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Builder - William Simpson

Born: Paisley, Scotland, Sept 13, 1894. Died: Toronto, Ontario, June 21, 1974.William Simpson

A contemporary of George Anderson, he came to Canada in 1911 to live in Toronto. First played for Toronto Fraserburgh, then Davenport Albion and Toronto Scottish. Between 1921 and 1925 he was with Caledonians in the Ontario-Quebec Interprovincial League and then with Toronto City in the International League a league, with teams on both sides of the border. Administrator par excellence, while still playing he became tour manager for Glasgow Rangers tour through the United States and Canada in 1928. The following year he held the same position for the Preston North End tour and was later connected with several other touring teams. Retired from playing in 1931 and was elected a director of the Toronto and District Soccer Association, later becoming vice president. Elected to the board of management of the National Soccer League in 1933? president of the Toronto and District Soccer Association 1949-65? secretarytreasurer of The Ontario Soccer Association 1952-69? president of The Canadian Soccer Football Association for four years after 1965. In 1957 was manager of Canada's first World Cup team, a position he still held when Canada entered a team in the preliminary rounds of the 1968 World Cup. More than 500 people attended a testimonial dinner sponsored by The Ontario Soccer Association on the occasion of his 75th birthday and retirement.