Len Peto

Jun 25, 1890
London, ENG
Where they grew up
London, ENG


Len Peto

Leonard Arthur Peto... he moved to Canada in 1912... worked for the Canadian Car and Foundry Company... he was 95 years old when he passed away on 10 November 1985 in Solano County, CA, USA... in 1946, he tried to move the Montréal Maroons to Philadelphia...

served as the 11th President of the Dominion of Canada Football Association (1935-39)... honoured as a Canada Soccer Life Member... posthumously honoured by the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame (he was was shortlisted as an alternate builder in the inaugural year of 2000 and later honoured in 2011)... honoured as a Québec Soccer Life Member...

wrote Bill Cole in 1935, “Len Peto brings a wealth of experience to the position (of Canada Soccer President); above all, he has the good of soccer as one of his main ambitions. Peto has done plenty for the game in the past and now in his executive position he can be depended upon to make all his decisions and all his actions count just for the betterment of the sport”... wrote Al Parsley in 1961, “one group of oldtimers may immediately identify Leonard Arthur Peto with soccer, at which his teams won greater renown than later gridiron ventures, or the ice sport”...

For Sport

served as the 11th President of Canada Soccer (1935-36 to 1938-39), then known as the Dominion of Canada Football Association... served as a Canada Soccer Vice-President (1932-33 to 1934-35)...

served as manager of Montréal Carsteel... served as the first president of the National Soccer League (1926 to 1935)...

in gridiron football, served as president of the Montréal Football Club (starting 1938)...

member of the board of the Montréal Canadiens... was part of the Canadiens when the team won the 1944 Stanley Cup... part of group that nearly got an NHL franchise in Philadelphia in the 1940s... was appointed a Patron of the Canadian Soccer Association, then known as the Dominion of Canada Football Association...

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