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OSA Saddened By Passing Of Frank Pike

imageFormer Canadian national team coach and OSA Provincial Coach, Frank Pike, died June 1, in Qualicum Beach, British Columbia.

Frank was born in Plymouth, England March 26, 1930, and came to Canada following World War Two and lived in Toronto.  He played and coached in the Toronto and District League, and coached in the National Soccer League and the Eastern Canada Soccer League as well as in Mexico.

In 1971 he was appointed coach of the Canadian Pan American Games team for the Games in Cali, Colombia.  Canada played three games in the qualifying round beating the Dominican Republic and the Bahamas, but losing 2-1 to host Colombia all of the games being played in Cali. 

This qualified Canada for the final round of five games played in Cali, Buga and Palmira.  Here Canada won one game, against Colombia 3-2 before 50,000 fans, tied one and lost three.  The team was considered to have played very well throughout the tournament under adverse conditions and with numerous players suffering from injuries.

In the same year Frank coached the national Olympic team in games against Mexico and Bermuda beating Mexico in Vancouver, but failing to qualify for the next round.

One year later Frank was in charge of the full national team in the qualifying rounds of the World Cup, as Canada attempted to qualify for the 1974 finals to be held in what was then West Germany. 

The team started well beating the United States in St. John’s, Newfoundland 3-2, but two defeats against Mexico in Toronto and Mexico City along with a tie against the United States in Baltimore, eliminated Canada.

One year later Frank was in charge of the national team in a game played against Poland at Varsity Stadium.  This was the Polish team that had won the Gold Medal against Hungary in the 1972 final in Munich.  Canada took an early lead but the Poles scored three times.

A game against the United States in Windsor followed, with Canada losing 2-0.

Frank Pike was head coach of the Ontario Minor Soccer Association from 1970 to 1974 and Provincial Head Coach from 1974 to 1978.  Before that he coached teams in the Toronto and District League, Toronto Roma of the Eastern Canada Professional League and Guadalajara in Mexico.

Later in 1983 he coached Toronto Nationals in the short lived Canadian Professional Soccer League.  Later he retired to live and coach in British Colombia.

He leaves his wife Betty, a son Mark (Pirjo) a daughter Lynn Wood (Graeme) and three grandchildren Arne, Evan and Blake.

Reported by Bruce Henderson / OSA

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