Kevin Kovacs’ Memorial Shield 2014

Well the season started last Saturday with the WMCFL’s version of the Professionals Charity Shield with the Division 1 Winners, St Mary’s, playing the Challenge Cup Final Winners, Zion Athletic, in the Kevin Kovacs’ Memorial Shield. There is a tribute page to Kev in the archive section of the Former Website Section on this site. I have put a little bit from that page below to remind us, and inform those that did not know Kev why we have this fixture.

Kevin served on the WMCFL committee in the most pivotal role of League Secretary since about 1991 right up until his death. When Kev took on the job, the League consisted of just seven clubs and was in danger of folding. Over the years, the League grew to 24 teams largely due to Kevin’s efforts. His commitment to the League was second to none. He was also an integral part of the Chawn Hill Church Football Club serving as player, manager and secretary over the 15 or so years he was involved with the club.
He was diagnosed with leukaemia during the summer of 2003. He put up a brave fight and despite the best attentions of the medics, including a stem cell transplant, he lost his battle on 4 December 2004.  Ed Walker

I have mentioned the Clubs involved but we also had a first for this League having 3 female Match Officials. In the picture we have the 2 Club Captains and the 3 Officials, Debbie Rhooms as Referee with Demi Bennett and Amanda Jayne Payne as Assistant Referees. So commenced our the 2014/2015 WMCFL season. Most peoples prediction would have been a St Mary’s win over a Zion side that had finished the season miserably. However, Zion have been strengthened by some of the old Amblecote lads joining them. (Great to see some of them still within the League). I don’t have any reports to give you information on how the scoring went, suffice to say that the game ended up 2-2 at the end of 90 minutes with Michael Walters and Fairson Nyamunokora notching for Zion Athletic and Nicholas Sheward and Andrew Beeson hitting the net for St Marys. To keep this game different to others, the match finishes after 90 minutes and if the scores are level it goes straight to penalties, (no extra time). Zion Athletic came out as 5-3 Winners on penalties. So congratulations go to Zion Athletic, but this game is more than just about winning. It is a chance for our League to pay tribute to Kev who served our League magnificently.

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