Pat Philley, Hall of Fame honoured member, dies at age 90
Posted on 15 December 2019 in Around the Soccer World
Pat Philley, a Canada Soccer Hall of Fame honoured member and Canadian champion, has passed away at the age of 90. A “rough and tough” centre half in the 1940s and 1950s, he was Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team captain for their first-ever FIFA World Cup Qualifiers matches in 1957.
Both Pat and his brother Brian were members of that 1957 team that posted two wins against USA, but were ultimately eliminated on account of a pair of losses away in Mexico. Pat played in three of the four 1957 matches as well as a 1956 exhibition match against Lokomotiv Moscow of the Soviet Union.
At the club level, Pat was just 21 years old when he won Canada Soccer’s 1950 Championship with Vancouver City FC. He later won the Pacific Coast League Championship in 1953-54 with Vancouver City (alongside his brother Brian) and 1956 with the Westminster Royals.
Across 10 seasons, Philley played for Vancouver City / Hale-Co FC, Westminster Royals, and Vancouver St. Andrews. He was a six-time all-star selection, including All Canada selections in 1956 and 1957. As wrote Roy Jukich for the Vancouver Sun in 1958, “when Pat’s right, nobody but nobody gets past him.”
Along with his induction to the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame, Pat Philley was an honoured member of the Coquitlam Sports Hall of Fame and the Soccer Hall of Fame of British Columbia.
Pat Philley, born on 24 April 1924 in Vancouver, passed away on 22 November 2019. He is survived by his wife Patricia and their children Kevin, Shannon, Nora, Tim, and Cory.