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June 1, 2007 at 5:01 am | Posted in Vancouver Whitecaps | Leave a comment

This blog is written by a Vancouver Whitecaps fan.  Though the blog is written to record the blogger’s memories as a player and fan of football (footy for short), the epicenter is the blogger’s favorite team, the Vancouver Whitecaps.  The team which changed my life, the team which began a lifelong love affair with football, was the 1979 Vancouver Whitecaps team.  This team of hardened English, Scottish and Canadian players swept the people of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, off of their feet by winning the 1979 Soccer Bowl in Giants Stadium. Their old world accents, their song called “White is the Colour”, their heroic defeat of the New York Cosmos in the semi final and the defeat of the Tampa Bay Rowdies in the final proved irresistible to the people of Vancouver, including myself as a 14 year old. 

The league the Whitecaps played in was called the North American Soccer League.  The League died in 1984, but like a Phoenix from the ashes the team arose again in a different league in 2001 and exists today, albeit on a smaller scale than the old days.  The team is poised to make a giant leap forward however with its visionary new owner Greg Kerfoot, who hopes to build a new soccer specific stadium in downtown Vancouver which will launch the team back towards the prominence it enjoyed in the late seventies and early eighties.  I am watching my dreams unfold before my very eyes! 

The future looks good again for the Vancouver Whitecaps…

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