Builder - George Anderson

Born: Strichen (Fraserburgh), Aberdeenshire, Scotland, June 23, 1890. Died: Winnipeg, May 30, 1985.George Anderson

Born in the far north of Scotland George came to Canada in 1909 and lived in Souris, Manitoba for two years before moving to Winnipeg. Played soccer for Winnipeg Britannia in the Winnipeg and District League and Winnipeg Free Press in the Printers League. First was an apprentice with the Souris, Manitoba "Plain Dealer", later a printer in Winnipeg. When war was declared in 1914 George was running a small weekly paper in Melville, Saskatchewan. He enlisted and served in the Canadian Army in France during World War One with the 8th Battalion of the 90th Regiment, later known as the Royal Winnipeg Rifles and was twice wounded. Returned to Winnipeg in 1919, became involved with administration of minor soccer and later with the senior leagues. By 1939 he was on the executive of the Manitoba Soccer Association. Soccer was suspended from 194046 and in July of 1946 he convened a meeting in Winnipeg of all the former officers and provincial representatives from across the country to reorganize the Dominion of Canada Football Association. Appointed secretary of the national body in 1950, he assumed the treasurer's role in 1956 and continued to serve the Association in this dual capacity until he resigned in 1968. From his officehome Anderson organized numerous tours, some by world famous soccer teams. Proceeds from such tours were major contributions to soccer finances. In 1956 he was instrumental in bringing Moscow Locomotive to Canada and in 1960 he made the arrangements for the Canadian tour to the Soviet Union. He was heavily involved in planning Canada's first World Cup entry in 1957, the preliminary rounds of the Olympics of 1967 and the Pan American Games of that year held in Winnipeg. In August, 1972, at the age of 82, George Anderson led twenty young soccer players on a tour to Europe. A member of Canada's Sports Hall of Fame.