With FC Goa making their debut, what is the history of the Police Cup?
The FC Goa Developmental Team won their first ever-match in the Police Cup, defeating Guardian Angels SC 1-0 at the Bambolim Athletic Stadium in the quarter-finals on Sunday.
The Gaurs made their debut in the competition, 50 years after it was instituted. That would make the Police Cup the third oldest tournament in the state after the Goa State League and the Taca Goa Cup.
In fact, the Goa Police started its own tournament a year before the Goa State League was founded in 1951. Some of the notable teams that participated in that tournament in 1950 — Sports Club Siolim, Football Club of Goa Velha, Mater Dei, Grupo Desportivo de P.E.I – A, Lusitanos, Vasco da Gama and Sao Miguel.
The Police Cup that we know today, came to be started in 1969 with Bernard Pereira’s volley assisting Vasco to defeat Margao Cricket Club in the final to win the inaugural title. They won the trophy that was donated to the police headquarters by Vinod Kumar Shantilal Gosalia, owner of Shantilal Sports Club.
Avinder Singh holds the unique distinction of winning the first three editions of the Police Cup. After he was triumphant with Vasco in the first two years, he was unable to participate with the club for personal reasons.
However after Vasco’s loss to Goa Shipyard, Sesa Goa approached the Punjabi keeper for the final and won the trophy, defeating Salgaocar.
The tournament, hugely popular in the 70’s, saw a break for 12 years in the 90’s, only to be revived later.
The FC Goa Developmental Team go into the semi-finals of this year’s Police Cup and will play Dempo for a place in the title decider at Ella Ground, Old Goa. Sporting Clube de Goa will face Churchill Brothers in the other semi at Duler Ground, Mapusa.