Clyde Best Honoured By Somerset Cricket Club

June 4, 2014

The Somerset Cricket Club is getting set to celebrate the life and accomplishments of legendary footballer Clyde Best.

A spokesperson said, “The accomplishments of Bermuda’s legendary footballer Clyde Best are internationally documented. He was a superstar for both Somerset Trojans and Bermuda and his distinguished football career paved the way for blacks in the United Kingdom and worldwide by breaking down barriers of entry at the highest level of football in that country.

“We are enormously proud that this trailblazer is a son of the soil who commenced his football career at West End School here in Somerset before moving to Prospect Secondary School for Boys, Somerset Cricket Club and, of course, the Bermuda National Team – the launching pad for his professional career with West Ham United in the English First Division at only 17 years of age.

“Given his illustrious professional career, both locally and internationally, and his continuing assistance with the Somerset Cricket Club [SCC] football teams, the management of SCC has resolved to establish the Clyde Best/SCC Scholarship Fund in his honour.”

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In order to raise money for that cause, the Somerset Cricket Club will host its first annual Scholarship Fund Golf Tournament on Saturday, June 7, 2014 at the Port Royal Golf Club.

The event, which will feature prizes and light refreshments, will get started at 8.00am. The cost to enter is $120 per person, registered in teams of four.

Following up on that effort, the Club will celebrate the life of Mr. Best by hosting a buffet banquet on Friday, June 13, 2014 at the Fairmont Southampton Hotel. Cocktails will be available from a cash bar from 6.30pm, with dinner to follow at 7.00pm.

Tickets to the buffet banquet are $125 each. A subsequent golf tournament will be held in Mr. Best’s honour on Saturday, June 14.

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  1. Nicky Gurret says:

    He was indeed a trailblazer and deserves all the praise. Well done Somerset Cricket Club.

  2. PBanks says:

    Establishing a new scholarship fund, and choosing to honour one of our most accomplished sportsmen with it, absolutely well done to Somerset C.C.

  3. If not mistaken, back in them days it was Churchill where Clyde Best attended school. I can vividly recall this big bie’ on the field when Tech.had taken on Churchill.
    Even them times Clyde Best was a real terror and truly someone to deal with on the field…Churchill and Bermuda Technical Institute were rivals every year and he’d been along with numerous other bies’ who were well known footballers / soccer players. I also further believe Somerset Cricket Club are 40 odd years behind in crediting Clyde Best for all his accomplishments :-(