Gower Allstars celebrate historic achievement after winning four trophies
PUBLISHED: 10:54 09 June 2016 | UPDATED: 11:07 09 June 2016
The old boys team of Hampstead's University College School, Gower Allstars, has secured an unprecedented quadruple in the MA Camden League, staying unbeaten throughout the season and winning every competition they entered.
There have been treble-winners in the past – including the seven-time champions Redstar Camden and more recently Tufnell Park Rangers – but no team had previously won four trophies in one campaign, securing the league title and another three cups.
Manager Phil Glyn, 38, said: “I am incredibly proud of this achievement. It’s taken a huge amount of commitment, work-rate and mental strength.
“We knew we were capable of winning four trophies as early as January so the expectation and pressure has been building for months now. To finally complete the quadruple is an almighty relief and feels incredible.
“The squad are so talented, both individually and collectively, and have such a good bond between them – it’s made my job a real pleasure. I doubt this feat will ever be repeated.”
Gower’s first piece of silverware was the most prestigious as they won the Inter League Champions Cup.
The best three teams from seven leagues across London competed in a knock-out format to determine the best of the best – and highlights of the final were screened on Sky TV.
The Premier Division title was then wrapped up convincingly in early April, with a record 14-point gap between first-placed Gower and their nearest rivals Inter Asia.
Glyn’s side also showed their dominance by finishing with a goal difference of +67 after just 14 games, having averaged almost five goals per match.
The final two trophy triumphs followed at the end of May as the Allstars won back-to-back cup finals at Kingsbury Stadium, overcoming Mile End Casuals 4-0 to lift the MA Cup and then beating London Bari – a semi-professional club – 6-2 to add the Group Cup to their collection.
Next season Gower will be given another challenge when they compete in the London Cup – the biggest cup competition available to amateur clubs in the capital.
“I want to test this team to the maximum,” said Glyn. “There are no weaknesses and, with a winning mentality, we can justifiably test ourselves against the very best in London – and I wouldn’t put it past this team to win that next year too.”
Gower are sadly saying goodbye to two of their longest-serving players, who have been with the club for more than 10 years – captain Jules Norton is emigrating to Australia while Dave Botterill is retiring due to persistent injuries.
“Both players have been integral in the success and growth of the club, not just this season but over many years and the club owes them a huge amount,” said Glyn. “What better way for them both to bow out than winning a quadruple?”
Meanwhile the club’s second team, Gower Phoenix, who are led by Luke Halliday, have also had a successful campaign, earning promotion to the same Premier Division as the Allstars.
Glyn added: “History has shown that when the two sides compete in the same division, because they train together week in, week out as a club, the league games between them are some of the most heated of the season, which the whole squad can look forward to.”