VIDEO: Hamilton’s Forge FC and its championship season chronicled in All 4 Glory documentary
Published December 21, 2023 at 8:30 am
Hamilton’s Forge FC captured their second consecutive Canadian Premier League title at home on October 28 in front of a packed Tim Horton’s Field; their fourth championship in the five-year existence of the league.
A documentary on the memorable season produced by Corey Nusca and his team, called 𝗔𝗹𝗹 𝟰 𝗚𝗹𝗼𝗿𝘆: 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟯 𝗖𝗣𝗟 𝗖𝗵𝗮𝗺𝗽𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀𝗵𝗶𝗽 𝗦𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘆, which chronicles the 2023 Forge FC championship run, is now out.
Forge, which handed out championship medals to many of its fervent fans at the beginning of the season and handed Bobby Smymiotis – the only coach the club has known – a four-year extension in May, was favoured to repeat this year. But by the end of the regular season Forge was second to arch-rival Cavalry FC, the club they beat in the 2019 CPL final.
Forge then got by Cavalry 2-1 in the Page playoff semi-final in Alberta before the return engagement against the Calgary club in the final in Hamilton.
It was a wild finish that day, with no scoring in regulation and Cavalry breaking the ice on a curling strike by Ali Musse in the 101st minute. Beni Badibanga equalized at the death of the first extra time session and Forge legend Kyle Bekker won it in spectacular fashion six minutes into the re-start on a rarely seen Olimpico, a goal scored directly from a corner kick.
The strike would be voted the goal of the year in the CPL.
Forge players also got some personal hardware this year, with Tristan Henry winning the Golden Glove as the league’s best goalkeeper and five players – Henry, Terran Campbell, Manjrekor James, Kwasi Poku and Bekker (who was nominated for Player of the Year) – all earning recognition on the league’s Best XI.
As well, Smymiotis, who is rumoured to be up for the vacant Canada Men’s National Team position, was nominated as Coach of the Year.
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