Wednesday, 28 July 2010

PHC Zebras (Bermuda)

The Zebras are an amateur football club based around the Pembroke Hamilton Club in Pembroke Parish in Bermuda. The original PHC started life as a yachting club way back in 1876. But it wasn't until 1960 that the club decided to broaden its horizons from being a mere drop-in sports club and move into other more active sports - and in particular become a major force in the island's football world.

They acquired the stadium in Warwick where they still play today, and merged with Key West Rangers, and set about prettying up their new ground - which until then had been used for motorcross, horse racing and as a golf driving range. It is said that their management team of that time was so distinguished that they could quite easily have run the country.

They play their football in the Bermuda Football Assoc Premier Division - the top flight in Bermudan football - where they play splendidly named teams like Boulevard Blazers, Devonshire Cougars and the current champions Dandy Town Hornets. They've won the national league nine times, the Bermuda Cup ten times, and in all have evidence of 39 trophies in the silverware cabinet.

Perhaps their two most famous old boys are former Stoke City cult hero Kyle Lightbourne, and the heaviest man ever to play in the cricket World Cup, the man mountain Dwayne 'Sluggo' Leverock - and when he tackled you, you stayed tackled for some days!

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