- Inception- 1974
- Harney Motors Sponsorship -1979
- 1st Promotion to Premiership – 1983
- 2nd Promotion to Premiership – 1994
Inception (1st Generation)
In 1974, an extraordinary group of young men formed what is still known today as Tryum Football Club. These men hailed from the neighbouring communities of Cashew Hill, Browne’s Avenue, Martin’s Village, Golden Grove and Nut Grove.
How they arrived at the name Tryum
Parading under the name “Expo” the guys played various friendly matches and Soccer-Ramma. It wasn’t until 1976 when they were seeking entry into the Second Division of the Antigua and Barbuda Football Association (ABFA).
By then they were still baffling over a suitable name so they all got together coming up with different names, till one member of the camp said “look mon, arwe a try a try fi get de name, mek arwe just try um man, mek arwe just try um man. Then another replied “well ah that ah de name, Try-um.” And that was it.
2nd Division- 1976
In their very first season they were bruised and battered by most of the seasoned bullies. The most memorable defeat was a 13-nil drubbing by Mahico Stars.
The following season fans witnessed an enormous improvement. Apparently the team was transformed by the fiery baptism handed to them earlier and went on to record an impressive unbeaten streak against some twenty-odd teams. The performance branded them as undisputed Second Division Champions and guaranteed their promotion into the First Division in 1979.
1st Division- 1979
Their remarkable run of form continued as they were in the pursuit to become First Division Champions. However, the illustrious title narrowly evaded them, as they were only able to grasp the third place spot for two consecutive years. It was also in this that they secured the sponsorship of Harney Motors.
Notable players in the 1984 squad included Captain Ordin, Pat Davis, Deon “Flashie” Haywood, Alvin, David (Doogie) Nicholas, Sherwin, Allie, Chalkie, Duckie, Kazaa, Jabbie, Wangie Davis, Dugga Matthew, Philbert “Mello” Price, Likkle Zedd, Juba and Jerry “Jacuba” Richards
It wasn’t until 1984 when they claimed the runner-up position to 1st place champions Liberta. This meant that from their inception in 1974 the members of Tryum FC then, applied all the right ingredients to achieve they so longed for.
They were a unified group, always seen together. They enjoyed dominoes, going to the beach and most outstandingly, 2:00 am Training in Golden Grove School pasture. They went around the entire country arranging friendlies and beating all comers.
When it come to bragging rights, Tryum has an unbeaten record of friendly matches against all teams in the FA. Including well known teams such as Empire, Parham, Villa, Sap, Five Islands etc.
Thier only dis-satisfaction is that in 3 distinct knockout finals and a Soccer-Ramma Final, they finished second best to Lion Hill Spliff.
Premier Division- 1984
Tryum endured for two season in the top tier of Antigua and Barbuda football fraternity. They ended the seaons in 3rd and 9th place respectively. Capturing the bronze medal(s) in their first year but demoted in their second year.
Captain and Striker: Ordin_______ consistent Golden Boot winner (Avg 20+ goals/season)
Midfield Generals: Kazaa_________ and Wangie Davis
Defender: Philbert “Mello” Price
Tryum went Awol
After losing their place in the Premiership, Tryum maintained competitiveness in the 1st Division for several years despite members of the team migrating or moving on to greener pastures. They team dispersed and consequently Tryum took a 6 year break from all competitions.
Resurrection (2nd Generation)
In the early 90′s re-instated their membership with the FA and began once again in the 2nd Division. This time there was only a hand full of the original players and some youthful talent who called themselves as Young Upsetters. This combination would now become the Second Generation of Tryum Football Club. In due course they gained promotion to the 1st Division and maintained their status for a number of years.
In 1994 under the management of Keithroy Black and Coach Pedro Santiago, Tryum was once again able to produce crowd pleasing performances but overall unbeaten throughout the season. This run of form helped to secure promotion to the top flight but only as runners-up to 1st placed Hoppers.
The 1994 squad included Jabbie Christopher, Wangie Davis, Steveroy “Tito” Crump, Jerry Brown, Joey Christopher, Beetle, Sherwin”Birdja” Allen, Barry, Marley, Alfredo “Tunkie”____, Doogie, Neal Lloyd, Saintclair “Nashie” Christian, Plunkit, Buddy, Ginger, Jesse, Mario and Ovril Santiago, “In the Mix”, Al, Metro,Merrick, Manuel Hope.
Tryum claimed maximum points from the first three games of their campaign inspiring hundreds of supporters but somehow the chemistry among this team was not as good as it could have been. The second round of matches were moved to the King George IV grounds. Tryum could not maintain the run of form they so persistently employed – spiralling down and out of the division they fought so hard to get into.