My grandpa – Joseph Barbara and football in Malta

This post I have found on Cospicua Heritage Society. History are just records but reading it I could imagine more this event. An organised Charity Match between the Navy and St. George’s players – I can imagine my Grandpa organising the event with the Admiral. He was the chief messenger of the Admiral so they knew each other well. I can see the extent as this game was play on Grandpa’s 36th birthday – 6th January 1917, oh my dad was 3 years old!!! Also, the admiral was present and went down to greet the footballers!

Cospicua Heritage Society
29 June 2015 ·
Postcard shows St. George’s players congratulating each other as the Navy players await to restart the match

The Match: Statistics

Charity Match in aid of the Seamen’s and Marine Orphanage and the Society of St. Vincent de Paule.

6th January 1917: Corradino Football Ground
Pick Navy – St. George’s FC 3-2 H.T 3-2
Scorers: Woods 👎, Woods 👎, M. Hicks (S) 7’, C. Tabone 35’ and Binney 👎 40’.

Pick Navy: Hurst, Hughes, Hill, Dowling, Capt. Noden, Davies, Woods, Bunyan, Binney, Whitehead, Therratt.

St. George’s FC: Fredu Flask, Ruġġieru Friggieri ‘Iż-Żibġa’, Salvu Sacchett, Joe Massa, Leli Busuttil ‘Balolu’, Borg, Salvu Galea ‘Is-Sluta’, Carmenu Tabone ‘Il-Latti’, C. Scicluna, Masu Hicks, J. Pisani.
Reserves: G. Ciantar, P. Hili, Lautier, Vella, Mizzi.


  • The match was organized by St. George’s President Salvatore J. Gulia, the Hon. Secretary Joseph Barbara ‘Il-Mast’ and by Chief Writer Mr. Edney.
  • Rear Admiral G. A. Ballard left his seat in the small enclosure reserved for VIPs and went down to the pitch to greet the two sets of players.
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