Victoria Vistas

The Victoria Vistas were a Canadian soccer club in the original Canadian Soccer League. The Vistas joined the CSL for the 1989 season, and folded after the 1990 season. Victoria All-star teams had been competitive with league champion Vancouver 86ers teams in pre-season contests during previous years.

Victoria Vistas
Nickname(s)Vistas
Founded1989
Dissolved1990
StadiumRoyal Athletic Park
CoachBruce Wilson
LeagueCanadian Soccer League

1989 SeasonEdit

The CSL in 1989 had a two player import rule and the more financially successful clubs attempted to sign primarily local players, so that the club didn't incur accommodation, transportation, and other ancillary costs for out-of-town players. Robert Bolitho acted as the club's general manager. The 1989 season started promisingly with a 2-2-2 record and second place in the CSL's Western Division; however, roadtrips to Eastern Canada interspersed with two home matches removed any momentum the club was generating. Scorelines were close, typically one goal affairs, excepting an away match to league leaders Vancouver 86ers and a July 10–12 Hamilton/Ottawa road trip. Victoria just wasn't getting results and August 1 coach Brian Hughes moved to Director of Player Development while Brian Wilson was announced as the primary coach. Although results didn't really improve, during a match preview versus Winnipeg Fury, July 20, 1989, the Vistas were noted as averaging about 2,000 spectators per game. The Vistas finished the season strongly boding well for the 1990 season.

Results by roundEdit

Round1234567891011121314151617181920212223242526
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ResultDWLLWDLLLLLLLDLLLDLLLLWDWD
Updated to match(es) played on April 18, 2014. Source: Wpg Free Press Newspaper
A = Away; H = Home; W = Win; D = Draw; L = Loss

Victoria Vistas played an exhibition game against the Seattle Storm August 3, 1989 at Memorial Stadium as part of the Western Soccer League's exhibition schedule. Seattle won 3-0 with a two goals from Chance Fry and one from Grant Gibbs.

1989 RosterEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   CAN Grant Darley
2 MF   CAN Frank Woods
3 DF   CAN John Hughes
5 DF   CAN Iain Baird
7 FW   CAN Rick Jasken
8 GK   CAN Ken Andrews
12 FW   CAN James Redfern
9 FW   CAN Dallas Moen
11 FW   CAN Steve Cecchi
14 DF   CAN Jamie Porpaczy
17 MF   CAN David Ravenhill
22 GK   CAN Shel Brodsgaard
23 FW   CAN Simon Keith
DF   CAN Robert Bolitho [1]
MF   USA Ernest Inneh
MF   CAN George Pakos
MF   CAN Dave McGill
FW   CAN Glenn Johnston
MF   CAN Brian Penk
FW    Ron Budisa
DF    John Noble
DF   CAN Doug Adlem

Coach Brian Hughes and Bruce Wilson (after August 1)

1990 SeasonEdit

The Victoria Vistas played their home games in the 1990 season at Royal Athletic Park.

After a difficult inaugural season in 1989, for the 1990 season the Vistas brought in a few new players, including Scotsman Gerry McCabe and Englishmen Richard Hill and Allan Evans (who was also an assistant coach), to augment a roster made up primarily of players from Vancouver Island. The Vistas qualified for the playoffs and went on the eliminate the Winnipeg Fury in four games after a replay in Winnipeg.

Results by roundEdit

Round1234567891011121314151617181920212223242526
GroundHAAHHAHHHHHHHAAAHAAAAAAHHA
ResultLDWLWDDWWDDWDWLLLWLWWLWDWW
Updated to match(es) played on April 18, 2014. Source: Wpg Free Press Newspaper
A = Away; H = Home; W = Win; D = Draw; L = Loss

On May 5, 1990 the Victoria Vistas played an away exhibition friendly against the Seattle Storm at Memorial Stadium 7:30pm.[2] Seattle won 3-0 in front of 2,200.[3]

On Wednesday August 1, 1990 the Victoria Vistas defeated the Seattle Storm 1-0 via a 35th minute Allan Evans penalty kick. The Vistas are noted as (7-4-6) and the win gave them the inaugural Stena Lines Cup.[4]

In a 1990 TSN broadcast presumably on Sept 1, 1990, Steve Cecchi is noted as having scored five goals in his last seven games during a Victoria Vistas 2-2 draw with the Vancouver 86ers at Royal Athletic Park in front of a large crowd including standing-only spectators. He scored in the 11th minute before Dale Mitchell equalized in the 12th. Ivor Evans scored the go-ahead goal for the Whitecaps in the 74th minute. Rick Jaskens scored late after being set up by Allan Evans and a Randy Ragan flick-on well right of the penalty spot. Attendance was reported in the Sept 12, 1990 Wpg Free Press as 3,400.

1990 RosterEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK    Grant Darley
2 MF    Frank Woods
3 DF    John Hughes
4 DF    Allan Evans
5 DF    Ian Bridge
6    Randy Ragan
7 FW    Rick Jaskens
1 GK    Ken Andrews
12 FW    James Redfern
9 FW    Dallas Moen
10 MF    Gerry McCabe
11 FW    Steve Cecchi
12 FW    Richard Hill
14 DF    Jamie Porpaczy
No. Pos. Nation Player
15 MF    Brian Penk
16 FW    Ron Budisa
17 MF    David Ravenhill
18 FW    Geoff Aunger
20 DF    Kevin Wasden [5]
GK    Shel Brodsgaard

General Manager Buzz Parsons

Coach Bruce Wilson

Assistant Coach Allan Evans

Assistant Coach Ian Bridge

Trainer Kevin Barlow

Equipment Manager Danny Hood. [1]

Though listed in game programs as a midfielder, Frank Woods usually played at right back for the Vistas. Randy Ragan is in the poster of the team for this season, yet is not listed in the programme cited below. Local Vancouver Island players in the 1990 team included John Hughes, David Ravenhill, Ian Bridge, Dallas Moen, Frank Woods, Ken Andrews, Rick Jaskens, and Ron Budisa, all of whom played as part of the Vancouver Island XI at Royal Athletic Park in a four team tournament in the 1992 Guinness Challenge Cup against Vancouver 86ers, Dundee United FC, and a Chelsea FC[6] line-up which included Welsh international and later actor Vinnie Jones. [2]

Year-by-yearEdit

Year Division League GP W D L GF GA Pts Att Pos Playoffs
1989 1 CSL 26 4 6 16 32 53 14 10th Overall
5th in Western Division
DNQ
1990 1 CSL 26 12 7 7 42 32 31 4th Overall
2nd in Western Division
Semi-finalist

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.thesoccerhalloffame.ca/en-us/halloffame/virtualhalloffame/players.aspx
  2. ^ "Storm To Finish Home Stand Tonight Against Victoria Vistas". The Seattle Times. 5 May 1990. Retrieved 10 April 2013.
  3. ^ "Minus Coach, Storm Dumps Victoria 3-0". The Seattle Times. 6 May 1990. Retrieved 10 April 2013.
  4. ^ "Victoria Extends Storm Losing Streak To Seven". The Seattle Times. 2 August 1990. Retrieved 10 April 2013.
  5. ^ "North Island athlete killed in car accident". North Island Gazette. 29 January 1992. Retrieved 10 June 2011.
  6. ^ "Vancouver Isle XI 2 - 1 Dundee United (Friendly)". The Arab Archive-Dundee United Historical Archive. Retrieved September 4, 2014.

[1] Victoria Vistas 1990 Program (4 July vs FC Supra Montreal)

[2] Photo of "Vancouver Island All-Stars vs Chelsea, Dundee Utd, Vancouver 86ers, 1992".

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