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Hugh Cairns

In 1921 the Hugh Cairns Memorial was unveiled commemorating local soccer players killed in World War I. Hugh Cairns played soccer for the Christ Church team while working as a plumber in Saskatoon. In 1916 be enlisted with his brother Albert in the Canadian Army. Two years later, after being promoted to sergeant, Cairns received the Victoria Cross for his part in the liberation of Valanciennes. Sadly, Cairns did not survive the battle.

The memorial is reputed to be the only war memorial in the world dedicated to soccer players. It is doubly unique considering that it is found in such a young soccer nation as Canada.

The memorial is used in the logo of the SDSA and a representation appears on the medallions that are awarded each year to individual and team award winners. In addition, each year on November 11 members of the SDSA lay a wreath at the memorial in remembrance of those who have gone before.

Text courtesy of the Saskatoon and District Soccer Association.

Date: 1921.

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Hugh Carson

Hugh Carson

Builder (1926-1953)

Hugh Carson was born in Scotland and emigrated to Canada in 1923.

"Hughie" joined the University of Saskatchewan in 1926 on a part-time basis as soccer coach and athletic trainer. In 1937 he joined the Physical Education Department as a full-time teacher, coach and trainer. During his 27 years he devoted countless hours to the athletic success of the Green and White. He looked after the health and welfare of countless athletes with fervent passion. He took great pride in coaching soccer, fencing and boxing. He was known as a morale booster and a temendously supportive figure in University of Saskatchewan athletics.

Upon his retirement in 1953, the Physical Education Department commended him for his "integrity, forthrightness and quiet kindliness".

Text courtesy of the University of Saskatchewan Wall of Fame.

Date: 1940

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Norman Cram

Norman Cram

Basketball, Swimming, Soccer, Track and Field (B.A. '41,B.Ed. '51)

Norm Cram graduated from Nutana Collegiate in Saskatoon and entered the University of Saskatchewan in the fall of 1938. He attended the University of Saskatchewan for three years, entered the Service in 1941 and returned to the University of Saskatchewan for two more years in 1945.

As a member of the Huskie basketball team he led the team to three consecutive Western University Championships (1938-1941). Following his stint in the Service, he rejoined the basketball team for two more years. From 1945 to 1946, he also served as coach of the Huskiette basketball team.

He was a member of the Huskie track team for three years competing in the 880 yard, mile and discus throw. He was a member of both the Huskie soccer team for two years and the Huskie swim team for one year. He also participated in water polo and football at the inter-faculty (intramural) level.

For having participated on a total of 9 varsity teams, Norm Cram received a Major Athletic Award.

Text courtesy of the University of Saskatchewan Wall of Fame.

Date: 1940

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Norman Fowler

Heck Fowler played baseball, soccer, lacrosse and hockey. By 1908, he was the goalie for the Junior Rovers Hockey Team in Saskatoon.

In 1912 he made his first appearance as a professional with the Saskatoon Pilgrims. In 1916, he signed with the Spokane Canaries, and the following two years he played with the Seattle Metropolitans.

Between 1922 and 1930, Heck played with the Victoria Cougars, the Boston Bruins, the Edmonton Eskimos and the Oakland Sheiks.

Text courtesy of the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame.

Date: June 4, 1983.

Photographer: Blashill, Peter (Star-Phoenix staff)

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Lorne Gray

Hockey, Soccer (B.E. '35, M.Sc. '38, L.L.D. '61)

Lorne Gray came to Saskatoon from Winnipeg in 1929 and to the University of Saskatchewan, via City Park Collegiate, where he was very active in sports. During his six years on campus, he competed in hockey and soccer. He also served as manager of the football team for one year.

An outstanding junior hockey player, he starred with the Saskatoon Wesley's prior to joining the Huskies. As a member of the Huskies, he was a leading scorer on the team. He was elected captain of the team for the 1934-35 season.

He was a member of the Huskie soccer team for five years.

For his athletic achievements, he received a Major Athletic Award.

As well as competing in two intervarsity sports, Lorne served on both the Men's Athletic Directorate and the Men's Athletic Board.

The University of Saskatchewan awarded him an Honorary Doctorate of Laws Degree in 1961.

Text courtesy of the University of Saskatchewan Wall of Fame.

Date: [between 1933 and 1938?]

Photographer: University of Saskatchewan.

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Douglas Knott

Douglas Knott has contributed to the development of soccer, track and field, and tennis in Saskatoon and was an organizer and the chairman of the Saskatoon Field House committee when its construction was completed in 1979.

Knott was born in New Westminster, participated in track and field, cross-country running and rugby at the University of British Columbia. He set a Western Conference record in the 880 yards and he was on a championship UBC relay team whose lineup included Prime Minister-to-be John Turner.

He came to Saskatoon in 1953, played on the United Soccer team which twice won provincial championships during his 12-year stint with the team.

He served the Saskatoon and District Soccer Association at various executive levels, the Saskatchewan Association, including three turns as president, served on the Canadian association's constitutional review committee, was co-chairman of soccer for the 1977 Western Canada Games and was provincial co-chairman of the World National Cup fund-raising campaign in 1985 and 1986.

Knott also coached University cross-country teams, held various roles with the Saskatoon Track and Field Club, officiated at the Knights of Columbus meets, was a director of the Riverside Tennis Club and a Sask Sport director for three years.

He was chairman of the Field House committee from 1977 until 1979 and was presented with a Special Friend award by the university's College of Physical Education in l981.

Text courtesy of Ned Powers

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Don McDonald

Don McDonald was born and raised in Saskatoon, attending Mayfair public school where he played all sports and Bedford Road Collegiate where he played soccer, basketball and football.

He played three years for the Mayfair Rangers soccer team, sharing in three provincial junior championships and losing to Winnipeg in the 1952 Canadian final.

He played two seasons with the Saskatoon Hilltops junior football team, 1951 and 1952, both seasons when the Hilltops came close to winning in the west.

McDonald coached flag football for 12 years, winning four city championships and serving as president of the league for several years. He rejoined the Hilltop organization as a director, became president in 1975 and was also president of the Saskatchewan Amateur Football Association. In 1975, he became a co-founder of the Prairie Junior Football League, served as president in 1978 and later that year, became commissioner of the Canadian Junior Football League, a position he held for eight years and past commissioner for five years.

In 1985, he started another seven years as president of Football Saskatchewan and in 1992, was elected vice-president of finances of Football Canada.

He was Chef de Mission when Saskatoon won the Winter Games at Melville in 1990 and the Summer Games in Prince Albert in 1992.

He has been honored with volunteer awards by the Saskatchewan Roughriders, Sask Sport, Saskatchewan Department of Culture, Football Canada and was the Saskatoon Kinsmen Sportsman of the Year in 1989.

Strongly involved in the community, he is well-known as a bagpipe player at many functions and has been grand master of the Saskatchewan Freemasons.

In fishing, he takes pride in a 17-pound jackfish he caught at Pelican Narrows in May, 1993.

He has been married to his wife, Elaine, since 1955, they have three daughters and a son, and six grandsons.

Text courtesy of Ned Powers.

Date: November 1985.

Photographer: Marjan, Richard, Star-Phoenix.

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David Newsham

David Newsham

David was born in Saskatoon on November 21, 1928 and started playing soccer in 1948 with the Westmount Juniors. The following year, he not only played with the Army and Navy team but he was also the secretary of the junior league. In 1952 he organized his own club, the Albion Rovers. Dave also was one of the founders of the United club and played with them until 1972. He played well enough to be selected three times to play for Saskatchewan against touring teams.

For seven years he was secretary of the Saskatoon Soccer Association then held the post of secretary-treasurer of the Saskatchewan Association for 6 years. He went a step further, to the Canadian Association and was a council member of the executive from 1960 to 1964. In 1963 he was appointed chairman of the Youth Committee of the C.S.A. Newsham has also been president of the Western Canada League, the Saskatchewan Association, the Saskatchewan Minor Association and the Saskatoon and District Association. A Saskatoon soccer field has been named in his honor.

His contribution to soccer has resulted in him being inducted to the Saskatoon Hall of Fame in 1989.

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Bobby Reid

Bobby Reid was born in 1890 in Hamilton, Scotland and has been active in sport ever since coming to Saskatoon in 1913.

From 1914 to 1926, he played soccer with the Saskatoon Thistles, the CNR soccer club, and the Fifth Battalion soccer club. In 1916, he boxed for and was also the physical instructor for the 96th Highlanders. His next 16 months were spent in the employ of the New York America's hockey team as trainer and physio-therapist. Upon returning to Saskatoon in 1935, Bobby was active as a player, coach, trainer, manager, and administrator of many local sports until his recent retirement. This activity included involvement with boxer Ozzie Herlen, Golden Gloves Boxing Club, Theatricles Soccer Club, Saskatoon Thistles Soccer Club, Maymount Rangers, Saskatoon Hearts Soccer Club, Legion Soccer Club, Saskatoon Ahepa Soccer Club, Gems Girls Fastball Team, Saskatoon Hilltops Amateur Football Junior Team, Adilman Aces Basketball Team, and the Saskatoon Commodores Amateur Baseball Team.

Installed in the Hall of Fame on March 24,1979.

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Henk Ruys

For more than 30 years Henk has devoted much time and energy to the sport of soccer. As a player, he represented both Saskatoon and Saskatchewan on All-Star teams. When the sport went indoors, he was still good enough to win the scoring title. He has been a coach, an official and an administrator. He has held many positions on the local, provincial and national levels.

Henk was a founding member of both the Saskatoon Minor Soccer Association and the Canadian Minor Soccer Association. Since 1981, even though he was secretary-treasurer of the Saskatoon and Saskatchewan Associations, he still gave his time to the Senior Amateur committee of the Canadian Association.

In 1980 he was named Kinsmen Sportsman of the Year and was honored by the Canadian Youth Association for outstanding achievements. Local and provincial awards also came his way. Century Saskatoon honored him in 1982. In 1986 he was inducted into the Saskatoon Hall of Fame. In June 1990,Henk Ruys was inducted into the Saskatchewan Hall of Fame.

Text courtesy of Ned Powers

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Norman Sheldon

Following an outstanding Junior career in the sport of Soccer in Scotland, Norman Sheldon came to Prince Albert, Saskatchewan in 1906. It was in this community where he played continuously until 1929. During that period he was three times chosen to represent Canada. Unfortunately, on two occasions he was unable to join the team. He was first elected in 1912 for the England tour and in 1921 he was the only Saskatchewan player selected to the Canadian team which competed against the Scottish. An indication of Sheldon's ability is that this team was selected by the Scottish team management following their Canadian cross country tour.

In 1924 he was again picked to be a member of the Canadian team playing against Australia.

In addition to playing every season in Saskatchewan during this period, he played in Vancouver for two winters and in both years was selected as a member of the Vancouver All Star Team.

Norman Sheldon had a distinguished playing career which spanned 23 years - a record which has not been equaled in provincial soccer.

Installed in the Hall of Fame on May 22, 1967.

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David Greyeyes Steele

David Steele was born December 31, 1914 on the Muskeg Lake Reserve. He attended the Lebret Industrial School for 11 years from 1922 until 1933. His area of training was agriculture. While at Lebret he was an outstanding hockey and baseball player. He returned home to farm in the "dirty 30's". While at Muskeg Lake he competed in hockey, softball and soccer. He was an outstanding soccer player and was three times selected to the Saskatchewan All-Star team. He played against the Charlton Athletics in 1937 and was also on the team that competed against the Islington Corinthians in 1938. He again represented Saskatchewan against Newcastle United in 1949 following his service with the Canadian Army in World War II. During the war he was a member of the Canadian Machine Gun Reinforcement Unit Soccer Team which won the Overseas Army Championship in 1942. He also played on the Canadian team in the Inter-Allied games following the war.

He raced to the rank of lieutenant in the army, and after his stint in the service, he had a successful career in the field of agriculture working a regional farming director and land claims officer until his retirement from the Department of Indian Affairs in 1975. In the years following World War II he continued to play and coach soccer.

He was inducted into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame on March 26, 1977.

Text courtesy of John Dewar.


David Greyeyes, a former chief of the Woods Cree Indian Band at Muskeg Lake Reserve, was an outstanding soccer player, three times selected to the Saskatchewan All-Star Team. He played against the Charlton Athletics in 1937, the lslington Corinthians in 1938, and Newcastle United in 1949. In 1942, David was a member of the Canadian Team, winning the Overseas Army Championship. He also played with the team in Inter-Allied games.

On returning to Saskatchewan, David formed and coached a soccer team, and was once more selected to the Saskatchewan All-Stars in 1949.

At time of installation citation read March 26, 1977.

Text courtesy of the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame.

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