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Aubrey Sanford (CAN)

Canada Soccer Hall of Fame

Date of birth: 1905-09-04
Birthplace: Nanaimo, BC, CAN
Date of death: 1985-01-05
School(s): University of British Columbia
All Positions: Canada Soccer Past President
Canada Soccer Life Member (†)
Hall of Fame honoured member
Goalkeeper
Administrator
Team Honours: Dominion of Canada Championship winner (1928, 1930, 1931)
Profile Text Last Updated 2017-08-23
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Aubrey C. Sanford... his father was a clergyman... he was 79 years old when he passed away in Vancouver, BC on 5 January 1985... worked as comptroller at Cunningham’s Drug Stores... a three-time Dominion Cup winner with the Westminster Royals as a player (1928, 1930, 1931) and a two-time winner as team manager (1953 and 1955)... in 1950, his 1929 team Westminster Royals was named Canadian soccer’s “Best in 50 Years” in a poll by The Canadian Press... was in fact the first Dominion of Canada Championship winner who went on to become president of the Canadian Soccer Association (1969)... 
 
as noted in 1928 in the Winnipeg Free Press, he was “a huge fellow (who) is sound rather than showy and has a ponderous kick which saves his backs lots of work”... wrote Andy Lytle for the Vancouver Sun of the 1931 Dominion championship, “Winnipeg critics rank him the best in the Dominion on his series showing”... 
 
at his bequest with a $2,000 donation after his death in 1985, Canada Soccer introduced an annual meritorious service award (named in his honour, the Aubrey Sanford Meritorious Service Award is presented in recognition of a distinguished contribution to the work of the Canadian Soccer Association in the promotion and development of soccer in Canada)... 

For Club

played for Sapperton... played for Westminster Royals (1928-35)... won the 1928 Challenge Trophy with the Westminster Royals in the Connaught Cup Series at the Dominion of Canada championship on 2 August 1928 in Winnipeg (3:2 win, 1:2 loss and 6:1 win over CNR Montréal)... won the 1930 Challenge Trophy with Westminster Royals at the Canadian national championship in Winnipeg, MB (1:0 win, 0:5 loss and 1:0 win over CNR Montréal)... won the 1931 Challenge Trophy with Westminster Royals at the Canadian national championship in Winnipeg, MB (2:0 and 3:0 wins over Toronto Scottish)... 

For Sport

served as secretary of the Westminster Royals... served as a vice president of the Canadian Soccer Association (1964-68), then known as the Canadian Soccer Football Association... served as the 24th president of the Canadian Soccer Association (1969-71), then known as the Canadian Soccer Football Association... 

Year Prize Honour
2003 Honoured Builder / Bâtisseur honoré Canada Soccer Hall of Fame
1974 Life Member / membre à vie (†) Canada Soccer Life Member
1971 Honoured Member (Builder - Soccer) BC Sports Hall of Fame
1930 MVP Hero of the Connaught Series

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