Bill Matthews (CAN)
Canada Soccer Hall of Fame
|Date of birth:||1903-06-03|
|Date of death:||1981-05-19|
Hall of Fame honoured member
|Team Honours:||Dominion of Canada Championship winner (1924, 1926)|
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William Adam Matthews... he was 17 years old when his family moved from Dublin to Winnipeg... he married Mary Frances Staples on 29 August 1931... he was 77 years old when he passed away on 19 May 1981 (he was buried at Saint John Anglican Cemetery)... worked as a broker... on 21 November 1969, attended Winnipeg United Weston’s 60th anniversary dinner at the Empress Lanes...
as noted in 1924 in the Winnipeg Free Press after one match, “the bright star (and) lanky athlete was a team in himself at times”... wrote Vince Leah in 1972, Matthews was “one of the finest centre halfbacks ever to grace a soccer field”... wrote Vince Leah in 1974, “Bill was a special idol, a fine-looking, tall man who, in his 70s, remains as impressive as ever; I would rate only the late George James with that immaculate Irishman” Matthews... wrote Vince Leah in 1981, Matthews “was firmly linked to the golden era of local soccer” in Winnipeg...
won the 1924 Dominion of Canada Championship with Winnipeg United Weston FC (they won the Connaught Cup Series in Winnipeg after a two-match final series against Montréal Canadian Explosives)... won the 1926 Dominion of Canada Championship with Winnipeg United Weston FC (they won the Connaught Cup Series / Challenge Trophy in Winnipeg after a four-match final series against Cumberland Canadian Collieries)... while he played in the 1926 Connaught Cup series, he missed the final series because of an injury... won the 1928 Manitoba Cup with Winnipeg United Weston FC... reached the 1929 Dominion of Canada Championship final before Winnipeg United Weston FC lost in two games to Montréal CNR... played for Winnipeg Irish FC...
|2017||Honoured Player / Joueur honoré||Canada Soccer Hall of Fame|
|1924||MVP||Hero of the Connaught Series|