Michael Yiakoumi reflects on the birth of the club…

Michael Yiakoumi
Michael Yiakoumi

The name Komi Kebir FC derives from the village Komi Kebir in the now occupied area of Karpassia in Cyprus. The roots of Komi Kebir Football club grew from 1974 when a Komi Kebir Association trip to Broadstairs resulted in a group of Komi youngsters notably Nick Nicholas, Jack Nicholas, Louis Tsioupra and Michael Yiakoumi having a game of football for fun then the idea came up to form a football team.

After a couple of friendlies on Finsbury Park cinder pitches, a manager was found, ‘Andreas Dinglis’ and the team became one of the founder members of the KOPA League.

The team was called PAOK abbreviated from Podospheriko Athlitiko Omilon Komi Kebir.

The first League game was disappointing when they lost 11-1 to Apol. PAOK began to progress with the introduction of a stronger committee with the Patata brothers coming on board Takis and Demos, Takis Kyriacou, Sotiris Campanellas, Kapidoui, Kyriacos Spyrou and young Vava Lykourgos. We had a new manager ‘Slick’ who helped us win our first honour, the Second Division Championship in 1980/81 and the Division 2 Cup!

Then Chris Antoniades took over and more success came along when we won the KOPA Challenge Cup in 1986/87. That’s when we had Kevin Cooper, who played professional football for Coventry, and Nigel McNeil, who went on to play for New Salamis in Cyprus.

We then had a new manager in Angelos Polycarpou and new people coming in like Costa Panaretou, Takis Antoniou and Savva Savvides. We had Andy Polycarpou, who played professionally for Southend and Norwich, and George Costa from Fulham. During this era, PAOK won the Division One Cup in 1988/89.

Then a new phase came in when a Komi Kebir Youth team was formed that was going to be around for years, with Savvas Savvides as manager plus the name of the club being changed to Komi Kebir FC. Now we have a progression of former Youth players playing for and running the club which can only be good for the future.

Reprinted from the Komi Kebir 25th Anniversary and Fun Day Programme – 22 June 2014

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