One of Maccabi Tel Aviv’s most successful campaigns concluded tonight with the completion of the league and cup double for the 1967-77 season.
A goal by striker Benny Tabak was all Maccabi needed to seal one of their best-ever seasons when they beat Beitar Tel Aviv 1-0 in the State Cup final at the National Stadium in Ramat Gan.
This was Maccabi’s 15th cup victory and added to the 14th league title that they secured last week. It was a fifth double winning season for the club and was one that will be talked about for many years to come.
In the past few months we have seen an upheaval in local politics, with Menachem Begin leading the first right-wing Likud government since the foundation of the state, our sister basketball club won the European Cup for the first time, and young singer Zohar Argov released his inaugural album. But for Maccabi fans there has been only one item on the agenda worth discussing and remembering this year.
A winning combination of veterans and newcomers made us sit up and take notice and etch their achievements in our memories. It started with the 4-2 comeback win in the opening round of the season at Kiryat Eliezer and ended in the 2-1 win over Acre that saw out a stunning season.
The story of that great campaign and its outstanding players is presented here in a number of articles that we hope will jolt readers’ memories and will inform the youngsters who are either too young to remember or who weren’t yet born.