Salvinu Schembri was a footballer and coach.
Schembri was a product of war. Barely in his teens when hostilities broke out, he was drafted into the Army. In those days, the Maltese Regiment had a formidable team. Many of the best Maltese players of the era were in uniform and most of them served in the RMA.
During the war, many British professional football players were serving in Malta and Schembri could not have had a better apprenticeship.
After the war, Schembri joined the Sliema Athletics with whom he played for two seasons before joining Valletta in 1945. Schembri was the superstar in his team’s two wins of the league championships between 1945 and 1948. In 1953 he joined Sliema Wanderers and was the mastermind behind the Blues securing several league championships.
Salvinu was one of the most honoured players of his time. An automatic choice for the national team, he played 35 times for the MFA XI. In 1956 he had the honour of leading the team in Malta's first-ever international against Austria. He went on to play two more international matches before he retired in 1961.
Throughout his career he scored a total of 100 goals and played 209 games in the championship. With MFA XI he played 25 fixtures, and was always the backbone and inspiration of the Maltese national team.
Schembri had a daughter, Margharet and two sons, Ronnie and Eric, both following their father’s footsteps. Ronnie plays for Gżira United and Eric with Sliema Wanderers. Eric’s son, Andre Schembri does his grandfather proud because after a career in Malta, with Hibernians (2002/2003 - 2004/2005), Marsaxlokk (2005/2006 - 2008/2009), Eintraccht Braunschweig on-loan (2007/2008),Carl Zeiss Jena on-loan (2008/2009), Austria Karnten (2009/2010), Ferencváros (2010/2011), Panionios (2011/2012 and he is currently playing for AC Omonia in Greece, besides he played for Malta U/21 (2004/2006) and Malta (2006-
He died on 14 December 2008 at the age of 85.