Bermuda Football Association [BFA] announced the 2022 BFA Legends for Legends Fellowship Program.
A spokesperson said: “The five Legends honored this year are:
“Clyde “Tango” Burgess began his goalkeeping career aged 12 in 1957 at West End School. Burgess joined Sandy’s secondary B team and later became second team goalkeeper for the Somerset Colts in 1960. Burgess’ first senior football came at the age of 17 with West End Rovers. After a successful run, Burgess joined the Bermuda Police Force and played for two seasons.
“Meanwhile, they ended the YMSC’s three-year unbeaten run. In 1966, Burgess joined Somerset Cricket Club [SCC] and in 1967 won the Triple Crown. That same year, Burgess made his first international cap for Bermuda against the United States which ended in a draw. Burgess continues to enjoy the sport today and is an avid West Ham fan.
“larry smith had a great football career as a player and coach. Smith played and coached Devonshire Colts FC for 15 years until a broken leg in May 1976 in an international friendly between Bermuda and Burnley FC. Smith has played internationally up to this point.
“Smith successfully coached the North Village Community Club to the Triple Crown in the 77/78 season. He also coached Somerset Cricket Club to a winning double season in 86/87. [League and Martonmere Cup]. Smith coached Greater Osceola United FC in Orlando Fl from 2006 to 2012 and successfully led the Osceola U17s to a championship final. Smith was on the coaching staff in the 70s for the Bermuda U14 team.
“He is currently Vice President of the Bermuda Football Coaches Association and also Director of Football Coaches at CSC.
“Nicole Jones began his football career at the Young Men’s Social Club [YMSC] at the age of 12 and moved to BAA at the age of 14. She played in the Women’s League for Telcom in 1988 in which she won 1st MVP award. She then played for the Bermuda Police Department and won the FA Cup. From 1997 to 1999, Jones played at St. Thomas University in Miami, Florida.
“During that time, she won Defensive Player of the Year three years in a row. She also won the Coaches Player Award. She was captain of the Bermuda Women’s National Team in 2000. From 2000 to 2003, Jones played semi-pro football for the Miami Gliders and then Tampa Bay Extreme.
” From the youngest age, Pamela’s “Bootsie” Rhythm was drawn to athletics and competition. She walked around the neighborhood usually carrying a soccer ball and always found herself playing soccer. He was sometimes asked to dress for St. David’s CC PeeWee team when he was 8 years old.
“When she was at the Whitney Institute, she was the only girl to play football with the boys. Unfortunately, Pace didn’t have the opportunity to play in high school. She joined the Boys Junior League at the US Naval Base and participated in seven-a-side games at the Youth Center Bootsie was considered a pioneer in the Eastern Soccer League when she – aged 13 – made her debut for the junior soccer team fully male HHC.
“By the early 1980s, local hotel staff had formed all-female football teams and held Thursday night games on the BAA grounds under the lights. Bootsie was recruited to play for Holiday Inn Hotel. After a short time, these hotel staff games faded and Bootsie was invited to play for HHC’s senior football team.
“Once the Bermuda Women’s League started again, Bootsie and her sister Damita [Pace] Evans as a goaltender, played for Herbie’s Angels, a team named after his coach Herbie Bascome of St. David’s. In the team’s first outing on Friday night against Cedar Park, Bootsie scored five goals in the 6-1 win. Bootsie is deeply honored to have been a trailblazer – however short-lived – due to a hit-and-run accident that left her with life-altering injuries.
“Marcus Douglas‘ football career began at Howard Academy in high school. He started league football in the early 60s when he played junior and then senior football for the Hamilton Parish Workmen’s Club. [HPWC] in the first division. Douglas was asked to join the Devonshire Colts in 1967 and replied that he would upon their promotion. The Colts were promoted and Douglas joined the team and played his preferred position [centre half] for them because he was a striker for HPWC.
“Douglas moved to Delaware, USA and played for the Delaware Wings for two seasons in the early 70s. He returned to Delaware to coach for three seasons. Douglas played international football for Bermuda and was part of the famous team that won a silver medal at the Pan American Games in 1967. Before retiring in 1983, Douglas coached HPWC and then Devonshire Colts, each for two seasons .
“The BFA will be accepting Legends Scholarship applications until the application window closes on June 30, 2022. All applications should be emailed to [email protected] For more information on the 2022 Legends and entry materials, visit bermudafa.com/legends.
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