A GENERAL HISTORY OF SOCCER IN PRINCE GEORGE

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A Brief History of Senior Soccer in Prince George : from an article by Shafeed Rahman.(1999) – (
with updates, photos and early/later history by
Terry Carter, the PG Library Newspaper Archives and the Exploration Place Historic Photo Repository

“Like many communities throughout British Columbia, Prince George’s sports heritage owes much to the immigrants who brought their passion for home grown games to a new land and a look at the rich history of soccer in Prince George proves this. The game of soccer in PG can be traced as far back as the first World War, but neither time nor resources were available to do justice to the early years of soccer here.
I am indebted to two PG soccer legends, Hans Niedermayer(deceased) and Jim Briggs(deceased) who gave some interesting accounts of soccer over the last four decades, the good, the bad, and the ugly. Gratitude also to Gaetano Mauro and Nick Rukavina for their assistance, and I regret that I wasn’t able to interview John DaSilva(deceased) and others who played a tremendous role in the development of soccer in Prince George”.  Shafeed Rahman 1999.

The major soccer trophies played for in Prince George start with the Montgomery Shield awarded first in 1913, then came the Perry Cup awarded in 1921 followed by the Jimmy James Trophy (League) in 1955 and in the same year  Spaners Menswear donated a trophy for District Competition also they donated a trophy for the Prince George Soccer League Champions.

1910 – 1919

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The earliest record I have found for organized soccer in the Prince George area is from May 1912 with an announcement in the Fort George Herald of the Dominion Day Athletic Festivities that included Baseball, Assoc. Football and other field sports. (tc)

1913 May 31st South Fort George 2 Fort George 4
1913 From the Fort George Herald June 28th
Football team after a record
New Organization Promises to Make Popular the Strenuous Game

Fort George Nechaco defeats South Fort George 1-0 to take the Montgomery Shield. A photo found by Noreen Rustad.

Fort George Nechaco defeats South Fort George 1-0 to take the Montgomery Shield

The Battle for The Montgomery Shield  -1913
The Photo on the left of the Fort George Nechaco team was found by Noreen Rustad  in an old box of photo’s. She in turn passed it on to Lino and Kathy Nadelin . Kathy and Lino in turn passed it on to me to see if I could find out anything about it. The photo on the right taken by the same photographer but minutes apart, is from the Exploration Place Collection
Mr Neville Montgomery was a Barrister and also operated a jewelers store in the townsite. He donated both the Shield and medals for the winners in 1913. This Shield was played for till around 1932. (tc)

1913 September 13th Anounced a series of 5 games to be played between South Fort George and Fort George Nechaco for the Montgomery Shield.
1913 Tuesday September 16th the game between South Fort George and Fort George Nechaco was a tie 1-1
1913 Sunday 21st September South Fort George defeated Fort George Nechaco  3-2
1913 Sunday October 19th Fort George Nechaco defeated South Fort George 3-1
1913 Sunday October 26th Fort George Nechaco defeats South Fort George 1-0  in the last of a 4 game series 2 wins, 1 loss and 1 tie.​​​​​​to take the Montgomery Shield


1913 – Nov 1st – Report from the Fort George Herald 
“The Montgomery Shield, coveted trophy for football players, was won last Sunday by the Fort George team by a score of 1-0. Throughout the game the local boys put up a splendid battle for the trophy, but the heavier players from Nechaco townsite proved too strong for them, and in spite of the excellent play of the local team were unable to score. Murray, for the Fort George team, played a splendid game, scoring the only goal. Both teams played for all that was in them, and without a doubt was the fastest event on the football card for the year. This was the first sporting trophy that has ever been won by the Nechaco town in competition against South Fort George.”

1913 November 8th  a football game is scheduled to be played on the South Fort George fields between South Fort George and  the Foley, Welch and Stewart (Construction)Boys.

1914 March 21st From the Fort George Herald
Football Club Meeting
1914 April 11th South Fort George Football Meeting
1914 May 9th South Fort George win 1st Game against Prince George
1914 May 23rd Central Fort George defeats South Fort George 2-1

1915  April 3rd Two teams in soccer league: Game Monday
Prince George vs Caledonians to play for the Montgomery Shield

1920 – 1929

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“Just as popular then and now, is the best game in the world, soccer. Even in the rough colonial town of Prince George, the British game has many followers.”
Excerpt from the Citizen History, August 1958 (photo)

1921 March 25th  – A soccer league is formed,
The Prince George Football League, with 3 teams and is a rousing success. Great War Veterans Assoc. (GWVA) Plus 2 others from “The Cache”

1921 – April 15th THE PERRY CUP IS AWARDED

The Prince George Challenge Cup for Association Football, presented by H.G. Perry Esquire, MLA 1921″ (tc)
The Trophy, first presented in April 1921, went missing in 1928 till found in 1949. Then disappeared again until turning up in the local dump in 1968, where it was rescued and restored to its place of honour. The solid silver trophy is still presented to the Top Division playoff champions.

H.G. Perry (centre) MLA

NEWS CLIP FROM “THE LEADER” APRIL 15th 1921

1940 – 1949

1949 – June 2nd PERRY CUP recovered and being played for again.

No records found for the War years.

1950 – 1959

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“Just as popular then and now, is the best game in the world, soccer. Even in the rough colonial town of Prince George, the British game has many followers.”
Excerpt from the Citizen, August 1958 (photo)

1955 – April 28th – Soccer starts with 6 teams

1955 – June 16th – Spaner Trophy playoffs to start 

1955 – July 4th – Italiana beat Germania SC 3-2 to take Spaner Trophy 

1955 – July 7th – League Spaner Trophy Photo and Playoffs for District Spaner Trophy

Italiana Football Team Prince George Soccer Association Champions 1955
Inaugural winners of the Spaner Menswear Trophy for League Play

Team from Left to Right
Back Row
Trainer ?, Pasquale Mauro(Manager), ??, Deni, Tony Bertoli, ??, ??, Segreto, Pete Pastori
Front Row
Supporter?, Ovidio Toninato, ??, Sussi Armanda, Pino Duiz, Leornzo Fracarri
Players on photo but not identified, Frank Cescon, Nori, Leanardos, Belleoz.

1955 – Aug 1st Prince George defeat Dawson Creek for Spaner Trophy (Photo/Team List)

1955 – Sept 26th – Semi Finals Played at Duchess Park

1955 – Oct  9th – Italiana to meet SC Germania in the final for the Jimmy James Trophy

1955 – Oct 20th – Undefeated Italiana win Jimmy James Trophy (Photo: Presentation to Pino Duiz and Team Photo)


Team List: Alberta Duiz, Lungo Demarcio, Pino Duiz; Ovidio Toninato, Titti Merer,
Frank Cescon, Toni Bertoli; James Kellar, Romeo Zucollo, Sussi Armanda, Pete Pastore
In the same report Germania to play an All Star Exhibition Game on Sunday 23rd Oct

1956 – May 20th – Vets meet Bay at 3pm.
The Legion “Vets” Team take on Hudson Bay at Connaught Park on Sunday followed at 4:30pm by a game between SC Germania and Inter.

1957 – June 27th – City Soccer clubs to play finals
Italia to play SC Germania on Sunday for the League Cup.

1958 – May 9th PG Senior Soccer league kicks off (Photo: Hans Johansen-Centre forward Hudson Bay)
1958 – May 12th PG Soccer report (Photo: Pino Duiz(Italia) and Joe Scharf(Germania)

1958 – May 20th Italy blank Legion, Germania shut out Hudson Bay (Photo)

1959 – April 27th 2 teams face off in the Mens League                        1959 – May Start of the Season – Nechako Heaters vs Unknown

                       

1959 – Sep 21st Mackenzies Mens Wear take League title
1959 – Sept 28 Mackenzies Mens Wear win, Nechako Heaters lose
Photos Below:
Nechako Heaters(Mainly German Players)                                    

Mackenzies Mens Wear (Mainly Italian Players)

1959 – Oct 5th Soccer Finalists decided Mackenzies vs Star Equipment  
1959 – Oct 13th Mackenzies Mens Wear defeat Star Equipment in final. (Photo: Spaner Trophy Presentation)

1960 – 1969

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1960 – April 13th – PGSL Soccer Looking for a New Home
1960 – April 18th – PGSL 5 Team League set to go and Youth looking for coaches
1960 – June 17th – PGSL Playoff Begin
1960 – Sep 26th – Nechako Clinches PGSL League

1962 – May 14th – NCSL Opening Weekend

1964 June 26th – Nats Clinch First Place in Soccer

1964 Sep 8th – Mauro leads Giscome Eagles to tournament win with 3 shutouts

1964 Sep 14th – Hugo Riske Paces Soccer Win

1964 Sep 21st – Franco Mario powers Deutz Win

1964 Oct 5th – Nats and Maple Leafs win first round of Playoffs. (Photo)

1964 Oct 16th – Nats to play Maple Leafs in Soccer Final

1964 Oct 19th – Nats take title in win over Williams Lake Maple Leafs (Photo)
Nats Koenigbauer gets lots of attention from the Lakers defence

PG Rotary Club helps to establish a permanent field for soccer at the old track and field grounds.

1966 May 16th – Fans charged after assault on players

1966 May 16th – Fan troubles strike again

1966 – The North Cariboo Soccer League forms, but BCSA refuses to register the league as it was “…too troublesome.”” In the seasons 1966 to 1970, the game was almost entirely played by immigrants who formed teams of similar ethnic groups. This, sadly, led to emotional outbursts related more to national pride than the game of soccer and trouble was a frequent bystander at our games. As a result the league was rarely completed and visits to courtrooms were not uncommon.” – unknown former player
” It was ugly in the beginning. We had all ethnic teams and there were fights every game. The police even had to come out and oversee the games. But then we got some organization and proper referees and order came about.” – League ref and pioneer John DaSilva
1966 May 9th – Soccer season kicks off

1967 May 19th – Soccer Tournament kicks off

1967 Aug 15th – Prince George Packers pick up win.

1967 Aug 21st – Packers increase lead

1967 Sep 11th – Favourites win games

1968 April 17th – Soccer Challenge Cup found at dump


1968 June 10th – Packers Bounce Kickers (JIM BRIGGS hits 6 in big win)

1968 June 17th – Ref Stops Soccer Game

1968 July 2nd – Labatts wins battle of Kitimat tournament

1968 Oct 1st – Labatts United Italians win League (Report/Photo/Team List)

1969 April 28th – Labatts and Kickers win (Photo: Kickers vs Croatia) 

1969 May 12th – Walter Hanik scores in Labatts Tie

1970 – 1979

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1970 Feb 13th – Advert from Government of BC for Festival of Sports
1970 Jun 15th – Traders beat Croatia
1970 Jul 15th – Labatts dispute and dump NCSL
1970 Aug 5th – Judge warns players
1970 Sep 14th – Labatts United win Tournament in Grand Cache
1970 Oct 5th – Labatts wins tournament

1971 Nov 30th – NCSL Awards (Photo: Hans Neidermeyer and Neils Ederman)

1972 May 8th – Labatts vs Northwood (photo)

1973 Apr 30th – 8 Teams kick off ’73 season
1973 Jul 17th – Action is hot round the net (Photo: Kickers vs Quesnel)

1973 Sep 4th – Mackenzie take weekend tournament prize
1973 Sep 10th – Labatts lead league (photo)
1973 Oct 1st – Labatts take soccer title (photo)

1974 May 6th – Labatts United powerful again in season opener

1975 May 5th – Olympics “take it on the chin” in season opener, Jim Briggs in the groove(photo)

1976 May 5th – Labatts, Olympics and Quesnel open season with wins

1977 May 2nd – Goalies outstanding in opening games (photo)

1978 May 1st – Soccer season opens (Stunning action photo – Kevin Peltz)

1979 May 7th – Labatts surprised by Croatia in opening game

NCSL joins BCSA, as it leaves behind it’s rougher past and becomes a stronger league with teams from Fraser Lake, Quesnel, and Mackenzie.

Original clubhouse is built in 1975 with a contribution of $32,000 from the City, and a grandstand is added later.

The Vancouver Whitecaps, under coach Tony Waiters, play exhibition games here in 1977 and 1979 to sold out crowds. Hans Niedermayer is instrumental in coordinating.

NCSSL launches their annual tournament.

A youth team from the U.K. plays local club PG Italia.

Canadian national club champs Eintracht play the PG Selects, again Hans Niedermayer coordinates.

Labatts team went on a four year, 63 game unbeaten streak.

1980 – 1989

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First four years of the decade saw political turmoil in local soccer once again.

1980 Jan 29th – NORTH CARIBOO SOCCER ASSOCIATION incorporated under the Societies Act Directors are the (late) Al Auld, Brenda Auld, (late) John DaSilva, (late)Jim Briggs, Gaetano Mauro, Vince Buljevic, Harold Hacker, and (late)Hans Niedermayer and this executive helps restore stability.
1980 Mar 4th – Soccer dispute kicks off.
1980 Mar 12th – Soccer turmoil as two groups battle.
1980 Mar 24th – Soccer groups come together

1982 Sep 24th – Soccer veteran Neidermayer honoured

1983 – Womens Soccer Established with just one team playing School teams and team from Quesnel

1983 – Historic visit of  Gordon Banks (1966 English World Cup team) at the old Rotary fields.

1983 Oct 15th – Canadian Olympic team plays a very competitive PG Selects. (Photo, Report)

1983 Oct 16th – Rheingold Kickers defeat City Furniture 2-1 to take Perry Cup

1984 saw only 3 teams in the league, and the final was suspended due to violence.

1984 – Womens Soccer League Established

A second league is formed, the Men’s Recreational League, also an Indoor League is formed and indoor tournament initiated.

May 1989 The NCSA changes its name to the NORTH CARIBOO SENIOR SOCCER LEAGUE

The NCSSL and the Mens Recreational Soccer League amalgamate and stabilize, and a women’s league(PGWSA) is formed.

Vancouver 86ers play their first exhibition game against the PG Selects, coordinated byGaetano Mauro.

Vancouver Croatia play an exhibition against the PG Selects, coordinated by Vince Buljevic.

NCSSL assists the youth league in hosting the successful Interior Cup.

PGYSA enrols over 1000 players for the first time

Plans are initiated for a new soccer complex for the league.

1989 1st and 2nd Divisions established in the NCSSL

1990 – 1999

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NCSSL hosts B.C. Summer Games soccer tournament, coordinated by Glen Thompson.

Vancouver 86ers third exhibition game in town, coordinated again by Gaetano Mauro.

Youth complex is opened by guest of honour Tony Waiters.

1996 May 12th – Mueller Marvelous, (Photo)

In 1998 the Over 45 Division was added to the NCSSL

1998 Sep 28th – A Perfect Trio on the Pitch:(Photo)

1998 Oct 1st – Brkich Comes Up Big (Photo)

Professional A-League game between Vancouver 86ers and Atlanta Ruckus played here in front of a record crowd at Massey Stadium, coordinated by Heather Carter.

Construction of the NCSSL complex is completed, spearheaded by Glen Thompson, and is officially opened on May 29th, 1998.

North Cariboo Senior Soccer League Clubhouse

After nearly a decade of planning and construction, the new NCSSL Clubhouse complex with three fields was opened on May 29th, 1998 at a cost of $750,000.
Glen Thompson oversaw the project and had one of the fields named in his honour. Glen also earned a B.C. Soccer Association special recognition award for his work on the project. Field #2 now has a full set of floodlights on it.

NCSSL host men’s and women’s 1999 B.C. Recreation Cup Championships at the new complex.

2000 – 2009

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2000 Aug 13th – Ruch it up:(Photo)

2001 Jun 19th – PG Croatia Take Provincial Rec Cup

2001 Vancouver Whitecaps play the PG Selects at Massey Stadium. coordinators Heather Carter, Terry Carter. Coaches Mick Kearns, Rob Wood

2001 Field 3 at the NCSSL Completed

2002 Lights installed on field 2 at the NCSSL Fields

2002 Jun 5th – CIF/Summit vs Croatia (Photo)

2002 Final fields finished to accommodate Mini Soccer at the PGYSA Fields

2002 3 intrepid players from the NCSSL, Alf Mills, Richard Ryan and Terry Carter, packed their bags and headed to New Zealand to play in the World Fun Cup with the Calgary United Team. Resulted in a Win for the United Team.

2003 Construction started on PGWSA fields – Completed 2005

2007 Carter family double in NCSSL Playoffs
Terry Carter(Brink Forest Kickers) and Steve Carter(Treasure Cove Casino) Do goalkeeper double in the NCSSL Finals.

August 2009 NCSSL and PGWSA host the BC Soccer “B” Cup

2010 – 2020

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In 2011 The NCSSL realigned the league into Open/Over 30/ Over 45 Division’s.

2017 Season saw Open and 45+ Divisions with the addition of a 50+ Drop In Game.

2017 After 12 months of preparation and organization the PGWSA and the NCSSL presented their respective members with an opportunity to decide the future of senior soccer in PG. A special resolution was presented and a vote took place during the week of August 21st to 24th to Amalgamate both the mens and womens soccer clubs into one organisation. The resulting votes were tallied and an overwhelming majority by both clubs resulted in a YES vote for Amalgamation. The process now begins to bring the the two clubs Constitution and By-Laws together.

May 2018 Saw the full amalgamation between the NCSSL and the PGWSA completed and the Prince George Soccer Association(PGSA) was formed.

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