George Lambie

George Lambie (April 17, 1882 – November 19, 1965) was an American soccer referee.

George Lambie
Born(1882-04-17)April 17, 1882
Ardrossan, Scotland, United Kingdom
DiedNovember 19, 1965(1965-11-19) (aged 83)
OccupationSoccer referee


Lambie was the former dean of American soccer referees. In 1915, the Bethlehem Globe described Lambie as one of the three greatest referees in American soccer.[1] Throughout the 1920s, Lambie officiated many games key to soccer history in the US.[2][3] He briefly interrupted his soccer career by returned to his native Scotland to fight for the Allies during World War I.

In 1952, he was called "one of US's most famous soccer officials" by the Sarasota Herald tribune while Lambie spent winters residing in Florida to escape the cold of New England.[citation needed] As recently as 2000, Lambie was recognized by The Boston Globe listing his controversial call in the 1927 game pitting the Boston Wonder Workers vs. Uruguay as the number 1 moment of the "Best Local Games of the Century".

Lambie came to the United States in 1908 and was naturalized in 1917. He married Bridget (Beat) Rourke on October 30, 1915. They had two children: Margaret in 1921, and Catherine (Kay) in 1924. While Lambie operated his own plumbing and heating business for more than 50 years, he spent much time on the road officiating soccer games. He suffered a stroke in 1952, and moved into the home of his daughter Catherine shortly after. He was also involved in the Order of Scottish Clans. He died in 1965 and is buried in Peabody, Massachusetts.[4]

Career highlightsEdit

He officiated the:


  1. ^ "FINAL CONTEST IN SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP". Retrieved 2021-05-16.
  2. ^ a b Toronto World. "Bethlehem Steel win championship". April 21, 1919, p. 8. Retrieved on June 5, 2013.
  3. ^ Reading Eagle. "Soccer Finals Today". March 16, 1928, p. 24. Retrieved on June 5, 2013.
  4. ^ St. Petersburg Independent. Obituary. December 9, 1965, p. 15-A. Retrieved on June 5, 2013.