Tristar F.C. was formed in January 1974 by the late Jon Clifford and since its inception, the club has developed into one of the best known and most highly respected youth football clubs, not only in the North West area but throughout the whole of Ireland.

Tristar began all those years ago with an under – 11 side but the club quickly added on various age groups to attract new members and has now expanded into one of the biggest junior clubs in the Derry area , with teams at all age-groups from 5 year olds upwards competing regularly in the Derry and District youth leagues.  The club also has a team in the Derry and District FA Sunday League and in 2010 the team achieved a magnificent League and Cup Double.

Over the years the club has won virtually everything there is to win locally, as well as picking up more than a score of Northern Ireland titles in various age groups. The club has also competed successfully in cross-channel competitions both in Britain and further afield, winning a number of competitions in England and Scotland as well as the Mellisant International Youth Tournament in Rotterdam in 1988. The clubs greatest honour came in 1982 in the football mad city of Liverpool, when against all the odds the Tristar Under-14 team won the European 5-a-side title beating England in the final, before 7000 spectators at Anfield.  In recent times the club has sought new challenges and have taken part in one of the world’s largest youth football tournaments, the Dana Cup held at the end of July in Hjorring in Denmark. The tournament regularly attracts an entry of around 850 teams from 40 countries throughout the world.  Tristar have tasted success at the Dana cup winning the Sport International Trophy in 2005 and the Dana Cup Trophy in 2007.

The club has produced a number of Northern Ireland Internationals at youth and schoolboy level as well as over 50 players who have played senior football both in the Irish League and the League of Ireland. The clubs most famous old boy is Gary Fleming who won almost 30 caps for Northern Ireland whilst playing for Nottingham Forest and Manchester City, before his career was cut short by a cruel injury. More recently Ex-Manchester United and Everton midfielder Darren Gibson played for the club and is now a recognised international player with the Republic of Ireland.  He was a member of the Tristar  team who in 2005 was a member of  the Tristar Derry Journal cup winning side.

The club is as strong now as it has ever been and the management are confident that the current crop of youngsters coming through the ranks will go on to emulate the success of their predecessors. There is a strong family tradition within the club, with many former players bringing their own children along to be part of the club where they grew up.

The club are anxious to form links and friendships with other youth football clubs, especially from different countries and would like to hear from secretaries and managers who would be interested in exchanging ideas.

 

 

 

The original Tristar badge/logo, shown above was designed by Jon Clifford himself.

 

New Tristar Logo 2011 in honour of the late Jon Clifford.

After the sad passing of our leader and mentor, Jon Clifford, the club decided to change the badge in memory of Jon to ensure his name will forever be associated with the club.  Therefore the badge will forever state ‘Jon Clifford’s Tristar F.C.’