Today In History: Hail the Heroes!

22 October 1957, IPOH: Perak welcomed its football team at Ipoh’s railway station as the Malaya Cup made its away back to the State after a 26-year absence.

Underdog Perak wrested the Malaya Cup trophy away from defending champions Selangor in a thrilling final witnessed by a 17,000-strong crowd.

The match saw Selangor equalise in the second half with two strongly-contested goals, but Perak managed to score a last-minute clincher for a final score of 3-2.

The team held the trophy aloft in triumph as they were carried around Ipoh in cars. The final was also notable for having the first Malay referee since the inception of the tournament.

Source: Chronicle of Malaysia

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