Stan Wakelyn

Date of passing
26 December 1976 (Age 86)
Sunderland, ENG
175 cm
Where they grew up
Sunderland, ENG & Calgary, Alberta, Canada


Stan Wakelyn

Stanley Yorke Wakelyn... soccer family (father William, brothers Art and Ed)... he was 14 or 15 years old when his family moved to Calgary in 1905... his wife Winifred passed away in April 1970, eight years before his death... he was 88 years old when he passed away in Calgary, AB... he was cremated on 29 December 1978 (Jacques F. Home in Calgary)... he was 24 years old when he enlisted for the Canadian Over-Seas Expeditionary Force on 10 May 1915 in Calgary, AB... he served in the first Great War with the 31st Battalion... he was one of six Wakelyn brothers that served in the Great War (Ernest, Harold, Arthur, Stan, Herbert, Edwin)... worked for Canada Post in Calgary for 38 years (he retired in 1954)... in his retirement, enjoyed lawn bowling... during a Calgary parade in honour of the returning champion Hillhurst on 17 August 1922, captain Stan handed the Connaught Cup to his dad... also at the 1922 parade, “several enthusiasts shouldered him and bore him in triumph to the cars awaiting the boys”... he was one of seven Hillhurst alumni that attended the 1967 Canada Soccer Championship final in Calgary (Wakelyn performed the ceremonial kick off)...

posthumously honoured by the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame as a player... posthumously honoured by the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame... in 1950, he was one of 16 footballers shortlisted in a Best in 50 Years poll by The Canadian Press...

said Stan at the 17 August 1922 reception, “to know that the people of Calgary are proud of the fact that we performed the championship feat successfully is quite as pleasant to us as to actually be identified in the games that brought us title results”... as noted in 1924 in the Calgary Albertan, “for several seasons he had no superior in his position”... as noted in the Calgary Herald in 1926, “possessed of football brains which he continues to use”... wrote Dunc Scott for the Calgary Herald in 1962, Stan was “probably the greatest centre forward this city has seen”...

For Sport

served as manager of Calgary Hillhurst... 

Individual Honours