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Joe Kennaway (SCO)

Canada Soccer Hall of Fame

Date of birth: 1905-01-25
Birthplace: Montréal, QC, CAN
Raised: Montréal, QC, CAN
Date of death: 1969-03-07
All Positions: Hall of Fame honoured member
Team Honours: Scottish League & Scottish Cup champion
International "A" totals: #CANMNT
Appearances: 1
Starts: 1
Goals: 0
Assists: 0
Clean Sheets: 0
Profile Text Last Updated 2017-05-13
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James Kennaway... grew up playing soccer, hockey, basketball and water polo... spent a decade playing professional soccer in Scotland, but returned to Canada upon the outbreak of the Second World War... settled in Providence, RI after the Second World War (his wife’s hometown)... he was 64 years old when he passed away in Johnston, RI, USA on 7 March 1969... a two-time Scottish League champion (1936 and 1938) and two-time Scottish Cup champion (1933 and 1937)... became an American citizen in 1948...  said Bill Roper in 1951 in reaction to Kennaway’s omission from the Canadian Press Best in 50 Years poll, “if Joe doesn’t belong in the game’s upper bracket, neither do Morenz, Conacher or McLarnin in theirs!”... wrote Alan Parsley for the Montréal Star in 1961, Kennaway was “acknowledged to be one of the all-time greats of his trade in Scottish football”... in 2000, was part of the inaugural class honoured by The Soccer Hall of Fame (one of 11 former players)... in 2012, was honoured by The Soccer Hall of Fame as one of “Canada Soccer’s Best XI in 50 Years: 1912-1962”... 

For Country

was part of the 1926 Canadian XI that faced USA in an away Men’s International Friendly match in Brooklyn, NY (a 2:6 loss on 6 November 1926)... represented Scotland in an international match against Austria in 1933... 

For Club

In CANADA • played for CPR Montréal... was noted for his performance in a 1928 Charity Cup final, a 1:0 clean sheet victory for CPR over Carsteel at Stade Molson (”in that game alone Kennaway proved himself one of the finest Canadian players of all time”)... 
/ in USA • played for the Providence Clamdiggers / Providence Gold Bugs / Fall River FC / New Bedford Whalers franchise (four seasons from 1927-31 with 158 matches played)... posted a memorable 1:0 clean sheet for Fall River FC over touring Glasgow Celtic on 31 May 1931 at Mark's Stadium in North Tiverton, RI (it was Celtic’s first-ever tour of USA)... 
/ in SCOTLAND • was signed by Celtic after the club lost goalkeeper John Thomson (death on 5 September 1931) and then manager Willie Maley was not impressed with trials by goalkeepers John Falconer and Joe Coen (instead, Celtic remembered Kennaway’s impressive performance in May)... he was 26 years old when he made his debut for Celtic FC on 31 October 1931... he made 295 appearances for Glasgow Celtic from 1931 to 1939... posted a clean sheet in the 1933 Scottish Cup final, a 1:0 win over Motherwell at Hampden Park (with 102,000 fans in attendance)... won the 1936 Scottish League title with Celtic FC as the club tied a franchise record with 32 wins (32-2-4 in 38 matches)... won the 1937 Scottish Cup with Celtic FC after a 2:1 win over Aberdeen in the final... won the 1938 Scottish League title with Celtic FC... 

For Sport

served as men’s soccer coach at Brown University (1946 to 1959)... 

Year Prize Honour
2012 Top 100 Men's Footballers Canada Soccer Centennial Timeline
2000 Honoured Player / Joueur honoré Canada Soccer Hall of Fame
1997 Honoured Member (Builder - Soccer) New England Soccer Hall of Fame
End Date Team Coach National Team Project Club Age
1926-11-07 CAN MNT _ [1926-11] Men’s International Friendly 21
(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
1926 CAN MNT 0-0-1 21 1 1 0 90 0 0 0 0 6 0
TOTALS 1 1 0 90 0 0 0 0 6 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
1926-11-06 Brooklyn, NY, USA Men's International Friendly CAN MNT 2 : 6 USA 21 1 90 0 0 0 0 6 0


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