of the famous ‘Imtarfa Cup’ which was played in 1909. At that time, no national league was played and clubs used to play several matches against varied opposition, especially against British Army and Navy teams to try and show their strength. There was no doubt that the strongest teams were Floriana F.C. and St. George’s F.C.. In 1907,St. George’sissued a number of challenges to local and services’ teams. However no side was strong enough to face them. In April  1908, Floriana accepted this challenge. The Greens wanted to play a match for a silver cup which came to be known as the “Imtarfa Cup”. This venue, the Imtarfa Parade Ground (or theBarrack Square, as it was also known) was chosen since Mtarfa is situated far away from both Floriana and Cospicua. The date was the 14th February 1909. One of the local dailies at that time “The Malta Chronicle” commented that over 10,000 spectators were present for this match. In fact on the day of the match, the train had to make several extra trips to accommodate the thousands of supporters who went to Imtarfa. The match ended in a 1-1 draw.

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Mtarfa Military Cup 2011 Edition

Yellow Marines won Mtarfa Military Cup first edition organised by Mtarfa FC. The 5-a-Side tournament was part of Mtarfa Military Day event and in memory of iMtarfaCup,Malta first ever silver trophy to be won in 1912 since MFA foundation in 1900.

Eight teams participated with the majority of the players typically plays in MFA higher league. All participants selected military names for their team to match with the Military Day theme. Such as Royal Mtarfa, Anglo Store, Underdogs, St. John Regiment, Mgarr RA, Rabat Lightning, Buqana Riders and winners Yellow Marines.

Floriana and St. Georges inaugurated the tournament with a thirty minutes match in memory of iMtarfa Cup followed with trophy presentation to both teams by Mtarfa Local Council. The tournament was played in friendly and best fair play at all under the continuous observation of military enactment

For Yellow Marines played, Cedrick Zahra, Giorgio Cumbo, Cleaven Mizzi, Joseph Pearson, Omar Smier (Mtarfa FC), Jonathan Pearson(Hibs), Adam Smier (Rabat A.), and Vincent in the final match they encountered Rabat Lightning’s beating 5-2. Referee of the match was Mr. Reno Galea.

The tournament was organised by Mtarfa FC with the collaboration of Mtarfa Local Council, Sponsored by Pink Promotion and Bulmers Cider. This tournament ends Mtarfa FC 2010-11 appointments.




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