1970-1980

The 70’s

The Clubs first big star product arrived as a first year student in 1975 and immediately made a strong impression. Gary Bailey went on to play for Manchester United and received his first England cap in March 1985. At the end of 1977 the NFL broke up and Wits joined the National Professional Soccer League for the 1978 season. That year went on to become one of the most memorable in the Clubs history with the momentous win over Kaizer Chiefs to clinch the Mainstay Cup. The Club also finished second in the league behind Lusitano. 1978 also saw the formation of the Wits University Junior Football Club, which at that time had teams from Under 10 to Under 19. Also in 1978 the club won the Nedbank Cup for the first time. Richard Gough represented the club in 1979. Gough went on to be a Scottish International, and represent clubs in the United Kingdom such as Everton and Glasgow Rangers. Eddie Lewis resigned after a poor season in 1979.