Came to Canada in 1912 from Reading, in England, where he officiated in amateur soccer. He took up residence in Montreal and within a few weeks of his arrival had passed the PQFA refereeing test and soon became one of the top referee's in the province. He worked around 30 games each season? thus in the span of 26 years as a referee he handled close to 800 games. Very slim, 140 pounds and 5' 10" tall he was always in top condition, could run with the speediest player, and had a reputation of giving a player a square deal. Lyons refereed the international between Canada and the United States in Montreal in 1925 and when foreign touring teams passed through the city there was only one choice as to who was going to referee the games. When he turned in his whistle he became president of the PQFA, a council member of the Dominion of Canada Football Association, and from 1947 to 1949 vice president of the national body. Off the field he worked for the Southam Printing Co. Ltd.