It is perhaps fitting that the annals of football history in Belize, when it is written, will record that the first football club to organize and, with dignity and distinction, carry out an awards ceremony for its first Hall of Fame inductees, was the Mighty Avengers Football Club from the western district of Cayo. Always a class act, the Awards Ceremony coordinated by the Avengers Club Organizing Committee included all the “pomp and circumstance” of the annual Belize National Patriots Awards ceremony recently held at the Bliss Center in conjunction with the Independence Day celebrations.
Gerald “Speedy” Henry then briefly recounted the history behind the launching of the Mighty Avengers Football Club, how some over-confidence and carelessness had led the then highly regarded Western District selection to receive the “shock of our lives,” a disappointing 6-1 defeat in P.G. in June 1967 in the Inter-District competition. The team management and players were so embarrassed, heart-broken and demoralized by the loss that an emergency meeting was called immediately after their return to Cayo; and their united resolve at that meeting to avenge and never repeat that terrible failure was expressed in the new name suggested by then team manager David Cruz, inspired by comic book characters, and thus was born the Mighty Avengers Football Club.
The event was the first of its kind for a football club in Belize, and the joyful reunion will hopefully start a new annual tradition for the Mighty Avengers Football Club, and lead other legendary clubs from all districts, and even the national association, the FFB, to consider something similar.
BROOKLYN, NY --- The Avengers Football program has been working hard this summer in preparation for the 2012 campaign, and one of the longest running media polls dedicated to Junior College football has taken notice.