Trophy pays tribute to Cyril
THE significance of the Cyril Mayo Cup would likely compare with any trophy presented in local sport.
The trophy was first won in 1958 and has been awarded every year since, to the highest men's division grand final soccer champions in this region.
Colloquially known as, "Cyril” and warmly embraced by some of the best local players and teams to have played the game, few are however aware of the origins of this much treasured trophy.
Cyril Mayo emigrated from England as an 17-year-old in the early 1900s along with other young lads from the United Kingdom.
They would be known as the Dreadnought Boys and many would go on to work at the Wollongbar Experimental Farm.
Cyril's search for a brave new world saw him traverse a path to Kyogle where he met and subsequently married the love of his life, Lucy.
The young family would have four children, Craig, May, Joy and Terry, before Cyril was tragically killed in a car accident in 1957 that left a shattering scar on the family.
Cyril had been a very competent soccer player and Lucy offered the opportunity for his legacy to be enshrined in a trophy that has become the most sought after piece of silverware in local soccer.
Cyril's grandson Norm Snow was part of the winning Italo Stars team in 1988, only two years after Lucy had passed, however the family connection with the trophy was to lapse soon after until 2016 when fate would again intervene.
A picture published in The Northern Star heralding the inaugural men's premier division win by Bangalow was viewed by Cyril's daughter May Spearing and initiated a renewed excitement among the family who were not aware that the trophy was still being presented.
Twin 14-year-old great granddaughters Kasey and Ella played junior soccer with Bangalow this season and along with other family members, they attended the club presentation with enormous pride to reflect on the trophy that is indelibly etched into family folklore.
A trophy is an ornament that is intended to encapsulate ritual, purpose and history and it is an absolute privilege to share an intimate insight into how the Cyril Mayo Cup came to being.
Tradition should dictate that we continue to raise the cup in appreciation of a history built on values of family, commitment, culture and memories.
This week, the finals of the Summer Youth League will be held Friday night.