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Joe MacCarthy2010-05-12 21:55:06 +0000 #1
Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Samuel To Be Inducted Into the Soccer Hall of Fame

VAUGHAN, December 5, 2005 -- The Soccer Hall of Fame and Museum located at The Ontario Soccer Centre in Vaughan will induct 9 new members into it’s Hall of Fame on Saturday, April 29, 2006. The purpose of The Soccer Hall of Fame is to recognize and honour the Players and Builders who have made significant contributions to the Game of Soccer in Canada and Ontario both on and off the field.

Randy Samuel, who has played more international games for Canada than any other player, will be one of nine new inductees into The Soccer Hall of Fame and Museum in Vaughan, Ontario in 2006.

Joining Samuel in the Player category will be fellow internationals Alex Bunbury, Brian Robinson and David Stothard. Being inducted in the Builder category will be former men's national team coach Bob Bearpark, former women's national team coach Sylvie Béliveau, former Canadian Soccer Association president, Fred Stambrook, plus long time soccer coach, John Buchanan from Simon Fraser University, and well known sports journalist, George Gross. Collectively, they will bring the total of Honoured Members to 86, six of whom are women.

Samuel, a centre-back, played 84 times for Canada in full international competition from 1983 to 1997, including the 1986 World Cup finals in Mexico when he appeared in all three games. Following the World Cup, Samuel was signed by the famous Dutch club PSV Eindhoven where he played for two seasons before moving on to two other Dutch clubs, Volendam and Fortuna Sittard. In 1983, he played for the Edmonton Eagles in the short-lived Canadian Professional Soccer League. He was drafted by the Vancouver Whitecaps of the American Soccer League but did not play in the NASL. His 84 internationals included 35 games in World Cup competition. He ended his career with Hampton Roads Mariners of the United Soccer League.

Alex Bunbury's career included 65 internationals for Canada's full national team. His club career began in the Canadian Soccer League with the Hamilton Steelers in 1987 where he played four seasons and scored 28 goals before moving on to the Toronto Blizzard and then the Montreal Supra. In 1992, he moved to England where he played for West Ham United and in December of 1993, was transferred to the Portuguese First Division club Maritimo which plays on the island of Madeira. He ended his career playing in Major League Soccer in the United States with the Kansas City Wizard.

Brian Robinson was born in Victoria and played 21 times for the national team at a time when Canada didn't play as many internationals as are played today. He played in the World Cup qualifying games of 1972 and scored a memorable goal in the Azteca Stadium in Mexico City. His club career saw him win a Canadian championship medal with the soccer team operated by the London Boxing Club of Victoria in 1975 before moving on to the Vancouver Whitecaps of the North American Soccer League in 1976. Along the way he was converted from a wing-half to a sweeper and played in his second World Cup qualifying series, also in 1976.

David Stothard was a member of Canada's first World Cup team in 1957 and also played 13 times for the British Columbia all-star team. He won a Canadian championship medal with Westminster Royals in 1955 and toured the Soviet Union with the Canadian national team in 1960. Stothard is the ninth member of the 1957 World Cup team to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

In the Builder category, Bob Bearpark was coach of Canada's amateur team at the Great Wall of China Tournament in 1984, assistant coach of the successful Olympic team in 1984 and successively, coach of the national youth team at the FIFA World Youth Championship in the Soviet Union in 1986, Associate Professor of Physical Education at McMaster University in Hamilton, Technical Director of The Ontario Soccer Association and subsequently, Director of the Recreation and Sport Branch of the British Columbia government in 1990. He passed away in 1996.

Sylvie Béliveau was the coach of Canada's national team at the 1995 FIFA Women's World Cup in Sweden, the only female head Coach at the tournament Formerly a youth player, she coached at provincial and national levels, and was the first female to become a High Performance Centre Director.

Sylvie is currently National Staff Coach for The Canadian Soccer Association with responsibility for Community Coach Development, especially at the Grassroots level, and also a member of the Technical Committee of FIFA on behalf of which she has recently conducted a "Futuro" course in South Africa.

She is the sixth woman to be inducted - the second in succession from Québec, and the third as a Builder.

John Buchanan coached Simon Fraser University Team to the NAIA Championship in the United States in 1976, 1982 and 1983. He managed the Canadian national youth team at the CONCACAF Youth Tournament in Guatemala in 1981 and developed a number of players for both the national team and also for teams in the North American Soccer League.

In 1986, he was honoured as a charter member of the Simon Fraser University Sports Hall of Fame in Vancouver.

Fred Stambrook was the president of The Canadian Soccer Association from 1986 to 1992 and president of the Manitoba Soccer Association for six years. He was a life member of the Canadian and Manitoba Soccer Associations and a member of the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame. He died in July of 2005.

George Gross was recently inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame and has also been honoured by the Hockey and Olympic Halls of Fame. He was very much involved in Canadian Soccer in the early years of his life in Canada, both as a player and a journalist. He played for Pannonia in the Toronto Senior Soccer League and published a weekly soccer paper in the 1950s. In the 1960s, in addition to being a sports writer for the old Toronto Telegram he was the general manager of Toronto City Soccer Club of the Eastern Canada Professional Soccer League.

The 2006 Team of Distinction will be the Toronto Scottish Team of 1933. In that year Canadian champion Scottish met the U.S. champion, Stix, Baer and Fuller of St. Louis for the North American Championship at Soldier Field in Chicago. Scottish won by two goals to one. Included in that famous Scottish team were such renowned players as Andy Stevens, who in addition to being a star with Toronto Scottish, scored over 150 goals in the American Soccer League for Boston and New Bedford; full-back, Jimmy Noke, who played eleven seasons for the Club; centre-half, Harry Phillips, who, in 1947 played for the professional team, Toronto Greenbacks; and Davie Weir who played for Glasgow Rangers in the mid 1920's.

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soniq2010-05-12 21:57:38 +0000 #2
yo joe are u a famous guy? i think i have heard your name before?BTW go canada!
Joe MacCarthy2010-05-12 22:21:45 +0000 #3
Former defender Randy Samuel enters Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame


TORONTO (CP) - Randy Samuel watched Canada's back 82 times on the soccer field. As a reward for that stellar service, the big defender enters the Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame on Saturday.

No Canadian men's player has won more caps than Samuel, whose international career stretched from 1983 to 1997.

A quiet individual off the field, Samuel was a hard-nosed defender on it.

He was an unsung warrior for Canada. And almost a decade after his last international game, many wish they had a player like him.

"We would certainly use Randy at this point in our team," said Canadian national team coach Frank Yallop, who used to play alongside Samuel. "A great player. . .. And it was great playing with him.

"He was very strong, quick, brave. All the things that good centre backs have, he had."

"One of a dying breed," said former Canadian teammate and coach Bob Lenarduzzi, who now runs the Vancouver Whitecaps. "If I could have another two or three of him right now, we'd be laughing."

The former Canadian captain is joined in this year's Hall of Fame induction class by friend and forward Alex Bunbury.

Bunbury played 65 times for Canada from 1986 to 1997, scoring 16 times. Only John Catliff and Dale Mitchell, both already in the Hall of Fame, scored more (19 goals apiece).

Samuel played overseas, in the Netherlands, England and Norway. Bunbury also enjoyed success abroad, playing for Maritimo in Portugal before moving to the Kansas City Wizards of Major League Soccer.

Other players in the class of 2006 are Brian Robinson (21 caps, 1972-76) and Dave Stothard (four caps, 1957). Coaches inducted are the late Bob Bearpark, former Canadian men's coach, former Canadian women's coach Sylvie Beliveau and John Buchanan, former Simon Fraser and Canadian youth team coach.

The late Fred Stambrook, president of the Canadian Soccer Association from 1986 to 1992, is being inducted as a builder.

Rounding out the list of builders is George Gross, corporate sports editor of the Toronto Sun and a longtime supporter of the sport.

The nine inductees bring the number in the Hall to 86.

The 2006 "team of distinction" is the Toronto Scottish squad of 1933, which defeated the U.S. club champion in Chicago.

Samuel, now 42, will miss Saturday's festivities as he will be out of the country. He is still in soccer, helping coach and develop young players in the Vancouver area.

He says he wants to be remembered for being a complete player and for his attitude.

"I gave it my all," he said in an interview. "I had tremendous feeling for playing and passion to play for my country. I always gave my utmost. And when I left the field, I left everything on it."

Samuel was just 22 in 1986 when he appeared in all three games for Canada at the World Cup finals in Mexico, playing alongside Ian Bridge in central defence.

"A great defender," recalled Bridge, now coach of the Canadian women's under-20 team. "His qualities were his pace and his strength in the air."

Bridge and Samuel were the quiet men of the Canadian backline.

"We had (fullbacks) Bob Lenarduzzi and Bruce Wilson to do all the yelling back there," Bridge said dryly.

Samuel admits it was only years after the World Cup that the enormity of the moment sank in.

"At the time, it was a dream. It wasn't reality to be playing against (Michel) Platini, (Jean) Tigana."

Lenarduzzi wasn't surprised that Samuel won work in Europe after the World Cup. He had already turned heads in the Canadian squad, winning a starting job en route to Mexico.

Samuel also helped Canada qualify, clearing a ball of the goalline in the decisive game against Honduras in St. John's.

Mexico paved the road to PSV Eindhoven, a storied side packed with stars. PSV coach Hans Kraay Sr. took note after seeing Samuel play in the opening 1-0 loss to France. His son had played in Edmonton with Samuel, so could fill his father in on the Canadian.

The PSV coach then called Eindhoven captain Ruud Gullit, who went on to be named European and World Player of the Year in 1987, and asked him to watch Samuel in the next two games.

Gullit did and reported back favourably, leading the Dutch team to sign Samuel.

"It really took me to the next level of understanding the game, the real intricacies of the game," Samuel said of his time at PSV.

Bridge, who played 33 times for Canada between 1981 and 1991, marvels at Samuel's longevity.

"When you talk about numbers like that, that's extraordinary for a Canadian," he said, referring to the 82 caps. "In those days, we didn't play that many internationals a year."

Samuel later played for Dutch clubs Volendam and Fortuna Sittard before moving to England's Port Vale and Harstad in Norway. He ended his career in the A-League, now known as the United Soccer League First Division.

Samuel survived a scare in 2001 when, playing for the Montreal Impact, he collapsed from severe dehydration during an A-League game in Pittsburgh. He returned to action a month later.

In 2001, he received the Aubrey Sanford Meritorious Award from the Canadian Soccer Association.

The honour is given annually to "one who exemplifies outstanding commitment and achievement to the cause of Canadian soccer."

Sanford was president of the Canadian Soccer Association from 1968 to 1972.
Joe MacCarthy2010-05-12 22:46:31 +0000 #4
Bunbury, others honoured

Rob Longley Toronto Sun

Alex Bunbury can easily point to the moment he knew he fit in with some of the world's soccer elite.

"The greatest honour I got playing professionally in Portugal is that I was Alex, a football player for Maritimo," Bunbury said. "There was no need for a reference to me being a Canadian player.

"We are renowned for our hockey here in Canada, but once they saw my calibre of play, it was no longer that."

Last night Bunbury joined eight others as 2006 inductees into the Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame and Museum in Vaughan.

The native of Guyana developed his skills in Montreal, where his family emigrated when Alex was a child. Bunbury then went on to become a fixture for Canada's national team, participating in 65 international matches.

In 1993, the talented striker moved to Portugal where he was a star scoring a club record 59 goals for CS Maritimo.

"I think there is a stigma for a lot of Canadian players," said Bunbury, who now lives in Minnesota. "I think the only way you can get rid of it is by going and playing the game at a high level and playing it with passion, which is what I did.

"This is a great honour. Very humbling. You never start out even thinking of being in a hall of fame some day."

Brian Robinson, David Stothard and Randy Samuel, a defender who represented Canada 82 times, joined Bunbury as players inducted at last night's ceremony.

In the builders category, Toronto Sun Corporate Sports editor George Gross went in alongside Sylvie Beliveau and John Buchanon, as well as the late Bob Bearpark and Fred Stambrook.

Victoria native Robinson represented Canada in two World Cup qualifiers and scored a memorable goal at Azteca Stadium in Mexico City in 1972.

"I felt that it was frustrating at times," Robinson said of representing Canada against world powers. "We were amateurs. We had families and jobs and we'd get together for two or three weeks then have to go play against countries that were together for much longer periods of time.

"People here in Canada would see (the results) and think we just lost again without understanding what we were up against."



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