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Sam Donaghey

Soccer Builder - Inducted 1999

Sam Donaghey played, managed, coached, and administered soccer for the Edmonton, Alberta, and Canadian Soccer Associations in just about every office and capacity, and gave of himself to the sport and community activities as needed. He has visited 137 different countries as a volunteer, in a variety of sports interests, aiding the development of youth and amateur sports. Sam Donaghey represented Canada at FIFA meetings and World Cup Games in England in 1966. He founded the Canadian Soccer Association Alumni and was President in 1987. Sam Donaghey has been made an Honourary Indian Chief and given Indian names in Seven Native Indian Bands and the Metis Nation of Alberta, principally for sports research from 1967 to 1992. Sam Donaghey was made a member of the Order of Canada in 1981 and was inducted into the City of Edmonton Historical Hall of Fame, in 1977, for historical sports and community research.


After Induction


1977 – Edmonton Historical Hall of Fame

1981 – Order of Canada

1999 – Alberta Sports Hall of Fame

1999 - Edmonton Sports Hall of Fame

2002 – Queen’s Jubilee Medal

Sam was born in Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland

He immigrated to Canada in 1952 and served with the Edmonton Police Force for 26 years.

Birthdate:  February 2, 1922                   

Passed away:  April 22, 2004