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Player - Bill Findler

Born: Lancashire, England, 1905. Died: Burnaby, British Columbia, December 30, 1982. Clubs: Sandbach, Oldham Athletic, Edmonton Canadian Bill FindlerLegion 1928, Edmonton C.N.R. 1929-30, New Westminster Royals 1931-1939. 

Bill began playing soccer in England with Sandbach of the Cheshire League before signing for Oldham Athletic where he played in the Mid-Week League team. Bill, began his Canadian career with the Edmonton Shamrocks in 1927 upon arriving from England and played for the Edmonton All-Stars against the touring Scots F.A. team in that same year. In 1928 he was with the Edmonton Canadian Legion and in 1929 and 1930 with the Edmonton C.N.R. In 1929 he was on the Edmonton All-Star team for a second time, this time playing against the Welsh F.A. touring team and in 1930 for Edmonton against Glasgow Rangers. He won the Alberta championship with Edmonton CNR in 1929 and in 1930 and played in his last game in the Alberta capital on September 27 before moving to B.C. later that year. On the west coast he played with the Vancouver Thistles of the Vancouver and District League in late 1930, however, his transfer from Alberta to B.C. was highly controversial and the subject of an investigation by the B.C.F.A. It wasn't long before he left the Thistles for Westminster Royals where he made his debut in the Pacific Coast League on January 1, 1931. On June 27 of that year he played for the B.C. All-Stars against the English F.A. touring team. With the Royals he won the Canadian Challenge Trophy winners medal in 1931 against Toronto Scottish, in 1936 against Winnipeg United Weston and in 1938 with Vancouver North Shore United against Timmins Dome Mines. In 1935 he played one season with Vancouver St. Andrews. 

Bill left an indelible imprint on the game as both a player and an administrator. During the early 1940's he was manager of Westminster Premiers and then served as an electrician in the RCAF. Following the war, in 1947, he was manager of the great Vancouver St. Andrews team that won the national championship that season. In 1948 he was secretary of the Pacific Coast League and re-elected the following year. In 1949 he managed the B.C. All-Stars against Newcastle United, and was joint manager against Aberdeen in 1956. In 1953 he was manager of Westminster Royals. He was elected president of the Pacific Coast League for the first time on July 5, 1960 for a three year term and reelected in 1963 and 1966 at a time when the league was the best in the country. He resigned in October of 1967. Bill was instrumental in bringing Real Madrid to Vancouver in 1961, and in planning and establishing the J.F. Kennedy Cup competition, which operated along the Pacific coast from 1961 until 1967 between Canada, Mexico and the U.S.