A GENERAL HISTORY OF SOCCER IN PRINCE GEORGE
by Terry Carter (updated 2022)
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Fort George Herald(1910-15), Fort George Tribune(1909-15), Prince George Citizen(1916-2019), Prince George Herald(1915-16), Prince George Post(1914-15), Prince George Star(1916-17), The Leader(1921-23),
A Brief History of Senior Soccer in Prince George : from an article by Shafeed Rahman.(1999) – (with updates, photos and additional history by Terry Carter, the PG Library Digital 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
The earliest record I have found for organized soccer in the Prince George area is from June 1st 1912 with an announcement in the Fort George Herald of the Dominion Day Athletic Festivities that included Baseball, Football and other field sports. (tc)
1913 May 31st South Fort George 2 Fort George 4
Local Ball Team Wins Opening Game – half way down article.
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.
The Battle for The Montgomery Shield -1913
The first photo is of the Fort George Nechaco team and 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 second photo, 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
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
1921 April 15th Practice match arranged for tonight between the Vets and City. Team list and details
1921 April 26th Vets win 1-0 over City
1921 June 14th – Vets beat City 3-2
1921 June 22nd – Vets beat City 5-1
1921 Sep 9th – Last practice for the finalists, GWVA vs City, in the Perry Cup – teams. Page 4
1921 Sep 16th GWVA(Vets) beat City 3-1 to take the Perry Cup
1922 Apr 7th – General meeting to discuss upcoming football season
1922 May 26th – First game of the Perry Cup go to the Vets 2-0 over the City Team.
1922 Jun 23rd – GWVA to defend Perry Cup against Mcbride at Dominion Day celebrations
1928 May – H.G. Perry donates medals for a tournament in McBride. 1 team from McBride and 3 teams from PG participate. The Cubs and CNR play a game where the railway boys won by a score of 3-1.
1930 – 1939
1932 April 28th League organised with 3 teams
1932 May 26th Perry Cup Won back by Prince George Team
1932 June 23rd Football match between McBride and Prince George for the Montgomery Shield
Team List: McBride:
Goal – D. Sharples, Fullbacks – Rev. Cree and D. Sharples: HalfBacks – Beamer, Holmes and Edmunds, Forwards – S. Birkenhead, Brownlee, Gubbins, Peters(Capt), F Birkenhead.
Prince George: To be selected from.
Wilson, Kerkoff, Cornall, Taylor, Chapman, Holst, Bergman, Jensen, Johnston, Robb, Spaner, Gibbons, Carmiello, Moon, Plus 2 Scandinavian players to be named.
Referee Rev. T.V. L’estrange.
1932 June 23rd – Advert for the upcoming Montgomery Shield playoff game between Prince George and McBride.
This seems to be the last mention of the Montgomery Shield. tc
Photos of the early days of Association Football in Fort George, Nechaco and South Fort George
photos courtesy Exploration Place Prince George:
Prince George Soccer Games and Teams from the 1920’s and 1930’s.
1940 – 1949
No records found for the War years.
1950 – 1959
“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)
Italiana Football Team Prince George Soccer Association Champions 1955
Inaugural winners of the Spaner Menswear Trophy for League Play
Team from Left to Right
Trainer ?, Pasquale Mauro(Manager), ??, Deni, Tony Bertoli, ??, ??, Segreto, Pete Pastori
Supporter?, Ovidio Toninato, ??, Sussi Armanda, Pino Duiz, Leornzo Fracarri
Players on photo but not identified, Frank Cescon, Nori, Leanardos, Belleoz.
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
Two unknown teams kick off the 1959 season Nechako Heaters vs Unknown
1959 – Sep 21st Mackenzies Mens Wear take League title
Mackenzies Mens Wear hold Rustad to a 2-2 tie to take the Prince George Soccer League title by one point.
1959 – Sept 28 Mackenzies Mens Wear win, Nechako Heaters lose
Nechako Heaters(Mainly German Players)
Mackenzies Mens Wear (Mainly Italian Players)
1960 – 1969
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 Sheet Metal Clinches Jimmy James Trophy
1964 Sep 14th – Hugo Riske Paces Soccer Win
Hugo Riske Deceased 2020.
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 – 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
1970 – 1979
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
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.
Some familiar names: 2nd row left Jim Briggs, 2nd row 3rd left Glen Thompson, 2nd row 3rd right Lino Nadelin, 1st row 4th left Gaetano Mauro, 1st row 5th left Dan Lenarduzzi, 1st row 5th right Marcel Skusek.
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
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
1983 – Womens Soccer Established with just one team playing School teams and team from Quesnel
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.
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
NCSSL hosts B.C. Summer Games soccer tournament, coordinated by Glen Thompson.
1996 May 12th – Mueller Marvelous, (Photo)
In 1998 the Over 45 Division was added to the NCSSL
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.
Recreation Cup Action (photo)
2000 – 2009
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 Final fields finished to accommodate Mini Soccer at the PGYSA Fields
2002 March – Three 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 World Fun Cup Championship for the Calgary United Team.
2003 Construction started on PGWSA fields – Completed 2005
2007 Sep 24th – 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 – 2019
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.
2018 May Saw the full amalgamation between the NCSSL and the PGWSA for 3 year trial and the Prince George Soccer Association(PGSA) was formed.
2020 – 2029
2020 April Due to the Covid health emergency situation ALL sports were shut down till further notice.
2021 Jan 18th – At the Annual General Meeting of the Prince George Soccer Association a vote was taken by the members to complete the 3 year trial period of the Amalgamation between the NCSSL and the PGWSA. The members duly voted in favour of this and the league is now a joint venture named Prince George Soccer Association.
2021 PGSA Struggled to open the season due to Covid 19 restrictions but by late May the season finally got under way. A lot less players and teams with a shortage of officials to fully run the games but it started. There were game cancellations due to rain but the smoke from the province wide fires held off.
The league saw a full schedule of games culminating with not only the regular season playoffs but a well thought out Co-ed end of season tournament. With plenty of teams and over 120 players even the weather cooperated. The Saturday night meal and Karaoke was a huge success. Look forward to next year.
2022 Mar 13th Divisions for the upcoming season are decided.
Womens: Div 1 Competitive, Div 2 Recreational, Div 3 Recreational.
Mens: Div 1 Competitive, Div 2 Recreational, Over 50’s.
The Over 40 Division has been dissolved and brought into the Recreational Division 2.