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Roy Nosella (CAN)

Date of birth: 1940-02-07
Age 79
Birthplace: Vancouver, BC, CAN
Raised: Vancouver, BC, CAN
School(s): University of British Columbia
Height: 185 cm
Team Honours: Canada Soccer Championship winner (Challenge Trophy 1964)
Profile Text Last Updated 2019-02-18
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Roy Henry Nosella... retired from baseball after suffering a broken wrist... 
a one-time Canadian Amateur Championship winner (1964)... over the course of one decade, he was the Pacific Coast League’s fourth-highest scorer in the 1960s with 62 goals scored... he was North Shore United FC’s fifth-best goalscorer across their post-1939 Pacific Coast League history (41 goals scored across two stints, 1958 to 1959 and 1967-68 to 1972-73, fifth best behind Jimmy Spencer’s 120 goals)... 
as noted in a 1959 all-star program, “considered future material for Canada’s World Cup team”... as noted in a 1963 all-star program, “as one of most versatile players in Pacific Coast League”... 
said Roy Nosella in 2018, as a soccer player “I could take advantage of a situation.... I could score goals”... said Roy Nosella in 2018 of his first manager, “Don Petrie was a gentleman, quiet, but I didn’t know much more. He was a nice fellow, scholarly-type compared to the rest of the guys running teams. I remember as a rookie I scored four goals in one game (20 July 1957 with Art Hughes resting), but then Petrie had me on the bench for the next match (with Hughes back in the lineup). That was it back then: you had to put in your time”... 
said Sam Lenarduzzi in 2018, “Roy Nosella was a good goalscorer and very good in the air”... 
said Roy Nosella in 2018, “the thing about the 1960s era, we had tons of immigrants in Vancouver at that time. They were all hard working, very honest, very law abiding, and their big day was Sunday where they would go to church in the morning and then arrive at Callister Park in the afternoon. That made their day, their week, their month.... that was their common ground in terms of athletics. So if the weekend had Columbus and Firemen, you had tons of people there and it was a big, big thing”... 
said Roy Nosella in 2018 of playing baseball, “I stayed in school and signed with the Pirates. I had never went to a spring training, but I was send to Kingsport, Tennessee of the Apalachan League. I should have been a pitcher, but I somehow drifted into not pitching and I went to Kingsport as an outfielder and I made the team and played every game until I got hurt”... 
Year Prize Honour
2014 Honoured Member (Builder - Soccer) Burnaby Sports Hall of Fame
2010-11 Life Member / membre à vie BC Soccer Life Member
2009-10 Recipient / Récipiendaire BC Soccer A.C. Sanford Award
1996 Recipient / Récipiendaire BC Soccer Award of Merit
1968-69 Co-Winner / Gagnant Top Scorer of the Pacific Coast League


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