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Sam Donaghey

Date of birth: 1922-02-02
Birthplace: Englinton, Londonderry, NIR
Raised: Englinton, Londonderry, NIR
Date of death: 2004-04-22
All Positions: Canada Soccer Past Board Member
Profile Text Last Updated 2019-02-07
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Samuel Donaghey... soccer family (son Derryn)... married his wife Margaret Henderson on 8 February 1950 in Belfast (they had three boys and three girls)... he was 30 years old when he moved to Canada in 1952 (Margaret and first two children arrived in 1953)... became a Canadian citizen... apprenticed as a draughtsman and cartographer... first served as a policeman with the Royal Ulster Constabulary in Northern Ireland... hobbies have included photography, painting, spending time with family... he and his wife had the honour of meeting Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth on his visit to London for the 1966 FIFA World Congress... served 25 years for the Edmonton Police Force... 
earned Defence of Britain Medal, Police Service in a War Zone (1939-45)... earned War Service Medal, Police Service in a War Zone (1939-45)... earned Canadian Centennial Medal for Sports and Community Service (1967)... earned The Canadian Chiefs of Police Long Service Medal with bar (1952-78)... earned the Province of Alberta Police Long Service Medal (1952-78)... 
he was invested as a Member of the Order of Canada on 21 October 1981 (for athletics and community service)...  
served as founder and editor of the Alberta Soccer Bulletin... was editor and founder of the Canadian Soccer News... helped form the Alberta Inter-City Soccer League... helped form the Western Canada Soccer League with Alec Castleton, which became Canada’s first league to play across three provinces... 
as noted in a 1967 program, he was “recognised as one of the very top administrators in sport in Canada”... written in his obituary, “Sam was well known for his strength, wit, and extensive community activities that supported local and provincial cultural, historical, and sports development for over 50 years”... after cremation, his family and friends celebrated his life at Evergreen Funeral Chapel... 
wrote Sam Donaghey in 1987, the Canada Soccer Alumni “is an active Hall of Fame for all those who have earned a coveted Life Membership from the Canadian Soccer Association”... wrote Donaghey in 1993, “I founded the Alumni in 1987 with the intention of putting Life Members and Hall of Famers in Canadian soccer back to work; their experience and abilities was too great to loose”... wrote Donaghey, “the Canada Soccer Alumni is unique to Canadian sports on the national basis and the fact that we remember the names of our builders, now deceased, in our Roll of Honour, adds even more to our leadership in sport”... 
said Donaghey in 1989 of the Western Canada Soccer League, “teams from Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba played in this league and it was a most important factor in the developing of players of our National Team at that time”... wrote Dr. Fred Stambrook in 1991, “Sam has been involved in every kind of sports Association and Organization possible and he has won each with enthusiasm and has set an example of exceptional community spirit for all newcomers to follow”... said Terry Quinn in 1997, Donaghey as founder of the Canada Soccer Alumni “has found a way to ensure these outstanding contributions to our sport will be remembered long after they have moved onto other pursuits”... 

For Sport

served the Edmonton District Soccer Association: secretary and registrar (1955-57), President (1958-60), Vice-President (1963)... served the Edmonton Junior and Juvenile Soccer Association as Vice-President (1956-57) and Trustee (1963-65)... served as Secretary of the Edmonton and District Hockey Association (1960-61)... served as President of the Edmonton Minor Soccer Association... 
served for the Albert Soccer Association: as a council member (1955-58), Vice-President (1959), Secretor, Treasurer and Registrar (1960-61), President (1962-63), Auditor (1964), Past President (1964)... 
co-founder and President of the Western Canada Soccer League (1962-65)... co-founder and Chairman of the Alberta Inter-City Soccer League (1960)... 
served as a Vice President of the Canadian Soccer Association (1966-68), then known as the Canadian Soccer Football Association... served as manager and helped Canada finish fourth at the V Pan American Games Winnipeg 1967... founded the Canadian Soccer Alumni Association in 1987... 
Year Prize Honour
2002 Recipient / Récipiendaire Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal
1999 Honoured Member (Builder - Soccer) Alberta Sports Hall of Fame
1999 Honoured Member (Builder - Soccer) Edmonton Sports Hall of Fame
1999 Recipient / Récipiendaire Alberta Soccer President’s Award
1997 Recipient / Récipiendaire Canada Soccer President’s Award
1992 Recipient / Récipiendaire 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada Medal
1991 Recipient / Récipiendaire Aubrey Sanford Meritorious Award
1987 Life Member / membre à vie (†) Canada Soccer Life Member
1981 Member / Membre Order of Canada
1968 Life Member Alberta Soccer Life Member
1967 Recipient / Récipiendaire Canadian Centennial Medal

Men's Soccer

End Date Team Coach National Team Project Role
1967-08-04 CAN OLY Terry Weatherall [1967-07] Pan American Games Winnipeg 1967 General Manager
1967-06-25 CAN OLY Terry Weatherall [1967-06] Olympic Qualifying General Manager
1967-06-13 CAN OLY Terry Weatherall [1967-06] Olympic preparations in Winnipeg Team Manager


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