Surrey United Firefighters

Surrey United Firefighters is a Canadian soccer team based in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada. The club was founded as part of a merger in 2008 and have played in the Vancouver Metro Soccer League since 2010.[1]

Surrey United Firefighters
Full nameSurrey United Firefighters
Founded2008
StadiumCloverdale Athletic Park
ChairmanBill Osborne
ManagerNiall Thompson
LeagueVancouver Metro Soccer League
WebsiteClub website

History

The current team was formed in 2008 as a result of a merger between Surrey United and Vancouver Firefighters.[1]

Surrey United

Surrey United was one of the largest soccer clubs in the province with 1700 youth and mini players, and ten men's and three women's adult teams in 2011.

Founded in 1983, Surrey United Men's Soccer Club was an adult club consisting of two teams that played in the Fraser Valley Soccer League until 1998. They established a dynasty as league champions of the Premier Division in 1992 and four consecutive Premier and First Division (reserve) Championships, two President Cup wins, a Pakenham Cup win and in 1998 lost 2–1 in extra-time in the final of the British Columbia Provincial Soccer Championship for the Province Cup.[2]

In 1994 the adult club merged with a youth club and the name Surrey United Soccer Club included a full youth system as well as adult teams.[2]

In 1996 they put a summer team in the Pacific Coast Soccer League (PCSL), a national amateur league at the fourth tier of the American Soccer Pyramid that played until 2009.[3]

In 1998 the Vancouver Metro Soccer League (VMSL) and Fraser Valley Soccer League (FVSL) allowed the club an expansion franchise directly into the top division of the VMSL. Part of the reason was to prevent VMSL teams from recruiting players from Surrey playing in the FVSL.[2] Subsequent clubs have not been allowed expansion franchises and the clubs have merged with VMSL clubs or broken up.

Currently they have a BCSPL franchise at the highest level of youth soccer and the following adult teams:[4]
VMSL

  • Metro Men Premier
  • Metro Men Div 1 CAT
  • Metro Men Div 2 CAT
  • Metro Men Masters

MWSL

  • Metro Women Premier
  • Metro Women Div 1

Vancouver Firefighters

The Vancouver Firefighters were founded in the 1950s after the second world war. They interchanged between playing in the Mainland League and the old Pacific Coast League in that first decade, winning the Pacific Coast League title in 1954-55. They also won the BC Soccer Province Cup in 1954, 1955, and 1957.

After winning the Mainland League title in 1960-61, they rejoined the Pacific Coast League and won four league championships in the next five years (1961-62, 1963-64, 1964-65, 1965-66). Through the 1960s, they also won three Pacific Coast League playoff titles (the Top Star Trophy in 1963, 1964, 1968), five Anderson Cups (1961-62 through 1965-66), and five BC Province Cup provincial titles (1961, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1967).

In 1962 the Vancouver Firefighters defeated a Mexican national select team at Wrigley Field, Chicago to win the Pacific Coast International Championship for the J. F. Kennedy Trophy.[3][5] They were runners-up in 1965 and won it again in 1966.

The Firefighters were national The Challenge Trophy winners four times: in 1965, 1973, 1983 and 1990.[6][7] Beyond their first eight provincial titles in the 1950s and 1960s, they won the Province Cup again in 1973, 1983, 1990, and 1998.

In 2008 the premier division team merged with Surrey United and the masters or O35 team merged with the Coquitlam Metro-Ford Soccer Club.[8]

Surrey United Firefighters

The Surrey United Firefighters were winners of the 2009/2010 Vancouver Metro Soccer League Premier Division.[9]

Staff

Head coach
Assistant coach
  • Martin Foden

Stadium

The team plays its home matches at Cloverdale Athletic Park, which had been Surrey United's home from 1999. The team's colors are red, black and white.


Year-by-year

Year Division League Reg. Season Playoffs Open Canada Cup
1999 4 PCSL 2nd Did not qualify
2000 4 PCSL 8th Did not qualify
2001 4 PCSL 5th Did not qualify
2002 4 PCSL 8th Did not qualify
2003 4 PCSL 6th Did not qualify
2004 4 PCSL 8th Did not qualify
2005 4 PCSL 4th, South Did not qualify Did not qualify
2006 4 PCSL 10th Did not qualify
2007 4 PCSL 8th Did not qualify
2008 4 PCSL 2nd Did not qualify
2009 4 PCSL

Honours

Surrey United

See also external links.

  • Sheila Anderson Memorial (Challenge) Cup
    • Winners (1): 2001
  • J. F. Kennedy Trophy
    • Winners (1):1999

Vancouver Firefighters

Surrey United Firefighters

Head coaches

  • Martin Foden (2008–2015)

Stadia

Average attendance

References

  1. "Crunch time for Surrey United". Canada.com. CanWest MediaWorks Publications. January 30, 2009. Retrieved 2 July 2010.
  2. http://www.surreyunitedsoccer.com/senior/history.htm
  3. "STANDINGS – Premier Men – 2000 to 2009". Pacific Coast Soccer League. Archived from the original on 2010-02-13. Retrieved 2 July 2010.
  4. http://www.surreyunitedsoccer.com/senior/team-statistics/vmsl-premier.htm
  5. "Firefighters Douse Mexico Before 6,800". Los Angeles Times. May 31, 1962. p. B7. The Vancouver Firefighters utilized a powerful defense coupled with brilliant shooting by left winger Louie Trischuk to defeat a Mexico national team 2–1 before 6,800 fans Wednesday at Wrigley Field
  6. https://www.canadasoccer.com/past-winners-s15518
  7. "CUPS, TROPHIES & WINNERS". Pacific Coast Soccer League. Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 2 July 2010.
  8. http://www.westsidesoccer.com/teams/wfc_omen_a.html
  9. "2009/2010 Table". Vancouver Metro Soccer League. Retrieved 4 July 2010.
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