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3. THE GOVERNOR’S CUP 1945–1959

Ed Emeka Keazor Bright Pen ePub

By the later part of 1939, Lagos teams had been competing for the Mulford Cup and other cups, for a number of years, when a new dimension was added to the series of football competitions that football fans enjoyed.

The Second World War had just started in 1939 and Great Britain, along with the allies, had joined the war against the axis powers led by Germany. Troops of the Nigeria Regiment were transferred to War Office control (which essentially meant the Colonial Government in Lagos transferred control of the Regiment to the direct control of the War Office in London). Nigerian soldiers were first despatched as part of the 1st West Africa Infantry Brigade to Somaliland (now Somalia) in July 1940, in response to invasion by Italian troops. Nigerian troops recaptured Mogadishu in February 1941, famously pursuing the retreating Italian troops for 17 days. Nigerian troops were also to see action later in the war between 1943 and 1945 as part of the 81st and 82nd (West Africa) Divisions over 40,000 Nigerian soldiers were deployed to fight the Japanese troops who had invaded Burma.

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7. THE FEDERATION CUP HALL OF FAME

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This chapter seeks simply to pay tribute to some of the individuals and organisation that have been part of the Federation Cups history over the years. The listings here, have been made in chronological order through the life of the competition. It has been impossible to list all the great heroes of this competition and the focus in any event being the first 60 years of the competition i.e till

2002. The reason for this cut-off being that the stature of a player or team evolves with time and the sum total of a player or coachs career depends on the full cycle, which the said cut-off allows.

We shall start with:

Teslim Thunder Balogun
(Railway, Plateau, Pan Bank, Peterborough, Queens Park Rangers, Ibadan Lions)

A lot has been written about this great man but it is the authors view that heroes cannot be honoured

enough for their contributions to their country and it is fair to say that Teslim Balogun is so deserving.

His playing career spanned the 1940s to the early 1960s, in which he travelled the highways and byways of Nigeria, plying his trade in the true spirit of sportsmanship and brotherhood, with this competition as an ideal. Balogun was primarily part of the all-conquering Railways team of the 1940s, and particularly, the dreaded Urion attacking line. After Railways, he was the pivot of the record- breaking Pan Bank team that scored the joint-highest margin in an FA Cup final 60 against the Warri XI. A member of the pioneer UK Tourists team, he was one of the first Nigerian player to sign a professional football contract and even in the twilight of his career, he worked tirelessly as a coach with the old Western Region/State. His work with the Ibadan Lions XI in their heyday will remain in the annals of FA cup history. A nation mourned his death in 1972 and the monument to his work is the proud host of this year's Federation Cup.

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Chapter 4 Internal Operations

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9. EKO ONI BAJE! IMAGES OF HISTORICAL LAGOS

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6. COMPETITION FACTS AND STATISTICS 1945–2011

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We shall now examine some facts and statistics, underlying the competition over the last 66 years of its existence. These statistics have been based on final matches, due to the dearth of complete records during the various qualifying rounds over the years. Whilst some Football associations- especially Lagos, have fairly comprehensive data, the same could not be said of all and the need for uniformity has thus guided the focus on final matches, which are at least reliable.

The analysis of goals statistics has been restricted to goals scored in finals and has not included goals scored in the qualification rounds.

19451959

There were 55 goals scored in the finals in this period. The distribution is as follows:

Teams

Goals

1. Railways XI

2. Port Harcourt Red Devils

13

3. Pan Bank-

6

4. Marine

4

5. UAC XI

3

6. Calabar XI

3

7. Warri

2

8. Plateau

2

9. Kano Pillars

2

10. Dynamos

1

11. Zaria

1

Total

55

The record for the highest margin of goals scored in any final in the FA Cup was shared in this period by two matches Port Harcourt Red Devils v Federal United 1958 (60) and Pan Bank XI v Warri XI 1952 (60). The record for the highest scoreline/margin in FA cup history was for a match in the qualifying rounds Port Harcourt Red Devils v Ikot Ekpene 180, 1958 preliminary rounds; the next was Ibadan v Ekiti 170. These stand as the overall highest scores/margins in FA Cup history.

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