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Builder - David Forsyth

Born: Perthshire, Scotland, Dec 15, 1852. Died:. Beamsville, Ontario, Sept 14, 1936.David Forsyth

A founding member of the Dominion Football Association in 1878, the Western Football Association in 1880 and the Ontario Football Association League in 1901. Secretary and President of the Western Football Association and Secretary of the Ontario Football Association League and a life member of the Dominion Football Association. David Forsyth played for the Canadian team that defeated the United States in Newark, New Jersey in 1885 and was on the losing team in the same fixture played one year later. He organized the Canadian tour to Britain in 1888 and was the secretary during the trip as well as playing in the occasional game. He was originally involved in the organization of the 1891 tour to Britain but resigned in the weeks leading up to the team's departure. Regarded as the "Father of Canadian Soccer", Forsyth came to Canada with his parents when he was only a year old and received his primary education in Lynden, Ontario. In 1865 he entered Dundas High School, and after his parents moved to Galt in 1867 the famous "Tassies School" or the Galt Collegiate Institute. There he matriculated in 1869 with scholarship standing in mathematics. In 1875 he graduated from the University of Toronto, taking a silver medal in mathematics. In 1876 he became master of mathematics and science at the old Berlin High School. It was here that his involvement in soccer really began. During the following years Berlin High School became a power in Canadian soccer producing many fine players who formed the nucleus of the Canadian teams of 1885, 1886 and 1888. Later this team became known as the Berlin Rangers. In addition to his involvement in soccer his work away from the playing field brought him many honours in the fields of mathematics and science. Many years later he retired to live in Beamsville. A member of the Grand River Lodge , No 151, A.F.&.A.M. of the Masons.