Fred Whittaker

Apr 18, 1923
183 cm
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Fred Whittaker
Frederick John Rennie Whittaker... soccer family (uncle Albert)... lived in Vancouver until age 65, then moved to Aldergrove, BC... he was 83 years old when he passed away on 29 September 2006... served for Royal Canadian Artillery, Canadian Infantry Corps during World War II... worked for Eaton’s for 49 years... was a member of Legion 265... 
a one-time Dominion of Canada Football Championship winner (1949) and two-time Pacific Coast League winner (1948-49, 1950-51)... an eight-time all-star selection in a 13-year span from 1942 to 1954... he retired as the Pacific Coast League’s all-time scoring leader (156 goals from 1941 to 1955, a record since surpassed)... he led the Pacific Coast League in scoring six times and was the second-highest scorer in both the 1940s (90 goals scored) and 1950s (tied with 66 goals scored)... in 2000, one of 17 inaugural alternates shortlisted by The Soccer Hall of Fame (he became an honoured member as part of the Class of 2002)... in lacrosse, a Mann Cup winner... 
as a manger/coach, he led North Shore Carling’s FC to a Pacific Coast League title in 1959-60... 
as noted in 1941, “Whittaker is a clever leader, but he has an amazing repertoire of annoying tricks”... as noted in the Montréal Gazette, he was “fast and clever and can shoot hard with both feet”... wrote Ralph Cosier in 1945, Whittaker was “a player of the never-say-die spirit”... wrote Garth Dykes (Meadown Lane Men) of Whittaker’s cameo appearances in goal for Notts County, “if a little unorthodox in his method, Fred won high praise on both occasions, starring in a 1:1 draw at Bristol City and in a 1:0 victory over Reading at Meadow Lane”... wrote the Canadian Press in February 1948, “as Fred Whittaker goes so goes Vancouver City”... as noted in 1950 all-star program, “very fast, strong and clever with his head; a goal-scoring menace to the opposition whenever he is on the field; a special terror to goalkeepers”... as noted in October 1951, he was "the best centre forward in the business on this coast"... wrote Austin Delany in 1951, Fred is “a robust player and an opportunist; always dangerous”... as noted in a 1951 all-star program, “generally agreed the most dangerous attacker in the Coast League; deceptively fast; seldom shoots hard; places ball with feet and head; unselfish with ball but seldom misses a chance of his own”... wrote Vince Leah in 1973, Whittaker was “a smashing centre forward in his day”... 

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