On the Rebound

One year later, in 1924, soccer was making a comeback. During that missing year, many non-European residents had been actively practicing the game and were now as competitive in the sport as the Europeans. By 1925, Garson Mine was the team to beat, and they continued their winning ways into 1926, where they won the Anderson Cup, the Star Cup, and the Evans Cup. While the team was largely comprised of European athletes, six Canadian players were also part of the team.

Throughout the Depression years, athletes employed by the mining conglomerates were secured employment, which meant that since other players were forced to leave Garson to find work, these teams were often the biggest and the best within the district.

In 1933, the Falconbridge Falcons were the dominating force on the soccer field, having won the Ontario Cup two years in a row. In response to their skill, Sudbury's Frood Mine put together a strong competitive team to challenge the Falcons. What resulted was an intense rivalry between the two leading teams.

Garson Gunners circa 1950.  Photo courtesy of "Voices from the Past: Garson Remembers".When World War II broke out, soccer was cancelled in the area until the end of the war, after which the introduction of the unions to the mines effectively halted the hiring of athletes over other qualified individuals. This began the end of the mining companies' reign in sporting events.

By 1953, early mining teams such as Falconbridge, Creighton, and Frood Mine were gone. The Garson Gunners (a formidable team from the mid-1920's to the early 1950's) were the last of these groups to be disbanded.

As more and more European immigrants settled in the Sudbury and District area, soccer teams were being organized according to ethnic background. This spawned decades of ethnic-based teams vying for the championship cups.

Today, interest in soccer is once again on the rise and many organizations are being developed to accommodate the number of people who want to get involved in the sport.


Material compiled from Voices from the Past: Garson Remembers.

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