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Rivals reunited 50 years after Gibraltar match

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: July 14, 2014

  • Trevor in 1954

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AS ONE OF the many tens of thousands of National Serviceman who served in Gibraltar, Trevor Sidaway of Cradley Heath was selected for the Combined Services representative team, in the 1953/54 season, to play in the series of five matches, against the civilian representative team — the Gibraltar FA.

Adolfo Ramirez was one of the opposing players in the Gibraltar FA's team and on Thursday, June 12, they met up for the first time in almost sixty years.

The meeting took place in the Board Room of Victoria Stadium, headquarters of the Gibraltar FA, and the FA's General Secretary Richard Manning made a presentation of memorabilia which included souvenir match programmes of the international games played by Gibraltar since their registration as full members of UEFA. The present stadium has been upgraded since Trevor's National Service days, and can currently seat 5,000 spectators. However, in order to enable internationals to be played it would have to be further upgraded to meet UEFA Category 4 standards.

This is not possible on its existing site and a new 8,000 seat stadium is planned on a new site at Europa Point. It is hoped to be ready for the start of the European Cup competition in 2016.

Gibraltar have been drawn in Group D which includes Poland, Germany, Ireland and Scotland and their first match is against Poland on 14th October 2016.

Since their acceptance by UEFA Gibraltar have played in a number of international games against fellow UEFA members and have shown that they can hold their own against the more junior UEFA teams. These have included Slovakia, Estonia and more recently a 1-0 win against Malta.

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