6 April 2011

Canadian Hall of Fame inductees of 2011

The Soccer Hall of Fame and Museum in Ontario, Canada has released the names of this year's inductees in their Hall of Fame.

Among the chosen few is Jimmy Nicholl, born in Hamilton, Ontario in 1956. Playing right back, he earned 73 national caps for Northern Ireland, including particiaption in the World Cup Finals in 1982 & 1986. He spent most of his professional career with Manchester United (winning the FA Cup in 1977) but also played for Rangers, Sunderland, Toronto Blizzard among others. As a manager his biggest success was winning the Scottish League Cup with Raith Rovers in 1994. Since June 2010 he's been the manager of Cowdenbeat F.C

The 1979 team of Vancouver Whitecaps is also to be honoured. The achievement of winning the 1979 NASL featured a few breath-taking games and is of great local importance.

That year, Vancouver won it all and became the city’s first professional sports team to win a major North American Championship when they defeated the Tampa Bay Rowdies. Upon return to Vancouver on Sept. 9, 1979, as many as 100,000 people lined Vancouver’s Robson Street to salute their heroes during a championship parade, arguably creating the most historic moment in Whitecaps history
- from the Whitecap website

The induction celebration will take place in Toronto's Liberty Grand on Saturday, May 28
See all the inductees here, at website of the Soccer Hall of Fame and Museum

Clip of the '79 Soccer Bowl Final

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