Friends of Harry Manson

Conserving and Celebrating British Columbia's Soccer Heritage

The Grand Challenge Cup in 2014


Recently, the Grand Challenge Cup was acquired by a small group of individuals who share a strong interest in provincial and local history.  An organization has been established -- Friends of Harry Manson -- for the purpose of conserving and promoting the Grand Challenge Cup of the Nanaimo Football Association.  The group is named for Xul-si-malt (1879-1912), also known as Harry Manson, an outstanding soccer player of the early 20th century who belonged to the Snuneymuxw First Nation.  For information on Harry Manson’s life and legacy, see Appendix 2.


The Friends of Harry Manson are committed to keeping the Cup in B.C. and have a three-pronged vision for its future:


  1. To have the Grand Challenge Cup restored to its former glory.

  2. To find a suitable home for the Cup where it can be displayed for public viewing.

  3. To create a commemorative competition with the Cup as the trophy.


Sports trophies represent folklore and pastimes.  They are connections to our past, which often bring back memories of thrilling victories and agonizing defeats.  Trophies also inspire our youth to pursue future success.  Collectively, we believe that by learning about our past, we can examine and implement changes that are needed to create a better future for our youth through sports.