8-14 October: Happy Birthday to our Canadian Footballers!
Posted on 7 October 2012 in Around the Soccer World
10 October 1986 - Stephanie Labbé (Stony Plain, AB)
CONCACAF champion Stephanie Labbé has spent six seasons with Canada's national teams, including her representation at the FIFA Women's World Cup Germany 2011. In 2010, she helped Canada win its second CONCACAF women's championship. At the youth level, she represented Canada at two FIFA U-20 Women's World Cups (Thailand 2004 and Russia 2006). She also won a CONCACAF women's youth title in 2004.
11 October 1903 - Dave Turner (Edmonton, AB) - d. 6 April 1989
Four-time Dominion Cup champion Dave Turner was part of the Canadian team that toured New Zealand in 1927. Described as “dazzling on the dribble as any forward,” he was The Canadian Press’ choice for Soccer Athlete of the Half Century in 1950. He was an inaugural honoured member of both Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame and The Soccer Hall of Fame.
12 October 1953 - John McGrane (Hamilton, ON)
John McGrane represented Canada at the Montréal 1976 Olympics and two cycles of FIFA World Cup Qualifiers, pushing Canada to within a goal of qualifying for Spain 1982. A Canada Games silver medal winner, he played professional football in Los Angeles, Montréal and Minnesota. In 2008, he became an honoured member of The Soccer Hall of Fame.
12 October 1953 - Garry Ayre (Vancouver, BC)
Soccer Bowl champion Garry Ayre played in Vancouver, New York and Portland in the old NASL, winning a professional title in 1978 with the New York Cosmos. He represented Canada in the Pan American Games (1975), the Olympic Football Tournament (Montréal 1976) and FIFA World Cup Qualifiers (1976-77). In 2005, he became an honoured member of The Soccer Hall of Fame.
Kathryn Ranheim 8-Oct-1966 (Calgary, AB)
Antonio Ribeiro 8-Oct-1980 (Montréal, QC)
HOF – Angus Barrett 9-Oct-1941 (St. John’s, NL)
Ralph McPate 10-Oct-1940
Bryanna McCarthy 13-Oct-1991 (Ajax, ON)
Steven MacDonald 13-Oct-1970 (Vancouver, BC)
Gary Miller 14-Oct-1956