Player - Sam Chedgzoy

Born: Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, England, Jan 27, 1889. Died: Montreal, Quebec, January 7, 1967.Sam Chedgzoy

Clubs: Everton 1910-26, New Bedford Whalers 1926-30, Montreal Carsteel 1930-1939. Chedgzoy was a player of national and international renown and one of the most outstanding wingers of his decdade. He first came to Canada in the summer of 1922 on vacation. Then in 1924 Brigadier General F.S. Meighen, aware that Chedgzoy was nearing the end of his English career, persuaded him to come to Montreal to coach the Grenadier Guards on the Interprovincial League. Chedgzoy was still playing for Everton in the English First Division at the time and when the season was over returned to England in time for the start of the following season. Early in 1925 he was even instrumental in changing the laws of the game regarding the way corner kicks are taken. An England international winger, Chedgzoy played eight times for England and when he left Everton at the end of the 1925-26 season he signed for the New Bedford Whalers of the American Soccer League, appearing in 164 games and scoring 21 goals in four seasons. He played in the Massachusetts city from 1926 until early in 1930, when he returned to Montreal. In the spring of 1930 he was hired by Len Peto owner of the Montreal Carsteel franchise in Canada's National Soccer League to become the teams player-coach and remained with the team until the start of World War Two. His team reached the National Soccer League final in 1931, 1932, 1933 and 1934 before winning the title in 1936 over Toronto Ulster. Carsteel won the title again in 1939 and 1940. He even played in the first game of the national championship final against Vancouver Radials in 1939 at the age of 52. During the 1930s he played for the Quebec all-star team against Glasgow Rangers and Kilmarnock in 1930, the English touring team and Glasgow Celtic in 1931, Audax Italiano of Chile in 1933 and the Scottish touring team in 1935. Over the years he had a major impact on the game in Monteal. For 25 years he worked for the Canada Car and Foundry Company in the payroll audit department.