Arthur Arnold - Born: Wolverhampton, England. Died: Burlington,
Ontario, February 16, 1969.
One of the longest serving administrators in Canadian soccer history.
Secretary of Hamilton City in 1929 and not long after began a long
association with the National Soccer League, becoming president in 1935
and again in the 1950s, while at the same time president of the Ontario
Football Association (OFA). Appointed by the Dominion of Canada
Football Association (DCFA), todays Canadian Soccer Association, in
1948 to the Ontario Soccer Commission, with the task or re-organizing
soccer in Ontario following World War Two. He did such a good job that
he became President of the Ontario Football Association from 1951 to
1957 in the turbulent years following the war. In declining the
nomination to the presidency at the 1958 OFA meeting he told the
delegates "no man was more attacked or belittled than I was and I just
couldn't go on for another 12 months. Later in the meeting the
delegates made him a life member. However, he went on to become
president of the Football Association of Canada (FAC) in 1957-58, an
honour denied him the previous year. Arthur Arnold owned and operated
a steel fabricating plant that used to be located at 154 McNab Street
South in Hamilton. He was known to everyone in the Hamilton soccer
community as "Pop" Arnold.
William Edward Dean - Born: Westbury-on-Severn, England, 1872. Died:
Hamilton, Ontario, November 27, 1944. President of the Ontario
Football Association in 1921, 1923, 1924 and 1925. A life member of
the Ontario and Canadian Football (Soccer) Associations. Refereed the
game between a Canadian All-Star team and a Scottish F.A. touring team
in Montreal in 1921. President of the Hamilton and District Soccer
Association in 1933, 1934 and 1935. Owned and operated a shoe store in
east end Hamilton for 30 years.
Samuel Clarke - Born: England, 1873. Died: Hamilton, Ontario, December
12, 1947. President of the Ontario Football Association 1916-17.
Popular former Alderman in the City of Hamilton from 1929 until 1934
and from 1941 to 1943. Came to Canada from England in 1906 and in 1916
took over as manager of the Hamilton Spectator Branch No 4, Barton
Street, East. President of the Hamilton and District Soccer
Association in 1916, 1917, 1918 and 1919. His store became a
rendezvous for people from the British Isles and he sold British
newspapers. For many years he also wrote a soccer column for the
Herbert Hall - Born: Manchester, England, 1877. Died: Hamilton,
Ontario, January 10, 1941. President of the Ontario Football (Soccer)
Association from 1931 to 1936 and the Hamilton and District Soccer
Association in 1928, 1929 and 1930. A printer by trade he served an
apprenticeship for seven and a half years working under his father at
the Manchester Evening News. In 1902 he was in South Africa, and
enlisted in the British Army for service in the Boar War. However
peace was declared immediately after his enlistment. He came to
Hamilton in 1904 and worked for three different Hamilton papers, the
Times, the Herald and then the Spectator. He was a charter member of
the Hamilton Lions Club and served as president in 1936 and 1937.
William Donaldson - Born: Stevenston, Scotland, 1873. Died: Hamilton,
Ontario, January 7, 1942. President of the Ontario Football (Soccer)
Association 1918-19 and first vice-president in 1917, 1918 and 1919.
Secretary-Treasurer of the Hamilton and District Soccer Association
from 1917 to 1936.
Courtesy Colin Jose - Colin has been researching the history of the game in
Canada and the United States by working with the micro-film of old newspapers.