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Ken Pears (CAN)

Canada Soccer Hall of Fame

Phonetic: PEERS
Date of birth: 1934-04-12
Age 84
Birthplace: Vancouver, BC, CAN
Raised: Vancouver, BC, CAN
Height: 180 cm
All Positions: Hall of Fame honoured member
Goalkeeper
Team Honours: 4x Canada Soccer Championship winner (1953, 1956, 1964, 1965), 7x Pacific Coast League winner (1952-53, 1954-55, 1958, 1961-62, 1963-64, 1964-65, 1965-66), Western Canada Soccer League winner (1969), 2x Pacific Coast International Championship (1962, 1967)
International "A" totals: #CANMNT
Appearances: 4
Starts: 4
Goals: 0
Assists: 0
Clean Sheets: 0
Profile Text Last Updated 2018-07-28
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Kenneth Pears... worked for the Vancouver Fire Department... 
 
a four-time Canada Soccer Championship winner (1953, 1956, 1964, 1965),  a seven-time Pacific Coast League winner (1952-53, 1954-55, 1958, 1961-62, 1963-64, 1964-65, 1965-66), and one-time Western Canada Soccer League winner (1969)... a two-time Pacific Coast International Championship for the J.F. Kennedy Trophy (1962, 1967)... a 12-time all-star selection in a 14-year span from 1952 to 1965 (including All Canada selections in 1956, 1957 and 1960)... in 2000, was part of the inaugural class honoured by The Soccer Hall of Fame (one of 11 former players)... 
 
said Art Hughes after one of Ken Pears’ fine performances, “Ken don’t care for nothin’ when the ball’s comin’ in”... wrote Roy Jukich in 1956, “he ranks as one of the best in Canada... (he has) spent hour after hour developing a keen sense of anticipation, speed and safe pair of hands”... wrote Ed Waring in 1959, Ken was “reputedly the best goalkeeper in the country”... as noted in 1963 program, he was “one of the finest goalkeepers ever developed in B.C.”... as noted in a 1964 program, he was “Mr. Goalie of local soccer”... wrote Jeff Cross in 1965, Pears was “the finest product of BC Soccer for many years”... as noted in 1965 all-star program, “regarded by experts as finest goalkeeper produced in local ranks”... wrote Dan Stinson in 1982, “many consider (Ken Pears as) Canada’s greatest goalkeeper ever”... 
 
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For Country

was part of the 1956 Canadian team that faced a touring Lokomotiv Moscow in Toronto, ON (a 1:2 loss on 18 August 1956)... he was 23 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... was part of the 1960 Canadian team that toured the Soviet Union and United Kingdom (with matches in Moscow, Kharkov, Donetsk, Leningrad, Dundee, and West Bromwich)...

For Sport

served as coach of Vancouver Firefighters Juniors... served as manager of Vancouver Firefighters FC... 

Year Prize Honour
2012 Top 100 Men's Footballers Canada Soccer Centennial Timeline
2000 Honoured Player / Joueur honoré Canada Soccer Hall of Fame
1986 Honoured Athlete / Athlète honoré (Soccer) BC Sports Hall of Fame
1964 Winner / Gagnant MVP of the Pacific Coast International Championship
1961-62 Winner / Gagnant Austin Delany Memorial Trophy
End Date Team Coach National Team Project Club Age
1960-10-07 CAN MNT Bill Simpson [1960-09] Tour of Soviet Union and Britain 26
1957-07-08 CAN MNT Don Petrie [1957-06] FIFA World Cup Qualifiers Rochester Ukrainians 23
1956-08-19 CAN MNT Don Petrie [1956-08] Men’s national team in Toronto 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 2-0-2 23 4 4 0 360 0 0 0 0 8 0
TOTALS 4 4 0 360 0 0 0 0 8 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
1957-07-07 St. Louis, MO, USA FIFA World Cup™ Qualifiers CAN MNT 3 : 2 USA 23 1 90 0 0 0 0 2 0
1957-07-04 Ciudad México, MEX FIFA World Cup™ Qualifiers CAN MNT 0 : 2 MEX 23 1 90 0 0 0 0 2 0
1957-06-30 Ciudad México, MEX FIFA World Cup™ Qualifiers CAN MNT 0 : 3 MEX 23 1 90 0 0 0 0 3 0
1957-06-22 Toronto, ON, CAN FIFA World Cup™ Qualifiers CAN MNT 5 : 1 USA 23 1 90 0 0 0 0 1 0

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