Wall of Excellence
2017 Inductee: Charlie Scott-Field
When CYS first decided to go forward with the Hall of Fame concept a meeting was held with several former club presidents and executive members to get their input on some of the folks whose dedication to soccer in Cambridge ought to be recognized.
One name stood atop everyone’s list. This gentleman was the face of the organization in the early years and for many more to come after that.
In 1968 Preston Minor Soccer was formed with 4 teams. He, along with Phil Cole, Pat Duggan and Tom Palmer played a vital role in forming that organization.
In 1972 Galt Minor Soccer was founded under the leadership of John Quin. That same season this man was responsible for helping to organize the first Can-Amera Games between Cambridge and Saginaw, Michigan. He served for 30 plus years as a volunteer in the soccer portion of that event.
In 1973 he spearheaded the formation of Cambridge Youth Soccer, as Galt Minor Soccer and Preston Minor Soccer amalgamated into one entity. CYS was the first sports group in the city to amalgamate and become a true city-wide organization. He became the first official President of the organization when the first elected President decided not to continue. This was a position he held for 10 years. Additionally, he was also the first President of the Waterloo-Wellington Soccer Association, the precursor to the South West Regional Soccer Association.
In 1980 along with coaches such as Ann Dick, Jean Wilson and Ann Stewart he was responsible for setting up the first Girls Soccer Program in Cambridge. This same year he was named as a Life Member of Cambridge Youth Soccer.
He also served the club on the field for many years as a coach in the CYS rep program. There’s a good chance that many of the parents and even some grandparents of CYS players today had the privilege of learning the game from this gentleman.
In addition to his work with CYS, he also served as the Technical Director of the Ontario Soccer Association and was also a coaching course conductor for the OSA for 27 years, and, despite leaving Cambridge in his retirement always came back to conduct Children’s, Youth’s and Senior Courses for CYS on behalf of the OSA.
He was also an accomplished referee, serving as the Lead Instructor for 5 years of OSA Technical Clinics and was an assessor at National All-Star and CIS University National Championships.
He also served for over 10 years as the Head Coach of the Cambridge Special Olympics Soccer Program
Cambridge Youth Soccer certainly would not be in the position it is today without the tireless efforts of one of the its greatest volunteers and ambassadors, for not only the club, but the city of Cambridge as well.
2017 Inductee: Galt Football Club
The second inductee into the CYS Hall of Fame, is not a person, but a greatly distinguished team. The Galt Football Club was formed in the early 1880s as a member of the Western Football Association and was a powerhouse team, not just locally, but nationally and internationally. The Galt Football Club were the first winners of the Ontario Cup in 1901 and repeated the feat in 1902 and 1903.
Their most famous achievement was winning the gold medal at the Olympic Games in St Louis in 1904. Upon their return to the Malcolm St railway station by GCI, some 3,000 fans were there to greet them, a testament to the popularity of the team and the sport in the community.
In 1905 a match was played at Dickson Park in Galt against a touring English side called “The Pilgrims” in a game that was billed as the “Championship of the World”. 3,500 spectators and press from all over eastern North American attended the thrilling match which ended in a 3-3 tie.
More recently, a fictitious storyline surrounding the Galt Football Club, was played out on an episode of CBC’s Murdoch Mysteries.
Although the Galt Football Club disbanded in 1910, their legacy lives on. The CYS Cambridge Heritage Tournament is an annual tribute to the accolades of the Galt Football Club.
They were pioneers of the soccer community and were responsible for introducing the game to the youth of Cambridge.
Recipient: Al Craig
After coaching both of his daughters in Guelph and his grandson Alex there until U10, he began coaching him in Cambridge House League through the age of U18. He then began coaching his nephews with CYS beginning at the U4 age group.
This past season they were in u6 and u8 respectively. On more than one occasion where one of his nephews decided not to play outdoor or indoor soccer he volunteered to help the club in a division where we were struggling for coaches.
The club consistently receives feedback from the parents on the teams he has coached and the impact he has had on their children’s soccer development.
Recipient: Ian Fraser
Cambridge United U13 Girls SWDSL
This award is presented annually to a person who consistently demonstrates the outstanding qualities of a devoted and reliable volunteer, making the Cambridge United experience better for all those that surround them.
Recipient: Nicole Bena
Preston High School and University of Guelph