Marsaxlokk Football Club

SEASON 1970/1971

DIVISION 3


League Results
League Classification
Div III Knock Out
History of the Season - Amabile Vella

League Results


OPPONENTS SCORE DATE SCORERS
vs St Andrews 1-0 -- T. Ghio
vs Lija Ath 2-1 -- T.Ghio, J.Gafa
vs Zejtun 0-0 -- -
vs Mqabba 3-0 -- T.Ghio, C.Bugeja, A.Vella
vs St Peters 1-0 -- V.Zerafa
vs St Andrews 2-1 -- V.Zerafa, T.Ghio
vs Lija Ath 0-0 -- -
vs Zejtun 1-1 -- T.Ghio
vs Mqabba 4-0 -- C.Bugeja,T.Ghio,V.Zerafa,J.Gafa
vs St Peters 3-0 -- C.Bugeja,V.Zerafa,T.Ghio


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MFA Division 3 P W D L F A Pts
Marsaxlokk F.C. 10 7 3 0 17 3 17
Zejtun F.C. 10 5 3 2 20 44 13
Lija Ath F.C. 10 5 2 3 15 13 12
St Peters F.C. 10 4 2 4 13 14 10
St Andrews F.C. 10 3 2 5 19 14 8
Mqabba F.C. 10 0 0 10 1 30 0
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Promotion Deciders



OPPONENTS SCORE DATE SCORERS
vs Siggiewi 2-0 -- J.Gafa,C.Bugeja
vs Vittoriosa 0-0 -- -
vs Siggiews 0-0 -- -
vs Vittoriosa 1-0 -- A.Vella


Final Classification P W D L F A Pts
Marsaxlokk F.C. 4 2 2 0 3 0 6
Vittoriosa F.C. 4 2 1 1 3 1 5
Siggiewi F.C. 4 0 1 3 0 5 1

MARSAXLOKK IIIrd DIVISION CHAMPIONS
PROMOTED TO 2nd DIVISION

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HISTORY OF SEASON 1970/71

by Amabile Vella



This was one of the best seasons for Marsaxlokk FC. For the first time, Marsaxlokk FC won the IIIrd Division Championship and were promoted to the IInd Division. This was the equivalent of the Ist Division of today because there was no Premier Division. The IIIrd Division was divided in three sections with the three winners playing the promotion deciders and the first two gaining promotion to the IInd Division.

We have been trying since 1965 (when we re-entered MFA for the second time) to gain promotion. We have arrive to the Knock Out final on three occasions always losing. Season 1969/70 was a bad season and the team's moral was not good. Most of the committe members did not want to continue and only Francis X Vella, Joseph Grech and Joe Badacchino remained.

Joe Baldacchino approached me to become a committee member and I immediately accepted. The committe for season 1070/71 was:
POST NAME
 PRESIDENT Amabile Vella
 VICE-PRESIDENT Joseph Grech
 SECRETARY Fancis X. Vella
 TREASURER France Ghirxi
 MEMBERS Joe Baldacchino
  Emanuel Grech
  Fancis Grech
  John Vella
  Harry Darmanin


We agreed that we must instill more discipline in our players to be able to succeed in our aim. For the players' meeting we had 25 players - all from Marsaxlokk with the exception of three. I (Amabile Vella) trained the players because we haven't appointed a coach yet. A Physical Trainer was appointed - Russ Wallie. He was in the British RAF and with a 'commandoes style' training the players obtained a high level of fitness in 3 weeks.

At the beginning of this season Hector Barbara was transferred to Marsa FC in the 1st Division and therefore we had to find another centre-half. Nenu Gafa had to fill in this gap and as a stopper, Paul Caruana was promoted from the reserves team. Other players to form part of the squad were Thomas Zahra, Thomas Incorvaja and Matthew Grech who formed the defence. The midfield was formed from Albert Vella u Rosario Zahra. The forward line consisted of Vince Zerafa, Carmelo Bugeja (il-Ginger) and Tony Ghio. Joe Camilleri (Macawc) was the goalkeeper.

Other promising players from the reserves team were Ralph Kerr, Peter Fenech, Jackie Darmanin and Angelo Zerafa, with the latter obtaining a regular place in the last games of the season.

The winning of the IIIrd Division championship was celebrated with a carcade from the Schreiber ground to Marsaxlokk. It was one of the golden years of our Club.
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Div III Knock Out


OPPONENTS SCORE DATE SCORERS
ROUND 1 vs Sirens 4-0 24/04/1971 --
QUARTER-FINAL vs St Andrews 1-1 16/05/1971 --
Q/F REPLAY vs St Andrews 0-3 23/05/1971 --



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