Player - Gordon "Gordie" Ion

Born: Vancouver, B.C., August 26, 1934.Gordon Gordie Ion

A member of the Canadian national team in World Cup qualifying in 1957, Gordie played in the first game against the United States in Toronto assisting on three of the five goals Canada scored. He also played in the first game against Mexico in Mexico City. While still at school, he was offered trials with Tottenham Hotspur and Dundee United, but his father wouldn't let him go to Britain. As a member of Vancouver North Shore United he was named Rookie of the Year in the Pacific Coast League during the 1952-53 season and was awarded the Ed Bailey Trophy. He was named Athlete of the Year by both the Vancouver Sun and Province newspapers. In 1953 he was a guest player when Westminster Royals beat Chicago Falcons for the North American championship, scoring twice in a 5-0 win for the Royals. He played for the B.C. All-Stars against the touring Irish F.A. team in 1953 and in the second game scored the winning goal for B.C. from the penalty spot. In 1954 he played for the B.C. All-Stars against the touring Glasgow Rangers, and followed that with two games against Huddersfield Town in 1955, and single games against Aberdeen in 1956 and an upset win over Tottenham Hotspur in 1957. He was a member of the Vancouver North Shore squad that reached the final of the Canadian Challenge Cup in 1954, and played for North Shore in the 1957 final and scored his team only goal in a 2-1 defeat by Montreal Ukraina.

In 1962, towards the end of his career he was a member of the Vancouver Firefighters team that won the huge John F. Kennedy Cup, by beating a Mexican select team in the final. The Kennedy Cup was competed for annually in the 1960s by teams along the west coast of North America. On retiring he coached Burnaby Cliff Avenue United and still assists his son, who was a member of Canada's 1986 World Cup squad.