The successful four year partnership of Barker/Pieri ended in 1982, when Clive took over as coach of Durban City, and Joe was unavailable. Dave Forsyth was appointed Manager/Coach of the First Team and Eric Grimaldi the Trainer. New players that joined the club were Ken Mobey from Stella, Brian Hardie, Craig Saunders and Andy Ryder. Trevor Mussell was coach of the Reserve Team.
After seven games we were lying fifth, 6 points behind log leaders Escombe. In a sensational finish to the top of the table clash at Escombe, the home side, trailing 2-1 with four minutes remaining, beat our stunned team 3-2. With Juventus hard and resolute at the back, creative in midfield and determined up front and with only four minutes remaining, things looked bleak for league leaders Escombe until Juventus centre back Ken Mobey, under no pressure, unbelievably lofted the ball over Mino Coppola’s head from all of 40 metres. Escombe spurred on by this gift tried a speculative effort from 40 metres, the ball crashed against the underside of the bar and was adjudged by the linesman to have bounced over the line to give Escombe a last gasp victory.
Footballer of the year, Mino Coppola distinguished himself again this year, and in an entertaining game at Danville Park, with only three minutes left in the first half, young Bruce Robertson of Virginia broke away and forced Mino to save at full stretch. However the ball rebounded to Steve Viljoen and a goal seemed certain, but Mino showing incredible reflexes, managed to recover and block the shot. The game ended 0-0. At the half way stage, having played 13 games, we had dropped to seventh place on the log, but only five points from leaders Fynnland. In a memorable game against arch rivals Stella, our team playing some crisp football and always looking the better side, overwhelming Stella 2-0 at Botanic Gardens. Ken Mobey scored the first goal after 20 minutes then Marco Ramaccio put Brian Hardie away on the far post to wrap it up after half-an-hour. With this victory on 27 August we moved to joint fourth position. In the return game against log leaders, Escombe had to call on all their resources after finding themselves a goal down early on against us. The game was fought with the intensity of a cup final, and both goals came from the penalty spot, Escombe drawing level in the 17th minute of the second half. With only five games left we maintained our fourth position until the end of the season.
The Reserve team had their most successful season in their history. Under the guidance of Trevor Mussell, the side was made up of young players who had come through our junior ranks together with some experienced players. They finished second in the Premier Reserve League and won the Knock Out Cup. The Third team came 5th in Division 4, while the Under 17’s finished second in their league, and like the reserve team, won the Natal Under 17 Cup Final. The Under 16, Under 14 and Under 12 teams all finished 5th in their respective leagues, and the Under 10 8th.
Natal Challenge Cup
We lost in the Semi Finals 2-1 to Pinetown.
First Team Squad
Manager/Coach: Dave Forsyth. Trainer: Eric Grimaldi.
Keepers – Mino Coppola, Trevor Mussell, Defence: B.Barratt, Rodney Clough, Ken Mobey, Camillo Torino. Dave Forsyth. Midfield: Alec Byrne, Valerio Chella, Fausto Torino, Marco Ramaccio, Brian Hardie; Forwards: Toni Torino, Larry Milton, Mark Sinclair, Paul Mulheron,
Footballer of the Year – Ken Mobey, Most Consistent Player – Craig Saunders, Most Improved Player – Fausto Torino, Sportsman of the Year – Paul Mulheron,
Reserve Team:- Most Consistent – John Menezes, Improved – Clive Dessington
Juventus Queen: Christina Piacentini
Provincial and National Honours
Paul de Freitas – Natal & RSA Under 16, Craig Saunders – Natal Currie Cup
Fillipe de Almeida and Dirk Van der Merwe – Natal Under 16, Daniel de Freitas – Natal Schools U13