Much less dangerous than its name might suggest, the club of Juch, municipality of Finistère located between Douarnenez and Quimper, chose the devil 55 years ago to represent it. A devil in homage to a legend of the city. “The name of the devil was chosen because it represented the town well, which is surely one of the few to have a statue of the devil in its church,” says Hippolyte Guichaoua, former player of the club.
A leaflet against the mayor
If there were a few pre-war attempts to found a Juchoise football team, the club only saw the light of day in 1966 thanks to a handful of young people, keen on football including Pierre de Keroulas, first president of the Devils du Juc’h. But the latter had to fight with the municipality of the time to find a ground where to develop their full potential.
“The mayor did not want land in his town, so the young people shouted while having leaflets printed”
“The mayor did not want land in his town, so the young people shouted out by printing leaflets,” recalls Albert Guichaoua, a former player present during the club’s first steps. A sort of petition to try to obtain land. “I kept the leaflet and I even framed it”, proudly reveals Alain Cariou, former referee and member of the club.
The devils did not have to make any pact to obtain their green square, it is the generosity of Jean Seznec, market gardener of the city, who unblocked the situation by making available a plot of land for his wife Marianne Quéau , to the delight of the players. But without changing rooms near the pitch, the Diables du Juc’h had no other choice but to use the D system to change and shower on match days. “We had to change at the town hall,” remembers Albert, who still remains a loyal supporter of his heart club today. I cleaned my shoes in the river right next to the field and washed myself in them too ”.
“Rather than going to play higher, I preferred to stay with my friends and be able to go out afterwards”
At the Moulin, the meeting place for friends
The club reached its peak in the early 1980s by accessing the D1. A real devilishness that the players managed to maintain for two seasons from 1983 to 1985. In particular thanks to the leather exploits at the foot of Marc Cuzon, the club’s top scorer, who preferred to remain loyal to Juc’h rather than looking higher. “I preferred to stay with my friends and especially to be able to go out afterwards”, confirms the person who was not allowed to be tempted.
If he did not give in to this temptation, there is however honor to the tradition of going to celebrate in the local nightclub, “Le Moulin”, the victories as well as the defeats of the club, like all of them. the Devils of Juc’h before him. “We found friends from neighboring clubs,” says Nicolas Hascoët, current president of the Diables du Juc’h, the disco being adjacent to the surrounding municipalities. A tradition that continued until 2020, “Le Moulin” having had to close its doors permanently due to the health crisis. A sadness for the Devils who have since been content with the friendly atmosphere of the refreshment bar with its supporters.
From sleep to renewal
If the Devils of Juc’h had a great epic from 1983 to 1985, they also experienced periods of low, including one from 2009 to 2014, when the club was dormant. “We didn’t have enough players,” says Marc. Consequences, “some players went to Kerlaz to play”, explains Hippolyte. It is again under the impetus of young players from neighboring clubs and former players that a team is taking shape again in the traditional red and black colors, but with a new logo on which we find… a devil of course.
This revival will mark the first participation of the Devils in the Coupe de France, which in 2020 had a historic 4th round. In progress, the club celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2016 and hopes to be able to continue its devils for a long time.
Creation of Les Diables du Juc’h (dormant from 2009 to 2014)
The club is playing in D1, the highest level in its history
Les Diables du Juc’h reach the 4th round of the Coupe de France for the first time in their history
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