From right to left: Parveen, North Vancouver Mayor Darrell Mussatto, Debbie, Jerome Manson, Robert Janning,

Vancouver Deputy Mayor Andrea Reimer, Charles MacGregor, Nash Dhalla

North Vancouver Mayor Darrell Mussatto and Vancouver Deputy Mayor Andrea Reimer were on hand to welcome the teams at the start of the tournament, while Duncan McCue of CBC, Martin Dunphy of the Georgia Straight and Sam Ferris of CKNW made sure that word of the event got out.  We also tip our collective hats to The North Shore News for sending a photographer to capture all of the action.

The matches were intense from start to finish.  Players celebrated victories with sportsmanlike respect, and accepted losses with grace and dignity.  A most refreshing feature was the fact that no one criticized any of the referee’s decisions. The spirit of Harry Manson prevailed throughout the competition, and we applaud every player for honouring his accomplishments and embracing his unprejudiced outlook upon life.

The results of the competition were as follows:


Salvation Army North Shore Shields – Native Education College Nighthawks
Salish United – Portland Hotel Society Portland FC


3rd place match:

Portland Hotel Society Portland FC – Native Education College Nighthawks

Championship final:

Salish United – Salvation Army North Shore Shields                                                


Salish United

Following a four-month delay, the inaugural Harry Manson Legacy soccer tournament finally came off on Saturday, October 17th, at the John Braithwaite Community Centre, in North Vancouver.  Originally, the competition was scheduled for June 20th, at Caledonia Park, in Nanaimo, however, when Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame announced it was going to induct Harry Manson on June 17th, in Calgary, the Friends of Harry Manson decided to postpone the tournament.

In hindsight, the deferment was but a blink of the eye, considering 90 years have passed since the Grand Challenge Cup of the Nanaimo Football Association, the original British Columbia FA Cup, was last put up for competition.  This historically important trophy, commissioned in 1891 and thus a year older than the Stanley Cup, was left uncared for in a cardboard box, in a Ladysmith basement.  The rescheduled tournament proved to be an absolute success, and the Friends of Harry Manson extend a heartfelt thank you to all the players, coaches, managers, referee, and volunteers for making the Harry Manson Legacy a truly wonderful experience.


Friends of Harry Manson

Competing for the Cup


uniting communities through soccer

Conserving and Celebrating British Columbia's Soccer Heritage

Portland FC

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The Friends of Harry Manson wish to thank all of our donors for their generous support in 2015. Your contributions made it possible to achieve the following:

  • Secure the John Braithwaite gym and banquet room for the tournament.
  • Obtain the necessary insurance to host the tournament.
  • Award every competing player and coach with a custom-designed medal.
  • Award every competing player and coach with a copy of “Westcoast Reign.”
  • Award the Salish United team with a championship-winning pinnacle.
  • Serve-up a lasagna dinner to all who participated in the tournament.
  • Acquire a custom-built, heavy-duty travelling case for the Grand Challenge Cup.
  • Secure the use of a van for transporting supplies to and from the tournament.

Throughout our involvement in all projects related to Harry Manson it has become crystal clear to us that there are many people in Canada, both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal, who have a genuine desire to get actively involved in the reconciliation process.  The Harry Manson Legacy provides us an opportunity to do so in a social setting.

The Friends of Harry Manson are committed to “uniting communities through soccer” and “preserving our history.”  In 2016, we plan to organize a second Harry Manson Legacy tournament and continue our efforts to raise the necessary funds to have the Grand Challenge Cup of the Nanaimo Football Association restored to its former glory.  

If you would like to help us realize these goals then please Donate Now.

Soccer has a long and widespread tradition of bringing together people and communities. In this spirit, the Friends of Harry Manson plan a soccer tournament to honour the outstanding First Nation sportsman for whom they are named. The Harry Manson Legacy will take place on Saturday, June 20, 2015 at Caledonia Park in Nanaimo British Columbia.

On November 9, 2014, Harry Manson (Xul-si-malt) was inducted into the Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Vaughan, Ontario attended by many of his descendants. Harry Manson of the Snuneymuxw First Nation was a pioneering soccer player in Nanaimo at the turn of the 19th/20th century. From 1897 to 1905, he was the only player of either First Nations or European descent to play for all three Nanaimo premier soccer teams – the Nanaimo Thistles, the Nanaimo Indian Wanderers, and the Nanaimo Association Football Team. He was also the captain of the Nanaimo Indian Wanderers during the entire period and his skill and fame were widely known. Harry Manson’s legacy is notable not only because of his skill and success on the soccer pitch, but also because it took place during a time when mistreatment and public disrespect towards First Nations people was socially acceptable and common. Despite open and prevalent racism, Harry persisted in leading his team to soccer glory.

By establishing a soccer tournament in his honour, the Friends of Harry Manson aim to create an opportunity for aboriginal and non-aboriginal soccer teams to meet and compete in the spirit of this exceptional individual and athlete. The tournament will support the broader goal of reconciliation and breaking down barriers that have historically separated Canadian First Nations people and the wider community.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, The Harry Manson Legacy Tournament has been postponed.  A new date has not yet been set.  Please watch this website for an announcement.

The Harry Manson Legacy – Tournament Information Sheet

Teams will compete for the Grand Challenge Cup of the Nanaimo Football Association, the original British Columbia Football Association Cup. Due to the need to safeguard this 124-year old trophy, the winning team will be awarded an engraved plaque to commemorate its achievement while the Cup remains on permanent display at a prominent Nanaimo location.

TBD (rain or shine)
Caledonia Park, Nanaimo, British Columbia
Number of entries:
Four (two aboriginal, two non-aboriginal)
Number of games:
Four (two per team)
Entry Fee:
$320.00 per team
Entry deadline:
The first four teams to pay will be the teams that play


08:30 a.m.
Draw for two semi-final pairings
09:00 a.m.
First semi-final match
11:00 a.m.
Second semi-final match
13:00 p.m.
Third-place game (losing semi-final teams)
15:00 p.m.
Championship game (winning semi-final teams)

Guidelines and Rules:

  • The Harry Manson Legacy will be a mixed-adult tournament.
  • The Laws of the Game (Federation of International Football Associations) the latest updated version of which came into force on June 1, 2014 will govern tournament play.
  • Teams will consist of 16 players.
  • Teams will field four women players at all times.
  • If any match is level at the end of 90 minutes, kicks from the penalty mark will determine the winner.
  • At the conclusion of the competition, each player will receive a championship, runner-up, third or fourth place medal as a memento of his or her participation.

For information on how to enter, send us a message on our Contact page.