30 April to 6 May: Happy Birthday to our Canadian Footballers!
Posted on 29 April 2012 in Around the Soccer World
1 May 1850 - Duke of Connaught (deceased 1942)
The Duke of Connaught, also Prince Arthur of the British Royal Family, served as Canada's 10th Governor General from 1911 to 1916. He was also one of the Patrons of the Dominion of Canada Football Association, donating the Connaught Cup to the Association's national championship that was inaugurated in 1913. During his term in Canada, it was Norwood Wanderers in 1913 and 1914 and then Winnipeg Scottish in 1915 that claimed the Connaught Cup as Dominion champions. Born in 1850, he passed away on 16 January 1942 at age 91.
(Pictured - Duke of Connaught from vintage colour postcard)
1 May 1955 - Bob Lenarduzzi
CONCACAF champion Bob Lenarduzzi played in 10 seasons for Canada's national team from 1972 to 1986, including participation at the 1986 FIFA World Cup in Mexico. He took part in four cycles of FIFA World Cup Qualifiers, including Canada's championship victory in September 1985. He also represented Canada at the Los Angeles 1984 Olympics, helping Canada reach the quarter-final phase before losing to Brazil on kicks from the penalty mark. At the professional level, Lenarduzzi helped Vancouver Whitecaps win Soccer Bowl '79. Once nicknamed "Mr. Perfect", Lenarduzzi became an honoured member of The Soccer Hall of Fame in 2001.
Charles Papp 30-April-1945
Guido Titotto 30-April-1971 (Vancouver, BC)
Cathy Klein 1-May-1964 (Startford, ON)
Peter Sarantopoulos 2-May-1968 (Thornhill, ON)
Carmelina Moscato 2-May-1984 (Mississauga, ON)
Jim McDonald 3-May-1954
Jaime Peters 4-May-1987 (Pickering, ON)
Sammy Saundh 5-May-1959
Barrie Clarke 5-May-1932
Dave Norman 6-May-1962 (Coquitlam, BC)
Christina Julien 6-May-1988 (Williamstown, ON)
Annie Caron 6-May-1964 (Ste-Anne, QC)