Geordie Lyall Retires: Another Great Departs

November 2, 2009 at 5:34 am | Posted in Whitecaps Season 2009 | 2 Comments

Another great gone!!!  The turnover at the Whitecaps over the last 12 months has been tough to take, especially when those who have left have been the ones carrying the biggest burden for the Whitecaps for years and years.

When we name the long time players that have left, they really have been the heart and soul of the Whitecaps: Valente, Jordan, Clarke, Kindel.  Lyall was perhaps the longest serving of them all, and not the least important. Geordie was a joy to watch over the years with his fantastic speed and strength.   What made him the complete player was his character, which was impeccable.  He gave his all for the Whitecaps and 86ers jerseys, and never pulled out of a tackle.  When you consider these guys are not paid big amounts of money and are playing for the love of the game, it really is a credit to them that they play so hard.

I missed one of Geordie’s best moments: a goal scored against Romario’s Miami FC back in what was the Quarter Final in 2006.   I was out of town.  An ecstatic Geordie jumped into the spot where I usually stand and nearly knocked my dad over!

Geordie struggled all this year for fitness due to back injuries that have plagued him.   Perhaps the struggle for fitness became too much, or perhaps it was just time to move on.

In any event, words can’t express the gratitude the fans feel for a guy like Geordie.  Geordie was key in bringing us two USL-1 Championships. He was a real fan favourite who enjoyed the respect and admiration of all.  In the years we watched him play I never heard one word of criticism about him from any of my fellow fans.   I certainly never found fault with anything he did.

I hope Geordie comes to future matches so we can see him and thank him in person.  We love you Geordie!   All the best in the future and thanks for the memories.

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