October 15th, 2017 — Every once in a while I go out to a park and kick the soccer ball around. It’s good exercise and it’s fun. The downside is that after doing this a couple of times I start thinking about playing the game again, maybe in a plus 60 league. It’s a downside because I forget how serious even 60 year olds take the game such as this defender for the Salt Spring Island Old Boys who first stepped on the foot of an opposing player for the Juan de Fuca 48’s and then kneed his other leg to knock him over and leave him lying on the field. Didn’t even get a yellow card. Juan de Fuca did have their revenge, however, winning by at least eight goals.
Circa 1977 — Brian Budd gets an elbow in the face after heading a ball towards goal during a game at Empire Stadium against the San Diego Earthquakes. On May 3rd, this weekend, the Whitecaps will celebrate the 40th anniversary of their first game in the North American Soccer League. That game was against the Earthquakes as is this weekend’s game. More pictures from that earlier incarnation of the team can be found HERE.
1970’s — Derek Possee celebrates with Buzz Parsons, Alan Hinton and Kevin Hector after scoring a goal for the Vancouver Whitecaps. And what a goal with Derek and the ball both ending up in the back of the net.
1981 — Gerry Gray of the Vancouver Whitecaps was Scottish born but grew up in Canada and made 34 appearances on Canada’s national team. In 2001 he was inducted into the Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame.
1979 — Trevor Whymark of the Vancouver Whitecaps goes for a long ball in a game against the New York Cosmos at Empire Stadium. Whymark scored both goals in the clubs 2-1 victory in Soccer Bowl 1979.
December 7th, 2003 — Vancouver, BC — Columbus FC players stretch for a ball which bounced over Sporting Club’s goal keeper during a Premier League soccer game in Vancouver.
December 7th, 2003 — A Columbus FC player gets a yellow card from the referee during a Premier League soccer game in Vancouver
May 24th, 1977 — Manchester United forward Peter Coyne has the ball taken from him by Vancouver Whitecap defender Bruce Wilson during a rain soaked game at Empire Stadium.
Soccer is often thought of as a gentle sport but this is only because the contact, such as this foot into the stomach of Bob Lenarduzzi of the Vancouver Whitecaps, goes unseen even by referees until a player is lying on the ground writhing in pain.
Soccer is often thought of as a gentle sport but this is only because the contact, such as this elbow by Barrie Mitchell of the Vancouver Whitecaps into the face of an opposing goalie, goes unseen even by referees until the injured party is lying on the ground writhing in pain.