Birkirkara FC v West Ham United the Football Connection21st July 2015
A1 Pharmaceuticals local football team West Ham United travel to Malta on Thursday 16th July 2015 for the second leg of the UEFA Europa League second qualifying round second leg tie, with West Ham United winning the first leg 1-0 at Upton Park.
Birkirkara Football Club is a football club based in the town of Birkirkara, the largest town in the island of Malta. The club was formed in 1950, following the amalgamation of Birkirkara United and Birkirkara Celtic. Birkirkara currently play in the Maltese Premier League, which it has won on four occasions, most recently in the 2012–13 season.
A1 founders Gary and Carmen Lewis have very strong links with Birkirkara FC as Carmen’s father John Abdilla was goalkeeper for Birkirkara FC during 1952/1953 season. The picture below shows John Abdilla centre of the back row wearing the Birkirkara goalkeepers strip of white top dark shorts and a cap.
Above Birkirkara FC 1953 team photo; John Abdilla back row 3rd from left.
In the season 1952/53, Birkirkara took second place in the 1st Division and to the final of the Cassar Cup were they lost to Floriana by a solitary goal. The Birkirkara supporters later labeled the final as the “Briffa Cup” – a tribute to the referee who according to the supporters delivered the cup to Floriana on a silver plate. After this eventual final, Birkirkara remained in the top flight for a period of eight years. Not that these eight years were of any success, as Birkirkara were always hovering above the relegation zone.
What was a source of disappointment for john was that he played all season but another goal keeper was picked for the final v Floriana.« Back to News