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Gordon Ion (CAN)

Canada Soccer Hall of Fame

Date of birth: 1934-08-26
Age 84
Birthplace: Vancouver, BC, CAN
Raised: Vancouver, BC, CAN
Height: 175 cm
All Positions: Hall of Fame honoured member
Forward
Team Honours: Pacific Coast League winner (1961-62), North American Championship winner (1953), Pacific Coast International Championship (1962)
International "A" totals: #CANMNT
Appearances: 2
Starts: 2
Goals: 0
Assists: 3
Clean Sheets: 0
Profile Text Last Updated 2018-07-04
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Notes

Gordon Ion... soccer family (son Greg)... after scoring the winning goal in a 1953 all-stars match against Northern Ireland, he was given the match ball... 
 
a one-time Pacific Coast League winner (1961-62)... a North American Championship winner for the Jack Diamond Trophy (1953)... a Pacific Coast International Championship winner for the J.F. Kennedy Trophy (1962)... a five-time all-star selection in a five-year span from 1953 to 1957 (including an All Canada selection in 1957 for FIFA World Cup Qualifiers)... over the course of one decade, he was the Pacific Coast League’s 12th-highest scorer in the 1950s with 40 goals scored... 
 
noted as as “playmaker”... said Belfast editor Mike Brodie during a 1953 all-star game, Ion “is the best football player in Canada”... as noted in a 1953 all-star program, “has making of an outstanding inside forward”... said Ion in 2010, “I was primarily a ball control man, but I could score goals, too”... said Ion in 2010 of playing away in FIFA World Cup Qualifiers in 1957, “that was the biggest experience of my life to walk out onto the field that day against Mexico”... 
 
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For Country

he was 22 years old when he made his international debut for Canada (22 June 1957)... represented Canada in 1957 CONCACAF / FIFA World Cup Qualifiers for Sweden 1958...

For Sport

served as coach of Burnaby Cliff Avenue United...

Year Prize Honour
2012 Top 100 Men's Footballers Canada Soccer Centennial Timeline
2010 Honoured Player / Joueur honoré Canada Soccer Hall of Fame
1952-53 Winner / Gagnant Ed Bayley Trophy
End Date Team Coach National Team Project Club Age
1957-07-08 CAN MNT Don Petrie [1957-06] FIFA World Cup Qualifiers North Shore United 22
(GP = Games Played; GS = Games Started; SU = Games Played as Substitute; Min. = Minutes; G = Goals; A = Assists; Y = Cautions; R = Ejections; GA = Goals Allowed; CS = Clean Sheets)

International "A" records

Year Team Record Age GP GS SU Min G A Y R GA CS
1957 CAN MNT 1-0-1 23 2 2 0 180 0 3 0 0 N/A 0
TOTALS 2 2 0 180 0 3 0 0 0 0
(Min. = Minutes; G = Goals; A = Assists; Y = Cautions; R = Ejections; GA = Goals Allowed; CS = Clean Sheets)
Date Location Match CAN RESULT Opponent Age Start Min. G A Y R GA CS
1957-06-30 Ciudad México, MEX FIFA World Cup™ Qualifiers CAN MNT 0 : 3 MEX 22 1 90 0 0 0 0 0 0
1957-06-22 Toronto, ON, CAN FIFA World Cup™ Qualifiers CAN MNT 5 : 1 USA 22 1 90 0 3 0 0 0 0

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