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John Russell (SCO)

Canada Soccer Hall of Fame

Date of birth: 1895-04-02
Birthplace: Edinburgh, SCO
Raised: Edinburgh, SCO
Date of death: 1964-12-21
All Positions: Canada Soccer Past President
Canada Soccer Life Member (†)
Canada Soccer Past General Secretary
Hall of Fame honoured member
Profile Text Last Updated 2019-02-18
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John Haddow Russell... he was 20 years old when he moved to Vancouver in 1905... he married wife Lucy Anna on 31 December 1913 (they had one son Robert Bertrand)... he was 78 years old when he passed away in Vancouver, BC on 21 June 1963... worked for the British Columbia Telephone Company (from 1923 into the 1940s)... wrote for the Vancouver Daily Province newspaper... he was presented with a gold watch from the Dominion of Canada Football Association after their 1927 annual meeting... 
 
wrote Roy Jukich in 1958, Russell was “a tireless worker in local and Canadian soccer circles for 50 years”... said Russell in 1958 upon his retirement from BC Soccer at age 73, “this is one of the saddest days in my life, but youth must be served; I’ll be around to help in any small way I can. You just can’t quit something that’s been part of your life”... said Frank Bain in 1958, “John’s shoes are going to be awfully hard to fill. He devoted most of his life to Canadian soccer and was a tireless worker”... as noted by George Anderson in Canada Soccer’s 1965 minutes and reports, Mr. Russell was “an encyclopedia of information on soccer matters and had a wonderful retentive memory”... 

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served as Secretary of Vancouver Athletic Club... served as a member of the Vancouver and District Referees Association... served as president of the British Columbia Football Association (1920), at the time not a member of the Dominion of Canada Football Association... served on the BC Soccer Commission (from 1933 to 1958)... 
 
served as a vice president of the Canadian Soccer Association (1922-23 and 1924-25), then known as the Dominion of Canada Football Association... served as the eighth president of the Canadian Soccer Association (1925-31), then known as the Dominion of Canada Football Association... succeeded as acting president of the DCFA after John Easton’s resignation in 1925; was then elected president at the next DCFA annual meetings in September 1926... served as the fifth secretary of the Canadian Soccer Association (1946), then known as the Dominion of Canada Football Association... 
Year Prize Honour
2010 Honoured Builder / Bâtisseur honoré Canada Soccer Hall of Fame
1966 Honoured Builder / Bâtisseur honoré (Soccer) BC Sports Hall of Fame
1934 Life Member / membre à vie (†) Canada Soccer Life Member
(? pre-1963) Life Member / membre à vie BC Soccer Life Member

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