Gordie Ion

Gordon Ion (born 26 August 1934) is a Canadian former soccer player. He was a standout player that played for several teams, most notably North Shore FC with whom he reached the 1954 and 1957 Canadian final. He was Canada's starting outside right in two matches during FIFA World Cup Qualifiers in 1957.[1] He is an honoured member of the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame.

Gordie Ion
Personal information
Full name Gordon Ion
Date of birth (1934-08-26) August 26, 1934
Place of birth Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Playing position Outside Forward / Inside Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1950–1951 Westminster Royals FC
1952–1955 North Shore FC
1953Westminster Royals FC (loan)
1955–1956 Vancouver Pilseners FC
1955–1959 North Shore FC / Carling's
1959–1960 Vancouver Hale-Co / City FC
1960–1963 Vancouver Firefighters FC
National team
1957 Canada 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

After making his Pacific Coast League debut in 1951-52, Ion won the Ed Bayley Trophy in 1952-53 as BC Soccer's most outstanding player in his first full year in senior soccer.[2] At the start of the 1953-54 season, he played in the 1953 North American championship on loan with Westminster Royals FC, helping the Canadian club win the Jack Diamond Trophy over the Chicago Falcons.[3]

From 1953 to 1957, Ion was a British Columbia all-star in five consecutive seasons. He helped British Columbia beat Northern Ireland in 1953 (he scored on a penalty kick[4]) and Tottenham Hotspur in 1957.

Personal life

Gordon's son Greg Ion was a professional and international soccer player.

References

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